Learn the art of embroidery.

Fine ladies of the realm could often be found stitching away at an embroidery. As ladies were extremely limited in what society permitted them to do, embroidery was something that proved to be both a practical and a dainty way for them to spend their time.

Embroidery stitches can be used to embellish clothing, pillows, quilts and just about anything in the fiber arts. Mixed media artist even sew on cardstock. There are thousands of named stitches but for now, we’ll just explore some of the more commonly used ones. We’ll also be including some vintage embroidery and cross stitch patterns that you can use freely in your own projects.

Russian Chicken Pattern

1871 cross stitch pattern from a book on Russian folklore. Quick and easy little one-color pattern of a stylized bird with a dramatic wing and tail.

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Punch Needle Embroidery

An impulse buy of a needle punch kit at Christmas and the purchase a Dimensions needle punch - my thoughts on the needle and classical embroidery technique.

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Felt Embroidery

A bit of scrap fabric and an embroidery hoop might just be the secret to speeding up your projects and making them a bit more durable.

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Threading Beads Onto Yarn

A quick, easy and cheap way to thread beads onto yarn or thread when your needle is either too big for the beads or too small for the thread.

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Cross Stitch Bug Pattern

This embroidery pattern may be over 100 years old but its appeal is timeless. This cross stitch bug pattern is easy to stitch and quite pretty when done.

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Cross Stitch Background 1

This is the first of what will hopefully be many repeating cross stitch background patterns that I will be sharing with everyone. This one was originally designed by Therese de Dillmont.

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Vintage Cross Stitch Alphabet 2

Our second cross stitch alphabet pattern is for another vintage design. It stitches up somewhat large which would make it better suited for monograms and crafts than a traditional cross-stitch sampler.

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