I love Anna Scott's Crazy Crewel Creatures, a really fun way to use an old technique. Anna also shares a detailed tutorial for the Trellis Couching stitch, which is the checkered pattern on the fox-like creature you see. If you are interested in Crewel work you'll find lots of posts about this technique on Anna's blog and there are some attractive crewel patterns and kits for sale in her shop so be sure to check those out as well!
What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!