Looking for some good sources for information on embroidery? Find them on my links page. I’ll be updating it regularly – for now, some of my favorites, which will help the beginner and inspire the pro…
Here are some great embroidery links – find fabric, patterns, threads, accessories, and more!
Find Needlework (& Related) Supplies Online
Lacis – this is probably the most thorough supply house for any kind of needlework. Lacis is located in California. They have a great online catalog. Their shipping rates are reasonable, but expect to wait a bit if you order with standard shipping, especially if you live in the Midwest or on the East Coast. But don’t let this deter you! Some stuff, you won’t find anywhere else – and you certainly won’t find such an array of embroidery goodies in one spot! Have fun browsing – but for a handy reference, pay the mere $5 for their paper catalog.
Needle In A Haystack – Located in Alameda, California, this store has a great online catalog with a wonderful selection of everything, especially threads. Anything I’ve ordered from them, they’ve either had, or acquired very quickly. The service is friendly and knowledgeable, the prices are good, and their selection is great! Check out especially their large selection of Au Ver a Soie. They have a photo catalog of all the Soie d’Alger online, which is nice when you’re selecting colors. If you’re looking for flesh tones in silk, this is the place to order it, as they have them marked clearly, and the ordering process is really easy!
Berlin Embroidery Designs – Here you’ll find embroidery designs, kits, instructions, and supplies all put together by Tanja Berlin. When I first got into goldwork, this is where I started. Her beginning goldwork kits (the goldwork sampler) are fun to work and really beautiful. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. If you like needle painting, check out her designs. They’re exquisite! She’s in Canada, so whatever we in the US might save on the exchange rate, we pay in shipping. But it’s worth it!
Sage Stitchworks – A neat site for vintage paper embroidery mottoes. These make great gifts for friends and family, and are quick and easy to work up.
Hedgehog Handworks – this is a great site for harder-to-find supplies. They actually specialize in costuming stuff, it seems, but they carry authentic threads, real metal threads, historical books on needlework, plenty of technique books (some that I haven’t come across elsewhere – including a good selection of foreign books), neat tools, fabric, costuming supplies, and the list could go on. It’s an easy-order website, and the service is good and the prices reasonable. And, to top it all off, their logo’s great!
Country Bumpkin – The editors of the A-Z series books and Inspirations Magazine. They have gorgeous stuff! Enjoy browsing their site. If you’re looking for back issues of Inspirations, you can find them here – but beware, overseas shipping can be expensive!
Wendy Shoen Design – a great website for heirloom embroidery. You’ll find children’s clothes patterns and lots of heirloom embroidery projects and kits. Her needle packs are perfect, if you’re looking for a variety pack of needles for general fine embroidery.
Nordic Needle – another thorough supply source, Nordic Needle has been around since the ’70′s. Here, you can find heaps of stuff on hardanger, counted cross stitch, ribbon embroidery, and many other embroidery techniques. They have a great “free pattern” page (mostly hardanger), and they offer a great selection of embroidery kits. Mostly, I use Nordic Needle as a resource for fabric – they carry all kinds of excellent linen. I also purchase harder-to-find tools and accessories here.
Thread Express – This website has a great selection of threads, as well as other accessories and supplies. They “specialize” in Eterna silk, but they have other makers as well, including Au Ver a Soie (limited), Charon collection, Kreinik, Madeira, and plenty of cottons, wools, etc. Their prices are pretty good – they seem to run a couple cents less than other places on the good stuff.
Embroider This! – a great site for pre-finished items ready to embroider. They cater primarily to machine embroidery, but most of the stuff on the site is great for hand embroidery, too. You can find linens, aprons, hankies, dresser scarves, and a slew of other goods here. Looking for baby bibs and receiving blankets? Their interlock stuff is nice. (Yes, you can hand embroider on interlock!) Items are reasonably priced, service is good, and shipping is quick. Look for their specials – you’ll get better deals for things that can be made into good gift items.
Yesterdays Charm – Another site where you can buy pre-finished items, ready to embroider. This shop caters to hand-embroidery, and you will find a bunch of designs for sale here. They also specialize in quilting supplies, mostly for kids’ quilts. You can find very nice towels ready to embroider (under ready-made linens). There’s a little stitch lesson on-line as well, which is great! Browsing through this site is fun, and it shows how easy it can be to personalize the perfect gift.
