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My favorite eBooks


  • Origin of book: United Kingdom

    Silk Ribbon Embroidery. Designs @ Techniques
    Silk Ribbon Embroidery. Designs @ Techniques
    by elluse

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    Silk Ribbon Embroidery. Designs @ Techniques

    Language: English
    By: Ann Cox

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    Silk Ribbon Embroidery. Designs @ Techniques


  • Complex Weavers Journal June 2015
    Complex Weavers Journal June 2015
    by elluse

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    Complex Weavers Journal June 2015

    Language: English
    Book release: 2015


  • Origin of book: Italy

    Вышивка (Embroidery)
    Вышивка (Embroidery)
    by elluse

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    Вышивка (Embroidery)

    Language: Russian
    Book release: 2008

    Универсальное руководство для начинающих и профессионалов.
    One-stop guide for beginners and professionals.


  • Sewing Lessons For Beginners
    Sewing Lessons For Beginners
    by elluse

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    Sewing Lessons For Beginners

    Language: English
    By: Christina Sherrod

    There are so many directions to go with your new skills. From wearable art to quilt art to vests, lingerie and applique – you’ll want to try it all. You not only get to create a new world using your own ideas, but you can get everyday, practical use of your new talent. When you make something yourself, you have something that is truly unique. Custom made clothing and other items now come in the size, color and fabric YOU want and choose.


  • Origin of book: Netherlands

    Vlieger’s Lei-teekenvoorbeelden 6 (Kite’s Slate Drawing Examples 6)
    Vlieger's Lei teekenvoorbeelden 6 (Kite's Slate Drawing Examples 6)
    by elluse

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    Vlieger's Lei-teekenvoorbeelden 6 (Kite's Slate Drawing Examples 6)

    Language: Dutch
    By: J. Vlieger

    Small booklet, 16 pages of examples to draw on a blackboard. Volume 6, images of garden- and agricultural tools and vehicles. The drawings were white on black.


  • Origin of book: Netherlands

    Vlieger’s Lei-teekenvoorbeelden 7 (Kite’s Slate Drawing Examples 7)
    Vlieger's Lei teekenvoorbeelden 7 (Kite's Slate Drawing Examples 7)
    by elluse

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    Vlieger's Lei-teekenvoorbeelden 7 (Kite's Slate Drawing Examples 7)

    Language: English
    By: J. Vlieger

    Small booklet, 16 pages of examples to draw on a blackboard. Volume 7, pictures of farm animals and some exotics as well. The drawings were white on black.


  • Origin of book: Netherlands

    Vlieger’s Lei-teekenvoorbeelden 8 (Kite’s Slate Drawing Examples 8)
    Vlieger's Lei teekenvoorbeelden 8 (Kite's Slate Drawing Examples 8)
    by elluse

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    Vlieger's Lei-teekenvoorbeelden 8 (Kite's Slate Drawing Examples 8)

    Language: Dutch
    By: J. Vlieger

    Small booklet, 16 pages of examples to draw on a blackboard. Volume 8, pictures of birds, farm animals, and a snake. The drawings were white on black.


  • Origin of book: France

    Modeles pour Peinture sur Faience et Porcelaine (Models for Painting on Faience and Porcelain)
    Modeles pour Peinture sur Faience et Porcelaine
    by elluse

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    Models for Painting on Faience and Porcelain

    Language: English
    By: H. Laurens (ed.)

    Fifteen colored plates as examples for painting on pottery and porcelain. Plates, vases, water fountain, serving platters and just the painted designs.

