- Also called crewel yarn. a worsted yarn for embroidery and edging.
Origin of crewel
First recorded in 1485–95; earlier crule; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for crewel
The stitches just described were largely used in crewel work.Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving
In point of furnishing it had not yet reached the "God bless our Home" stage in crewel.On Horseback
Charles Dudley Warner
As a matter of fact, the work is not tapestry at all, but crewel work.Normandy
G. E. Mitton
E 'it the onoffending turf a crewel blow, and there was a narsty crack. '
For 'arf the rarnd it stood the crewel strane and then it didn't break.
- a loosely twisted worsted yarn, used in fancy work and embroidery
C15: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for crewel
embroidery, 1590s, of unknown origin. Earliest usage is late 15c., as a name for a kind of thin, worsted yarn originally used in crewel work.
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