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.

Redwork Embroidery Tips & Tricks

The art of Redwork is steeped in history. It became widely used when a special colourfast red floss was developed in Turkey some 200 years ago called Turkey Red. Today, Redwork is still a popular form of embroidery with many of the vintage penny squares being used as well as modern alternatives. You can find more…

Bead Embroidery Basics

Bead Embroidery Basics

Bead embroidery transforms everyday objects into luxury items. Beading expert Dorothy Wood runs through the basics of bead embroidery so that you can bring some shimmer and sparkle to your projects. Preparing to embroider If the fabric is flimsy it needs to be supported in a hoop or frame while working so that the beadwork…

Embroidered Felt Tree Decorations

Nancy Nicholson is the undisputed queen of folk-style embroidery. We adore Nancy’s little embroidered felt tree decorations – they are perfect for Christmas but also cute enough for all year round. Made from simple materials – felt and floss – you can have fun playing with different colours and patterns and see what you can…

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…