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Welcome to the Victorian Embroidery and Crafts Sitemap. On this page you will find all the embroidery and craft pages that exist on this site. Find instructions, illustrations and patterns to make authentic Victorian needlework and craft items - many of them FREE!

Victorian-embroidery-and-crafts.com brings you the best of embroidery and crafts the Victorian age had to offer. It's all here - intricate fancy-work to easy-to-do embroidery patterns as well as crafts that fit anyone's level of talent. Be sure to check out every page. You'll never know what great things you'll be missing if you don't!


Embroidery Instructions
Find great embroidery instructions with illustrations for victorian embroidery projects here.

  • Principles of Stitch Direction
    Principles of Stitch Direction will help you embroider realistic (and beautiful) flowers and other plants. Knowing this information can make all the difference!

  • How To Embroider Flower Stems
    How to embroider flower stems properly can make the difference between a nice embroidery piece and an excellent one. Learn all the tips and tricks Victorian ladies used.

  • Flower Stem Stitches
    The best flower stem stitches are listed here along with suggestions on how to obtain the best results with each one.

  • More Stem Stitches
    More Stem Stitches You Should Know About.

  • Stem Stitches
    Here is a table of stem stitches for various flower to help you choose the most appropriate embroidery stitch to use.

  • Transfer Methods
    Which transfer method will work best for you? There are a number of ways to transfer patterns to your material. Here are a few ways you may not have thought about and may want to give a try.

  • Borders and Insertions
    Embroidery borders and insertions can add something special to almost any article. Here are illustrations of stitches that can take your items from so-so to WOW!
Secrets of Embroidery
The secrets of embroidery can soon be discovered by reading the words of a woman who was well known for her knowledge of great embroidery as well as her ability to teach others, through words, how they may also be able to produce wonderful works of art for their homes.
  • Embroidery Frames
    Do you know how many different types of Victorian embroidery frames that were in use from the mid 1850’s to 1912? It might surprise you!

  • Dressing Embroidery Frames
    Dressing embroidery frames properly was extremely important to Victorian women. See why.
Hand Embroidery
Hand embroidery is an art of it's own. Care must be taken from the very first step to the last. Learn the finer points in hand embroidery to ensure your project becomes a work of art you are proud of. Victorian Embroidery and Crafts shows you how!
  • How to Make a Perforated Pattern
    Victorian ladies made their own perforated patterns to transfer their embroidery designs from paper to fabric. Here are step by step instructions they followed to do so.

  • Stamping a Pattern
    Once a pattern had been made, it needed to be transferred to the fabric. Victorian ladies had a number of solutions and powders to do this. Here are a few you may find interesting.

  • The Embroidery Hoop
    An embroidery hoop or frame is an essential piece of equipment to any embroiderer. Today's hoops still retain the general shapes as were used 100 or more years ago and the sizes available then are still available today. Below is some information which was published in 1889 to instruct ladies in the use of this important item.

  • Embroidery Needles
    An item to claim attention of any embroiderer is the matter of needles, and be sure this is a very important item in the embroiderer's outfit, as upon the use of proper needles depends much of the beauty of the work.

  • Single or Double Thread
    It is sometimes confusing on whether to use a single or double thread when embroidering. Here is some information that Victorian ladies were given when the question "single or double threads?" arose.

  • The Embroidery Sampler - A Brief History
    Learn the interesting history of the humble embroidery sampler.

Embroidery Stitches
More great embroidery stitches with instructions brought to you by Victorian Embroidery and Crafts. Use to make wonderful needlework articles for your home which will be loved and cherished for years to come.
  • Algerian Stitch
    The Algerian Stitch is a kind of Cross stitch somewhat akin to Cretan stitch, but worked on canvas. It may be worked as a single or double stitch. (See Double Algerian Stitch.)

  • All-over Stitch.
    The Over-all stitch is a great stitch to cover a large amount of background material. It’s fast and easy, too!

  • Anchor Stitch
    The Anchor Stitch described here is a specialty stitch, not a stitch used just to keep the thread in place and not pull out as you begin to sew.

  • Applique Stitch
    The Applique Stitch is used to attach one fabric to another. This is the traditional applique stitch.

  • Au Passe Stitch.
    Au Passe Stitch - The Au Passe Stitch is a flat Satin Stitch, worked across the material, with no raised foundation. Learn more about this stitch here:

  • Back Stitch
    The Back Stitch is a simple stitch used to outline areas in embroidery. When completed, it resembles machine stitching.

  • Backstitched Chain
    The Backstitched Chain is a very interesting stitch, especially when it is stitched with heavy thread and into two colors.

  • Basket Stitch
    The Basket stitch, a distinctive stitch from that used in Basket Couching, is a kind of Cross Stitch. It can produce a variety of beautiful effects.

  • Battlemented Stitch
    Battlemented Stitch, also known as the Battlement Stitch, is often used in decorative embroidery for castle tops, etc. It is a great little stitch to know. See how easy it is to do!

  • Beading Stitch
    The beading stitch is sometimes used where very light sprays are introduced into the design. Here you will find instructions on how to make this wonderfully dainty stitch.

