I do embroidery for a lot of different reasons: to relax, to express myself artistically, for decoration, and as part of my historical research. I usually do historic needlework, as would have been done in the 12th and 13th century. Admittedly my materials are modern, but the methods of making the stitches, the motifs and usage are historic... usually.

One of the things I've started doing this year (2001) is attending furry conventions and participating in art shows there. I recently attended Anthrocon 2001 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where I entered three of my pieces in the art show. One of them, the Winged Lion of St. Mark from the Book of Kells, not only sold to a friend of mine but got Honorable Mention in the Art Show. I was honored; there was a lot of fabulous artwork there. More information about the work I do for furry conventions can be found at my embroidery site, Ursa Major Custom Hand Embroidery.

Below are some of my favorite embroidery links. I hope you find them useful. Clicking on each link will cause it to open in a new window.

Historic Needlework
The Blackwork Embroidery Archives
Macedonian Folk Embroidery
Master Richard Wymarc's Medieval Embroidery Page
The Viking Answer Lady
Russian Embroidery
Four Apostles from The Book of Kells
The Bayeux Tapestry

Skinner Sisters
Hedgehog Handworks
Hard To Find Needlework Books
Green Duck Designs
Small Churl Books
Threadneedle Street
Wyndham Needleworks
Cutworks Needleworks Designs
Hoo-Ah Designs Cross Stitch
Babylon 5 Cross Stitch
Rising River Thread Express

Stitch Dictionaries
Sharon Boggon's Stitch Dictionary
Johanna's Embroidery Stitch Diagrams

How-To's & Free Counted Cross Stitch Charts
Celtic Tarot in Cross-Stitch
Sue's Cross Stitch Freebie Finder
The TapDancing Lizard's Free Charts

Other Needlework Links of Interest
Stitch On-Line -- e-zine from The Skinner Sisters
The Royal School of Needlework
Book Cover With Handles
Green Man Coloring Book -- Adobe Acrobat Reader required
Preserving Your Treasures -- Mounting and Framing Needlework
Removing Stains on Needlework
The Business of Needlework