Embroidery is a type of handicraft or work of art that deals with the practical use of thread and needle to decorate fabric and other pieces of textile materials. It is an ancient form of creative art, which involves the design of other materials such as quills, metal strips, pearls and beads. In recent times, it is regarded as a classical form of art which is considered as a great way to customize and decorate fabrics and clothes.
History of Embroidery
Embroidery History: A brief history of the art of embroidery.
History of Embroidery: History of embroidery, from its inception to the middle age.
American Embroidery History: Comprehensive information on the history of American embroidery.
English Embroidery: Summary of the history of English embroidery.
Time line: All about fashion time line and influential designers.
Textiles history: A guide to textile history, various types of textiles and their importance.
Black work Embroidery (PDF): A brief history of black work embroidery.
History of Knitting (PDF): A brief history about knitting and knitting tools.
Embroidery Groups and Other Organizations
The Embroiderers' Guild of America: The group provides opportunity for anyone who has interest in the art of embroidery.
American Needlepoint Guild: Non-profit organization dedicated to the art of needle point.
National Academy of Needlearts: Organization devoted to the advancement of embroidery.
Embroiderers' Association of Canada: A non-profit organization aimed to preserve techniques and challenges in the art of embroidery.
Winnipeg Embroiderers Guild: Founded in 1973, the group is filled filled people interested in needle arts.
Ontario Network of Needleworkers: Group that represents nearly 1,000 needle workers.
UK Embroiderers' Guild: The UK's leading crafts organization, sharing opportunities for creativity and discovery among embroiderers.
Meridian embroidery: A society that is positioned to promote the beautiful art of historical embroidery.
Cross Stitch Guild: The Cross Stitch Guild deals with cross stitch and all other forms of embroidery.
Minnesota Needlework Guild: An organization that focuses in the art of needlework and designs, through educational programs.
California Association of Machine Embroidery: All about California association of machine embroidery.
Machine Embroiders of Oregon and Washington: A nonprofit educational group of machine embroiderers with a defined objective that focuses on machine artistry and embroidery.
New England Region EGA: An organization that is open to anyone; to share their love for the art of embroidery and stitching.
Carolinas Region EGA: Carolinas Region includes 18 chapters located in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia.
South Central Region EGA: Represents over 1,850 members from states such as Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Sun Region EGA: An organization that celebrates and appreciates the heritage of embroidery, through research, education and exhibition.
Embroiderers Guild Victoria: A guidance group in Victoria. Australia, where members meet monthly to discuss and focus on a specific technique of embroidery.
Queensland Embroiderers' Guild: A place where group of members, as well as beginners meet to express their interest for embroidery.
Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild: An embroidery guild located in Northern Ireland, which provides an environment for people to learn new skills in embroidery through demonstration, workshops and lectures.
Association of Weavers and Spinners: An association for spinners, weavers and dyers.
Textile Study Group: A place where group of successful textile artists share their skills, imaginations and ideas for the art of embroidery.
Needle Work Stitches: A Guide to stitches, such as border stitch, straight stitch, interweaving stitch and pulled thread stitches.
Madeira Stitches: Info about Madeira stitchery.
Stitch Classification: A tutorial that can help embroiders identify and learn different types of stitches.
Effects of Stitches Pattern on the Behavior of Fabrics (PDF): An experimental study on the importance of stitching, fabrics and textiles.
Brazilian stitches: An overview of the various forms of Brazilian embroidery stitches.
Stitches types: A site that explains the various types of embroidery stitches.
Embroidery Stitches Page: A web page that provides step-by-step embroidery stitching tutorials.
Hand stitches (PDF): A practical guide to hand stitches .
Basic Embroidery Stitches: Instructions on how to do basic stitches.
Embroidery Technique Videos: Watch videos on the different types of embroidery stitching.
Stitches Used in Medieval Cloths: A tabular description of stitches used in medieval clothing.
Additional Embroidery Resources
Embroidery Library: Tons of embroidery designs.
Creative Machine Embroidery: Magazine for embroidery enthusiasts that offers tips, techniques, and patterns.
Embroidery Designs: A site that offers thousands of embroidery designs, fonts, and patterns.
Embroidery and Embroider: Find more than 400 different Assisi embroidery patterns.
Embroidery Online: Embroiderers one stop shop for designs and supplies.
Designs in Machine Embroidery: Magazine focused on educating and inspiring readers on all aspects of embroidery.
Oregon Patch Works: Website that offers free design downloads and as well tutorials .
ABC Embroidery Designs: Embroiderers can find lots of embroidery supplies and designs and here.
4-Hobby Embroidery: Website offers a free machine embroidery design download which they add new designs monthly.
Stitches: Useful embroidery tips, product information and news.
Sweet Embroidery: Sweet Embroidery has more than 33,000 high quality designs for embroiders to choose from.
Bunnycup Embroidery: This online store features a large selection of machine embroidery design sets, some of which are free to download.