Tuesday, January 3, 2017

coming soon: curious crewel

Curious crewel from an estate in Hilo, Hawaii, 32" x 47.5"
Coming soon, a wonderful work of crewel from a seller in Pahoa, Hawaii, who got it from the estate of a longtime quilter in Hilo. It looks like it was made in the 1960s or 1970s and was done on burlap, so it has some condition issues. It's also in need of some cleaning.

From the seller's description:

The Hawaiian floral and fauna scenes include: Hibiscus, orchids, anthuriums, bird of paradise, tall iron wood trees, a waterfall with ferns, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, a red crested cardinal, and the sun. What extremely interesting about this piece is that it's about the upper elevations, not the ocean. It depicts the floral and fauna of the upper ahupua'a, the mountain life.  If you collect Hawaiian vintage, you have got to know just how rare this is. This was not meant for resale or the tourist trade. Just a local island auntie enjoying were she lives. It was a labor of love. I have chicken skin!

Me too! Can't wait to see it in person.



  1. What size is it? I'm wondering since it was stitched onto burlap if she didn't mean to use it as a rug? Regardless I love it! Looks very early 70's to me!

    1. it's in the caption of the first photo, 32" x 47.5"

  2. Wow, that is gorgeous. A labor of love indeed!

  3. Very cool quilt, Bill! I love all the handwork - it really gives you a feel for the maker. It occurs to me that I should take pictures of some (amazing!) cats-eye crazy-quilt pieces I inherited from my mom. They were embroidered by her friend, Betty, who used to hand-embroider all of the roses on the Royal Rosarians capes back in the 60's (before machines took over the job). You'd love them. I'm still trying to figure out how I want to put them together; you might have some insight.

  4. The details are amazing! I love the trees in the middle. What a gorgeous find!

  5. What a glorious find! The description statement of a local island auntie enjoying where she lives was too perfect!