Earlier this year, I decided to try some crewel work and purchased a commercial kit for starters. It is the Dimensions Handmade Embroidery kit #72-73729. The kit was complete with the printed fabric, wool yarn, a needle, and the printed instructions.
It stitched up pretty quickly and finally yesterday, I blocked it in preparation to turn it into a pillow.
The search is on to find an appropriate fabric for the border, piping and back.