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Embroidery Inspiration | Shamrocks and Clovers. Baby wrapper embroidered with tiny shamrocks.

Embroidery Inspiration – Shamrocks & Clovers

Everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so today I’m sharing some shamrock and clover embroidery inspiration. One of my favorites is this gown in Dior’s Spring/Summer 1953 collection. It’s a riot of greenery and clovers accented with bright pink-purple berries (or maybe clover blossoms?). Met C.I.60.21.1a, b. Another fun example is
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New Year Embroidery Giveaways

As the new year approaches, do you have any goals to learn or perfect a skill next year? If embroidery is on your list, read on! Learn a New Skill Starting January 1st, I’m running another round of my popular Beginning Hand Embroidery class. In this class, we cover a dozen basic embroidery stitches that
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Embroidery Inspiration – April Showers Bring May Flowers

Spring is finally here in the PNW, and not a moment too soon! In honor of May Day, here is a round up of embroidered items that capture the pastel loveliness of springtime. Let’s start with this fragment of embroidery featuring a trellis full of tulips, daffodils, and other flowers, from 1860-80. While not exactly
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Embroidery Inspiration – Chenille

Chenille is one of my favorite styles of embroidery, because it creates a lush, velvety surface while being a very easy technique to master. It’s all in the thread, and true chenille thread is as soft and fuzzy as the caterpillars it is named after. Somewhat resembling a pipe cleaner, chenille thread is made of
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Matching an All-Over Design

Matching design elements up neatly is one of the topics I get the most questions about. It can be a bit intimidating, so in this post I want to show you a real life example of matching up one of my designs. First, in case you’re thinking “of course her examples are going to be
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18th c court suit embroidered with pansies and roses on violet velvet

Embroidery Inspiration – Violet and Violets

It’s springtime, the lilacs and pansies are in full bloom, and the only thing I’m missing is a patch of delicate wild violets. They’re one of my favorite springtime flowers, and sadly, I have none in my current yard. Obviously, I need to fix that! In the meantime, let’s take a look at all manner
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18th c court suit

Embroidery Inspiration – 18th Century Embroidery Styles

The 18th century was a glorious time for embroidery, and a sample from that era ends up in nearly every one of my Embroidery Inspiration posts. However, individual items don’t really give you an idea of what was happening during the century. So this week, let’s take a walk through the timeline of 18th century
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School monogram sampler

Embroidery Inspiration – Monograms

Can you imagine a household filled with monogrammed napkins, pillowcases, silverware, lingerie, luggage, and more? Having grown up in a home completely devoid of monograms, it feels delightfully exotic. This week, let’s take a look at embroidered monograms for the home and wardrobe. Monograms served a practical purpose, of course, to link together the object
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Embroidery Inspiration – Spring Green

Spring may not have fully sprung yet, but there are green buds on the trees here. How about a little inspiration to add some spring green to your costuming wardrobe? Up first for your consideration, this glorious redingote of moss green and pale pink silk embroidered with lily of the valley. This is one of
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Embroidery Inspiration – 17th Century Embroidery Styles

For this week’s Embroidery Inspiration, let’s talk about the different styles of embroidery used in the 17th century. This is a particularly fascinating century for me as a historical costumer, since there are times when embroidery is lavishly used on clothing, and other points where it seems not to be used at all. At the
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