Hello! In this section we post information here on tips and tricks for stitchers by stitchers.
The Royal School of Needlework celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2022 with a special exhibition "150 Year of the Royal School of Needlework: Crown to Catwalk" at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. They have brought elements of the exhibition to the world virtually on their website for you to enjoy.
This is an interesting video, where the process of making clothes by hand is studied and the value of clothes historically is addressed.
An interesting video about the traditional process of turning flax into linen. As this Irishman points out, much of this is done by machines today, but you will enjoy seeing how this used to be done.
One of our members recommends Liz Almond’s Blackwork Journey site. She does a lot of designing with pulled work and couching, as well as blackwork. Her site has a LOT of freebies if people are interested in trying things out. She also has a lot of free PDF books about techniques and design.
Of particular note is her January, 2020 blog. In addition to her design musings and hints of what’s coming, she has an interesting article on Viet Nam and a fascinating look at fiber artist Marian Jazmik. At the end of the blog is an extensive catalog of needles, their uses and sizes (from John James).
This is a great article, where a group of women work together to complete a needlework project, encompassing several types of needle crafts.
This tutorial by Lorna Bateman is a good start to learning Silk Ribbon Embroidery.
Phulkari is an intricate handmade Indian embroidery. It's practised mostly in the northern Indian state of Punjab.
It features colourful intricately woven flower patterns. But its existence has been under threat from modern embroideries that are made on machines. But a group of women are trying to return the Phulkari to its glory days.
They have been successful in not only making the younger generation understand the importance of the craft but they have also also been able to run a financially viable business.
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