Yippeee! I’ve wanted to do this for So Long! And now, it’s finished: there’s now an alphabetical index of embroidery stitches here on Needle ‘n Thread for your convenience while searching for stitches by name.
This is where I’ve put it, in case you’re ever looking for it:
If you click on How-To Videos in the main navigation across the top of the website, you’ll be taken to the page where all the embroidery stitch videos here on Needle ‘n Thread are indexed. They are divided into five sections: Line Stitches & Bands; Chain, Fly, and Buttonhole Stitches; Detached Stitches & Knots; Filling Stitches; and Miscellaneous Embroidery Techniques.
For easy navigation, in the top left corner (highlighted in the screen shot above), you’ll find a sub-navigation menu that can help you move quickly to the section of the page that you want to visit. At the end of the sub-navigation menu, you’ll see a new category called Embroidery Stitches by Name, from A-Z. This will take you to the alphabetical listing of embroidery stitches, which is found towards the end of the page.
(There’s also a direct link under the main title at the top of the page, for folks who don’t use the sub-navigation menu.)
When you click on the link to the section Embroidery Stitches by Name, from A-Z, this is where you’ll end up (pictured in the screen shot above). To navigate easily from letter to letter, there’s an alphabet in large type, and each letter is a link to the section of stitch names beginning with that letter.
I’m sure there’s still a little bit of work to do in editing and arranging, but the skeleton of the alphabetical index is up, and I hope you find it useful!
Alternate Stitch Names
I cross-checked the stitch names through a stack of about 10 well-known and well-respected stitch dictionaries (old and new) to find alternate names for some of the stitches. If you go through the list on the website and find any alternates I missed, do feel free to drop me a line or leave a comment below. I’d appreciate it!
While cross-checking the names, I learned a lot. For example, the bullion knot has a long and strange list of alternate names, the most vivid being “slug stitch” and “worm stitch.” I suppose they called ‘em as they saw ‘em!
This should end technical announcements for a while.
Over and out.
(Whoops. Sorry, Dad. I know, I know. “Over and out” is incorrect. It’s either “over” or it’s “out.”)