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New Crewel Workshop in Chicago on April 14, 2012

We've just scheduled another workshop at One Strange Bird in Chicago for Saturday, April 14th. I'll be teaching this two hour crewel embroidery workshop and I'm bringing a trunk load of crewelwork samples including new projects from my upcoming book, New Crewel: The Motif Collection, which comes out in May. After a brief introduction of the crewel basics, I'll demonstrate eight different crewel stitches and finishing techniques. Participants will receive all the supplies needed to get started -- linen fabric, wool thread, needles and a hoop. My Wool & Hoop kits, supplies and first book, The New Crewel, which offers 30 of my original designs, 15 fun projects, and 16 classic embroidery stitches, will also be available for sale. The class is $65 and runs from 10:30am -12:30pm. All skill levels welcome. Sign up online at For more information, call 773.276.4420.

Going to Chicago is like going home... I can't wait!


'Crewel 101' Workshop in Santa Monica on March 17, 2012

I'll be at The Urban Craft Center in Santa Monica on Saturday, March 17th to teach a two hour crewel embroidery workshop. I'm bringing my crewelwork samples including a sneak preview of the new projects from my upcoming book, New Crewel, which comes out in late May. After a brief introduction to the basics and history of crewel embroidery, I'll demonstrate eight different crewel stitches and finishing techniques. Participants will receive all the supplies needed to get started -- linen fabric, wool thread, needles and a hoop. My Wool & Hoop kits and first book, The New Crewel, which offers 30 of my original designs, 15 fun projects, and 16 classic embroidery stitches, will also be available for sale. The class is $65 and runs from 11am -1pm. All skill levels welcome. Sign up now by calling 310-392-0139. (Unfortunately, The Urban Craft Center's website is down, but should be up and running soon at Feel free to tell any crewel-loving friends and family in the Los Angeles area.


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Jan 23, 2012: New Crewel: The Motif Collection
It's true! My new book, with 30 new designs, is finished and comes out in early June 2012. In the meantime, I'm working on new kits that will accompany the new book. Stay tuned.....
- Katherine

December 14, 2011: Erica Wilson Inspired My Crewel World
Erica Wilson passed away yesterday at the age of 83. She was an extraordinary teacher, author and designer of crewel embroidery and a force behind its presence in the United States. I never met Ms. Wilson, but consulted with her by phone for my first book, The New Crewel. She was generous in her comments, making corrections and offering a few tips. For example, I have always followed her instructions for Satin Stitch, which requires outlining your design first with Split Stitch. (For those of us who do crewel embroidery, this makes all the difference!) She gave me her stamp of approval before we went to print for which I was grateful. My second book, New Crewel: The Motif Collection, goes to print this week and this morning I spoke with the publisher and was able to dedicate it to her. I learned so much from her books, especially from Crewel Embroidery, 1962, which I continue reference often. Her impact on the art of crewel embroidery is immeasurable. She will be missed! Click here to read more about Erica Wilson.

Crewelwork by Erica Wilson, Cover art from her book, Crewel Embroidery, 1962

November 21, 2011: Crewel 101 at Oil and Cotton in Dallas
Hey, crewel friends! I'm doing a crewel embroidery workshop on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11am - 1pm at Oil and Cotton in Dallas. All skill levels are welcome to attend. I'll go over crewel embroidery basics and teach eight crewel stitches and finishing techniques. Participants will receive all the supplies needed to get started -- including my book, The New Crewel, which offers 30 of my original designs, 15 fun projects, and 16 classic embroidery stitches. Additional crewel kits and supplies will be available for sale at the workshop. Just in time for your holiday gift-making plans! Click here for details.
- Katherine

April 26, 2011: Wool & Hoop Craft Night Video on Etsy

No Place Like Here: Marfa, Texas from Etsy on Vimeo.

Hey, Wool & Hoop is featured on Etsy! Filmmaker Karen Bernstein made a great video about Craft Night which my knitter friend Pam and I host every week at our adjoining shops: Wool & Hoop and Wild Woolies. Please, come by if you ever find yourself in far West Texas.
- Katherine Shaughnessy

February 1, 2010: "Cool Crewel" Linen Skirt in Sew News

Check out my lastest creation in the Feb/March issue of Sew News. It's a simple, linen, wrap-a-round skirt with a poppy, floral pattern along the lower edge. Perfect for Spring. You can pick up a copy of the magazine, their 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition, at your local bookstore, or buy it online here. And, Wool & Hoop sells everything you'll need to make the skirt: The linen fabric, crewel wool thread, needles and a hoop. Click here to see it all. You can follow the white on turquoise design as she did, or choose from our 18 shades of linen and 421 shades of crewel thread to make it your own. The only thing you'll need is a pattern for the skirt -- an easy find at your local fabric store. Have fun!
- Katherine Shaughnessy

December 29, 2009: Craft Night was Fun!

