Monthly Archives: February 2011

Geometric chain stitch

So – another post on acquisitions from Thailand. Is this Hmong or Indian or something else? I don’t know! This design is very geometric and based on spirals, like the Hmong cross-stitch designs I showed earlier. However, instead of cross-stitch, … Continue reading

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J. F. Ingalls Catalog, 1886

You may know this already, but I thought I’d mention that there’s a free scan of an 1886 embroidery stamping catalog available online. John Governale was kind enough to scan all 255 pages in and release them to the public … Continue reading

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Indian Embroidery: Gujarati dancers

Deepa Balagopal has kindly let me know that one of the “Hmong” embroideries I posted earlier was miscategorized – the elephant design is actually an Indian design, although the cross-stitch is Hmong style. It’s long enough ago that my parents … Continue reading

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Silk Ribbon embroidery tutorials

NOTE: Unfortunately the original blog disappeared 😦 The website is no more. So I removed the links. I’d like to introduce y’all to a Turkish blog with some seriously beautiful silk ribbon embroidery tutorials and needlework. (Some of them are … Continue reading

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Derwentwater Designs

I thought I’d mention some kits that caught my eye the other day. These are combination cross-stitch center/blackwork frame designs of wildlife from Rose Swalwell of Derwentwater Designs (couldn’t find the designer homepage, so I picked a shop). In the … Continue reading

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Armenian embroidery

I’ve been reading about Armenian embroidery! The examples on this particular site are all based on complex interlacings of variations on the herringbone stitch. This results in somewhat stylized geometric designs, like the embroidered cross in the photo to the … Continue reading

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Tutto Ricamo (Italian)

While looking at Italian embroidery the other day, I discovered Tutto Ricamo, which is an Italian site (available in both English and Italian) with a huge amount of information on Italian embroidery history, types of embroidery,  a number of tutorials … Continue reading

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Antique Italian needlecraft magazines

Today I’m just going to point y’all to Italian Needlecrafts, which (in addition to selling Italian needlework supplies) has available free scans of a number of editions of two magazines from the early 1900s: Il Ricamo Illustrato and Il Ricamo. … Continue reading

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Kyoto Adventure: Japanese embroidery

Tuesday there were lots of people talking about the Japanese Festival of Needles (on stitchin fingers). So I thought I’d write about my experience with Japanese embroidery when I visited Kyoto. A few blocks from where we were staying, there … Continue reading

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Yet more crewel

I seem to have plenty of crewel embroidery fans reading my blog, so I will mention two more companies from the other side of the world, in case y’all don’t know about them. Here are three designs from Cindy Cooper … Continue reading

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