  • Bird's Eye Stitch
    Learning the Bird's Eye Stitch will help you make embroidered flower petals with ease. Fast, effective, and beautiful.

  • Blanket Stitch
    Blanket stitch is a simple but effective stitch, not only for binding edges of material, but as a decorative stitch as well.

  • Border Stitch
    The Border stitch is a great stitch if you need a border design and the stitch is one you probably already know but worked just a little differently.

  • Brick Couching
    Brick couching is derived from old ecclesiastical embroideries and differs from ordinary couching. Find out more here.

  • Brick Stitch
    The brick stitch produces a pattern that resembles bricks laid in rows. It is suitable for filling large leaves in conventional designs.

  • Brier Stitch
    Here you will find how to make the essential Brier Stitch and all its variations.

  • Bulgarian Stitch
    The Bulgarian stitch is a heavy outline stitch used by Victorian embroiderers. Many current embroidery books make no reference to it. Learn more about it here!"

  • Bullion Stitch
    Find out to make and use this unique stitch. Also find the Bullion and Star Stitch, a great variation.

  • Buttonhole Stitches
    Here you will find many of the variations of Buttonhole stitches, also called "overcast" stitches. These stitches are ones that you will be glad you know!

  • Capturing Stitch
    The Capturing Stitch was commonly used during Victorian times as a border or all-over stitch. How will YOU use it?

  • Carpet Stitch
    A term sometimes applied to varieties of Cross stitch, Cashmere stitch, and a Rug Stitch. How does it apply to your embroidery work?

  • Cashmere Stitch
    The Cashmere Stitch is a rectangular Mosaic Stitch that is supposed to represent the texture of cashmere material. Learn more about it here.

  • Chain Stitch
    The Chain Stitch is a basic but very important embroidery stitch. It is not only beautiful in its own right but is also the basis for many other stitches.

  • Chain Stitch Variations
    Chain stitch variations can add that special touch to your embroidered linens. They look extremely difficult to make but are actually very simple.

  • Cord Stitch
    The Cord Stitch is a twisted stitch made by securing it with a stitch at the farthest side and twisting the needle around and around this laid thread back to the starting point. Learn more about it and see if you should use this stitch on your next project.

  • Cretan Stitch
    The Cretan Stitch is a creative filling stitch often used for leaves and petals in the traditional embroidery. It is a popular stitch for crazy quilts. Learn more here.

  • Cross Stitch - See Cross Stitch Embroidery.

  • Couching
    Embroidery Couching can be extremely simple or very complex. You can learn the use of a range of couching materials, from floss to gold, here.

  • Couching Stitch
    The Couching Stitch can produce admirable results on almost any embroidery project. Learn how to add the “special touch” to your project.

  • Cushion Stitch
    The Cushion Stitch is arranged in a series of geometrical Vandykes or half circles and gives the appearance of woven fabric.

  • Damask Stitch
    Damask stitch is a name given to Satin Stitch worked upon linen. Easy and beautiful. Check it out.

  • Darning Stitch
    Toward the end of the Victorian era, the Darning Stitch was used more as an embroidery stitch than anything else. See how this simple stitch may add interest to your embroidery.

  • Double Algerian Stitch
    The Double Algerian Stitch is, as its name implies, the Algerian Stitch using two different colors of silk.

  • Double Herringbone Stitch
    The Double Herringbone Stitch is variation of the regular Herringbone stitch. It is worked as two rows and can be worked with two different colors of thread. It gives nice color and texture to any project.

  • Double Running Stitch
    The double running stitch is known by many different names. This simple stitch looks as good on one side of the fabric as on the other. Learn more about it here.

  • Faggoting and Faggoting Stitches
    Faggoting is both useful and quite beautiful. It is used in joining of two pieces of material by means of an insertion stitch.

  • Fish Scale Stitch
    The perfect embroidery stitch to represent fish scales is the Fish Scale Stitch. It has often been used in seascape needlework.

  • Fish Net Stitch
    The Fish Net stitch is a wonderful filling stitch that adds dimension to any embroidery project. It is done much differently than most embroidery stitches and yet is very simple.

  • Gobelin Stitch
    The Gobelin Stitch is one copied from old tapestries. It take the light beautifully and produces that dreamy effect we associate with antique hangings.

  • Half-Solid Kensington Stitch
    Half-solid Kensington Stitch is done in the regular satin or filling stitch but with a twist. Find out more here!

  • Hemstitching
    Hemstitching is a form of Drawn Work that has unlimited border design potential. It can only be worked upon fabrics that can be readily drawn.

  • Herringbone Stitch
    The Herringbone Stitch is an embroidery stitch that every embroiderer should know. Knowing this stitch gives the basis of a number of other stitches as well.

  • Holbein Stitch
    The Holbein stitch is most commonly used in blackwork. Learn the technique of producing this simple, but beautiful, stitch here.

  • Honeycomb Stitch
    The Honeycomb Stitch, as used in embroidery, adds dimension to any project. Although this stitch takes time and patience, the end result is worth it.

