Monthly Archives: July 2011

Hand & Lock (Part 2)

I thought I’d mention here that Hand & Lock is opening a new branch in New York City, including a school of embroidery! And they are kicking it off with a big embroidery conference, “Embroidery in the New World” on … Continue reading

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Hand & Lock (Part 1)

My mother recently visited London, so I sent her on an investigative reporting assignment on embroidery! She signed up for a tour of Hand & Lock’s embroidery studio, which was absolutely fantastic. Here is her report: Introduction There are two … Continue reading

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Zacatepec, Oaxaca, Mexico

I am very excited to announce a special series of posts based on the embroidery collection of Dr. Faegheh Shirazi, from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research is on “textiles, dress, gender identity discourse, and material culture in … Continue reading

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Castelo Branco Bird II

I’ve added two petals and two leaves to the Castelo Branco bird embroidery. There’s a long way to go, but I’m starting to get the hang of working with the Portuguese art silks. I have to be very careful about … Continue reading

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Embroidery class

I’m teaching embroidery to some friends of mine. Here is one student’s project so far! All my students started with a hoop, design of their choice, fabric they picked out, a needle, a pile of floss, and some scissors. I … Continue reading

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Finished: Custom House Crewel Bellpull

┬áThis was the very first crewel project that I started. It’s such a beautiful design. I finally picked it back up and finished stitching the hill at the bottom, and it’s done! My stitching has improved a lot since I … Continue reading

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Kasuti Bluebird

This was inspired by a comment from a friend on my post about Kasuti embroidery. The bird is in DMC 3807 blueish purple and the border is in DMC 718. It came out really well! The stitched area is about … Continue reading

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Medieval Middle Eastern counted thread embroidery

I found a fantastic website from Mathilde Eschenbach with charts for medieval Middle Eastern counted thread embroidery (blackwork, pattern darning, cross-stitch) plus photos of the original pieces. Here are a few example thumbnails to inspire you to take a look:

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Software for Embroidery Design I

Folks, I thought I’d make sure y’all are aware of Inkscape, a graphic design software that’s completely free and useful for embroidery design. If y’all are interested in designing and want your designs in digital form, this is very useful. … Continue reading

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Drawn thread experiments

I felt like experimenting, and decided to try out drawn thread work. I worked this from top to bottom, getting increasingly fancy: The first two rows were incredibly easy. I feel like adding hemstitching to everything now! The third one … Continue reading

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