Category Archives: Crewel Kits

The Wayside Inn Horse

The Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Mass. was where Helen met with a group of other ladies who did crewel work. I believe she taught a class there. This horse is from the official Wayside Inn sign. They may have sold a kit of this design in their gift shop, but I’m not positive.


St. Francis Crewel Kit

The first photo is Helen Marble’s original St. Francis design. The second photo is of the actual kit that was made from this design (photo courtesy of eBay). You’ll notice that the kit was made to be easier to crewel.

Original St. Francis Crewel Design

St. Francis Crewel Kit

St. Francis Crewel Kit

I believe this kit was popular with women who wanted to crewel something for their churches.

As I remember hearing, Pop convinced Mynoo to take a royalty as opposed to a lump sum payment for this kit. She was vehemently opposed, but bended under the pressure. When she got her first royalty check she thought it was for a small amount and that she was right all along. But actually, she missed some of the zero’s.  We need to get Pop to tell this story because he was there and would remember how much she earned.

Siamese Cat Pillow and Crewel Kit

This was a best-selling kit. It was sold under the Elsa Williams label. I think it was one of Elsa Williams best selling kits. Anyone who remembers more should add something in the comments. The first photo is of the original pillow (sorry for the moire effect of the photo):

Original Siamese Cat Pillow by Helen Marble

Below is a photo of a finished kit (courtesy of eBay):

Siamese Cat Crewel Kit

Siamese Cat Crewel Kit

Jon actually bought this kit on eBay!

The kit version doesn’t have the blue eyes of the original.