  • Irish Stitch
    The Irish Stitch is used in Berlin Work as a filling in or grounding stitch. Learn more about this great stitch.

  • Ismit Stitch
    The Ismit Stitch, also known as the Turkish Cross Stitch, is an adaptation of the Herringbone Stitch. See how this unique stitch can add new dimension to your embroidery.

  • Janina Stitch
    The Janina stitch, also known as the Filling Cross Stitch, is the perfect stitch to use on leaves and other open designs. It is also quite easy to do.

  • Japanese Stitch
    The Japanese Stitch is used primarily to depict water or ground in embroidered landscapes. With the proper thread used, the effect is quite stunning.

  • Kensington Stitch
    The Kensington stitch is one of the most important, and easiest, of embroidery stitches. Knowing the proper way to use the Kensington stitch call enable anyone to produce wonderful works of embroidery.

  • Kensington Outline Stitch
    The Kensington Outline stitch is one of the most common of the outline stitches. It produces wonderful results when worked correctly.

  • Knot Stitch
    The Knot stitch is more than just the well-known French Knot stitch. There are a number of variations of this stitch that can be used in ornamental embroidery as well as Drawn Work.

  • Ladder Stitch
    The Ladder Stitch is the perfect stitch to add that truly Victorian look to any project. Here you will find step by step instructions on how to add this wonderful stitch to your linens.

  • Long and Short Stitch
    The Long and Short Stitch is the foundation of all solid embroidery and it is the most important stitch to master. Learn more here.

  • Loop stitch
    The Loop Stitch is an easy embroidery used to make very small leaves and also as a powedering.

  • Mexican Stitch
    The Mexican Stitch has become the name of at least two different stitches. Both can be used as decorative stitches and one can be used when pieces two pieces of fabric together (known as faggoting).

  • Oriental Stitch
    The Oriental Stitch is a stitch forming a plait not unlike Cretan stitch. The working resembles Herringboning, but the stitches are quite close together. Find out more here.

  • Outline Stitches
    Outline stitches are often considered accessory only to others. Very good work, however, may be done with them alone. Learn how.

  • Overcast Stitch
    Learn the proper way to embroidery the Overcast Stitch, an easy and valuable stitch to know in embroidery.

  • Overlap Stitch
    The Overlap Stitch is an embroidery stitch used when scrolls or tendrils are to be done in solid raised work.

  • Pattern Darning Stitch
    A unique method in creating designs is by using Pattern Darning. See how it is done, here.

  • Persian Stitch
    The Persian Stitch is a variation of the Herringbone, but the stitches are not so close as to overlap. The result is a braid-like band.

  • Persian Cross Stitch
    The Persian Cross Stitch is another variation of the Herringbone Stitch. It can be used as a filling stitch or in rows.

  • Picot Stitch
    The Picot stitch is an easy and quick embroidery stitch that can add a decorative touch to your embroidery. Use it alone or with other stitches to create your own design. It is easy. Check it out.

  • Picots
    Picots are ornamental knotted stitches used in embroidery to decorate edges or borders. There is a great variety and others may easily be invented. A great addition to almost any embroidery project.

  • Plush Stitch
    Plush Stitch gives a soft, dimensional look to your embroidery.

  • Point Natte Stitch
    Point Natte Stitch is a fancy outlining stitch. It consists of a succession of slanting stitches on each side of an outline. Easy and quickly done, it will quickly become a favorite stitch of yours.

  • Queen Anne Stitch
    The Queen Anne Stitch, also known as the Weaving stitch, is a fine darning stitch that produces wonderful artistic effects. Take a look for yourself!

  • Railway Stitch
    The Railway stitch, also known as the chemin de fer stitch or loop stitch, was given its name because of how quickly it could be executed. Try it yourself and see if you don't think it was aptly named!

  • Raised Overcast Stitch
    The Raised Overcast Stitch gives a heavy raised outline effect suitable for elaborate embroidery work. Here you will find instructions and illustration on how to embroider this wonderful stitch.

  • Rice Stitch
    The Rice Stitch is a small fill-in stitch used in Rice Embroidery.

  • Roman Stitch
    Roman Stitch is one of the nicest solid stitches to use for leafs and other forms showing a mid-rib.

  • Satin Stitch
    Satin stitches are one of most important embroidery stitches to master. These stitches are found in several types of work. Here you can find what type of work they are most used in and how to do them as well!

  • Seed Stitch
    The seed stitch is quite a versatile stitch. It can be used for texture and even shading. Learn more here.

  • Snail Trail Stitch
    The Snail Trail Stitch is a popular and effective stitch for stems and outlining where a fine spotted tracery or broken effect is desired.

  • Solid Overlap Stitch
    The Overlap Stitch is an adaptation of the Long and Short Stitch to a curved line or surface.

  • Spider Web Stitch
    The Spider Web Stitch, which looks as its name implies, is used for conventional embroidery for filling spaces, within circles or between scrolls.

  • Specialty Satin Stitches
    Here are some specialty satin stitches that are easy to make and can really make a difference to your embroidery projects. These stitches include the Bead Stitch, the Berry Stitch, Figure Stitch, Padding Stitch, Ribbon Stitch, and the Square-and-Circle Stitch.

