Embroidery is fascinating work but to do it well it needs to be studied. Victorian ladies relied on embroidery pointers in the form of articles, illustrations and embroidery pointers from embroidery authorities such as Mrs. L. Barton Wilson who was widely published, particularly through Corticelli Home Embroidery magazines.
Many ladies’ embroidery and needlework magazines or booklets featured pages of new, as well as common, embroidery stitches as a guide to new embroiderers and as reminders to experienced needlecrafters. The stitches were always illustrated but not always explained clearly and sometimes not at all. It was expected that the reader could figure out how the stitch was done by merely looking at the picture.
It was often suggested to beginning embroiderers to read other articles, as well, to make sure they understood the basics of embroidery, not only of the actual needlework but about materials used and how to care for them. Such articles included "Selecting Embroidery Silk or Floss", "The Size Needle To Use for Embroidery" as well as "How To Wash Embroidered Linens.
Other suggestions most commonly made included:
These embroidery pointers given to budding, as well as experienced, embroiderers are still relevant today. While our materials have changed, it is important that all aspects of embroidery be taken into consideration if the project is to turn out well.