Monday, January 19, 2015

Hand Embroidery Resources...

"Where can I find 'that' stitch ?"
"I want to see the steps involved to learn a stitch."
"Where can I learn how to Hand Embroider ?"

I am often asked about resources for 
Hand Embroidery, so thought I would share
some of my most favorite "go to" sources.

Hands down, my most used resource is 
the A-Z of Embroidery series.
They can be pricey and if you can find
them used, then all the better.
Amazon offers several copies.

The A-Z series is user friendly, clear and concise.

One of my favorite features of this book is the index.
Often I know what stitch I want, however I 
cannot remember what the stitch is called.

This book offers two Stitch indexes.
One with the stitch names and page numbers
and the other is a visual, (a picture of the actual stitch), 
with the name and page number.

"Inspirations" is a beautiful magazine,
dedicated to the art of Hand Embroidery.
It is filled with projects and information on
everything from threads to thimbles.
You can get a subscription, (the magazine is from Australia, so shipping is costly), or it can often be found 
at Barnes and Noble book stores.

And lastly, my old 'stand by'.
What collection would be complete,
without a book by Judith Montano...
Beautiful stitches used to embellish
crazy quilts, with ideas on how to combine stitches.

Any of these books would be a great resource
to the embroiderer.  I have been stitching for 
a lifetime and yet still there are some 
stitches that I have to check...
 "and just exactly how do I 'start' that stitch ?"
So many beautiful stitches to remember.

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Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by.  Life is like that - one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Stitching and pondering the day..


  1. Thanks for sharing your resources. I have a question maybe you can answer. Perhaps you can guide me in the right direction. I've looked online, but haven't found it. When you do a blanket stitch around a piece, how do you start and stop the blanket stitch to make it look like you haven't started and stopped? I am having so much trouble with that. I find directions on how to do the stitch, but not how to end and start again. Am I making sense???
    Hugs :)
    Hugs :)

  2. One of the things I wish I was better at was hand embroidery. I used to do it constantly. Now that I started hooking, I do that. I have a quilt that I am going to start this year and it is mainly hand embroidery. I do love all of those nice stitches. I love your all of the resources you shared. Have a nice day.

  3. Good afternoon, your embroidery books! I have a couple newer books for reference and then my friend gave me the most beautiful, black and white illustrated stitching book from the 1950's. I always tend to just cross stitch, but I love the other stitches as well. That magazine is just beautiful!! I have a couple of older issues. Joann's carries it as well.

  4. I totally agree Rose, the A to Z series is outstanding. I misplaced or lost one over the last year or so and have looked in every nook and cranny. No luck, bought another one (yes pricy) but essential. If I only had some skill!


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