  • Split Stitch
    The Split Stitch is a wise choice to use when a narrow outline is required. Find out why and how to best use this stitch here.

  • Stem Stitch
    The Stem Stitch is an embroidery outline stitch that is very useful for stems of flowers as well as adding a balance to many designs. This stitch allows the embroiderer to choose the width of the stem or outline.

  • Trellis Stitch.
    The Trellis stitch is a great filling stitch. It is, in reality, a genuine Mount Mellick (Mountmellick) stitch. Used in any design, Mountmellick or not, it will add a great element to your embroidery piece.

  • Twisted Outline Stitch
    The Twisted Outline Stitch is a stitch that will add richness to any embroidered piece. Give it a try! Instructions on how are here!

  • Wound Stitch
    Although consisting of more than one stitch, many use the term “wound stitch” synonymously with French Knot, Twisted Knot Stitch, or French Dot Stitch.

  • Botanical Stitches
    Botanical stitches and illustrations can be found here. Illustrations on the proper embroidery methods to use will help you achieve professional results!

  • Fancy Embroidery Stitches
    Find fancy embroidery stitches with instructions here. Use to make your embroidery work something special.
Types of Embroidery
Types of embroidery includes every sort of ornamental work done with a sewing needle. Embroidery may be done on any number of fabrics from satin to canvas. Victorian ladies embraced them all!

  • Alphabet Design Embroidery
    Alphabet Design Embroidery was originally used to mark household linens and then used to personalize handmade gifts. This technique uses padding stitches under an even layer of even stitches to produced a raised embroidery effect.

  • Arrasene Embroidery
    Arrasene, also spelled arasene, is an embroidery material that was very popular during Victorian times but is not seen much today. It was introduced for artistic embroidery around 1883 and was thought to likely supersede Filoselle and Crewels in all kinds of bold designs in decorative needlework.

  • Back Stitch Embroidery
    Back Stitch Embroidery is one of the simplest kinds of embroidery. Only one stitch is used with this type of embroidery. Check it out and see what I mean.

  • Berlin Work
    Berlin Work is a style of canvas work embroidery. Read to learn more here.

  • Broderie Anglaise or English Embroidery
    Broderie Anglaise, also known as English Embroidery, is a simple kind of White Embroidery. Find out more here.

  • Bulgarian Embroidery
    Bulgarian Embroidery is used almost exclusively on heavy linens and canvas. Although not discussed much in current embroidery books, Victorian ladies found it often in theirs. Check it out!

  • Chinese Embroidery
    Chinese embroidery is unsurpassed, except for maybe Japanese embroidery, for the amount of labor and delicacy of execution. Find out more here.

  • Crazy Work Projects to Make
    Make your very own crazy work projects. Easy to understand instructions for a variety of items are here!

  • Cretonne Applique, All About
    The number one choice of most Victorian women for applique. See why here.

  • Chip, Embroidery on
    Embroidery on Chip was the Victorian answer to hot pads and table coasters for protecting tables. Find out more here.

  • Cross Stitch Embroidery
    Cross-stitch has not changed much over the past centuries. It's easy, fun, and can be done quickly. Try these authentic Victorian patterns and see what beautiful items can be made.

  • Cut Work
    Cut Work, also known as Venetian or Roman Embroidery is considered by most, one of the lovely types of embroidery. Here are instructions to get you started in this wonderful needlecraft.

  • Delft Embroidery
    Bring the timeless beauty of Delft embroidery into your home. Learn more here.

  • Drawn Thread Work
    Drawn thread work was very popular during Victorian Times. The look is stunning. Here is how to make your own.

  • Dresden Embroidery
    Dresden Embroidery is named from the ware of the same name. Linens embroidered in this type of embroidery will add a beautiful sophistication to any Victorian table.

  • English Eyelet Embroidery
    English Eyelet Embroidery became very popular in the late 1800’s. Here you will the stitches most commonly used by Victorian ladies for this beautiful type of embroidery.

  • Etching Embroidery
    Etching embroidery, also known as Print Work, is used to reproduce line engravings with embroidery and paint. Learn more about this fascinating embroidery technique here.

  • French Laid Embroidery
    French Laid Embroidery, also known as White Work has been appreciated all over the world. Learn how to make your own masterpiece using these instructions.

  • Florentine Embroidery
    Florentine Embroidery is a wonderful embroidery technique that makes a very pretty filling for open or cut out spaces in a design, simulating as it does drawn work, or punched work.

  • Gretchen Embroidery
    Gretchen embroidery is an unusual embroidery technique not often found. See what it's all about here!

  • Huckaback Embroidery
    Huckaback Embroidery is embroidered on Huckaback fabric. Huckaback is often used for towelling. This embroidery is fast and easy. The most characteristic feature of this style of work consists in the treatment of the background.

  • Indian Floss Silk Embroidery
    Indian Floss Silk Embroidery is work executed on black or white net using white or colored floss. Although easy to do, it should only be applied to lightly used items.

