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What is it?

  • There are many different forms of decorative sewing that come under the general heading of embroidery.  They include cross stitch, appliqué work and much more.

  • They all involve using thread and material to create special patterns, designs and other forms of decoration on a piece of fabric.  The fabric may be made into clothing or furnishings, or simply displayed as a work of art in in its own right.  

  • Many of the stitches and designs used are traditional in origin, but there is also a well established school of modern embroidery designs and techniques.   Some related activities are covered under other textile crafts

  • This is an activity that is mostly done for pleasure and interest, but some people also enter their work in competitions and exhibitions.

Find out more


Aion - homepage for cross-stitchers and designers  www.aion.demon.co.uk/
Classic Stitches  www.classicstitches.com/intro.htm
Creative Needle Sewing Club  www.cross-stitch-club.co.uk/

Embroiderer's Guild of America www.cyberstitchers.org 

The on-line sewing store www.sewessential.co.uk 


Quick & Easy Cross Stitch 
Stitch with the Embroiderers Guild

Getting started

  • Find a local embroidery group or club (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local adult education centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of embroidery.

  • Check in your local library/paper or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • People of all ages and both sexes can do embroidery.  Some basic stitches and skills need to be learnt if you want to do embroidery but these are easy to pick up.

  • Many people do embroidery  at home on their own or with the family.  But others join a local group to learn more and get the stimulus from contact with others who are interested.  

  • Members of an embroidery group can be of all ages.  They are more likely to be women, though quite a number of men do take up this activity.

Equipment or clothing
  • Suitable material, threads and basic tools like needles and scissors are essential.  

  • Some type of embroidery can also be done using a specially equipped sewing machine.  

  • Patterns or designs to follow may be needed, though you can also create your own.

A place or facilities
  • Embroidery can be done anywhere, including when travelling, and most of the time only a very small space is needed.  

  • Groups may meet in people's homes, in local rooms, halls or schools.

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