Here’s an interesting embroidery website that focuses on types of embroidery and needlework from around the world. You’ll find at least a definition of every type of regional needlework, and many of the definitions have photos attached.
Ethnic Fiber Art, LLC, is a website devoted to the world of ethnic needlework techniques.
The needlework techniques database is an easily accessible database divided into the names of techniques or into regions, whichever search method you prefer. When you search the technique, you’ll get a definition or a description of how it is executed, the country of origin, and often a photo of a needlework piece.
So if you’ve ever wondered what Tvistsom is, you can look it up by the technique name, or, if you know it is a Swedish technique, you can search under Sweden. You’ll find out that it
uses long-armed cross stitch, but changes stitch direction in parts of design. Yarns often tweeded. Originally used wool thread on canvas, but many mutations during its history. Durable embroidery traditionally used for seat cushions, etc.
And you’ll even get a photo:
You can look up Toroko Stitch and find out that it is a Hungarian technique used as a filling stitch.
And, if you’ve heard of Temari and don’t know what it is, you can look it up and find out that it is a Japanese technique for wrapping and embroidering balls with geometric shapes.
You’ll also find a nice list of tips and hints for different embroidery techniques. And, if you want to get lost a bit online, you’ll find a nice list of links for different regional embroidery techniques. A couple of the links are outdated, but most of them are not. They provide some interesting browsing!
Enjoy the resource!