Embroidery

If you love embroidery, needlecraft or modern stitchery then read on… We have a huge selection of free embroidery patterns and contemporary needlework for you to get stuck into as well as tips, tricks and inspiration on how to use an embroidery hoop and frame.

History of Redwork

The History of Redwork

The History of Redwork is an interesting one. It gets its name from the type of thread that is used. ‘Turkey Red’ is a special colourfast red floss that was developed in Turkey more than 200 years ago. Prior to this red was typically avoided because the colours either faded or ran making them an…

Breathtaking Blackwork Embroidery Portraits

Every now and again, something comes across our paths that is so beautiful we just have to share it. When I was shown some images of portraits created using the Blackwork embroidery technique I was blown away. The results are just mesmerizing. What do you think? Have you created a blackwork embroidery project or have…

5 Reasons Why You Need To Learn Japanese Embroidery

Japanese embroidery is a collection of embroidery techniques that developed over 1600 years ago. According to historians, from the early Heian Period Japanese embroidery was primarily used for decorating the costumes of the Ladies of the Imperial Court. Techniques were often passed down through generations and some techniques, such as Sashiko, were more commonly used…

Maire Curtis talks Japanese Embroidery

We are getting really excited for our next Craft Sanctuary retreat at the end of October. Maire Curtis will be teaching traditional Sashiko, Kojin and Silk Embroidery skills in a truly accessible way. Maire Curtis has written a guest post for us about the Craft Sanctuary and what she will be teaching while there. Only…

Have You Heard The Hype Around Chicken Scratch Embroidery?

When you hear the phrase Chicken Scratch, embroidery probably isn’t the first thing that will come to your mind! But this mesmerising embroidery technique worked on gingham is everywhere right now and it’s awesome. Even the quickest search on Pinterest will result in some truly wonderful Chicken Scratch embroidery projects. From pillows to table runners, ornaments…

Meet the Designer | Stephanie from Hawthorn Handmade

We have something really fun and exciting to share with you. Hawthorn Handmade embroidery kits are now in store. *Insert happy face here* If you have been to any of the major craft shows such as the Handmade Fair or watched Create and Craft TV you will have seen these designs. We caught up with…

D-Day Museum

Overlord Embroidery | The Centrepiece of the D-Day Museum

Overlord Embroidery was built to commemorate the successful Allied Invasion of Normandy on this day, June 6th, in 1944. This inspiring exhibition of 34 panels of embroidery are permanently housed at the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth which is currently undergoing a huge renovation. Each stunning panel is 8 feet long and 3 feet long and when…