Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!


[UPDATE 12/05/2012] – Congratulations to BurdaStyle member watatoe

Comment on our blog for a chance to win a copy of The New Crewel: Exquisite Designs in Contemporary Embroidery.

One look at these pages and you know that this isn’t your grandmother’s crewel, but a hip, contemporary update that will have everyone reaching for a needle and thread. And these projects are easy, too, because crewel has no counting, no grids, and no cross-stitch—just beautiful free-form embroidery. Dive right in, guided by a basics chapter that explains how to do the different stitches, ranging from French knots to laid filling. Novices will swiftly move on to the 30 practice designs, all accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams, and a dozen lovely projects. Make a card or keepsake scrapbook embellished with stitched motifs, colorful totes, table runners, and an elegant tryptich.

Click here for purchasing info on The New Crewel: Exquisite Designs in Contemporary Embroidery.

For a chance to win this fun and creative book, please answer the following question in the comments section below: What is your favorite motif in the book? You can view them in the book preview through the link above.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). One lucky winner will be chosen.

Good luck!
The BurdaStyle Team


  • Missing

    Dec 4, 2012, 03.40 PMby Willy Flom

    I like the hollyhock the best.

  • Dsc_0598_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 03.37 PMby auschick

    I recently borrowed this book from the library and I absolutely love it! The dahlia is pretty :)

  • Photo_272_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 03.00 PMby mwelland

    Probably Spring Anemone. You could have so much fun with different colour combinations, and it’s visually interesting without being to complicated.

  • 337_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 02.55 PMby Christine Prevost

    They’re all beautiful, but I think my favorite is Sunflower for its simple geometry.

  • Missing

    Dec 4, 2012, 02.45 PMby janers41

    I really like Twinkling Stars! It looks like it would be fun to stitch, and could be done in so many colors. :)

  • Img00144-20110602-0605_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 02.42 PMby flashabou

    They are all so cute but I really like Ella’s wish!

  • Untitled-15_khst_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 02.36 PMby Alili

    I love malia’s maze. It’s so detailed!

  • Missing

    Dec 4, 2012, 02.21 PMby tanetane

    the spores!

  • 2012-03-03_17_39_17_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 02.16 PMby vchan38

    The motif design is so contemporary, love it!

  • Wedding_photo_avatar_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 01.40 PMby Maureen Kubisz

    Nice Work, Katherine Shaughnessy! Your competitively priced book has fun graphics that I would actually like to stitch. There is no old lady stuff here (and I can say that because I am an old lady). Several motifs together can create a sampler quilt, or a spray of the same design in different sizes would look great across sports wear. The designs will be fun to digitize. I think the motif that I will digitize first will be ‘sea anemone’.

  • Works_29_905_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 01.38 PMby sewbella

    I love the dahlia. Little arcs touching, so pretty!

  • The_mermaid_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 12.40 PMby blueartisan

    That’s hard because I pretty much like them all, but I am leaning towards the Dahlia because it looks far more complex than it is :)

  • Me_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 11.44 AMby jessdunstan

    I love Ella’s Wish.

  • 100_6542_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 11.22 AMby WilijA

    Well, I can’t decide which one I like more – Twinkling Stars or Seed Pod motif. Think that depends where I’d try to use them. _

  • Imgp1690_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 11.03 AMby gemmafloyd

    My favorite motif is the wonderful seed pod!

  • 1a782239bacc076eefb6a41bcd5565c80c67da21_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 10.00 AMby euma

    China blue 2, beautiful!!

  • Poe_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 09.57 AMby ladykatza

    This reminds me of my mother. I have a three foot long crane in a cherry blossom tree that she did with crewel embroidery.

  • Sega_016_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 09.07 AMby Ularie

    As I love daisies – my favorite one is lazy daisy.

  • Missing

    Dec 4, 2012, 07.01 AMby lobolita

    I like Spring Anemone.

  • Missing

    Dec 4, 2012, 06.57 AMby zkathyc

    I like the Hollyhock.

  • Dsc_0004_large

    Dec 4, 2012, 06.47 AMby prettysweet

    I really like the poppy. Clean lines, but fun.

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post


  • Editors' Pick
  • Pattern Collections
  • BurdaStyle Academy
  • Burda Challenge
  • Backstage Report
  • Fashion & Trends
  • DIY to Try
  • Tips & Techniques
  • Member Highlights
  • Sewing Projects
  • Outta Town
  • Contests & Competitions
  • Archive
  • Guest Columns
  • Videos
  • Meg's Magazine Mash Up
  • As Seen In
  • Podcast
  • Holiday