Private Stash: Oversized Crewel Art

There is a collection deep in my basement that hardly ever sees the light of day. Every once in awhile I invite someone over to view it because I know they will appreciate the intricacy and beauty that my husband despises. To him this collection is quaint, grandmotherly and unremarkable. Once our basement is finished and there’s a dedicated sewing area, this collection will take up a space above my refinished American of Martinsville desk. Nay, it will take up an entire wall. It is my crewel collection.

One day at a local church sale I spotted a beauty hanging in the back for a mere $3. On the way home with it I called Austin and Tammy because I was so excited about how amazing it was. Then I got it home and sat it in our kitchen until I had time to transport it to the basement. The weirdest thing happened: my husband walked in and said, “Whoah. That’s really neat.” Behold.


If even my husband likes it, this crewel piece has something special. Maybe it’s the size: 3′ x 5′. Maybe it’s the design. Maybe it’s the “fancy” green velour ribbon around the edge. Maybe it’s the bird. I could do without the butterfly.

Crewel Detail.   Crewel Detail.

Whatever this piece possesses, it has earned a spot in our kitchen. What do you think?

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  1. Anne
    Posted September 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Love. It.

  2. Posted December 30, 2012 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    I love it. The colors are amazing. I pass up lovely crewel pieces all the time, because I really don’t have the wall space for them.

    • Angela
      Posted January 6, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

      Thanks ladies! It seems an entire room of just crewel pieces isn’t the “in” thing right now or I’d be awesome :) I’ve had to pass several up too and refine my collection. Boo!

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