28 March 2018


BC Paperback Flexibind

193x260 mm



160 pages

Search Press

Crewel Creatures

by Hazel Blomkamp

Following the success of Crewel Intentions and Crewel Twists, which introduced embroiderers to needle-lace and loom-weaving techniques in their designs, comes Crewel Creatures, the third title in this series by renowned embroiderer Hazel Blomkamp.

Animals and birds are popular subjects in crewel embroidery, and here Hazel introduces needleworkers to the beautiful, exotic creatures found in the African wild. Using the Jacobean embroidery style for which she is well known, and incorporating the subtle influence of the fractal designs found in zentangle art, Hazel also brings beads and other three-dimensional elements into her designs to capture the stunning and colourful art that is traditionally associated with Africa. Those new to Hazel’s work will find the essential crewel stitches, needle-lace and needle-weaving techniques needed in an easy-to-follow how-to section and stitch gallery inside the book, and all embroiderers will be impressed by the wealth of design ideas and inspiration Crewel Creatures has to offer. 

With every project, step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photographs are included, along with a template of the design. All the projects are stitched and embellished on natural coloured linen, making them not only perfect for framing for display but also wonderfully economical for embroiderers to work on.

For readers looking for something different and new to stitch, and for those keen to challenge themselves with more complex embroidery techniques, this latest addition to Hazel’s Crewel series is an absolute must-have. 

Book Contents

Introduction 8
General tips before starting 10
Materials 14
Tools 17
Stitches and techniques 18
  • Embroidery stitches 18
  • Bead embroidery techniques 32
  • Three-dimensional beaded elements 32
  • Flowers 35
  • Buds, calyxes and other elements 54
  • Beaded embroidery worked directly onto the fabric 58
  • Needle-lace stitches 62
  • Needle-weaving techniques 68
Norman the tortoise 75
Audrey the ostrich 89
Maureen the owl 101
Janet the snake 123
Shirley the elephant 139
Roger the rhino 151
Templates 170

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