Got home from work early today to find my crewel wool in the post - is it sad when you get excited by embroidery wool? OK, don't answer that, hehe!!
The fabric in the background is the linen union fabric I mentioned previously. My 'crewel' embroidery book uses 'linen twill' but I'd read that it was difficult to obtain and that 'linen union' was next best. Who am I to argue - I have no idea! The colours of the wool are fab though and I understand that William Morris was a great pioneer of this craft, although it goes back hundreds of years to the time of the Bayeux Tapestry. I hope you're suitably impressed by all this knowledge, hehe!!
Anyhow, when I get some 'spare-time', I'll have a go with this. Crewel wool is 100% English wool, two-ply. I bought mine here and the linen union fabric here. When I've finished my Hebridean Tapestry, I'll tell you! Och, that's just given me another idea - should probably start with some simple designs from this book first though!
Off to get ready for THE PARTY - back later, if I survive the whole event :)
P.S. Re-read my book intro - cruel embroidery came of age in 17th Century England - that'll teach me to be mouthy!