Category Archives: Free resources online

Extraordinary Monograms

Well, I was browsing through the Antique Pattern Library¬†(free, y’all!), checking to see if there were any new or previously-overlooked books, when I discovered this treasure! What a truly epic H! I will definitely have to embroider myself a monogram … Continue reading

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Hardanger Sampler 1

I felt like trying something new, so here’s the start of my Hardanger sampler! I picked stitches that looked pretty in the instructions and tried them out. Turned out great! It’s not hard, actually, though it looks really fancy. Traditionally, … Continue reading

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Punto Antico vs Hardanger

Erica asked if I was sure the piece shown in Hardanger Inspiration was hardanger and not Punto Antico. I thought I’d reply in a post since my answer was getting a little long and perhaps others would be interested too. … Continue reading

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Long and short stitch explanation

This post provides a rather long answer to my lovely reader Wendy’s question from the last post. Here is the photo of the petal from a distance. Here is the petal next to a ruler. The ruler is in inches, … Continue reading

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Software for Embroidery Design II

As a follow up to my earlier post on quality free graphic design software, I thought I’d let you know about top-notch free publishing software. Scribus is useful after you have your diagrams and outlines drawn and photos edited. It … 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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