Usually I prefer to embroider more traditional designs. The old designs are beautiful and their colors are so rich. However, sometimes an old design can look very modern, depending on how it’s worked. That’s my hypothesis for this project . We’ll see if I’m right.
I found this design in the book Crewel Embroidery in England by Joan Edwards. Mary Corbet wrote a very thorough review of the book which you can read here. Crewel Embroidery in England is only available as a used book but worth a search to find it. It’s a well written and interesting social history of crewel embroidery.
The design comes from a bed hanging and is said to be an asparagus plant. I have no direct experience of asparagus plants so I will take the author’s word that this is what they look like.