Resources and Weblinks

Resources & Web Links

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1. Other SCA Needlework Guilds

Visit our "sister" guilds throughout the Known World!

  • An Tir:

An Tir Embroiderers and Embellishers Guild (groups only)

  • The East:
  • Artemesia
Royal Needlework Guild of Artemesia (link broken)
  • The Gilded Pearl:
The Gilded Pearl
oriented to the study of the Renaissance Period (c.1450-1650), based in the East Kingdom.
  • Atlantia:
  • Lochac:
  • Caid:
Caid School of Needlework (mailing list only).
  • Meridies:
  • Calontir:
  • Middle:
Middle Kingdom Textile Artisan Guild
Guild of Withie and Woolmongers
  • Drachenwald:
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The West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild does not endorse any of the sites listed here, nor do we have any financial connection with any of the shops. These listings are for information only.

2. Historical Information on Stitches

Many of the stitch techniques below have links to sites which describe how to do the stitch, have information on the historical techniques, images of actual historical textiles or patterns, and/or historically inspired patterns or pieces.

1. Counted Thread
(a.) cross stitch
(b.) Assisi work
(c.) counted-thread blackwork
(d.) pattern darning
(e.) other

4. Metal Thread
(a.) surface couching
(b.) or nué
(c.) bullion work
(d.) underside couching

2. Canvas Work ("needlepoint")
(a.) tent stitch
(b.) cross stitch on canvas
(c.) brick stitch
(d.) upright (Gobelin) stitch
(e.) satin stitch

5. Surface Embroidery
(a.) basic stitchery
(b.) laid work
(c.) beadwork
(d.) split stitch (including shading)
(e.) raised work

3. Whitework
(a.) drawn thread
(b.) pulled thread
(c.) cutwork
(d.) Buratto work
(e.) Reticella or Italian cutwork

6. Stitched Fabric
(a.) quilting
(b.) trapunto
(c.) smocking
(d.) appliqué

3. Historical Needlework Design Source Books On-line

Books or portions of books now on-line which would have been used to draw inspiration for historical needlework.

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4. Historical Use of Needlework, Tapestries & Portraits

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5. Commercial Sources of Supplies and Patterns

These are presented in alphabetical order.

SCA = focus on SCA-period historical needlework & supplies
WK = located in the West Kingdom

  • Benton & Johnson
    Located in the UK. Excellent source for metal threads. Contact them via email to inquire about overseas shipments.

  • Berlin Embroidery
    Located in Canada. Another excellent source for metal threads, with photos of all types.

  • Clotilde
    Mostly modern sewing notions many useful for needlework.

  • Hedgehog Handworks (SCA)
    Needlework supplies, oriented to SCA members and historical costumers from many times.

  • Lacis (WK)
    Supplier of books, tools, and threads for a wide number of needlearts and handcrafts. Worth a visit when you're in the SF Bay Area.
    2982 Adeline St.
    Berkeley CA 94703
    Hours: Mon-Fri 1 PM - 5:30 PM / Sat 11 AM - 5:30 PM
    phone: 510-843-7290
  • Leon Conrad Designs
    specializes in blackwork designs, but includes some other styles as well.

  • Madonna Needleworks
    A supplier of fabrics, tools, and threads located in the south Bay Area
  • 15750 Vineyard Boulevard, Suite 170
    Morgan Hill, CA 95037
    Toll Free: 1.877.776.4476
    Local: 1.408.776.6857
    Store Hours: 10am to 5pm, 7 Days a Week

  • Needle In A Haystack (WK)
    A supplier of fabrics, tools, and threads located in the SF Bay Area, now in a new and very large location.
    1533 Webster Street
    Alameda, CA 94501
    Hours: Tue-Sat 10:30-5:30 / Thur 10:30-7:30 / Sun 12 - 5 / Mon by appointment only
    Toll-free: 877-HAYSTACK / 510.522.0404 / Fax: 510.522.3692
  • The Scarlett Letter
    reproduction historical samplers, and elegant needlework accessories.

  • Sew Exciting
    based in the United Kingdom.

  • Shakespeare's Peddler

  • Skinner Sisters (SCA)
    Catalog of Fine Needlework Items, includes Stitch On-Line Magazine and Stitch Archive

  • Thread Express
    A nice selection of embroidery threads, including silks and metallics.

  • Traditional Stitches
    Located in Canada and all prices on the website are in Canadian dollars - they offer a currency converter for web-surfers from other countries. Reproduction historical and new historically inspired samplers are among the products they sell.

  • Wyndham Needleworks
    specializing in cross stitch, counted thread and needlework

  • Zweigart Fabrics
    Producers of fine needlework fabrics. They don't sell retail, but their website has pictures of their excellent products and a listing of retail needlework stores that carry their products.

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This web page last updated on 9-21-09