Monthly Archives: February 2011

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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Plas Teg Bellpull

This is the Plas Teg Bellpull from the Mary Jane Collection (2 feet by 6 inches). I’ve had this for a while. I was so excited about this design that I went and got the floss for it, even though … Continue reading

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On Colcha Embroidery and Portugal

Méri kindly posted a very informative comment on my post about colcha embroidery. It turns out that “colcha” means bedspread in both Spanish and Portuguese. Furthermore, there is a traditional Portuguese style of embroidery which uses a similar stitch to … Continue reading

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