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Recommended by Members


A library of antique patterns and books. Check the site for list of categories.

This ongoing project is an effort to scan craft pattern publications that are in the public domain, to preserve them, so we can keep our craft heritages in our hands. Most of these scans have been graphically edited to make the images easier for craft workers to see, and to reduce file sizes. They are available, for free, to anyone who wants them, for educational, personal, artistic and other creative uses.
Book showing embroidery stitches used in Crazy Quilts in 1884. Note this is a pdf file. Recommended by MaryAnne K.
Online book on Drawn Thread recommended by Mary Corbet

Therese Dillmont 's book written in English - D.M.C. Drawn Thread Work - watch for her two pdf files to download. Don't get impatient. The files can be found about three images down from the top of the page. Watch for the front page shown in the graphic to the left.

A Little Book of Embroidery Basics is just what it says. Recommended by Kristeen

and click on the booklet. This is part of the free projects from the Embrioderiers' Guild of America.

-- a collection of tips and bits of knowledge collected by the author, designed to help a beginning embroiderer with some really basic knowledge about the wonderful world of embroidery in any of its forms, and to encourage an established embroiderer to pursue beautiful stitches. Included are 'The Expert Advises' – invaluable tips offered from some of our teachers!

This is a fascinating site with hundreds of antique booklets ready to download for free. Many techniques and topics - lots of interesting and historical info.
recommended by Beth A


As part of the Royal School of Needlework's 150th Anniversary Celebrations, the first 150 stitches of their new stitch bank have been released with more stitches to be added in the future. Fabulous resource! recommended by Kristeen 
Inspiration & how to deal with creative blocks - recommended by Diane
Dragon's Lair Beads gave us a class
Dragon's Lair Beads web site -
This site, recommended by Debbie, Kristeen, Donna, has some "double hoop" pieces.

Check out the tutorials on this site as well. Lots of interesting tib-bits! Enjoy!

UPDATE: Please find a video here showing a finishing method without glue. Write up to follow soon! That is

Liz Almond starts her second "Box of Delight" new project in October 2018 - recommended by Kristeen

Note that you need to join the group (press the "Join Group" button) to see the designs when they are available.

"Tree of Life" - free pattern for crewelwork of all the provincial flowers.  - recommended by Beth M

It was designed for the first EAC seminar in 1975 and was revised for the latest Winnipeg EAC seminar (2013) to include territorial flowers.  The free patterns for both the original and the revised design and threads have been posted on the Winnipeg Embroiderers Guild website.

Janet Easley Cortrill shows us how to lace our stitched piece- recommended by Beth M
Janet Easley Cortrill shows us how to lace your needle work:
Linda Driskell recommended by Leona

A Linda Driskell miniature Drawn Thread Sampler
The same sampler in Watercolours by Debra Groh
Linda sold the sampler on Etsy at one time, but no longer does. You can see it at

Teresa Wentzler web page recommended by Leona

For free drawn thread pattern:

Stitchfloral blog - recommended by Shirley W

Amina, the author of this blog, is a lover of crafts and especially hand embroidery. You can find a compendium of information related to hand embroidery and other types of handcraft. There are embroidery tips & tricks, tutorials, and “how-to” revelations.

The Art of Drawn Work - recommended by Mary Corbet and Tricia

The Art of Drawn Work is an archived book that Mary Corbet features in her links this weekend.  Written by Mrs. Jennie Taylor Wandle with an original cost of $.50. It was first published in 1891 and now, just a mere 127 years later, it is free to us online.  Lots of illustrations.


Drawn Thread Tutorials by Mary Corbet Recommended by Donna
The Royal School of Needlework on the web recommended by Kristeen & Donna

Nordic Needles Recommended by Kristeen & Donna

Web site has many Free Patterns, Stitch Dictionary, and Stitching Guides. Watch for the menu items on the far right. There's lots of great information here. Enjoy.

