Crewel wool is much finer than Tapestry. It is 2 ply (has 2 strands twisted to make 1 thread) and we use it folded double to stitch on our 10 count canvas base. This is the wool used by William Morris in his crewel work embroidered tapestries and fabrics, so it is actually fantastic to embroider with.
When designing with this wool, the finished kits were always intended to be a ‘cross over’ base, with the ability to still create fine detailed designs – but with a lovely wooly finish and easier to stitch than using evenweave or higher (smaller) hpi patterns.As the wool is finer the end cross stitch work is much finer too, and the patterns that can be created are much more defined. Most of the samplers are worked using crewel and classic designs such as our Original CAMPER RAINBOW and our Samplers in crewel wool on 10HPI.
It is also fabulous for embroidery and we use it in our Embroidered Sweats and other designs. It is also perfect for DARNING and MENDING and other upcycling projects as it is fine but strong.