  • Irridescent Embroidery
    Irridescent Embroidery is sometimes called opalescent embroidery. Either name describes this type of embroidery well.

  • Jewel Embroidery
    Do you want to make your latest embroidery project really pop? Try adding Jewel embroidery to it. It will give a brilliant effect to your work!

  • Linen Embroidery
    Linen embroidery can be described as a combination of Drawn Work and Embroidery. Used on many items such as towels, tablecloths and other items, it is an embroidery you'll want to learn more about.

  • Mediaeval Embroidery
    Find original 1889 information and instructions on Mediaeval embroidery here.

  • Mexican Embroidery
    Mexican Embroidery is suitable for ornamenting washable materials such as linens, muslins, and cambrics. It’s easily and quick to do. Give it a try on your next project.

  • Mexican Square Embroidery
    The Mexican Square is not widely published, at least not in the books I have or the research I have done. Since it is unusual, it may be the perfect addition to your embroidery fancy work.

  • Mexican Wheel Embroidery
    The Mexican Wheel embroidery stitch / style is not written or illustrated often. Here you will find the instructions for this unique embroidery.

  • Net Embroidery
    Worked on white or black net for use on clothing, hats, etc. Also use for home decorations that did not get much wear.

  • Oriental Embroidery
    Oriental Embroidery is actually a class of embroidery. It includes Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Persian, Bulgarian, and Turkish embroideries. They are celebrated for a number of reasons.

  • Persian Embroidery
    Persian Embroidery has changed over the course of history. It receives its name based upon the designs and colors used. Give it a try!

  • Punched Work
    Not your everyday embroidery and not to be confused with today's Punch Work.

  • Raised Embroidery
    There are many types of raised embroidery. All are beautiful but should be used sparingly. See why.

  • Redwork
    Redwork is as popular today as it ever was. Children and adults alike can enjoy this type of embroidery. Find out more about it here.

    • Redwork Instructions
      Love Redwork? Redwork instructions are here. Find how simple it is to make your very own Redwork embroidery pieces. Whether you want to make a simple doily or a beautiful Redwork quilt, these instructions will have you stitching in no time!

  • Ribbon Embroidery
    Ribbon embroidery is a beautiful type of embroidery, if done correctly. Make your masterpiece using this information and you are sure to have a beautiful finished piece.

  • Ribbon Work
    Ribbon work has been around for centuries to adorn homes. Here are a few Victorian items to make using ribbon work you are sure to enjoy.

  • Rice Embroidery
    If you like White Embroidery, then Rice Embroidery will interest you. This elegant embroidery is about texture instead of color.

  • Rococo Embroidery
    The term Rococo Embroidery applies to the type of forms and styles of the Rocco period. This style of embroidery is beautiful for table and bed linens as well as large pieces of work.

  • Seed Embroidery
    Sachets, handbags, and fire screens made out of embroidery using various seeds? It’s true. Seed Embroidery was practiced in Victorian era Germany but not elsewhere. Here’s the info.

  • Straw Embroidery
    Straw Embroidery was a type of embroidery Victorians were interested in using. Have you used any straw in your embroidery lately?

  • Swiss Embroidery
    Swiss embroidery is known by many different names such as Irish Work, Madeira Work, and Broderie Anglaise.

  • Tinsel Embroidery
    Tinsel Embroidery is worked upon net, tulle, and thin muslin materials, and is an imitation of the Turkish Embroideries.

  • Towelling Embroidery
    Towelling embroidery was very popular in the late 1880s. Learn how to embroider your towels for that true Victorian touch.

  • Tulle Embroidery
    Tulle Embroidery is a true Victorian style embroidery. Simple to do using just Tulle, floss, and a simple pattern. Give it a try!

  • Venetian Embroidery
    Venetian Embroidery takes its name from Venetian lace, owing to a certain similarity in its general appearance. It resembles Roman Work and Strasbourg Embroidery, but is lighter than either in effect.

  • Venetian Long Stitch Embroidery
    Venetian Long Stitch Embroidery is the old-fashioned description of Worsted Work worked on open canvas.

  • Wallachian Embroidery
    Wallachian embroidery was quite popular because it was inexpensive and easy to do. Its principal characterizing feature is the simple button-hole-stitch.
Patchwork has been around for a long time. It can be one of the most beautiful artistic endeavors a needleworker can do. Are you ready to try one of these wonderful authentic Victorian patterns?
  • Patchwork Patterns
    Victorian Patchwork Patterns are often made from geometrical figures but can be made as elaborate as the worker likes. You will find some wonderful vintage patterns here.

    • Applique Patchwork
      Applique Patchwork, also known as Puzzle Patchwork, is useful for using up odds and ends of materials. Are you ready to try this?

    • Check Patchwork Pattern
      The Check patchwork pattern is one of the easiest pattern to use. Give it a try.

    • Crazy Patchwork
      Crazy Patchwork, often called crazy quilting , Victorian Style. Here is how Victorian ladies made and used their Crazy Patchwork pieces.

    • Diamond Patchwork
      Diamond Patchwork is the second most popular patchwork pattern. You will not only find illustrations and instruction on how to piece this type of patchwork together, but also see how you can make your own piano stool patchwork cover.

