There is a world of embroidery resources waiting for you to explore. Here is a sampling of classes, help, and designers for you to enjoy!
San Francisco School of Needlework and Design
Online classes for stitchers from beginner to expert. Currently seeking participants for its World’s Longest Band Sampler. Read about the long history of samplers and create your own addition to this piece.
The Royal School of Needlework
Expertise in hand embroidery from qualified Royal School of Needlework tutors directly to you, wherever you’re located. HD video lessons and interactive online learning. Crewel, blackwork, goldwork, whitework, silk shading, canvaswork! All from the comfort of your home.
ONLINE HELP AND INSPIRATION
Most of these sites maintain a presence on multiple platforms, including Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and others.
Includes podcasts with interviews of designers and stitchers from around the world. There is also a YouTube channel with stitch-a-longs, tutorials, and more. Hosted by Gary Parr and Vonna Pfeiffer.
Pintangle’s focus is on hand embroidery and crazy quilting. Here you will find tutorials, free patterns, stitch instructions and tips, as well as eye candy! Take a look at TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday).
Most are acquainted with DMC thread, but check out this site for kits, fabric, accessories, an embroidery stitch guide, and new products.
Many of us know Rainbow Gallery unique threads. Go to their website for free needlepoint and cross stitch charts.
If you love blended color and gorgeous textures, stop by and look at this dazzling array of choices for your next embroidery project.
Known especially for metallic threads, Krenik offers an incredible variety for any kind of needlework or craft. The site also offers over 500 free patterns!
There are many very talented designers from all over the world. Here are some popular ones who have come to our attention and can often be seen teaching at EGA seminars.
Debbie Rowley Designs
Debbie specializes in counted canvas designs and is known for her use of a variety of textures and interesting threads in her designs. She is also renowned for her tutorials and pattern directions. Subscribe to receive her emails for frequent updates.
Mary is a very talented hand embroidery designer, . She has developed many tutorials, tips and techniques, patterns(some free!), and an interesting blog. There are also recommendations for tools, books, and other products. Subscribe to her blog by entering your email on her site at NeedlenThread.
Cross stitch, canvaswork, and blackwork are Arlene’s specialties. Look at her designs on her website and buy them at her Etsy store.
Gay Ann Rogers
Beautiful is the only word that comes close to these unique designs. It’s hard to describe Gay Ann’s embroidery style, so we will let her do it. In my designs, the basic structure does not depend on a single stitch, but on the evolution of a series of stitches and patterns. Go to her Gallery and read the story behind each design.
Do you want to learn to paint with a needle? Trish Burr will teach you and inspire you! She is a true needle artist.
Alison specializes in goldwork and stumpwork embroidery. She is an historian, artist, teacher, and designer. Read her outstanding accomplishments as well as view her magnificent work.
Elizabeth’s site is named Blackwork Journey, but don’t assume there is no color. Her designs use simple stitches and a variety of threads and colors. Although located in the UK, she has many patterns available as pdf downloads.
Hands Across the Sea Samplers
Cornwall, England’s Nicola Parkman and Australia’s Sandra Moffitt, specialize in reproducing fine antique samplers. The samplers are based on historical pieces from Nicola’s private collection. Each has been meticulously researched down to the finest detail. Sampler work is an addiction for many embroiderers and visiting this site can only add to their numbers.