Category Archives: Free resources online

Japanese thimbles

This post is about handmade Japanese thimbles (like the one with the watermelon design)! Apparently, Japanese thimbles are rings instead of the shape I’m used to. Ma Mercerie by Chloe Patricia is a blog about all the ways you can … Continue reading

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Indian embroidery: Kutch work

This is a type of embroidery from the Indian state of Gujarat, and is especially popular in the Kutch and Bhuj regions. It’s closely related to Armenian embroidery – they both use interlaced herringbone stitch. The Indian designs tend to … Continue reading


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J. F. Ingalls Catalog, 1886

You may know this already, but I thought I’d mention that there’s a free scan of an 1886 embroidery stamping catalog available online. John Governale was kind enough to scan all 255 pages in and release them to the public … Continue reading

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Silk Ribbon embroidery tutorials

NOTE: Unfortunately the original blog disappeared 😦 The website is no more. So I removed the links. I’d like to introduce y’all to a Turkish blog with some seriously beautiful silk ribbon embroidery tutorials and needlework. (Some of them are … Continue reading

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Armenian embroidery

I’ve been reading about Armenian embroidery! The examples on this particular site are all based on complex interlacings of variations on the herringbone stitch. This results in somewhat stylized geometric designs, like the embroidered cross in the photo to the … Continue reading

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Tutto Ricamo (Italian)

While looking at Italian embroidery the other day, I discovered Tutto Ricamo, which is an Italian site (available in both English and Italian) with a huge amount of information on Italian embroidery history, types of embroidery,  a number of tutorials … Continue reading

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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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Indian Embroidery II

One of my commenters, Sharon, requested more information on Kantha embroidery. I think she will be very happy with this post!  I found my information through Deepa’s blog, which has a nice section on Indian embroidery (other embroidery too, but … Continue reading

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Indian Embroidery

I found Lakshmi Sadala’s very cool blog when she commented on one of my posts. I’ve linked all the photos in this post to the original posts on her blog, so you can just click and go look. I absolutely … Continue reading

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Colcha embroidery

Recently I discovered another style of embroidery: Colcha embroidery is a traditional New Mexican wool-on-wool embroidery using the colcha stitch. It dates to the Spanish colonial era (colcha is also Spanish for quilt). When I investigated further, I discovered the … Continue reading

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