Transfering Designs to Fabric

Transferring a design to fabric is the first step in most areas of needlework. No method is perfect, and each is better suited to certain fabrics and uses than others. Following is a list of the ten most common transfer methods (that I know about), how to use them, and the pros and cons of each. I've attempted to make this as comprehensive as I can, but there's always more to learn. Read more...


Monochromatic Embroidery: Blackwork, Whitework, Redwork, Bluework

Sounds like a Dr. Zeuss book... This is not intended to be a comprehensive study or history of these embroideries, just an incredibly brief overview. (Think of it as Embroidery Cliff Notes.) I am not an expert, I'm just sharing some basic information that I've gleened from various sources. I have included only information that seems to be generally accepted as fact, but as with many styles of needlework, it can be difficult to find an accurate history or sometimes even a standard name. Read more...



Detail of Madonna of Mercy and the Mayor Meyer Family by Hans Holbein the Younger, c1528.