    • Honeycomb or Hexagon Patchwork Pattern
      Honeycomb or Hexagon Patchwork Pattern is one of the most commonly used patterns for Patchwork. See all the beautiful variations here.

    • Loghouse Patchwork Pattern
      The Victorian Loghouse Patchwork Pattern, also known as Canadian Patchwork, is similar to the Loghouse patchwork pattern many of us know. The Victorian version uses ribbons instead of pieces of cloth.

    • Right Angles Patchwork
      Right Angles Patchwork is much the same as that of the Box Pattern, but in this case, the diamonds forming the design are cut away, so as to form a number of right angles. ">

    • Tinted Patchwork
      Tinted patchwork was a new variety of patchwork in 1887. It is made with four shades of hexagons arranged to forms stars, rosettes, and other shapes.

    • Twist Patchwork
      Twist patchwork is a truly Victorian pattern that has the appearance of long narrow patches twisting or interlacing each other and twine around the squares and cubes.
Embroidery Materials
The final results of your project depend on the quality of products you use. Top quality embroidery materials are requisite. Learn more here!

Don't know one fabric from another? Here is a list of vintage embroidery fabrics, each with a brief description, that were more generally used for decorative purposes in 1902.
  • Canvas
    The final results of your project depend on the quality of products you use. Top quality embroidery materials are requisite. Learn more here!


There are few things more Victorian than crochet. Find anything you wanted to know about vintage crochet HERE!

  • Crochet Instructions
    Find authentic victorian crochet instructions here with wonderful illustrations to help you learn to crochet.

  • List of Abbreviations
    You will find a "cheat sheet" of crochet abbreviations for today's crochet patterns.

  • Victorian Abbreviations
    Here are Victorian abbreviations and explanations of terms for knitting and crocheting Victorian ladies used.

  • Free Victorian Crochet Pattern
    FREE Victorian Crochet Pattern for you! Authentic 1895 pattern. Give it a try!


Vintage Victorian knitting information for you to use to make your very own AUTHENTIC Victorian knitwear.

    Knitting Stitches
    Find vintage knitting stitches along with descriptions and instructions here. Learn how Victorian ladies produced such wonderful knitted works of art!


  • Clipart - Victorian Angels
    Free Victorian Clip Art of Angels is available here, just for you!

    Clipart - Free Victorian Borders
    These free Victorian borders will add a finishing touch to your Victorian Craft project. Great for all types of crafts as well as embroidery projects.

  • Clipart - Children and Women
    Need some free Victorian clipart of children or women? You have come to the right place. Check out all the Victorian freebies here!

  • Clipart - Halloween
    If you do Victorian Halloween crafts, you have probably had a need for Victorian clipart to put the finishing touches on it. Here you will find something that will be just what you need.

  • Clipart - Kate Greenaway
    Look! Here is some great Kate Greenaway clipart. Who does not love the quaintness of this Victorian artist? Check it out here!


Find authentic Victorian crafts here! Use the very same instructions and illustrations used by the ladies of the Victorian era.
    Embroidery Crafts

    • Aprons, Victorian
      Fancy Victorian aprons were a fit companion to the work-basket, and much artistic taste was expended on this garment to make it a bit of loveliness so beloved by those in the Victorian era.

    • Bath Towel Holder
      Here is a Victorian bath towel holder that will add elegance to any bathroom. It is quick and easy and yet, oh, so Victorian.

    • Centerpiece, Table Linen
      The Victorian Centerpiece was a very important part of the table linen. It provided Victorian ladies a way to display their embroidery talents.

      • Square Centerpiece
        This square centerpiece in an authentic 1896 Victorian design. This lovely linen table center would look lovely on any dining table.

      • Oblong Centerpiece
        This lovely oblong centerpiece would look lovely on any long dining table.

      • Morning Glory Centerpiece
        This lovely centerpiece is quite beautiful with the Morning Glory motif.

      • Bachelor Button Centerpiece
        This centerpiece uses the wonderful bachelor button flower design. It would be especially beautiful to use in the Spring or Summer.

      • Embroidered Centerpieces
        Quite possibly, embroidered centerpieces of table linen appealed more strongly to the average Victorian housekeeper than than any other piece of embroidery. It allows free rein of artistic abilities.

        More information and patterns can be found at Victorian Embroidered Centerpieces.

    • Chair Cover
      This Oriental Embroidery for a chair cover pattern is typical of the Victorian Age. This is an authentic pattern and it is FREE!

    • Feather Work
      Here are some Victorian Feather Work projects women used to decorate their homes. Are you daring enough to give one a try?

    • Fireplace Screen
      The fireplace screen. Who would have ever thought such a humble item could become such a fashion statement?

    • Flower Basket, Cardinal's Hat
      This Cardinals Hat Flower Basket is purely Victorian. Shaped as its name implies, it truly is unique.

    • Lace Pillow Sham
      This beautiful lace pillow sham would look lovely in almost any room of your home. Easy to make with scraps of various types and styles of lace. Definitely one to check out.

