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5 top tips for Needlepointers, how to jazz up your needlepoint

So some top tips for needlepointers or if in uk tapestry canvases are usually designed for just a single half cross stitch (it can be described at continental or basket weave) to be honest from the front they are all the same, the back varies. The rule really is if you start in one finish […]

Guide To Embroidery Thread

selection of embroidery threads in a wooden storage box

Embroidery thread can be classified in several ways, firstly material then we come to types as each material has a variety of types cotton threads come in a range of weights (thicknesses) and for different uses. Stranded cotton embroidery thread – This type of thread is the most commonly used and  threads are a 100% […]

Stumpwork Embroidery

Stumpwork cabinet from the 17th century from the Oxford ashmolean collection

The precise origins of raised embroidery (stumpwork) are lost in time. So one can only look back to a period when even earlier embroiderers were working in the narrative style. Using two layers of linen fabric , a cotton wadding sandwich, and white as well as light brown linen threads. Sicilian embroiderers created the narrative […]

Needles : A simple guide

needle threaded with orange thread on a black background

Needles make up an essential part of every embroiderer’s kit. They may not look like much, but they can make all the difference to the quality of your end work. The job of a needle is to guide your thread from one side of your fabric to the other. By choosing a needle that is […]

Best Christmas Gifts for Embroiderers !

A dmc full thread presetnation box as a christmas gift

I know Christmas is coming ! and for most it’s months away, but it’s the time of year to begin thinking what do I want as a Embroiderer or for those with a Stitchy family member a few ideas ! These are the Best Christmas gifts for embroiderers we could find. Top Price range ! […]

An Introduction to Crewel Embroidery

Crewel embroidery a brief history Crewel embroidery or ‘crewel work’ is very popular. A decorative form of surface embroidery, it uses wool and a variety of embroidery stitches to follow a design. The outline is applied to the fabric – traditionally a linen twill. The technique is at least a thousand years old. It was […]

Goldwork History

The history of goldwork Gold has forever been a symbol of affluence and status. And goldwork embroidery has a long history, having travelled across Asia and through Beirut with the silk merchants. Emperors in Japan and China wore wonderful silk garments richly embroidered in gold; embroidered gold appeared on ecclesiastical vestments, church adornments (i.e. alter frontals, […]