Posted by Cyn
It seems odd in some ways to find resources relating to old-fashioned handwork on the Internet, but then again, everything else seems to be here. Here are a few of the craft-related sites I like:
- My favorite LNS has turned into my favorite online needlework shop, Nease’s Needlework. Susan Nease is wonderfully helpful and incredibly knowledgeable.
- Counted Cross Stitch, Needlework, and Stitchery Page maintained by Kathleen Dyer, a regular on rec.crafts.textile.needlework is the best site I’ve found. The newsgroup is also a marvelous forum for the few people who still use Usenet! Thankfully, it is also accessible via Google Groups.
- At one time, DMC was the only kind of floss I would use in my projects. I have pretty much every color of their standard floss and most of their metallic, rayon and variegated threads as well – it does make it much easier to start a project without a big shopping trip.
- Kreinik makes most of the metallic fibers I use, as well as some fine silk threads.
- Weeks Dye Works hand over-dye many fibers.
- Mill Hill makes beads and treasures that add a special touch to projects.
- I love, love, love working with Waterlilies variegated silk from The Caron Collection. They have cottons, blends, spun silk, and other fine fibers as well.
- Rainbow Gallery carries alpacas, angoras, bamboos, cashmeres, silks, nylons — you name the fiber, they’ve got it.
- The wooden finishing items from Sudberry House are gorgeous and easy to work with.
- Needle in a Haystack were marvelously helpful and my order arrived earlier than expected — and that during the Christmas rush!
- Herrschners has an incredible selection of supplies and patterns, including Anchor floss.
- The Free Pattern Index at About.com has links to their own freebies as well as quite a few others. is a wonderful resource in general.
- The people at Nordic Needle are very helpful, and their catalog is full of beautiful items that make me want to learn many new techniques.