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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Blackwork Pattern Book: Ensamplario Atlantio

¬†String or Nothing has posted a brand new free blackwork pattern book, Ensamplario Atlantio! It’s pretty cool – there are over 200 patterns in there. The patterns range from simple geometric repeats to stag heads and griffins. Anyway, if you … Continue reading

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Blackwork and Color Theory

Kathy at The Unbroken Thread recently completed an absolutely beautiful blackwork piece. The first photo is the finished piece. The second photo is missing some of the border, but it is at less of an angle so you can see … Continue reading

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Turkish-esque embroidery

Ever since I ran across this etsy shop by chance, I’ve been dying to learn more about Turkish embroidery. The work there is really beautiful (shockingly expensive, too). So I’ve been desperately ransacking the internet looking for information. I still … Continue reading

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