I had intended on completing this before leaving for Memorial Day weekend, but didn’t get it completed. It seemed best to just continue this in another post. The Skinner Sisters site deserves special mention though, so I do recommend your visting it – especially if you like Blackwork and historical forms of embroidery in the English tradition.
Solaria Gallery, for those who love cross-stitch and petite point, is a Bulgarian site devoted to making works of art available in charted form. They do have a religious section, and a portion of the charts are of icons. These are very detailed charts, and many of them have two scales of detail in the chart-pack. This is meant to decrease the number of pages in the chart-pack, but it can be confusing. However it is easy to get used to. I am not a great lover of cross-stitch, but am (very slowly) working on one of their carts for Christ the Teacher.
The Gilded Edge is a website of Kay Stanis that is devoted to Silk and Gold Metal embroidery. Once again this is more of a Western form, but she does beautiful work and is a professional instructor in both techniques.
Shay Pendray has publised several good books on inventive needlework, and I think is also on a PBS series, or has been in the past.
Rissa’s Pieces: Pretty Impressive Stuff is a quite impressive website, for sure. This is a private website, but there is a lot of information on her site, and she has even written resource guides for different kinds of surface embroidery. Oh yes, she is also the Vice-President of my chapter in the Embroider’s Guild of America (EGA).
Silkweaver is a commercial site through which you can purchase the most amazing pieces of needlework material! They offer hand-dyed linen, lugana and aida (as well as non-hand-dyed). They do the work themselves, and the orders are dyed when ordered (unless they have changed their process since I last ordered from them. This does slow things down a little, but it assures they have what you need. The brick-and-mortar store is located in Mississippi.
Ok, that’s all for now 🙂 I am ALWAYS looking for new sites (especially non-commercial) that deal with Orthodox needlework. That seems a rare commodity on the internet, so please let me know of any favorites you may have, or if you run across others.