    • Letter Holder
      A letter holder was almost a necessity for those living in the Victorian era. Here you will find free directions on how to make your own authentic Victorian letter holder.

    • Match Scratcher
      A match scratcher was an item that every Victorian household needed. Not just one, but many! See how you can make your very own!

    • Napkins
      Find authentic instructions and designs for Victorian style napkins here! Use the very same instructions and patterns used by the ladies of the Victorian era.

    • Narcissus Table Runner
      This Narcissus table runner (Centerpiece)is quite simple to make and makes a great addition to your Victorian table setting.

    • Embroidered Victorian Jewelry Bag
      Here is an beautiful Embroidered Victorian Jewelry Bag that is very easy to make. Take a look.

    • Needle Case
      Here is an authentic Victorian Needle Case craft that is easy to do and is quite beautiful.

    • Piano Cover
      Here is an authentic pattern for a piano cover that is very simple to do. This design has many different uses. What will you use it for?

    • Picture Frames
      Victorian picture frames, as well as frames for mirrors, were all the rage during the Victorian era. See why!

    • Victorian Mirrors
      Victorian mirrors add an elegance to a room like nothing else can. Find out here how to make your very own!

    • Victorian Pillow
      An AUTHENTIC Victorian pillow pattern – FREE – just for you! Learn how to make a beautiful Victorian pillow that you will be proud display.

    • Pincushions
      Vintage pincushions come in all shapes and sizes. Each one possesses special attractions, and all are so pretty. Find authentic Victorian pincushion patterns and instructions here.

    • Sachets
      What can be more Victorian? The word "sachet" seems to bring thoughts of Victorian ladies with these beautiful little packets tucked here and there to add aroma to every corner of the home.

    • Sewing Case
      The Victorian Sewing Case is the epitome of Victorian ingenuity of mixing organization, beauty and practicality. Find authentic Victorian illustrations and instructions to make your very own sewing case.

    • Shoe Bag
      Here is a great Victorian Shoe Bag Pattern dated c. 1887.

    • Table Scarf
      This Narcissus table runner (Centerpiece)is quite simple to make and makes a great addition to your Victorian table setting.

    • Victorian Splasher
      A Splasher, during Victorian times, was often fastened to the back of washstands to keep the dirty water from splashing on the walls. Here is a very pretty one you should checkout.

    • Fancy Tidy
      A fancy tidy placed on a table is a true Victorian touch. The instructions for this tidy were published in 1898 and are easily reproduced. Give it a try.

    • Victorian Cushion Covers
      Victorian cushion covers allowed Victorian ladies to have cushions or pillows that not only were beautiful but practical as well. A FREE cushion cover pattern is available here to make your own.

    • Victorian Cushions
      Victorian cushions – almost everyone loves them! Here, a well-known Victorian designer of the time, tells of the about the proper way to make and display these items.

    • Victorian Baby Gift
      This unique Victorian Baby Gift is not only easy to make but will be loved by any mother or mother-to-be. Check it out for yourself.

    • Victorian Toilet Set
      A Victorian Toilet Set can add a beautiful vintage touch to any bedroom. Use the instructions here or make a set uniquely your own. Victorian ladies did it and so can you!

    • Wall Decoration for Christmas
      A Victorian Christmas Wall Decoration may be just what you need to put the finishing touch to your holiday decorated room.

    • Whisk Broom Holder
      Instructions on making your own embroidered whisk broom holder. Easy to follow instructions provided.

    • Hair Pin Holder
      Make your own hair pin holder using the same instructions that Victorian ladies did. You're bound to love it.

    • Victorian Chess Table
      This Victorian Chess Table is easy to make and oh, so Victorian. Make your own today!

    Crochet or Knitting Crafts

    • Child's Crocheted Cap
      Crocheted baby or children's items are VERY Victorian. Here you will find instructions for a wonderful vintage child's crocheted cap that may be lined or unlined, whichever you wish.

    • Coin Purse
      This wonderful coin purse, or more commonly called, miser's purse, is an authentic pattern from 1899. It would be a welcomed addition to any purse collection.

    • Crocheted Miser's Bag / Purse
    • Create a beautiful crocheted purse known as a Miser’s Purse using vintage instructions from the Victorian Era.

    • Crocheted Card Basket
      Here are authentic Victorian crochet directions for a beautiful crocheted card basket that would look great on your hall table. See if you don't agree!

    • Crocheted Luncheon Set
      This crocheted luncheon set will help you set a perfect table for lunch, tea, or any time! Now you can make your own using these authentic vintage instructions.

    • Crocheted Purse aka Miser's Bag
      Create a beautiful crocheted purse known as a Miser’s Purse using vintage instructions from the Victorian Era.

    • Ladies' crocheted Bedroom Slippers
      Just for you! Vintage Princess ladies crocheted bedroom slippers. These are vintage (1899) instructions, with illustrations, for you to try.

    • Crocheted Slippers
      Here is another slipper pattern. This is a another wonderful example of Victorian crocheted slippers.

