padmajabsridhara said:

    1. Sarah you are great . I am starting a new hobby at 50 years. Your instructions are clear and motivating.

    Indian Homemaker said:

    1. I learnt crochet and cross stitch and then some more embroidery from books, by looking at pictures like this!! Now reading this post makes me want to embroider again after years!!!

    Marvin Herren said:

    1. Hello,
      I am a 51 year old bus mechanic in Ft. Lauderdale who broke my arm in a motorcycle accident. Your web site has helped me understand and improve my embroidering skills. Still learning. Thank you for the free help. My mind feels much better, due to the free therapy. Friends thank you for the beautiful work I’m doing.
      Keep up the good work.
      Regards, Marvin.

    Leslie Molen said:

    1. Dear Sarah,
      What a beautiful site you have and so very informative! I have been embroidering since I was 7 years old and feel inspired to hand-stitch something!
      Thank you for sharing and inspiring others to be creative- it is my life mission to spread art through the world and I see that you are doing just that!! :)

    Betty Morgan said:

    1. You ROCK! Thank you so much for all the information on your site. I want to teach my grand daughters how to stitch and you’ve covered all the basics and more. Thank YOU very much!

    Catherine said:

    1. I am fascinated by your website, your knowledge, and your excellent instructions! I’m beginning hand embroidery and am so thrilled that this resource is available. Thank you for making it so and for creating and sharing.

      Happy Sewing!

    Rebecca said:

    1. Several months ago I spent hours online searching for free embroidery instructions that were easy to understand for a beginner. I wasn’t really sure if embroidery was for me and didn’t want to invest money (which is very scarce at the moment) in a hobby that I didn’t enjoy. I didn’t have much luck and ultimately gave up the idea of embroidery.
      By chance I stumbled upon your site while cruising Pinterest and I have to say I was amazed. A site that offers clear and understandable instructions on various stitches , with a step by step guide using photos to illustrate each step and it FREE?
      You have renewed my interest and am even now working on one of your stitches and able to show it off proudly to others (they always came out a tangled mess before).
      Thank you so much for this site and for all the hard work [...]

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    Margie said:

    1. I wanted to say thank you so much for having these tutorials up! I’m doing textiles at school and this has been a big help for my year 12 project as I’m doing a lot of hand embroidery on it. The tutorials are so easy to follow step by step and it’s really easy to know whether I’ve gotten the stitch correct or not with the pictures. (:

    Sarah said:

    1. Hi Sarah,

      I’m so glad to have found a like minded ‘Sarah’ who embroiders too! I just came across your site when I was searching for Malayali surnames and then I saw your embroidery tutorials…
      I used to embroider in childhood and then stopped for a few years – I want to start again so I am sure your site will help me with that.
      You have a great site and I will be coming back for more…
      Have a great day!

    朱慧星(Winnie) said:

    1. hello,Sarah,i am a college student of China,i find this website by chance, pictures with explanation is very careful, and your embroidery works are really amazing. And Chinese embroidery is also very extensive and profound like Suzhou embroidery , Chinese knot and the Art of weaving. My mother is a woker to make Woven clothes, so i started to learn it when i was a little girl. I am interested in embroidery and the art of weaving. and i sometimes do some small toys or some simple embroidery. That really makes my life much colorful. By the way, i am very happy to find ths website, and hope you can create more beautiful arts.
      [img]http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/images/embroidery/uploads/2009530141710547.jpg[/img]

    JessySihk said:

    1. You are amazing! =D I just picked up embroidery like a few hours ago on a whim because i had some floss lying around from previous weaving projects, and I LOVE IT! Your tutorials are extremely helpful and informative! You made embroidery very easy for me to learn in just a few minutes with your descriptive photos and everything, i thought i would not get into it if i could not find a way to learn it easy and effortless, but you really made it easy and fun! You are very appreciated! =]

    Salem said:

    1. I’m so glad you put this site up! I have been wanting to learn embroidery beyond just the back stitch (the only one I know how to do right now) yet avoiding it because it seemed so daunting at first. Your site inspires me to learn because so many of the stitches are so pretty and I can think of thousands of applications for them!

      This is my first official bit of embroidery with a card, a gift for my other half for the coming holiday. More planned soon!

      [img]http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/images/embroidery/uploads/WIP3.JPG[/img]

    dheebika said:

    1. I love you very much.I am in pondy studying in X std.We had got an assignment to do embroidery. I don’t know anything.Then I found YOU.It was very easy to learn. THANK YOU SO MUCH To help me. I LOVE U.

    Neelima said:

    1. Hello Sarah

      I have no words to describe your effort to preserve the art of stitching. We live in Albany NY and organizing summer stitching classes to second generation American Indian kids and with your permission I would like to use your material as my syllabus and any thoughts to teach kids 9 and above is really appreciated. If you are interested we can correspond through mail.

      Thanks a ton
      Neelima.

    Vanessa Donaldson said:

    1. one of the best embroidery site ever. (sorry i couldnt be there for your workshop :( ) thanks to this stitch i have found the right pattern for my embroidery which i have given to my mother as a birthday present, i think that every stitch looks beautiful but some people just think that sewing is a waste of time, at school everyone is not starting to do some sewing and i have now told everyone that i know about this website, – hopefully you will someday have billions on this website. THANK YOU for making this website, everything is explained clearly and the pictures are wonderful. once again THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!! (U THE BEST!!!)

