Your guide to online stitch instructions

by kath_red on 03/10/2008

in Fibre+Needlework

I love a good stitch guide – clear instructions, good images, and maybe even a bit of historic background. Here are some of my favourite online guides – do you know of any more – please leave a comment.

Primrose design has a stitch guide that can be found in her sidebar – lots of clear images of how to do the stitch as well as some lovely examples.

From Creative living media – the I can make it myself stitch guide – nice illustrations and clear instructions.

page of stitches
(unclear what site this is from though)

In a minute ago has an updated stitch dictionary with an image and some historic background.

Embroiderers guild stitch guide
– good illustrations and instructions.

pattern bee has 6 basic stitches

Rissa from pretty impressive stuff keeps an updates list with links to stitch images here

Chest of books – online archive of books that are out of copyright – where you can find decorative needlework by May Morris published in 1893 – a fantastic resource full of indepth discussion, history, uses and great illustrations.

embroidery stitch video library [via craft] at needle and thread. Needle and thread also have an incredible resource of stitches as illustration and instruction – embroidery stitches.

vintage sewing has a lovely resource of techniques taken from the 1926 book The New-Way Course in Fashionable Clothes-Making.

Beeton’s book of needlework published in 1870 – is not online – presented here in it’s entirety for your gentle use. – instructions and patterns for tatting, embroidery, knitting, crochet, netting, monograms, lace …

Another fantastic vintage resource is The Encyclopedia of Needlework by Thérèse de Dillmont published in 1884. (where the above image is taken from). Also The Handbook of Embroidery by L. Higgin and edited by Lady Marian Alford published in 1880 by authority of the Royal School of Art-Needlework.

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1 Ingrid October 4, 2008 at 8:33 pm

Wow, such great resources. Thanks for compiling them all.


2 suzie frizzell October 4, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Thanks so much for the link to the May Morris book- I’ve been looking for it
for years!

If you go to the project gutenburg website and type “embroidery” into their
search engine- you will find links to several facinating books including Grace Christie’s “Embroidery and Tapestry weaving”



3 janet October 6, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Thanks for the shout out for Stitch School! I originally started doing the embroidery posts because published instructions for some stitches (French knots, especially) just made no sense to me—unclear and confusing directions and simple line drawings just weren’t helping. Apparently I’m not the only one who was having problems because the response has been overwhelming. I get thank you comments and emails on these posts just about every day.

I’m fascinated with vintage embroidery so will definitely be checking out some of your other suggestions. Thanks!


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