My mom has this fun book called New Crewel: The Motif Collection, by Katherine Shaughnessy, which is filled with fun and fresh feeling crewel embroidery motifs. She (my mom) started embroidering some of them onto wool felt charm squares and recently when I was stranded without a hand project, she gave me a few and I've started embroidering them too. The wool felt is so lovely to work with, it's easy to stitch and feels great in your hands. I'm not sure what we're going to do with these blocks- maybe someday the two of us will stitch them together into something, but for now it's just fun to work on something small and cute. We're using all different types of thread- a lot of wool crewel thread, but also perle cotton, and even some regular six strand floss.
Mom started this one and I finished it. Joint effort!
Mom did this one- I'm in awe of all those french knots, and love the texture. Feels like barnacles on a rock.
Mom did this one- he looks a bit like a neuron to me.