My Favorite Patterns


  • Origin of craft: Panama

    How To Make A Tembleque. Part 3

    by elluse

    By: QXP Shop


  • Origin of craft: Panama

    How To Make a Tembleque. Part 2

    by elluse

    By: QXP Shop


  • Origin of craft: Panama

    How To Make a Tembleque. Part 1

    by elluse

    By: QXP Shop


  • Origin of craft: Panama

    How To Make a Tembleque. Part 4

    by elluse

    By: QXP Shop


  • Tiara Making Tutorial – the origin of the bridal headpiece; tiara history

    by elluse

    By: epraxis

    The above historical presentation is great for anyone wanting who wishes to learn more about the origins of a wedding headpiece, bridal headpiece, wedding tiara, prom tiara or bridesmaids tiara.


  • DIY | How to Make a pink flowerscrown / cara membuat mahkota bunga / diy crown tiara headpiece

    by elluse

    By: Fiina Maghfurin

    DIY membuat flowerscrown dari kristal ceko.
    DIY making flowerscrown from czech crystal


  • Diy Hairvine / cara membuat headpiece kristal / wire work

    by elluse

    By: Fiina Maghfurin

    Diy tutorial how to make crystal hairvine


  • Pandahall Tutorial – How to Make a White Pearl Wedding Crown Headband
    Simple Wire Wrap Tree Tutorial
    by elluse

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    Pandahall Tutorial - How to Make a White Pearl Wedding Crown Headband

    By: Jenny Chan

    This Pandahall tutorial describes how to make a white pearl wedding crown headband.

My Favorite Definitions


  • Origin: United States

    Redwork Design Redwork


  • Origin: Indonesia

    Batik traditional heritage indonesia Batik

    The art of decorating fabric using wax and a dye. The applied wax resists dyes which allows to colour fabric selectively.
    This process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated to create more elaborate and colourful designs. After the final dyeing the wax is removed and the cloth is ready for wearing or showing.

    This technique originated from Java, Indonesia.
    The word batik originates from the Javanese tik and means to dot.

    Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a tjanting, or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap.

    The art of decorating cloth in this way, using wax and dye, has been practised for centuries. In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition, and some of the finest batik cloth in the world is still made there.


  • Origin: Global

    King kroker the macramé frog Macramé

    Is a crafting technique that uses knots to create various textiles.


  • Origin: Japan

    Workshop gratuito de Amigurumi Ovelhinha Pipoca Amigurumi

    Is a popular type of crochet or knitting small, stuffed yarn creatures.
    The word is a portmanteau of two Japanese terms: ami, which means “crocheted or knitted” and nuigurumi, meaning “stuffed doll”.
    It often takes the form of an animal or fantastical creature with an aesthetic that’s best described as kawaii or cute.  Amigurumi vary in size and there are no restrictions about size or look


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  • Origin: India

    Mehndi bride 2 Mehndi

    Is a the ancient art of decorating the skin using henna paste made from the henna dry leaves, originating in ancient India.
    Mehndi is a ceremonial art, it is typically applied during weddings – for Muslim and Hindu brides.
    Henna is painted on the bride to symbolise joy, beauty, spiritual awakening and offering.


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  • Origin: India

    Bidriware hookah Bidriware

    The handicraft originates from Bidar district of Karnataka (India), which is still the chief centre for the manufacture of the unique metalware.

    The craft was developed in the 14th century C.E. during the rule of the Bahamani Sultans and is very famous for its amazing metalwork.

    Bidriware is made from a blackened alloy of zinc and copper with thin sheets of pure silver.
    It undergoes an eight-stage process and due to its striking inlay artwork, bidriware is an important export handicraft of India and is prized as a symbol of wealth.


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  • Origin: Ukraine

    Girl from Podolye by V.Tropinin (b. 1821, Kursk) Vyshyvanka

    Vyshyvanka (Ukrainian: “Вишива́нка” [ʋɪʃɪˈʋanka] or “Виши́ванка” [ʋɪˈʃɪʋanka]) is the Ukrainian traditional clothing which contains elements of Ukrainian ethnic embroidery. Usually, it was made of homemade linen which was produced by loom. Local features are usually represented in the shirt’s ornamental pattern.


