A few weeks ago, I cleaned out the embroidery & needlework section of my Feedly feed.
Feedly is a feed reader that organizes blogs and news websites that you want to follow regularly, and it keeps track of what you read, what you like, and what you want to return to, to read again.
I hadn’t cleaned my feed out for a long, long time. Over 200 needlework-related blogs were lurking in there. As often happens with blogs, many of them had Died the Death of the Blogosphere. They disappeared. They became defunct. They froze in time, date stamped three years ago. Or they shifted focus completely.
The clean-up job left me with less than a quarter of the original list. Some of them are newer, some of them are tried-and-true and have withstood the test of time. All of them offer something for the embroiderer, from instructional content, to inspiration, to history snippets.
For your weekend reading, I’d like to share with you my Big List of Embroidery & Needlework Blogs worth exploring. So, grab a cup of tea and pull up a chair and join me, while we explore!
So, here it goes – my list (and it’s a long one)! You’ll probably find several blogs on here that you already know. Hopefully, you’ll find some new gems that you can add to your own list of blogs to follow.
The list is in alphabetical order.
A List of Embroidery & Needlework Blogs to Explore
Updated July 2023 – what was once a very long list of active blogs has shortened considerably. I have deleted any blogs that have not been active for at least 6 months.
Allie’s In Stitches – Allison Aller’s blog, primarily about crazy quilting.
Arte Bordado Oro – Cristina Badillo’s blog on Spanish goldwork and ecclesiastical goldwork. It’s not frequently updated, but there’s a lot of eye candy on it. (It’s in Spanish, but you can translate it with Google.)
Big B – Kimberly Ouiment writes about contemporary embroidery craft, featuring her pattern collections, and she has quite a few embroidery stitch tutorials on her site, too.
Chilly Hollow Needlepoint – Jane posts about all kinds of things relating to needlework and what’s going on in the needlework world.
Colour Complements – Lorraine Stobie’s blog featuring her dyed embroidery threads and projects worked with them. Lots of color.
Di va Niekerk – Di focuses on ribbon embroidery and includes tips and photos of exquisite ribbon embroidery on her blog.
Eisabetta Ricami A Mano – Italian blog (you can use Google translate to read it) featuring beautiful classic embroidery and monograms.
Fils et aiguilles – Yolande’s needlework blog is written in French, English, and Dutch, and it covers all kinds of embroidery, from Schwalm whitework to Hardanger and more.
Jessica Grimm – Jessica writes from the Netherlands. Her blog (written in three languages, one of which is English), focuses on classic embroidery techniques, goldwork, crewel embroidery, and so forth.
Karen Ruane – Traditional embroidery with a modern, fun twist. Karen focuses on a lot of whitework and texture, but color creeps in here and there, too.
Lady’s Repository Museum & Diamond K FolkArt – Historical embroidery, woodworking and needlework tools.
Luzine Happel – The focus here is entirely Schwalm Whitework, with lots of tips, techniques, and tutorials. The blog is available in both German and a very good English translation.
Magpie’s Mumblings – The focus is crazy quilting, multi-media textiles and crafts, and general adventures in needlework.
Pintangle – Sharon Boggan writes from Australia, and her blog focuses on stitch challenges, stitch tutorials, and crazy quilting.
Salley Mavor – Salley’s blog focuses primarily on her Wee Felt Folk, plus a little bit of travel and lots of beautiful photography.
String or Nothing – The focus here is blackwork, samplers, cross stitch, historical designs, some knitting and embroidery patterns.
The Embroiderer’s Story – This is Tricia Nguyen’s blog for Thistle Threads, and it focuses on historical embroidery, the development of historical threads and the like, and her classes.
The Rebellious Needlewoman – It’s Hazel Blomkamp’s blog – need I say more? She focuses on classic embroidery with a contemporary twist, Jacobean designs, and so forth.
Threads Across the Web – Carol-Anne’s blog focuses on all kinds of surface embroidery, with emphasis on Japanese embroidery. Lots of project progress to follow, along with tips and inspiration.
Trish Burr’s blog – Trish’s blog focuses on her exquisite needlepainting and her new ventures in modified whitework (whitework with a contemporary twist). The blog is mostly promotional but also features good tips and beautiful embroidery.
Tudor Embroidery – the blog of Cindy Jackson, who focuses on Tudor embroidery in details. It’s a great blog for the needlework history lover!
White Threads – Yvette Stanton writes from Australia (in English – ha ha – just a joke, to see if you’re still reading…), mostly about whitework embroidery, sometimes about other needlework and sewing, and some personal.
Wild Olive – Mollie Johanson writes about cute, contemporary stitching. Her new book Stitch Love is a good one for crafting with kids who are interested in textiles.
The End – Any Additions?
That, my friends, is my current list, although I do have another section of Feedly titled “Other Needlework Crafts” that I haven’t tackled yet.
Do you have any favorite embroidery or embroidery-related blogs that you enjoy and you’d like to recommend? Did I miss any obvious ones? Do you write a blog related to embroidery that you’d like to share? You’re welcome to mention it in the comments below!
Enjoy your weekend!