Category: Stitchery

Essays I have written on textile history, embellishment technique and Asian-centric DIY articles including a Tibetan tent and a Mongolian boot! Documents are available via pdf download.

Stitchery Series Part V – Applique & More!

Appliqué can be as simple as applying a leaf to a surface, and running a vein down the center. It can also be as complex as embroidering a patch that is then appliquéd another surface, as was the case with ‘tablion’ in Byzantium.

Stitchery Series Part IV – Chinese Symbolism

The invention of the draw loom and the development of brocades allowed patterns to be woven into the cloth, which was often over-embroidered to augment the woven patterns (a technique I now employ on my hats…) 

Stitchery Series Part III – The Stitches

There are somewhere around 100 – 150 identifiable embroidery stitches used worldwide. I have only captured here those that are the oldest and most recognizable…

Stitchery Series Part II – Tools and Techniques

Bronze needles are the best for embroidery as they have a smooth surface and are more pliable than steel, which reduces finger fatigue…

Stitchery Series Part I – History and Fibers

This 5-part series begins with a very brief historical overview and comparison of embroidery between East and West…