A Brief History of Embroidery Samplers

Many new hands to embroidery are not aware of  the rich history of embroidery samplers.  Samplers are often percieved as nostalgic decorative pieces associated with interior decoration. In the past they have been a method of recording information about stitches, a way of learning stitches and before paper was plentiful a way of …

Crazy Quilt Block 93 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy quilt block 93 is possibly one of my favourites. If you are a new reader to this site the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is set with blocks that are arranged by colour in diagonal lines.  You can see the quilt  in the on the CQ details FAQ page.  My challenge was to have …

Crazy Quilt Block 92 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy quilt block 92 is a little on the autobiographical side as it has a small plastic charm of a house with a sold sign. It marks when we sold out house in Western Australia in order to move East. It was a good move. One of the things we …

Twisted Lattice Band

Twisted lattice band Twisted lattice band creates an attractive band of stitching, which can be used as a border, or, if you do crazy quilting, it is a stitch that creates a quick seam embellishment. You can also work Twisted lattice band row upon row to create an interesting filling. Work …

Delightful hand embroidery patterns that are free

The Antique pattern Library  have published some delightful hand embroidery patterns that are free to use. You will find them listed as E-CL016 Iron-on transfer patterns or simply follow the link This set of vintage  iron-on patterns would be suitable for beginners as most can be worked in stitches such as chain stitch, detached …

How to hand embroider Whipped Spoke Stitch

Whipped Spoke Stitch is also known as whipped ring, raised spokes, ribbed spoke stitch, and ribbed stitch. Most often you see this stitch worked in a circle with the foundation stitches referred to as spokes but you can work this stitch on a line of straight foundations stitches or use it …

How to hand embroider Sailors Edge Stitch

Sailors Edge stitch and Sailors Stitch are similar. I think Sailors Edge Stitch is a variety of Sailors stitch as the main hand motions required to make the stitch are the same.  They are a good example of  how if you change one hand movement in the process it can totally change the look and usage of …