Links to Great Information
on the Web

We are always look for great information to post!!!

Internet Pages:

Here by popular demand .....

Sigmund the Octopus:

She has a further link to the free pattern and instructions.

During Fibre Potpourri one of our participants Diane was working on a large Blackwork sampler.  The patterns are free to download

Website called Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free ebooks which can be downloaded to read online, epub versions and free kindle books. 

An example of what is available for free download is this Embroidery book from 1912:


Jacobean Embroidery by Ada Wentworth (published 1912)

Blackwork Filling Collections 

– free online resource

Download the book in PDF format to use!!

Free Craft Magazines at the Library!

Do you love looking at craft magazines to get inspiration for a new project? 

Well you can do this from your computer using the Calgary Public Library!!

Do you know about Zinio?

This free link to many magazines is free with your library card ... 

log onto the library's website (

under e-library go to magazines and then down to Zinio Online Magazines

You can print save a pdf copy of the pattern to work on or print off a couple of pages.

This was sent to me by Debbie Fitzsimmons and in her words ... "You have to get this on the website, amazing!!!"

Early Jacobean embroidery

Philipa Turnbull Videos:

Phillipa Turnbull on how to set up a seat frame

found this promotional video for Phillipa's "Lady Anne" vacations, with one of our members in it!!  I can't recall her name tho.  Kind of cool!

another from Phillipa on french knots - we all love those!

-thanks to Sherri Acers

Needlework Tours:

The Crewel Work Company (Phillipa Turnbull) offers Needlework Retreats and educational holidays that combine embroidery with visits to historic castles and country houses in the UK to view private needlework collections.


Shibori Dragon (Tacoma, Washington) carries all things to do with Japanese Sashiko.  They are mainly a quilt shop, but carry an extensive collection of sashiko fabrics, threads, kits and sewing supplies.  They often organize “Quilt Camps at Sea” cruises.  A Sashiko cruise is coming up in February 2017!


Jeannette Douglas River Cruises – hosted by the Silver Needle offers river cruises regularly.  The next cruise is in France in June 2017!


RSN - the Royal School of Needlework in London (Hampton Court) offers a variety of day classes (classes are at Hampton Court and at other various locations around England).


San Francisco School of Needlework and Design - offers a variety of classes and stitch-ins, in addition to their certificate courses.  Their stitch-ins are free of charge - you just need to be in the area! 

Endless Tutorials!

The link below is a page of all different tutorials ... are you stuck on how to do different types of stitches?  Check it out!!!

This link was found by Lisa Kampel who inserted a hidden zipper into a pillow she made to display her Shisko Embroidery.

This page was posted Dec 2012 by s.o.t.a.k handmade.

I hope this link is useful to everyone


I've used this page for 'Stitch of the Month' ... In honour of our mini workshops this year of a Canvas box, this page has many canvas stitches.

There is also embroidery stitches and how to projects.

Antique Patterns Library

I just came across this. I don't know if you all ready know about it but there are hundreds of old patterns and how-to books scanned and free for downloading.  First web page gives details as to use. 

Submitted by Debbie