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My Favorite Software



  • Stitchworks Software
    Stitchworks Software
    by elluse

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    Stitchworks Software

    Price: Free

    Software description:

    CrochetCharts 1.2 is free software helping you to create crochet charts of different difficulty. It is a new version of application originally developed by Brian Milco. On the request of the University of Hasselt he agreed to open-sourcing his application. With the support of Prof. Wim Lamotte and the feedback of Annelies and Arno Baes, Olivier de Schaetzen worked on it for a month in order to release a first major update of the software. CrochetCharts is completely free and can be downloaded and used by everyone forever. And its code is now publicly available, so everyone (who is familiar with programming) can improve it, make changes and add new features.

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  • Knotter Celtic design software
    Knotter Celtic design software
    by elluse

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    Knotter Celtic design software

    Price: Free

    Software description:

    Software description here



  • KnitBird free machine knitting programme
    KnitBird free machine knitting software
    by elluse

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    KnitBird free machine knitting programme

    Price: Free

    Software description:

    Features

    • Draw stitches, of course.
    • Tool for creating dotted and dashed lines.
    • Move, rotate and flip selected parts of your chart.
    • Easily create repeated pattern from a selection.
    • Color picker for your stitches.
    • Add instructions for your chart and the colors and symbols that you use in your design.
    • Export chart as a JPEG image or a PDF file.
    • Import image files and convert them to a chart design.
    • Insert text into your chart.
    • Easily change colors in your chart.
    • Put bits of your design into a library. You can then later access them to use in other charts.



  • Pixel Stitch – Convert photos into cross stitch patterns for free
    Pixel Stitch Convert photos into cross stitch patterns for free
    by elluse

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    Pixel Stitch - Convert photos into cross stitch patterns for free

    Price: Free

    Software description:

    Did you ever had a picture or photo in your hand and thought: it would be nice if I could transfer this into a cross stitch embroidery pattern. With a few clicks in your image editing programm you can easily pixelate images but you quickly come to your limit. For example when it comes to map the colors in the image in order to find the corresponding embroidery threads. And after that telling the printer that you want him to print out a handy, well-recognizable pattern …

    These problems belong to the past, because pixel stitch will assume these steps for you.

    Just upload your favorite picture, determine the number of stitches as well as the number of embroidery colors and let pixel stitch do the work for you. In no time the pattern in PDF format will be provided to you so you can easily download and print it. In the PDF you will find all the infos to get started with your project like informations to the different color numbers and the legend of the embroidery pattern.



  • Stitchboard
    Stitchboard
    by elluse

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    Stitchboard

    Price: Free

    Software description:

    You must be a member (free!) and be logged in to access all menu options.



  • MicroRevolt Knitpro
    microRevolt knitpro
    by elluse

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    MicroRevolt Knitpro

    Price: Free

    Software description:

    knitPro is a free web application that translates digital images into knit, crochet, needlepoint and cross-stitch patterns. Simply upload jpeg, gif or png images and knitPro will generate a graph sizable for any fiber project. knitPro digitally mimics the tradition of pre-industrial craft circles who freely shared patterns and passed them down from generation to generation.



  • Valentina – open source pattern drafting software
    Valentina open source pattern drafting software
    by elluse

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    Valentina - open source pattern drafting software

    Price: Free

    Software description:

    Valentina is an open source pattern drafting software tool, designed to be the foundation of a new stack of open source tools to remake the garment industry.

    Small-batch and custom-sized clothing manufacturing is essential to create a sustainable future, preserve small- to medium-sized textile spinning and weaving manufacturers, enable independent and small designers and manufacturers to scale up to make a decent living, rebuild local garment districts, and reduce or eliminate slave labor.