When you're discouraged or ready to .... check this out, Recommended by Tricia

A web site for Cross Stitch Recommended by Nancy H
Needle Felted Animals on Pinterest Recommended by Beth​ A



these animals are all made with the felting needle.

Stitch Dictionary - Pintangle
Recommended by Beth​ A

This site is a great resource for how to do stitches and shows many ideas for using them as well. She has a daily stitch challenge/project which is good too.

Thought the group might enjoy some of the textures on this site. Recommended by
Beth​ A
Mary Corbett's voided stitching
Turkey Work - to be used with Learn a stitch - Ghiordes knot- thistle. Recommended by Eileen H.
This is an online stitching group - they get a stitch every week to work - many are working on sampler style things. Some of them are lovely. Recommended by Beth A
Hand embroidered transfer methods recommended by Beth A
Flowers Pinterest web site on all kinds of embroidered flowers recommended by Beth A
Stitch Dictionary - on each page go down to Stitches by Penny and download the file
Felting criters
recommended by Beth A

The Ros Tapestry in Wexford , Ireland
recommended by Theresa L
recommended by Theresa L - zoetrope

Web sites on Bullion knots recommended by Diane D


Gorgeous Pinterest site on embroidery
recommended by Beth A

embroidery - Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests. Read more...
Tangle Patterns: How to draw KLOORZ
recommended by Beth A
Zentangle Patterns
recommended by Beth A

How to make a Zentangle recommended by Beth
Basic but good tips;

Tutorials for many techniques in Embroidery
Stitchin' Fingers: A forum for stitchers, fibre artists, and textile enthusiasts.
Great for the beginner; advanced learners may want to share one of their own tutorials

Embroidery 101 by our own Mary Lou W
and scroll down to the Learn-a-stitch programme of 2011-12 . Here you will find an introduction to Embroidery basics, describing the tools, threads, and materials that we use. There are also links to thread conversion charts.

Blackwork Filling Collection

Blackwork web page - Elizabeth Almond
Blackwork Journey by Elizabeth Almond - scan the column on the left and click on "Freebies"

A Blackwork map of Africa

Tips to organize your threads in a set of drawers

Please have a peek at PENNY BEREN's Blog post today (Mar 31, 2015) where she gives us all a WONDERFUL lesson on how to organize your threads in a set of drawers. Studio cleanup in the spring is always on my list (hasn't really happened fully yet but I think about it a LOT)...and these tips are good!

World Quilts: The American Story

a wealth of information can be found on this web page and the resources it links to. A must read.

We have launched our new website, "World Quilts: The American Story". I was fortunate to serve on the editorial team for this project at University of Nebraska-Lincoln's International Quilt Study Center and Museum. "World Quilts: The American Story" is the first in a series of World Quilts modules sharing IQSCM's collections, research, and related resources.The site includes an abundance of links to other resources, including "Uncoverings" articles now available digitally on the Quilt Index.
We've created this website as a place for people to learn about the depth and breadth of American quilt history. Modules on other worldwide quiltmaking traditions will launch in the future.
(An email from: Jonathan Gregory
, International Quilt Study Center & Museum Quilt House, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, NE)

Mary Corbet

The website’s author is stitcher, Mary Corbet. She covers just about everything in her blog - the latest books, threads, frames, you name it. She shares updates on her progress on various projects and she is currently working on a goldwork ecclesiastical monogram which is stunning. Mary has many tech-nique videos on her site covering a huge range of stitches. The blog is my first go to place when I’m looking for information on anything related to stitching.

I signed up for daily e-mail updates and I am taking an online course from Mary on needle painting. I have to say it’s one of the best organized courses I’ve ever taken.

Mary Corbett's voided stitching visit:

Coloring Book

Beth Abbott came upon this site from a link on Mary Corbett's site - lots of potential stitching patterns here. It is like a colouring book; there are lots of line drawings on just about any topic you can think of.

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Last modified by dhh: September 26, 2021