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
& Stitches – A collaborative blog (meaning more than one person produces the content) – the focus: contemporary embroidery craft.
Allie’s In Stitches – Allison Aller’s blog, primarily about crazy quilting.
Anna Scott Embroidery – Anna focuses on traditional surface embroidery techniques, like crewel work, stumpwork, goldwork.
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.)
Agulhas Da Meri – Meri lives in Portugal. She writes (in Portuguese and sometimes in English – use Google translate) about Portuguese embroidery, drawn thread work, and the like, with a mix of quilting and sewing and other needlework related crafts.
Beautiful Metaphor – This is Liz Adams blog, covering all kinds of multi-media textile work, including embroidery, goldwork, beading.
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.
A Kimberly Design – especially for the needlepoint enthusiast, lots of contemporary needlepoint and lots of color.
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.
Eleanor Pigman – She’s a bead artist. She features photos of her finished pieces, which she sells. Lots of marine-related bead embroidery.
Eisabetta Ricami A Mano – Italian blog (you can use Google translate to read it) featuring beautiful classic embroidery and monograms.
Feeling Stitchy – another collaborative blog focusing on contemporary embroidery craft.
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.
Gentle work – Featuring simple, clean, and gentle textile art.
Love Stitch – In the Studio – Classic embroidery by an RSN graduate.
In-Stitches – Textile history mixed with contemporary crafting.
Italian Needlework – Jeanine (in Canada) writes about Italian needlework, with occasional tutorials, book reviews, and history.
Janet Granger’s blog – She writes about miniature embroidery, classic embroidery, and project development.
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.
Katherine Diuguid – traditional embroidery, goldwork, and the like, with a bit of personal mixed in, and travel.
Kelly Cline Quilting – Primarily about long-arm quilting, she does some amazing things with vintage embroidery pieces.
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.
Materialistic – Kelly Fletcher’s blog focuses on clean, simple, contemporary embroidery that’s very stylish. She has a new book coming out soon.
Ornaments – Orna Willis’s needlepoint blog focuses on needlepoint, color, project progress, classes, threads and so forth.
Pintangle – Sharon Boggan writes from Australia, and her blog focuses on stitch challenges, stitch tutorials, and crazy quilting.
Plays with Needles – Susan Elliott’s blog focuses on embroidery, crazy quilting, lots of eye candy, Japanese embroidery, photography, crafts, and her family.
Rosalie Wakefield – Millefiori – Rosalie focuses on Brazilian dimensional embroidery.
Rose Andreeva – Roniy-Stitch – Written in Russian (use Google translate), lots of traditional embroidery techniques, beautifully executed and often with a fun or interesting twist.
Sarah’s Hand Embroidery Tutorials – A whole lot of embroidery stitch tutorials.
Salley Mavor – Salley’s blog focuses primarily on her Wee Felt Folk, plus a little bit of travel and lots of beautiful photography.
Sebastian Marchante Gambero – Spanish Goldwork and ecclesiastical embroidery is the focus. The blog is not frequently updated, but there’s a lot of beautiful goldwork to explore. It’s in Spanish – you can translate with Google.
Sew in Love – Elizabeth Braun’s blog focuses on embroidery techniques (with some tutorials), general embroidery discussion, travel, and personal topics.
String or Nothing – The focus here is blackwork, samplers, cross stitch, historical designs, some knitting and embroidery patterns.
So September – The focus here is on contemporary embroidery craft and other crafts.
The Crafter’s Apprentice – Wendy’s quest is to conquer all crafts – embroidery, needlework, etc. – and she writes about them as she tackles them.
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.
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.
The Unbroken Thread – Kathy Andrews writes from Germany (in English), focusing on various techniques, needlework-related travel, some tips, and project updates.
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.
Tortoise Loft – Sue Jones writes from England about her pursuits in embroidery and other needlework.
Two Nerdy History Girls – The focus is mostly costuming, but some historical needlework, with often funny and peculiar snippets from history in general.
Two-Handed Stitcher – Laura Perin’s blog on needlepoint features her designs, project development, color, threads, and class information.
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.
William Morris in Quilting – Michelle Hill is an avid Morris fan who quilts and designs. She writes from Australia about quilting, travel, and Morris-related stuff.
Y*Handmade – Yuki Sugashima writes from Japan about handcraft, embroidery, and life in Japan. She has a new book coming out. Her blog is in English and Japanese.
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!