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[kroo-uh l-wurk]
  1. decorative embroidery done with crewel yarn on cotton or linen, using simple stitches traditionally worked in floral or pastoral designs.
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Origin of crewelwork

First recorded in 1860–65; crewel + work
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for crewelwork

Historical Examples of crewelwork

  • Crewelwork of the period was not given to hangings and furniture, but to clothing.

    The Development of Embroidery in America

    Candace Wheeler

  • With the hands that had never handled anything rougher than crewelwork she chose her grip along the tough ladder of looped lianas.

  • These were wrought with borders of crewelwork, and finished with elaborate thread and crewel fringes.