Mary Brown Designs – Goldwork Supplies in Australia – Mary Brown is an Australian, so if you order from her, you’re ordering from overseas, but the postage is very reasonable, and so are her prices on the metal threads and supplies. Her kits are really beautiful! Check out her website and browse her gallery and her selection of kits. You’ll be impressed! And don’t forget to convert currency when looking at her prices.
Alison Cole Embroidery – Alison Cole is another Australian embroiderer. She specializes in goldwork and stumpwork. Her site includes full kits that you can order (for US customers, remember to convert currency, and don’t forget postage rates!). Her kits are gorgeous! She also has an impressive gallery that’s fun to scroll through. Check out her Or Nue work.
Wooly Thread – If you’re looking for Appleton wool for crewel work, or wool fabrics for blankets, this is the place to look. They have the full range of Appleton wools, at $1.10 per skein, or you can join their Appleton Crewel Club, and receive a selection monthly, until you’ve collected all the colors. This way, they average only 85¢ per skein. Check out their site, and if you’re a wool enthusiast, sign up for their newsletter, which gives advanced notice of specials. Their wool felt, by the way, is Really Nice – thick, firm, and easy for embroidering “in hand” (without a hoop).
Japanese Embroidery Center – This is a great resource for flat silk and for goldwork supplies (imitation and real Jap for couching and embroidery). The website is interesting – lots of photos of
magnificent work of embroidery in the finest of Japanese needlework traditions. For folks who live in the Atlanta, Georgia area, classes in Japanese embroidery are offered throughout the year. The JEC is a non-profit educational organization. Their shipping is reasonable and pretty quick, and the people are really nice and accommodating.
Jane Nicholas: Stumpwork Embroidery – Besides being a stunning website to stroll through (it’s like going for a walk in a beautiful garden on an ideal day), this site is packed with supplies for the stumpwork enthusiast. If you haven’t tried stumpwork and are interested in doing so, this might be the very place you’ve been looking for! Jane has 5 beautiful stumpwork books published, all available on the site, but best of all, she offers kits for the projects in the books! (Great idea!) Check out this site! Even if you aren’t into stumpwork, you’ll enjoy the beautiful stuff! (Make sure to check out her gallery - only three works shown, but wow!) US Shoppers: this is an Australian site, so you’re looking at a lot on shipping. Also, you can find better prices on silk threads here in the States, even with the currency exchange.
Embroidery Informational Websites
Pin Tangle – A great place for browsing through marvelous examples of embroidery and reading interesting embroidery stuff. Check this site out! It’s so much fun. Sharon Boggan’s crazy quilts are works of art, and her embroidery samples are fantastic. The stitch dictionary on her site should be on every embroidery-enthusiast’s list of favorites.
Needlecrafter - Neat website! Whoever runs it has a great embroidery pattern library for surface embroidery projects. They’re pdf files, so easy to print and trace.
Or Nue (PDF) – Ever wonder how to do this type of shaded goldwork? Here, you’ll find good instructions in PDF form from Jane Zimmerman.
Netting – If you like filet embroidery (filet guipere, filet lace, etc.) and you’d like to make your own netting, here’s a website with easy step-by-step instructions. She doesn’t get into any embroidery techniques, but you can learn to make the netting ground by hand here.
The Embroiderer’s Guild of America – Yep, I’m a member. If you don’t have a local chapter nearby, you can become a “member at large” and still take advantage of their workshops and correspondence courses. Their Needle Arts magazine is worth the yearly fees. There’s always something fun in it.
Filet Lace by the Sea – Here’s a great site for learning filet lace and for purchasing knotted filet netting. If you’re interested in filet lace but have never tried it, Filet Lace by the Sea offers beginner kits. You’ll find all the tools to get started with your filet lace project available at this website.
Embroidery Patterns – this link will take you to the embroidery patterns page here on Needle ‘n Thread! I’ve got quite a few patterns available on my site, but also a good list of online pattern sites that are worth browsing.
Much more to come, but have fun with these!