We had embroidery, origami, reverse applique, mending and felting. I worked on a tea cosey inspired from here and a set of limited edition posters for a concert/screening that Ballroom Marfa and Marfa Public Radio are presenting on Jan. 2 at the Crowley Theatre in Marfa. Each poster is hand-stitched and will be for sale with proceeds going to the Ballroom. Also today, a recent visitor to Wool & Hoop, Jill Sones, blogged about us here.
-Katherine Shaughnessy

Craft Night @ Wool & Hoop in Marfa Texas - Dec. 29, 7pm

Make it a Crewel Halloween in New York City!

Interested in learning an updated version of the age-old craft of crewel embroidery? Or, are you already a pro and just want to hang out with some fellow crewelers? Well, if you live in (or near) NYC, you're in luck. On October 31st, I will be teaching a class at the very cool & wonderful Make Workshop in Manhattan on the lower East Side. Students will be creating a sampler like the one pictured above in the color of your choice. Students will learn a bit of crewel history, some embroidery basics and more than a dozen stitches. There will be lots of Wool & Hoop crewel kits, supplies & books available -- all discounted for students of the class. And, you may bring your crewel embroidery projects to share with the class and get professional tips from me. Sign up now -- space is limited. Hope to see you there!
-Katherine Shaughnessy

Julie Jackson, a contributor to Craft: and the brilliant mastermind behind Kitty Wigs and Subversive Cross Stitch, posted an article about Wool & Hoop including an interview with Katherine Shaughnessy. There are more pictures of our shop in Marfa, Texas and a FREE downloadable pattern. Click here to check it out.
- Katherine Shaughnessy

Wool & Hoop has expanded from cyberspace to a real space in the lovely little town of Marfa, Texas. So next time you're in the neighborhood, you can visit the Wool & Hoop flagship which is located in old adobe building at 203 E. San Antonio, right next door to Fancy Pony Land, around the corner from JM Dry Goods and across the street from Ballroom Marfa. In addition to carrying all things crewel, our little shop has a variety of sewing notions, fabrics, felts, needlepoint kits and knitting supplies. Classes begin this fall in embroidery, sewing and knitting. Stay tuned.
- Katherine Shaughnessy

Australian magazine Homespun features me as their guest artisan in the October 2008 issue. The article, Whirled Peace, highlights a brand new project called "Pinwheel Posy." The pattern and full instructions are included.
-Katherine Shaughnessy

Better Homes & Gardens' Creative Home magazine reveals how Shaughnessy's Texas home & studio inspire her crewelwork in Denise Gee's article "Free Range Art," Winter 2007.

Plaid Bucilla released a fresh new line of crewel kits designed by Shaughnessy. Kits can be purchased at

Better Homes & Gardens' Holiday Crafts 2007 offers a "Curly Crewel" embroidery project by Wool & Hoop.

Sew News named Wool & Hoop's crewel kits as the "Find of the Month" in their November 2007 issue.

Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion, October/November 2007, mentions Wool & Hoop's crewel kits in their "This We Like" column.

An interview with Shaughnessy can be found in the new book, Craft Inc., by Meg Mateo Ilasco published in 2007 by Chronicle Books.

Shaughnessy teamed up with Nest offering a line of handmade crewel pillows featuring her newest design. Perfect for the crewel lover who's not into DIY.

You can see an embroidered t-shirt by Shaughnessy in Sarah Sockit's book, Tease: Inspired T-shirt Transformations by Superstars of Art, Craft, and Design, published by Penguin Group in April 2006.

Lark Books, a division of Sterling Publishing released Shaughnessy's first book, The New Crewel in November 2005.

Venus wrote that Shaughnessy is the "coolest of the crewel" with her "brand-spankin' new kits that make textile-licious greeting cards, pretty pothoders or funky pillows ... and are simple enough for the crewel newbie to do."

The Wall Street Journal praises her "mission to revitalize the craft among young adults." DailyCandy says "Katherine Shaughnessy's fresh take on the art of wool-on-linen embroidery is evident in her collection of five funky and colorful abstract designs."

"Embroidery kits from Wool & Hoop fit the bill," exclaims Family Circle Home Crafts. According to Home & Garden Television, "the simple, modern designs are just the thing to catch the eye of hip young crafters."

"Put your needles to more tasteful use by following artist Katherine Shaughnessy's elegant crewel kits," suggests ReadyMade. These "on-trend crewel embroidery kits," writes Style At Home, "have come to the rescue."

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