    MarlinCherian said:

    1. Hi Juby…. KUDOS!!! excellent work.. i have missed so much in these months… you have added so many wonderful lessons…
      I remembered you again after my recent stint with a hand-embroidery group here… a small course and an effort to support women employment… but I am the most benefited person today as I am back to my stitching phase… this is also boosting me to rethink about my dream of opening up a boutique in India… :)
      Attaching a few of my recent works, not very clear as it was clicked from my phone… will upload better pics soon…

      [img]http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/images/embroidery/uploads/1.JPG[/img]
      [img]http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/images/embroidery/uploads/2.JPG[/img]
      [img]http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/images/embroidery/uploads/3.JPG[/img]

    janaki.C said:

    1. Dear Sarah,You have done a wonderful job ,I really appreciate your patience and ability.Please let me know if you have it in book form ,if so the name of the book.the language is simple and understandable and the pictures just right please find time to reply I am eighty still embroider and knit

      janaki

    Judi said:

    1. Hi Sarah
      I was told about The Napkin Project in UK, a project embroidering napkins to send to a residential home for people with types of dementia, as the residents often enjoy handling or plucking at the fabric napkins or even using them for other purposes, and this is said to be of benefit to those folk.
      I wanted to be a part of this, but have only ever done child’s embroidery or counted cross-stitch as an adult so didn’t really think I could.
      However, after discovering your tutorials, I have found this an absolutely fantastic resource that has enabled me to start to embroider a napkin to be included in the finished project.
      Thank you so much.

    Sandra said:

    1. You’re right AJ, who cares about the name of the stitch, all I care about is the result on my embroidery. I’ve been doing this calling it “seed stitch”, but I now see they do look more like rice grains than seeds.

      And thank you Sarah for the wonderful tutorials, I’ve bookmarked you page a long time ago, I like the clarity of your explanations on the tutorials and how you’ve organized the stitches by family. This week I’ve given the link to my class mates at the sewing course, most of them don’t speak English but the pictures are easy to understand, thanks also on their behalf!!!

    Dianne said:

    1. Thank you SO MUCH for having a picture dictionary of your stitches along with their directions. I have searched for years to find a strange looking stitch that my gr.grandmother used on potholders and “crazy quilts”. Needing to repair a few older pcs. I was lost in how to make these unusual stitches. Thanks to you, I could just look and see what matched!! How wonderful and what a relief!! Now these heirlooms can continue on to other family members with all the stitches in tact.
      I used to embroider as a teenager – doodling on my jeans with all sorts of crazy designs. Looking over all this beautiful work makes me want to take it up again. I’d have to get rid of several trunks full of yarn before hubby would allow me to take up yet another craft, but I could [...]

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    Amanda said:

    1. Sarah,
      Thank you so much for creating this wonderful website! I am brand new to embroidery and am blessed to have found your many helpful tutorials. Thanks again,
      God Bless,
      Amanda

    Basdai Premchandsingh said:

    1. I discovered Sarah’s hand embroidery tutorial only last evening. I am 71 and gave up hand sewing many many years ago because of ‘carpal tunnel’ in my right hand. Now, after surgery a few months ago, I find that I can use a needle proficiently once more. This website is a ‘God sent’. Thank you. I am going to enjoy the days ahead

    Roseanna said:

    1. Dear Sarah,

      I love your website. I have just started a quilting project that includes hand embroidery. Your tutorials are great….just like having a teacher in the room with me. I am left-handed so I appreciate seeing the stitches so clearly.
      Thank you, Teacher. Roseanna

    Rachna Singh said:

    1. Dear Sarah

      Its my pleasure to find your web page, I am an Assistant professor at Indian Institute of crafts & Design, Jaipur. We are working on “Design Bank”, of Indian needle craft, your website been quite helpful for us to find information about Kashmir embroidery, I am very curious to know that if you have information of other states like Gujarat & Rajasthan, do let know the possibility.

      Regards
      Rachna

    Mollie Strawbrick said:

    1. thank you so much for making this website, this is where i got my passion for embroidery, im only 11 and i’ve learnt nearly all these stitches… on my work i have got the running, whip, back, cross, chain, blanket, satin, fishbone, whipped fly, pearl, woven circle, woven spider wheel, holbien and weaving stitches. and also the bullion, french and pistil knot! THANK YOU :D

    MaryAnne said:

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I started doing embroidery about 50 years ago but had put it aside for the last 20. I just picked it back up and your site is exactly what I needed to get me excited about the craft. You have an incredible amount of information and the Basic Stitch Family is exactly what I needed. I also love all the pieces that are illustrated on your site. Thank you for sharing your knowledge in such a generous way.

    María Tenorio said:

    1. I’ve been using the oyster stitch for my mixed media dolls. Thanks for your tutorials, i’m learning new stitches for my works.
      María

    joana said:

    1. uau! What a nice blog! :-)
      I’m glad that i find your blog, because it´s very organized and interesting. I didn’t knew this stitch exists, so i’ll try it for sure

      I think you’ll like to take a look on my work, because there’s a lot of portuguese and traditional embroidery stuff.

    Tess said:

    1. Dear Sarah,
      I’ve been working on a large sampler (my first) as a gift to a dear friend, and, as a semi-beginner to needlework, have been relying heavily on your amazing website both for the stitches I’m using & planning to use, as well as for a reference of all the stitches that I never knew existed before coming here to Rocksea. I’ve been looking for a filling stitch to cover a large area in a more creative way than any of the satin stitch family, and happened to stumble upon your herringbone ladder filling stitch, which is exactly what I’ve been looking to find!
      Thank you so much for this fabulous resource that you’ve put your own time, effort and knowledge into creating so skillfully and making openly available to everyone interested in needlework. It is quite a gift.
      Have a great day,
      ~Tess

    Shilpi said:

    1. I can not tell you how happy and excited i am to find your site. I am sure this will help me in in learning stiches and embroidery very well. I have always been interested but cud never find a gud source untill today.. Thanks a lot. :)
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