Boston Fern Crewel Framed Art

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Vintage Crewel Embroidery artwork thought to be from the early 1960s. This piece is of a "Boston Fern", one of the most popular House Plants in America.

Crewel Embroidery (Crewelwork) is a form of surface embroidery using wool and a variety of embroidery stitches to follow a design outline applied to the fabric. The technique is thought to be a thousand years old. It was used in the Bayeux Tapestry, in Jacobean embroidery and in Quaker tapestry.

The origin of "crewel" is unknown but is thought to come from an ancient word describing the curl in the staple, the single hair of the wool. Crewel wool has a long staple; it is fine and strong. Modern crewel wool is a fine yarn available in many colors.

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