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Here are the top ten articles for the Embroidery Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Free Project: Freestyle Embroidery Gillyflower
A favoured motif for Elizabethan and Jacobean embroiderers, the Gillyflower design is a pretty way to decorate a shirt pocket or use a row of them on a guest towel.
2. Five Basic Freestyle Embroidery Stitches
Freestyle embroidery looks intricate and hard, but by mastering these five basic stitches, you can turn out complex pieces with ease!
3. Five Crewel Embroidery Stitches
Now youíve mastered basic embroidery stitches, itís time to take it to the next level and look at some Crewel Embroidery stitches.
4. Couching and Laid Work
Couching, whilst also being a description of where many of us sit to embroider, is also a technique going back over a thousand years and can produce works of stunning intricacy, as well as simple bold designs.
5. Or Nue Embroidery
Itís been used for some of the most sacred embroideries, and this combination of gold and colours still shows itís beauty in modern embroideries.
6. Care of your Embroidery Tools
Your embroidery tools are vital to producing an exquisite finished product, so make sure you take good care of them.
7. Inspired to Design
Ever wondered how to get inspiration to design your own piece of embroidery? Just look around you!
8. Using Metal Thread
Metal thread embroidery can be one of the most rewarding Ė and difficult Ė types of embroidery to attempt. Knowledge of the different types of thread, and the proper tools to use can make this technique much easier.
9. Opus Anglicanum Embroidery
The most admired embroidery technique during the middle ages was Opus Anglicanum Ė or English Work. This technique used simple stitches but the beauty of the work relied on the skill of the embroiderer
10. Embroidered Monograms
For hundreds of years, Monograms have been used to mark household linen, and to show status. With a few easy stitches, you can create your own heirlooms!
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