Found on everything from stockings and nightgowns to wedding dresses and wall hangings, embroidery has been used to decorate textiles for over a thousand years. From cross-stitch to underside couching, our collection includes examples of embroidery techniques from across the world, by skilled professionals and amateurs alike.Read more See less
Don't know your counted thread from your freestyle? Get up to speed with our illustrated guide
Try your hand at some Mexican-inspired embroidery motifs with these free, downloadable patterns
This exquisite example of 17th-century English embroidery was worked by a young girl aged just 11
For Elizabeth I's most famous political rival, needlework was both a pastime and a means of resistance
See the traditional embroidery techniques used to create masterpieces of opus anglicanum
Discover stunning examples of Mexican embroidery from the V&A's textile collection
From plain cotton to iridescent beetle-wing embellishments, explore diverse forms of traditional Indian embroidery
Make your own embroidered zipped pouch, ideal for carrying cards, coins or makeup, with this free pattern
Recreating the beautiful hot-pink beading and sequin work of Balenciaga's 1967 evening coat.
Discover how the fabric of this English medieval embroidery has been altered, ensuring its survival over centuries
Explore the beautiful imagery of the Syon Cope, embroidered in coloured silk and silver threads
Explore the richly-worked imagery and intricate design of the Tree of Jesse Cope
Peering out from the stitched designs of English medieval embroideries are lifelike animals, alongside fantastical creatures drawn from mythology and the imagination.
What do 'practice pieces' tell us about the changing nature of embroidery over time?
Do you know your cope from your chasuble, your split stitch from your satin stitch?
Take a closer look at the elaborate iconography of the Butler-Bowdon Cope
Explore Katerina Jebb's photomontage of Elizabeth Parker's sad yet subversive 19th century embroidered sampler
Sew the seeds of creativity with our embroidery sets