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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Embroidery Book Online: Higgin’s Handbook of Embroidery


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Well, I’m sort of back – but not for anything lengthy! Thank you all for the very good wishes and encouragement. It was an “interesting” weekend, to say the least. Surgery is not perhaps the most advisable way to extend your summer vacation!

But, to move on to Much More Exciting Topics, let’s get back to needlework! Here’s a pretty nice little online book you might want to browse through, when you have time.

Project Gutenberg offers L. Higgin’s Handbook of Embroidery for readers interested in needlearts. It’s a relatively simple book that includes information on different embroidery techniques, stitch information (with simple diagrams), and tips on finishing and so forth.

L. Higgin's Handbook of Embroidery from Project Gutenberg

As you can see, the diagrams are relatively simple – but don’t be deceived by them! The book contains really good information for beginners to advanced embroiderers.

So if you have time, do take a peek!

Tomorrow, if all goes better, I’ll be showing you some photos of gold threads. Keep your fingers crossed!

Thank you again for your kind support and good wishes! See you tomorrow!


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  1. What?? Well, you didn’t need that gall bladder anyway. 😉 Sorry, dear. I hear the pain is rough when one goes bad.

    I’ve posted all over your site since I discovered it yesterday and I can predict a new addiction. (Tough time to learn about stash give-aways; I’d’ve tried for that one!)

    Know you’ll mend quickly. Your fans are praying for you.

    Bubba’s Mom

  2. Mary
    I am sorry to hear that you have had a problem and hope that your recovery continues to proceed rapidly. Thinking of you

  3. I hope your recovery is a speedy one. I look forward to your emails each and everyday. I have learned so much from your Needle & Thread site and your videos are so easy to understand! You put so much into all that you do and I truly appreciate it, and now this online book…WOW!
    Thanks so very much.
    May God bless you and keep you!
    Annie (Michigan)

  4. THANK YOU so very much for taking the time to video these embroidery stitches.

    My family is not into arts and crafts but I LOVE to sew and I wanted to embellish the caps I make for my daughter (she is autistic so no lace, buttons or such) and embroidery is a great way to add beauty and personality for her.

    I searched every craft store in my area and found only 1 book on embroidery. I am a visual learner and your page is a GODSEND.

    Thank you very very much.


  5. Thank you so much for this. I was looking for a design for my next silk shading project, a little reticule for my friend Suey, and the illustrations between the chapter may well yield the perfect design.

    With that and the inspirational use of purples in your last post, I should need no more inspiration!

    Though I am going to force myself to finish the stomacher (based on one of the Dillmont designs you linked to) first, even though it’s too late to wear it with the dress I made, it’s so nearly done!

    I’m not a great commenter, but I read your journal faithfully through LJ, and have found inspiration in it for more than one project, so thanks for all your good work!

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