Candlewicking & Whitework

Candlewicking also known as whitework is a traditional needlework technique of white on white embroidery. Usually the stitches used were colonial or french knots along with stem stitch.


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Beginner's Guide to Mountmellick Embroidery

by Pat Trott - Paperback - Published 2002 Affiliate Link to Amazon



iron-on transfer patterns for hottest "new" form of embroidery: birds, butterflies, boats, florals, little boy, little girl, pineapples, geometrics, more. Complete instructions, stitch diagrams, list of necessary materials and more. by Claire Bryant - Paperback - Published 1994 Affiliate Link to Amazon


White Work : Techniques and 188 Designs

Thorough guide to elegant form of contemporary embroidery, with illustrated instructions and patterns for 20 stitches, plus 188 embroidery patterns keyed to those stitches. by Carter Houck(Editor) - Paperback - Published 1983 Affiliate Link to Amazon


A-Z of Whitework

Over 1,000 step-by-step photos illustrate the creation of this beautiful traditional white-on-white embroidery which has inspired needlecrafters for centuries by Country Bumpkin - Paperback - Published 2015

Basic Candlewicking

Step-by-step instructions on how to do candlewicking


Brief description and information on candlewicking. Bella Online

Free Candlewicking Patterns

Lots of free candlewicking patterns.

Mountmellick Workshop

An on-line tutorial of mountmellick stitching. JMD Designs

Shadow Embroidery

Shadow embroidery was developed as a Whitework technique. Learn more here. Craftown

Stitch - Colonial Knot

Detailed instructions on the colonial knot with diagram. Martha Beth Lewis' Piano, Needlework and Chocolate

Stitch - Colonial Knot

How to stitch a colonial knot. In A Minute Ago

Stitch - Colonial Knot

Instructions on how to do the colonial knot. eHow

Stitch - Colonial Knot (Video)

A video on how to do the colonial knot. You Tube

Stitch - Colonial Stitch

A colonial stitch tutorial. Sarah's Hand Embrodiery Tutorials

Traditonal Candlewicking Book

Twenty-four designs with illusations, photographs, and all necessary techniques and stitches are fully explained. Affiliate Link to


Guide for Whitework stitches. Gutenberg

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