A traditional handicraft can add warmth and character to a space. A graphic Amish quilt suspended as a headboard, a braided rag rug anchoring the coffee table, Grandma’s crocheted, zig-zag throw draped over the arm of a club chair.
Or colorful, textural crewel embroidery.
As a young girl, I spent many an evening cranking out chain and satin stitches, and flocks of french knots. You’d often find me enveloped in my bedroom’s lime-green beanbag chair, my airport-marshall-worthy headphones pumping out a disco beat, while I speed-embroidered a palette of yarns onto my latest pillow or wall-hanging.
Lately, I’m reminded of the beauty and impact of crewel embroidery, by some fresh and fun contemporary examples like Janlynn.com’s Sunburst pillow kit.
Or the comfy crewel and felt embellishment on Mudandtwig’s nest pillow.
Humble yarns explode into fantasies in color and line, in the hands of Toronto textile artist Odile Gova.
Odile (aka Woolly Fabulous) creates original designs based on her doodles. She told me