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
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
(d.) split stitch (including shading)
(e.) raised work
(a.) drawn thread
(b.) pulled thread
(d.) Buratto work
(e.) Reticella or Italian cutwork
6. Stitched Fabric
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.
4. Historical Use
of Needlework, Tapestries & Portraits
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 http://www.bentonandjohnson.com/
Located in the UK. Excellent source for metal threads. Contact them
via email to inquire about overseas shipments.
- Berlin Embroidery http://www.berlinembroidery.com/
Located in Canada. Another excellent source for metal threads, with
photos of all types.
- Clotilde http://www.clotilde.com/cl/index.asp
Mostly modern sewing notions many useful for needlework.
- Hedgehog Handworks (SCA) http://www.hedgehoghandworks.com
Needlework supplies, oriented to SCA members and historical costumers
from many times.
- Lacis (WK) http://www.lacis.com
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
- Leon Conrad Designs http://www.leonconraddesigns.freeserve.co.uk
specializes in blackwork designs, but includes some other styles as
- Madonna Needleworks
A supplier of fabrics, tools, and threads located in the south Bay
15750 Vineyard Boulevard, Suite 170
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Toll Free: 1.877.776.4476
Store Hours: 10am to 5pm, 7 Days a Week
- Needle In A Haystack (WK) http://www.needlestack.com/
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
Toll-free: 877-HAYSTACK / 510.522.0404 / Fax: 510.522.3692
- The Scarlett Letter http://www.scarlet-letter.com/
reproduction historical samplers, and elegant needlework accessories.
- Sew Exciting http://www.sewexciting.com/
based in the United Kingdom.
- Shakespeare's Peddler http://www.shakespearespeddler.com/
- Skinner Sisters (SCA) http://www.skinnersisters.com
Catalog of Fine Needlework Items, includes Stitch On-Line Magazine
and Stitch Archive
- Thread Express http://www.threadexpress.com/
A nice selection of embroidery threads, including silks and metallics.
- Traditional Stitches http://www.traditionalstitches.com/
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 http://www.wyndhamneedleworks.com
specializing in cross stitch, counted thread and needlework
- Zweigart Fabrics http://www.zweigart.com/
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.