If you haven’t had a chance to visit the website of needlework teacher and designer, Jane Zimmerman – or if you didn’t know about it before now – here’s a good opportunity to get acquainted with a fantastic lady who revels in historical needlework of various types and canvas work…
Jane Zimmerman’s website hosts some really valuable information for the embroiderer, and, because the site is relatively new, you can be sure that the future will bring much more of the same quality information, so it’s a site you probably will want to bookmark and come back to over and over again.
For starters, there’s a section on the website titled Needlework History. Here, you’ll find an index of articles on different aspects of historical needlework. The first three articles are already available as PDFs. They cover the following topics: The Medieval Embroidery Technique of Or Nue, English Medieval Embroidery, and The Art of English Blackwork. If you like the historical aspects of needlework, don’t miss these articles! They’re well-written – and they’re packed with pictures!
On the how-to side of things, don’t miss Jane’s Needlework Techniques page. The first two chapters on techniques are available as PDFs. The first chapter focuses on instruction in traditional Or Nue techniques (gold threads couched with colored silk), and the second focuses on adapting Or Nue to canvas work. Both are detailed “how to” articles, with instruction and photos. They’re wonderful resources!
Besides the historical and instructional side of things, you’ll find on Jane’s site two nice galleries: one features guest artists, and the other features her own students’ work. Definitely worth browsing if you like to look at photos of fine needlework!
In addition to information and photos, you can also purchase some of Jane Zimmerman’s self-published needlework books, needlepoint kits, and instructional charts and booklets for different projects.
I hope you enjoy browsing her site as much as I did. If you have the time and the opportunity, do read her articles! They’re well worth it!