Monthly Archives: December 2010

Crewel embroidery: Custom House of Needlearts

Before I go on to the rest of the post: OMG SHARON B AT PINTANGLE LINKED ME!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!¬† EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! ANYWAY, the photos below are of my Mini Bellpull Kit #46 from Custom House of Needle Arts, the original range. … Continue reading

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Revised Needle and Hook

Here’s another free book, the full title of which is Revised Needle and Hook: Instructions in Silk Embroidery, Knitting and Crocheting, Illustrated with cuts, half tones and color plates. It’s available online from the Antique Pattern Library, and originally published … Continue reading

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Goldwork is usually pricey, and I personally don’t like a lot of the goldwork designs I’ve seen. For me, they overfocus on the gold. I prefer goldwork pieces that incorporate gold as a part of the design. That said, I’d … Continue reading

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Brazilian embroidery

This is fun stuff – shiny (rayon) threads and 3D flowers. I’ve linked all the pictures to the kits available online. Here’s an example I stitched (it’s about 4 inches total): It’s a tiny kit from a site (JDR Brazilian … Continue reading

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Pillowcase edging

Here is a pillowcase edging from a stamped kit I received as a Christmas present last year: This doesn’t correspond exactly to the kit¬† – it sprouted while I was working on it. I’ve labeled the additional flora in the … Continue reading

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Stitch dictionaries!

I’m pretty excited – I discovered an amazing treasure: the Henry Art Gallery Stitch Identification Guide at This resource is maintained by the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington in Seattle, and was created through analyzing “the … Continue reading

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Candlewicking difficulties

So, I’ve been working on a sculptured stitchery and candlewicking kit Majestic Balloons designed by Roger W. Reinardy, and available from Janlynn. It’s called sculptured stitchery because the design is backstitched over cotton batting to create a 3D effect around … Continue reading

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