Crewel work has a rich history, stretching as far back as the early Medieval period. Crewel embroidery is simply embroidery done with wool threads. It enjoyed popularity in the Jacobean period with elaborate designs of stylized flowers, birds, and beasts displayed on household goods and clothing. It had a revival in the 1970s and is showing up again with a modern twist from designers and retailers such as Jonathan Adler, West Elm and Anthropologie.
The vintage pieces can go kitschy fast but I've found a few art pieces lately that I love including this wonderful piece. Do you have crewel goodness around your house?