This is a Victorian era reduced copy of a seventeenth century curtain embroidered with crewels. So the scale has been reduced from the actual size of the original. It must have been a beautiful thing the curtain, don't you think. I imagine the thread colours were rich and earthy, aubergine purple, peacock blue, leaf green, Morrocan red, and mustard yellow.
This is a detail of the design showing some of the design inspiration for the thread work. Crewelwork is over a thousand years old, the Bayeux tapestry uses crewelwork techniques. It is worked in wool, with different embroidery stitches filling a design outline applied to the fabric.
So I love it, what a wonderful form of embroidery, and I want to have a play with it, but I am not sure about the woolen thread, I think I will play with a finer form to start with, maybe working with applique.