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Ethic Embroidery Website – Great Resource


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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 A couple of the links are outdated, but most of them are not.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!


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  1. What wonderful resources you find.
    These latest are interesting to me as I am always on the lookout for new techniques.

    I love your site! Keep up the good work!

  2. More stitch techniques!! I guess, they belong to a category under their location origin, then all the techniques coming from the place or country, with a description of the stitches used and how they are distinguished from the more common techniques. Maybe it is the unique colorway or design. Like, Schwalm is a german regional whitework technique with flowers and birds designs, pulledwork outlined usually with chain stitches.
    I own books on various stitches. So far the thickest, which covers the most techniques, is the Thérèse de Dillmont encyclopedia. Unfortunately, she has not lived long enough to complete the list. somebody has to. If I could afford to buy all the books in the world of embroidery, I would do the research work. There are just not enough information in the internet.
    I guess, you are on the top of the list. Embroidery guilds websites do not even come near your passion on writing about embroidery techniques. 🙂

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