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Stalking the Wild Assisi
by Baroness Kathryn Goodwyn, O.L. (a.k.a. Kathryn Newell)


Sixteenth Century Blackwork Fill in Patterns.

Blackwork Archives Contains info and patterns for blackwork.


Tantes Zolder's Charts~ On February 2007 Lilian Kok set out to digitise and publish on her blog the handwritten charts for cross stitch she had found in her aunt's attic. By September 2008, when she had reached the bottom of the pile, the collection counted almost 300 images.


Cats who Quilt~ How to Print Photos and Other Art on Embroidery Fabrics Including Linen and Aida.

Designs by Florence Caufield ~ Amongst the National Art Libraries collection of embroidery patterns is a book containing South African flower designs by Florence Caulfield that are fresh and bold and could be adapted for stitching today.


Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread - Tips, Tricks & Great Resources for Hand Embroidery.   Includes free hand embroidery patterns. 

Embroidery and Embroider ~ More then 400 (september 2009) original and traditional high quality embroidery designs: punto Assisi, Florentine embroidery (Bargello), Celtic embroidery, Chinese, Miao, and Alphabets.


The Antique Pattern Library  This ongoing project is an effort to scan needlework pattern books that are in the public domain, to preserve them, so we can keep our needlework heritage in our hands. These scans have been photoedited to make them more useful for needle workers, and to reduce file sizes. They are available, for free, to anyone who wants them, for educational, personal, artistic and other creative uses. Interweave Free Patterns~ Applique, Counted-Thread, Cross-Stitch, Crochet, Drawn Thread, Embroidery, Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Tatting and Unusual Techniques.


The Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese de Dillmont - Full Encyclopedia online. 

The Renaissance ~ Excellent resources for all information relating to the Renaissance period.


African Folklore Embroidery

Belarusian Traditional Ornamental Towels


Embroidery by period



Hungary in PDF Format


Middle East

Russian - in PDF format




Lace Identification ~ Lists of different laces done, with identifying pictures and information.


Elizabethan Smocks and Chemises ~ This site will help generate a chemise/smock that fits your measurements, once you have filled in all the required measurements.

Budapest Exhibit ~ Smocking and Goldwork


Stumpwork Old and New

Elizabethan Sweet Bag


The Henricus Secundus Panel

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