Monthly Archives: July 2011

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: … Continue reading

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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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Goldwork Chrysanthemum Petals

I started outlining the petals on the chrysanthemum from the Mary Jane Collection. I photographed it in the sun so y’all can see the shine. And here’s a photo taken in the shade, so no sparkles: The gold hanging loose … Continue reading

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Kasuti: Indian cousin to blackwork

Kasuti is a type of embroidery from Karnataka, India. Like blackwork, it is geometric and worked in double running stitch. However, it is traditionally very brightly colored. I found a few books in the library on the subject, and have … Continue reading

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