Last year here on Needle ‘n Thread, I started a sharing with you a series of Hungarian embroidery designs that have been shared with me – if you would like to read the back story on these patterns, you can find it under Hungarian Embroidery Designs: Lilly’s Legacy. There, you’ll find the story of the artist who drew these embroidery patterns in the first half to the mid-1900′s and of how they were preserved.
Cheating at hand embroidery – how to give the impression of hand embroidery, without really hand embroidering, and yet still call it hand embroidery.
There are certain types of stitchery that could be considered, in a way, “cheater” embroidery. Today, I’m going to show you one of them, by looking closely at an antique tablecloth. Then I’ll babble a bit about the technique and its history and uses and give you some resources.
I learned to embroider when I was a kid - around 10 years old - when my aunt and older sisters were really into cross stitch. Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could... read more>