Fun with Embroidery

February is national embroidery month here in the USA.  To celebrate I thought we would talk a bit about embroidery.

What is embroidery?

Wikipedia tells us that embroidery is “the art or handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins.”

Embroidery vs Needlepoint:

Embroidery is a design, on fabric, paper, etc., done with needle and some kind of thread.  Needlepoint is a type of embroidery; however it is only done on a fabric mesh, commonly called canvas. (Thanks to our friends here for this explanation)

Learning more:

Whether you’re looking for someone who embroiders or you’re looking for patterns, I have a couple of ideas for you.

Serena Smith’s embroidery blog

AKDesign’s embroidery blog

A whole library of great designs

Some design ideas plus a whole lot more

And another embroidery website with lots of different ideas and resources.

Do you do embroidery work?  What do you love about it?  Share your thoughts and comments below!

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