I know that some of you will do some stitchery on your swap items and I though you would enjoy the following links. I guess you could call this a "linktastic" post. Embroidery is a fun and portable craft that brightens up just about anything. It used to be a craft the young girls learned from their mothers and grandmothers starting with simple items such as tea towels. Today, it is a craft that sort of skipped a generation, but is slowly coming back into popularity. I have a few links that will help you learn both simple and complex stitches, as well as having free vintage patterns that are available on the Internet. One site that offers printable free vintage patterns is: http://mytransfers.blogspot.com/ . These are fun and whimsical patterns that are easy to do. Another blog that has vintage transfers and is very helpful for ideas is: http://stitchybritches.blogspot.com/ and in the side bar are sites that offer tutorials for stitches. Alicia Paulson's site: http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/ is full of ideas for stitchery as well as other great crafts and she has a free pattern for Days of the Week tea towels that are a lot of fun. The last link I am giving you has the absolute best explanations on how to do almost any embroidery stitch I have found. Each stitch is found on the sidebar. Just click on the stitch and you will be find each step along with photos that explain how to sew it step-by-step. It makes it so easy to practice and learn, and is an invaluable resource for the embroiderer including using beads in stitchery: http://primrosedesign.blogspot.com/ . Next week-end I will post some great sewing links. If anyone would like any other links, such as those for quilting, leave me a comment, or e-mail me, Sharon at cdetroyes at yahoo dot com and I will start collecting links to post for you. Happy swapping!