    • Crochet Tassel Trim
      This beautiful crochet tassel trim pattern will add elegance and Victorian flair to any linen, crocheted, or embroidered piece you may have.

    • Fancy Mittens
      An authentic Victorian Knitting Pattern for a Lady’s Mitten! Directions and materials required are listed for easy use.

    • Princess Elizabeth Crochet Bag
      Here is another vintage crocheted bag for your fancy work collection. It is a beautiful design and can be made in a number of sizes depending on materials used.

    • Crocheted Workbag
      Here is another beautiful vintage crocheted workbag with illustration and instructions for your enjoyment.

    • Infant's Knitted Bootee
      Knitted bootees like this may cause a new fashion craze! These Infant’s knitted silk bootees are sure to please both parents and baby alike.

    • Knitted Tulip Wreath Flower Vase Mat
      Here is c. 1870 Knitted Tulip Wreath Flower Vase Mat instructions that will definitely add that Victorian flair to any table in your home.

    • Twine Bag
      The directions for this authentic Victorian Twine Bag were published in 1895. If you know crochet or knitting, this handy little bag will be very easy to make.

    • Music Stool Couverette
      Here is a great crocheted music stool cover. It was published in 1870. Any needleworker would be proud to display this!

Victorian Inspired Crafts
Find beautiful Victorian inspired crafts that you can make quickly and easily. You never know what you might find here!

Victorian Decor

Victorian Decor
Victorian home decor is a special look that anyone can achieve. With the proper know-how, items can be made that will make any room wonderfully victorian. Check it out!

  • Window Draperies
    Victorian draperies were an important decorating element to the home. Find authentic illustrations and instructions on Victorian draperies and curtains here.

    • Window Draperies, Part 2
      If you are looking for information and instructions on true Victorian drapes or window curtains, you have found it. Take a look.

    • Window Draperies, Part 3
      Authentic Victorian information and instructions about Victorian drapery or window curtains, just waiting for you.
    • Victorian Portieres
      Victorian Portieres – Beware! Using the wrong type can totally destroy the look of your room. Learn the how, when, and where of portiere uses.

  • Fireplace Mantel Lambrequins
    Victorian fireplace mantel lambrequin instructions! Make your fireplace a beautiful focal point just like Victorian women did.

  • Lucky Bracket (Shelf)
    This Lucky Bracket (shelf) is a perfect craft accessory that will bring luck to you and your family or so Victorian ladies believed. Give it a try. We all could use a little good luck, right?

  • Portable Ivy Screen
    This wonderful idea allows you to bring the outdoors in and have the luxury of moving it where it best suits you or your room.

Special Designs

Special Designs
These special designs are complete directions on how to embroider specific fruits, flowers, and more!

  • Calla Lily
    The calla lily made in raised embroidery is like none other. Besides using embroidery, wire screen is used to give dimension. Truly unique and a must try.

  • How to Embroider the Carnation
    It may look easy to embroider the carnation but they can be tricky. The task can be made easier if one follows the instructions given here.

  • How to Embroider the Chrysanthemum
    Learn the fine points on how to embroider the Chrysanthemum. Details so fine you almost have to look twice to see they are not real!

  • How to Embroider the Daisy
    Daisies are such wonderful flowers. They are light, bright and breezy. Daisies make just about everyone happy by just looking at them. Embroider the daisy on an oft used item to bright your day!

  • How to Embroider the Dogwood Blossom
    The Dogwood pattern included here was created specifically for hand embroidery and the instructions with it was designed with beginner embroiderers in mind.

  • How to Embroider the Scotch Thistle
    The Scotch Thistle pattern was an favorite of Victorian women. This pattern was created specifically for hand embroidery and the instructions with it were designed with beginner embroiderers in mind.

  • Goldenrod Raised Embroidery
    The Golden Rod (goldenrod) in raised embroidery would be a great addition to any decorative embroidery item you can make. See how this raised embroidery flower can add extra dimension to your project.

  • How to Embroider the Holly
    Learn the tricks Victorian ladies used to embroider the Holly. It can be a little tricky, but with these instructions, you project will look amazingly life-like.

  • The Snowball - A Victorian favorite flower
    Snowballs, a popular Victorian flower, use a unique raised embroidery technique. Fluffy and 3-dimensional, they are something you will want to try.

  • How to Embroider the Strawberry
    Learn to embroider the strawberry and make realistic looking strawberries using these original Victorian instructions. The results will be fantastic!

  • How to Embroider the Sweet Pea
    Here you will find an authentic Victorian directions and illustrations for embroidering the beautiful Sweet Pea.

  • Tiger Lily
    The Tiger Lily and Japan Lily lend themselves to raised effects admirably, and are easily made. See for yourself.

  • Coronation Rose Embroidery
    Use Coronation Rose Embroidery to make beautiful roses with coronation braid and French knots.

  • Rambler Rose Embroidery
    Love embroidery? Love Roses? Have the best of both worlds. Using this Rambler Rose embroidery to any project will definitely make it special!

  • Victorian Borders to Embroider
    Add a beautiful border to your linens with ease. Use just a few very simple stitches to create an embroidered piece you can enjoy for years to come.


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