Interesting and useful links

The Internet is vast and can be frustrating to navigate. How often do you look for a site or a subject and struggle to track down something that tells you what you need to know?

This list identifies a number of sites that we have found and think that others will find of interest. Some of them are very useful reference sites, others are sources of potential inspiration and ideas for textile work of all kinds.

The list is not intended to be comprehensive – it would be difficult to list every single Textile Artist that has a web presence, for a start – but reflects a range of on-line resources that we feel are useful to have bookmarked.

Stitch and technique directories

RSN Stitch Bank

Mary Corbet’s Needle and Thread

Pintangle Stitch Directory

Blackwork Embroidery Archives

Embroidery and Textile sites

Royal School of Needlework

Textile Artist.Org

Mr X Stitch – changing the way you think about embroidery

Hand and Lock

Pattern libraries

The Antique pattern library

Internet Archive: Early Modern Embroidery and Lace Pattern Books

Museum, University and Library collections

University of Leeds International Textile Collection (Includes the Louisa Pesel Collection)

VADS: over 140,000 images from over 300 art and design collections across the UK, which are freely available for non-commercial use in education. 

Old Book Illustrations

Other Guilds and Associations

In the UK

The Braid Society

The Quilters Guild

The Lace Guild

The Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

The Textile Society

The Costume Society

The Association of Dress Historians


Embroiderers’ Guild of America

Embroiderers’ Association of Canada

ANZEG: The Association of New Zealand Embroiderers’ Guilds

International Felt Makers Association

Studio Art Quilt Associates


Embroiderers’ Guild of New South Wales

Embroiderers’ Guild , Australian Capital Territory

Embroiderers’ Guild, Queensland

Embroiderers’ Guild South Australia

Hobart Embroiderers’ Guild (Tasmania)

Embroiderers’ Guild, Victoria

Embroiderers’ Guild, Western Australia