I began working my way through this step-by-step stitch dictionary, using a large cotton tea towel and bright embroidery floss, and practicing each stitch until I was comfortable with it. This year, I want to finish this “sampler” and use my new stitches on a new set of floral-pattern tea towels.
I’ve been embroidering since I was little, but I haven’t incorporated many fancy stitches. I normally use a back stitch, a cross stitch, or a herringbone stitch.
I enjoy Yvette Stanton’s blog White Threads. She is an Australian author and expert in various, beautiful European embroidery styles. She specializes in whitework. I find her Left-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion to be a delight to use. She is a great teacher!