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Hand Embroidery Around the Traps


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It’s been a long time since I’ve done a “Embroidery Around the Traps” type post. This is my way of cataloging the various needlework websites and goings-on in the online needlework world that I’ve run into while squizzing about the internet lately.

It’s a leisurely meandering – and I hope you enjoy browsing these spots as much as I did!

First up – Trish Burr has a new blog:

Embroidery Around the Traps

Trish will be switching her website domain, so in the interlude, she’s set up a blog, which will continue to accompany her new site. Following a blog is a great way to keep up with new books, ideas, projects and so forth from a designer, so if you love Trish Burr’s work, you may want to subscribe to her newsletter! Trish has two new books coming out next year, one of which is on color in needlework design. I’m really looking forward to that – I can use all the help I can get in that area! Pop on over and say hi!

Embroidery Around the Traps

Another gem worth visiting while you’re browsing about is Yvette Stanton’s new video on knitted fringe for Mountmellick embroidery. It’s really well done, and it makes this finishing step for Mountmellick look easy!

Embroidery Around the Traps

I love Jenny McWhinney’s embroidery projects… and this new design out, called Strawberry Jam, is just too darned cute! I want to make this blanket!!!

Embroidery Around the Traps

Bird Brain Designs has this free Halloween embroidery pattern out, if you’re looking for something to stitch up before the 31st. I didn’t realize it until the other day, but Bird Brain Designs also carries an impressive collection of wool felt, if you’re looking for a source for different sized pieces, or wool felt by the yard. It’s always nice to find a good supplier of felt.

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The Royal School of Needlework has published their first two Essential Stitch Guides – one’s on blackwork and the other’s on crewel work. If you’re looking for new instructional books on those techniques, I would be that these books are pretty impressive. I haven’t seen them yet, but one of these days, I’ll get them and review them.

Hand Embroidery Online

Over on Broderie d’Antan you’ll find a terrific collection of Christmas designs for hand embroidery. They’re little “primitive” drawings of different Christmas subjects, all suitable for … well… whatever you can think of! I was thinking embroidery on felt, for simple tree ornaments or gift tags. They’re fun! Check them out!

Hand Embroidery Online

My First Bambina recently finished a pretty little embroidery project titled “Breath of Spring.” She shows you step-by-step how to embroider some really cut little English daisies in pink and white, worked over felt padding – it’s a great technique to add to your embroidery projects, to make your flowers really stand out!

Hand Embroidery Online

Do you ever visit Susan Elliot’s blog, Plays with Needles? You should! She’ll make you laugh. She always makes me laugh! Her photography is always stunning, too! This past week, she embroidered, appliquéd and sewed up padded mailing envelopes. What an ingenious way to make a mailed parcel rather special – and it’s a great way to recycle already-used padded envelopes. With the holidays coming, think small mailed gifts, or swap exchanges, and things like that.

Hand Embroidery Online

For those of you interested in historic embroidery, Racaire has a new brick stitch embroidery pattern published on her needlework site. Check out her pouch embroidered in brick stitch, to see how she used the pattern. Very pretty!

Hand Embroidery Online

You’ll find a fantastic blackwork sampler pattern – for free! – on Angie’s website. I like it. It incorporates lots of the fillings and line designs found in the Blackwork Archives, all in a neat balanced square. If you’re exploring blackwork these days, this might be a download you’re interested in!

So there’s my latest round-up! I hope you enjoy these online spots. I had fun wandering around through them!

I’m working on refurbishing the How-To Videos here on Needle ‘n Thread – wow. That’s a bigger job than I thought! I’m also making a few more stitch videos to add to the collection, and once the editing is done, I will be publishing those! I can’t wait! The new videos should be much improved over the old ones, 1. because I know a bit more about capturing and editing video than I knew when I started blogging, and 2. because online video hosting has changed a lot over the past three or four years! So I hope I can manage producing the updated versions – keep your fingers crossed for me!


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  1. Oh, Mary, thank you so much for featuring these web sites! I thought I had managed to find all the ones I enjoy, but you came up with about 4 more that I can’t wait to explore! I have also enjoyed your posts on your class project and am also looking forward to, what did you say, a new project that involves silk and goldwork? How fun for you and how fun for us!

  2. How neat! Thanks for sharing with us !
    I already added 2 more blogs to my list and bookmarked some of the other sites :-).
    PS (I’m blushed in a goodway, hope the tutorial comes handy to some)

  3. Mary,
    Thanks for these great sites. I was just on RSN this am as we are tentatively thinking about traveling to London next year, and I have been following Kathy’s trip to the UK on Unbroken Thread avidly. But all the others are new and it looks like you gave me a lot more reading to do!

  4. Thank you Mary…lots of lovely new websites to read (new to me anyway:-) and some old favourates that I never get fed up with reading.

  5. Mary, Thanks so much for all of the information in today’s blog. I’ve looked at each site, but I have a question, maybe a computer oriented one rather than a embroidery one. Do you know how you can read Broderie d’Antan in English. It looks like a great site and I’ve gone back and looked at some older dated blogs and would love to be able to read them. Thanks again.

    1. Hi, everyone! Thanks for your comments!! Oh, Susan – don’t sweat the English thing! I mean, really! I make mistakes all the time…. and I never seem to catch them before the post is permanently embedded in the feed!

      Karen – try Google translator. If you go to the Google homepage, you’ll see a link for “language” right next to the search box. Click on that. There’s a place where you can add a URL and get a translation. It isn’t the “best” translation in the world, but it’ll be good enough to get the gist of what you’re reading! Hope that helps!

      Wow. I didn’t post anything today. I feel guilty. Remiss. Low, even! :-/

  6. Well Mary, I was busy adding all these new sites to my reader, working my way down your wonderful list….and then, I saw me! Thanks for the shout out and I’m SO glad you enjoy stopping by. Plus, I am just thrilled

    I LOVED this post. In fact, you’re reminding me that I should do a post like this soon. It’s always nice to see what other folks are reading since I don’t have time to navigate all the lists.

    P.S. I’m a little intimidated to know you’re an English teacher — I almost never use correct punctuation and grammar on my blog…

  7. I was so pleased and relieved to get the reference for Bits of Stitching. I have been working my way through previous posts that I had missed and have got as far as this. I tried the link for My First Bambina before reading the comments and was afraid I had lost a site that I enjoyed and read.

    Thanks to you and to Bits of Stitching.

    Best Wishes –

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