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The July 2008 VEAC is ready for your perusal.
August 06, 2008

Hello, Everyone!

Here are some of the new articles and crafts now available at Victorian Embroidery and Crafts. Twenty-two (22) new items have been added in July. I'm sure you'll find something of interest to you.

What's New!

Here are just a few articles that have been added recently:
  • Straw Embroidery This is not exactly what I think of when I think of embroidery but it really is a type of embroidery. I dont think any of us would use it for its original intention now but it could be incorporated into a craft type item. See if you agree. Straw Embroidery.

  • Venetian Embroidery This type of embroidery is quite beautiful. It derives its name from Venetian Lace, giving you a hint of what a finished piece would look like. To learn more, see Venetian Embroidery.

    Patchwork Information and Patterns Available!

    I have had a number of requests for patchwork and quilting information. I finally am able to make something available to you. All the information provided is from the 1880s. Be sure to check back often as I will be adding a new Patchwork pattern monthly - until I run out, that is. ;-)

  • Patchwork - Here you can read the same article that Victorian ladies did regarding Patchwork what it is, its uses, and manner of working. I think youll find it interesting. Patchwork Article.

  • Patchwork Patterns If you would like to know what patterns are available, or will be available, be sure to check out Patchwork Patterns.

  • Applique Patchwork Information on how to make your own Applique Patchwork piece can be found here. Applique Patchwork.

  • Right Angles Patchwork This pattern is similar to the Box Pattern, but in this case, the diamonds forming the design are cut away, so as to form a number of right angles. The illustration shows how a completed section would look. Right Angles Patchwork.

  • Twist Patchwork This pattern has squares and eight-sided cubes that are separated from each other by long narrow patches that appear to twist around each other and twine around the squares and cubes. There is an illustration to show what a finished section would look like. Twist Patchwork.

New Stitches that have been added.

A number of stitches have been added
  • Faggoting Stitch
  • Point Natte Stitch
  • Mexican Stitch
  • Basket Stitch
  • Persian Stitch
  • Cushion Stitch
  • Snail Trail Stitch
  • Applique Stitch
Check them out at Embroidery Stitches.


You will find a few new craft items you may like to try.

  • Victorian Toilet Set This information includes what is included in, and how to make, your own authentic pieces for your own vanity or bureau. Victorian Toilet Set.

  • Victorian Centerpieces were very important linens to Victorian women. Why and information on general types of centerpieces can be found at Victorian Centerpiece.

  • Square Centerpiece This square centerpiece was introduced in the late 1880s. Not only are the instructions provided but also a close-up of the pattern used is available. You will need to resize it to whatever size you need. Square Centerpiece.


I love Embroidery Samplers. To me it is amazing the designs someone can make using one or two different styles of embroidery stitches. I found a few that I thought some of you might be interested in. Ill add others as I find them. To read about the history of embroidery samplers, see Samplers.

You can go directly to those currently available:

And....Last, But Not Least

A subscriber, Elizabeth, wrote and told me of a way to embroider tree trunks, limbs and woody stems that is MUCH EASIER than the instructions given to Victorian Ladies (see How to Embroider Flower Stems series.) See her great suggestion at Another Way to Stitch Woody Stems

Thanks for the great information, Elizabeth. Im sure it will come in quite handy for many embroiderers!


I have someone looking for information on the following terms. I have absolutely nothing. Can anyone help out?
  • acupictura (or nue)
  • opus saursium
  • plumata
  • polymitum/polimitum
  • (h)oloserica

Janis wrote: I discovered a page from an old catalog from Nugents in St. Louis, featuring silken twisted/rope valances that hung from a rod in doorways. They are gorgeous! Do you know who makes them now, and are they available for purchase?

If anyone knows, please contact me and Ill pass the information along.


Maggie is looking for a good source for Huckaback (Huck) fabric. I only know of places like JoAnne Fabrics. Does anyone have a great source they would like to share?


I have been trying to find some information for Sue since February with no luck. I was wondering if anyone could shine some light on the subjects:
  • Klostersilk Broider's Special from "The Thread Mills Co"

  • Winsted Silk Co - Potter's Art floss (have information on spool cabinets but nothing else)

To send any information you would like to share, just E-mail me. Keep the questions, comments and answers coming. I love hearing from you.

That's it for this month's e-zine. I hope you find something of interest to you.

With warm regards,


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