Embroidery Patterns

Elizabeth I wears a blackwork chemise and
partlet and a gown embroidered with gold
thread and studded with pearls. The  
Phoenix Portrait by Nicholas Hilliard,
c. 1575–76
      In everyday language, a stitch in the context of embroidery or hand-sewing is defined as the movement of the embroidery needle from the backside of the fabric to the front side and back to the back side. The thread stroke on the front side produced by this is also called stitch. In the context of embroidery, an embroidery stitch means one or more stitches that are always executed in the same way, forming a figure of recognizable look. Embroidery stitches are also called stitches for short.
      Embroidery stitches are the smallest units in embroidery. Embroidery patterns are formed by doing many embroidery stitches, either all the same or different ones, either following a counting chart on paper, following a design painted on the fabric or even working freehand.
        Embroidery uses various combinations of stitches. Each embroidery stitch has a special name to help identify it. These names vary from country to country and region to region. Some embroidery books will include name variations. Taken by themselves the stitches are mostly simple to execute, however when put together the results can be extremely complex. Under this page I will include cotton and silk embroidery patterns.
Blackwork embroidery of the 1530s
(left) and 1590s (right).
      There are many stitching techniques used in cotton and silk embroidery patterns. I've listed these here and hopefully will find examples of each for visitors to observe: Stem Stitch or Outline Stitch * Split stitch * Crewel stitch * Basic Chain Stitch * Lazy Daisy stitch * Spanish Chain stitch * Buttonhole Stitch * Blanket stitch * Straight stitch * Running stitch * Satin Stitch * Algerian Eye stitch * Fern stitch * Holbein stitch * Bosnian stitch * Backstitch * Fly stitch * Feather Stitch * Faggoting stitch * Cretan stitch * Cross Stitch * Herringbone stitch * Breton stitch * Sprat's Head stitch * Crow's Foot stitch * French Knot Stitch * Chinese Knot stitch * Bullion Knot Stitch * Coral stitch * Knotted Loop stitch * Plaited Braid Stitch * Sorbello stitch * Diamond stitch * Antwerp edging stitch *Armenian edging stitch * Pendant couching stitch * Bokhara couching stitch * Square laid work * Oriental couching stitch * Battlement couching stitch * Klosterstitch * Roumanian couching stitch * Basic Couching Stitch * Seed Stitch *

Historic Embroidery Designs: Infant Shoes * Cross Stitch Baskets of Flowers * Embroidery Designs for Old-Fashioned Pin Cushions * A Sailor's Collar * windmill cross stitch * Cross-stitch for Cushion Top or Pillow Shams * Old-Fashioned Designs for Plate Doilies * Collar Design in Bulgarian Embroidery * Round Table Mat Design for Either Linen or Leather * Three decorative embroidery borders * Centerpiece in Poppies * Embroidery Patterns of Blue Birds * 30 Tiny Floral Embroidery Stitches for Spring * Simple Cross Stitch Designs for Baby * Embroider Butterflies of Brilliant Hue * Antique Persian Embroidery ***

Redwork Patterns at Prickly Pins: Read The Terms of Use Before Printing: * Nautical Themes * Native American Themes * Big Cat Themes * Victorian Themes * Childhood Themes *

Bluework Patterns at Prickly Pins: Read The Terms of Use Before Printing: Musical Instrument Themes * Peacock  *

More Redwork Links for Quilting & Embroidery: Free Redwork Patterns * Redwork Doll Blanket * Free redwork Kitty Trio * Free redwork “Fairy Tails” by Bobby Socks Quilt Company * Free Primitive Patterns * Free redwork of children * Free redwork from Grandma’s Attic * Free Vintage Patterns from PatternBee * Redwork Pet Patterns *

More Embroidery Links: 2smock * Armenian Embroidery * BellaOnline: Embroidery *Berlin Embroidery * Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery * Celtic Cross Stitch * Chatelaine Designs * Clara Fitzgerald’s Needlecraft Notes * Crazy Quilt Embroidery * Embroidery * Embroidery Methods Guide * Embroidery articles *Ethnic Fiber Art , LLC *Flickr: Embroidered Art * Flickr: Embroidered Motifs * Flickr: Embroidery * Flickr: Embroidery and Science * Flickr: Seam / Couture – Embroidery * Island Ireland: Mountmellick Embroidery *JMD Designs * Jacqui McDonald Hand Embroidery Jean Fletcher’s Stumpwork * Johanna’s Needlework Stitches * Jos Hendriks Embroidery * Kalocsa Embroidery * Needlecrafter.com * Pin Tangle * Pretty Impressive Stuff: Rissa’s Pieces * Russian Punch Embroidery * Sew in Love * The Embroidery Site * Vera Stoll Hardanger Design * Victorian Embroidery and Crafts * Vinciolo’s Les Singvliers Et Novveaux Povrtraicts (1587) * Waterrose Handcrafted Obsession * XQ Silk Hand Embroidery * Young Embroiderers *

More Embroidered Dolls: Shino Suzuki * Pocket Dolls * the littlest things * Saints * Bette Kelly * Narrative Symbols * Jacque Davis * Seams Possible * Dolls from Kyrgyzstan * My Little Sweat Shop * Easter Stuffies * mixed media art dolls * Mimi Kirchner * Shy little doll – redwork * not voo-doo * Traditional Palestinian Doll * Neta Amir * Lesley of Leilalou * Not Grandmother’s Embroidery *


How to begin with embroidery.

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