Definition of crewel work in English:

crewel work

Pronunciation /ˈkro͞owəl ˌwərk/ /ˈkruwəl ˌwərk/


  • Embroidery or tapestry done with crewel yarn on linen cloth.

    ‘Wool is almost invariably used in crewel work and colourways are not as elaborate as in chain stitch.’
    • ‘The original cloth of this crewel work was missing altogether, all that survived was the wool embroidery.’
    • ‘This two-day course teaches the techniques and stitches used in Jacobean crewel work or wool on linen.’
    • ‘Because many long stitches are used, crewel work is generally done on a frame or in a hoop.’
    • ‘I have tried to imitate such crewel work using embroidery floss rather than Persian wool like this panel uses.’