do it yourself
This web site
gives you a wealth of beautiful and quite easy to make designs and all the support you need to get started. There are
designs in the style of Assisi, Florentine embroidery designs, Celtic
designs, designs for a large amount of black embroidery, many alphabets,
a little bit about Miao embroidery, Chinese designs in the "voided" technique and intriguing
How to use the drawings
On this site the design itself is also a working drawing
or you will find a link to a page with the working drawing(s).
In many designs, especially those in
the style of Assisi, one half of the design is the image of the other half. However, I almost always included both sides in the drawings. To embroider a mirror
image is extremely difficult.
Brief comments on the various styles
Again, this is voided embroidery. Unlike traditional Chinese embroidery, made almost totally in flat (satin) stitch, the designs I made are in cross stitch and double running ( Holbein) stitch. I used traditional motifs, made them simpler and countable.
Black embroidery (Blackwork)
Designs in one color and made with one stitch: the double running stitch (Holbein stitch). Designs lend themselves very well for composing "samplers", but can also be used otherwise.
You can regard this as a form of black embroidery. A design consists of one or several interwoven bars. They enclose small parts of the fabric. The bars are embroidered with the double running stitch. You can eventually fill in the bars or the small enclosed parts with a stitch of your choice. This could be for you a challenge. May lead to great results and a new style.
Florentine embroidery (Bargello)
This technique gives with just one and then even the simplest embroidery stitch, surprising and elegant results.
Just a start with some geometric cross stitch patterns of this minority group in China.
These cross stitch alphabets are unique and based on the fonts that you can find on your computer. It's possible to combine them with all patterns on this site and of course with your own patterns or patterns that you found elsewhere. There are also some alphabets, specifically designed for embroidery.
Conversions in cross stitch of Celtic motifs, generated by a program I've written There are also patterns in cross-and double running stitch , which I designed based on Celtic designs.
With this web site you have a treasure of beautiful, original designs at your disposal. You will find nowhere on the internet a comparable collection of original, high quality designs, all free. But you can do something in return: if you make one of the embroideries, sent me an photograph in .jpg format of the result.