Crewel embroidery is my newest obsession – something about the finesse of the work, the endless color combinations, all the places crewel can be used to create or embellish – anyway, I love some many of the designs in New Crewel: The Motif Collection that I’ve had to work at finding uses for them all! As a companion to an earlier, similar project, I embroidered the sea anemone motif – twice, actually, once in shades of blue, and again in shades of purple. Then, working with organic cotton duck canvas (color ice blue) and Kona cotton (color mulberry) (both from my fabric stash), I put together a one-of-a-kind tote bag.
The embroidery yarn is Appleton Crewel Wool and the fabric is linen twill in oyster white. The cotton webbing for the handles is available at Purl Soho. The tote pattern is the quick and easy Forty-Minute Tote, free on Purl Bee. The pattern is so enjoyable to sew, and the fabric combinations are endless – I could make dozens of tote bags and not get bored!