Crewel & Surface Embroidery
Beautiful Traced Linen
Do you remember the beautifully embroidery doilies and dressing table sets your mother and grandmother had? What about the beauty of having lunch or afternoon tea, with all the dishes set out on a beautiful embroidered tablecloth? This beautiful form of embroidery is back in fashion again! Take a
Cathy´s Embroidery Page [offsite link]
This is a gallery site – a very talented lady who does Crewel Embroidery.
Couching and Laid Work
Couching, whilst also being a description of where many of us sit to embroider, is also a technique going back over a thousand years and can produce works of stunning intricacy, as well as simple bold designs.
What is crewel embroidery, and why has it remained so popular for almost 500 years?
Daaft Designs [offsite link]
Needlework kits for the addicted embroiderer! These kits are chart packs only - but have a very comprehensive list of materials.
Elizabethan Embroidery - The Rise of the Amateur Embroiderer
The Tudor period in history was where the amateur embroiderer really started to emerge. By the time of Elizabeth I, it was an accepted thing that all well-brought up young girls would learn embroidery as a matter of course.
Elizabethan Embroidery or
There are two things that distinguish Elizabethan embroidery: enormous bugs and densely covered fabric.
For hundreds of years, Monograms have been used to mark household linen, and to show status. With a few easy stitches, you can create your own heirlooms!
Embroidered Silk Postcards
For approximately 20 years at the beginning of the 20th Century, embroidery was used to satiate the craze for embroidered postcards.
Embroidery Gallery of Extant Masterpieces [offsite link]
Another gallery – this one of historical pieces of embroidery – really truly ones not reproductions. A great site to look and drool over – and to inspire your own work.
An heirloom is an item that is handed down from generation to generation. Heirloom embroidery is your chance to add to your family treasures.
Two popular forms of Japanese embroidery are Nihon Shishu and Sashiko – both very different, and yet both exquisite in their own ways.
My Stitch Nemesis
Do you have a stitch that, no matter how hard you try or how much you practice, it just won’t work? I do!
Opus Anglicanum Embroidery
The most admired embroidery technique during the middle ages was Opus Anglicanum – or English Work. This technique used simple stitches but the beauty of the work relied on the skill of the embroiderer
Satin Stitch Basics
Satin Stitch got you frustrated? These tips will help make your satin stitch embroidery look fantastic!
One of the most common techniques used in heirloom embroidery is Shadow Embroidery. This technique involves you stitching on the wrong side of a very sheer fabric.
One of the things that epitomises embroidery in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries is the use of Tambour embroidery
The Crewel Work Company [offsite link]
If you enjoy Crewel Embroidery, you will enjoy this site. Historical information on Crewel, as well as projects and kits to purchase.
The Duchess of Cambridge's Wedding Gown
The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress has gone on display, and there are some beautiful photos that show detail of the exquisite work done on the hand made lace.
Thread Painting looks hard, but is, in reality, quite simple to do. The result, however, is stunning
What is Biscornu
Biscournu is a term that has become very popular in the embroidery world over the last year or so – but exactly what is it? A Technique? Thread? Stitch? Read on and be charmed!
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