  • Wild Ginger Software – Fashion Design and Sewing Pattern Software
    Wild Ginger Software
    by elluse

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    Wild Ginger Software

    Price: Free

    Software description:

    Drafting for Hats, Bags, Footwear, and Accessories
    Embroidery Planning Tools
    Complete Program Help and Sewing Instructions

    All of the patterns in Wild Things print to the dimensions you specify. It even has embroidery design planning tools to aid you in creating unique accessories for yourself and others. You can specify the dimensions for each item to draft accessories for your needs.

    Wild Things! comes complete with a Help file to aid you in using the new tools as well as sewing instructions for each and every style that drafts drafts.

My Favorite Places


  • New Zealand , Wellington

    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
    (Te Papa)
    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa by elluse

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    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

    Admission fee: Free


  • United Kingdom , Oxford, England

    Ashmolean Museum
    Ashmolean Museum by elluse

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    Ashmolean Museum

    Admission fee: Free

    The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Our world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time.


  • Czech Republic , Prague - Josefov

    Illusion Art Museum Prague
    (IAM Prague)
    Illusion Art Museum Prague by elluse

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    Illusion Art Museum Prague

    Admission fee: Paid

    Illusion Art Museum Prague (IAM Prague) is the Czech Republic’s first museum dedicated to illusions and trick art. Visitors play with interactive 3D installations and 2D trick art as they discover how perspective can open up new worlds, while creating fun photos to share with family and friends. Situated in a historic 15th century building on Old Town Square, opposite the Astronomical Clock (Orloj).


  • United Kingdom , London

    Horniman Museum and Gardens
    Horniman Museum and Gardens by elluse

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    Horniman Museum and Gardens

    Admission fee: Free

    The Horniman connects us all with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging us to shape a positive future for the world we all share.

     It has displays of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments, and is known for its large collection of taxidermied animals.


  • Norway , Oslo

    Norwegian Folk Museum
    (Norsk)
    Norwegian Folk Museum by elluse

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    Norwegian Folk Museum

    Admission fee: Paid

    Norsk Folkemuseum shows how people lived in Norway from 1500 to the present through its collections from around the country,.

    Norsk Folkemuseum is Norway’s largest museum of cultural history. The160 buildings in the Open-Air Museum represent different regions in Norway, different time periods, as well as differences between town and country, and social classes. The Gol Stave Church dating from 1200 is one of five medieval buildings at the museum. The contemporary history is presented through exhibitions and documentation projects. Permanent indoor exhibitions include folk art, folk costumes, toys and Sami culture. There is also a variety of temporary exhibitions and audience programs all year round.


  • Norway , Ål Kulturhus

    Hallingrosa – Norwegian Cultural Heritage
    Hallingrosa by elluse

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    Hallingrosa is permanent exhibition of rosemaling

    Admission fee: Free

    Hallingrosa is the name of a permanent exhibition which displays world-class floral painting – “rosemåling” – with emphasis on the development of the Hallingdal tradition – “hallingrosa”. In Hallingdal there have been several great floral painters during the later centuries. This exhibition contains, among others, works of Herbrand Sata and his sons Nils Bæra and Embrik Bæra, all of them from Ål. The art history of floral painting from the end of the 18th Century is the basis of the exhibition.


  • United States , Decorah, IA

    Vesterheim – the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center
    Vesterheim by elluse

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    Vesterheim

    Admission fee: Paid

    Vesterheim is the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, with over 33,000 artifacts, 12 historic buildings, a Folk Art School, and a library and archives. This treasure showcases the most extensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world.

    Vesterheim’s exhibitions explore the diversity of American immigration through the lens of the Norwegian-American experience and highlight the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts. Vesterheim was named one of “15 Best Small-Town Museums in the U.S.” by the world-respected travel guide, Fodor’s, and USA Today named Vesterheim one of “ten great places in the nation to admire American folk art.”


  • Australia , South Brisbane

    Queensland Museum
    Queensland Museum by elluse

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    Queensland Museum

    Admission fee: Free

    Queensland Museum is a museum of natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement that tells the changing story of Queensland.