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Nov 11, 2016

Wallington Northumberland - a virtual tour of the needlework collection

Wallington Northumberland offers a feast for the eyes of any avid needleworker. Come for a virtual tour with me.

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Nov 07, 2016

The History of Embroidery - part 1

The history of Embroidery from Anglo Saxon to the 20th Century

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Nov 06, 2016

Needlework at Arlington Court, Barnstable, Devon

Arlington Court's needlework collection is extensive. Enjoy these photos of my favorite pieces on display.

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Oct 26, 2016

Blackwork Christmas Designs that stitch up quickly

Simple blackwork Christmas designs to download and stitch for cards, coasters or decorations. Choose from star, bell, robin or blackwork angel patterns

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Sep 17, 2016

This free assisi pattern will help you learn the technique

Learn long armed cross stitch whilst working this free assisi pattern.

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Sep 13, 2016

Learn 2 variations of Fishbone Stitch, flat and raised

Learn 2 types of Fishbone stitch to add to your range of basic embroidery stitches

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Sep 13, 2016

Basic Embroidery Stitches

Instructions and diagrams for all the basic embroidery stitches I have used in my free online needlework lessons. This is building into a comprehensive guide to hand embroidery stitches

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Sep 13, 2016

Learn hand embroidery stitches with Carol

Learn hand embroidery stitches that can be used to fill areas of a design

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Sep 13, 2016

How to embroider by hand

Let me help you learn how to embroider, with step by steps and free designs to start you off.

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Sep 12, 2016

Whitework embroidery an introduction to the different techniques

Whitework embroidery encompasses many different techniques, including reticella, richelieu, cutwork, broderie anglaise, schwalm, hedebo, needlelace and hardanger

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Sep 11, 2016

An introduction to Stumpwork Embroidery

An introduction to Stumpwork Embroidery techniques with links to tutorials to get you started.

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Sep 11, 2016

Stumpwork tutorial - bunny in a basket

This cute little bunny in a basket will help you learn the basics of stumpwork embroidery. Step by step instructions and photographs

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Sep 11, 2016

Choosing hand embroidery stitches for lines

Struggling to chose hand embroidery stitches for the lines in a design? Here are some ideas for you

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Sep 10, 2016

Needlepoint stitches - how to choose the right one

Choosing needlepoint stitches for a design - tips and suggestions to make it easier

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Sep 10, 2016

Hand embroidery for beginners - stitch a name

The first step in our hand embroidery for beginners course, learn how to embroider names and letters

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Sep 08, 2016

Your Needlework questions answered

Ask you needlework questions on this page and everyone who visits the site can help you to answer them. Truly interactive! Great fun

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Sep 07, 2016

Embroidery stitches for small flowers

Simple embroidery stitches for small flowers - ideas and videos showing how to stitch them

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Sep 02, 2016

what type of embroidery is this?

Many years ago I taught myself to embroider flowers, butterflies, etc. I purchased a book, and if I remember correctly the author's name was Erica Wilson,

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Sep 02, 2016

A beginner guide to hardanger embroidery

Learn hardanger needlework with the basic hardanger instructions in our beginner guide to hardanger and stitch this pretty free hardanger pattern using kloster blocks, wrapped bars and doves eyes

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Sep 02, 2016

A selection of hardanger patterns from Carol Leather

Traditional and modern hardanger patterns that you can download straight to your computer.

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Sep 02, 2016

Free hardanger patterns - Christmas card

Included in our free hardanger patterns is this sweet Christmas card. Simple to stitch with no cutting, you will have it finished in no time

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Sep 02, 2016

Simple Hardanger Instructions - lesson 4

Part 4 of my hardanger instructions series. Learn four sided stitch and spiders web filling in addition to fancy kloster blocks and needleweaving

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Sep 02, 2016

Hardanger needlework course- lesson one

Start your hardanger needlework course here. Learn hardanger over a series of step by step lessons using my free patterns

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Sep 02, 2016

Hardanger embroidery for beginners

An introduction to hardanger embroidery, a whitework technique from Norway. Learn how to stitch it following a series of free hardanger lessons

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Sep 02, 2016

Learn hardanger embroidery in easy step-by-step stages

Let us help you learn hardanger embroidery step by step. Stitch our free hardanger patterns with full instructions with this series of lessons

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Aug 22, 2016

Magnifying lamps for embroidery

Magnifying lamps and how to choose them. What magnification do you need?

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Aug 19, 2016

Embroidery scissors for your workbox

The best embroidery scissors to have in your workbox

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Aug 19, 2016

What hand embroidery supplies do you need to get started?

o what are the basic hand embroidery supplies to get you started? I would recommend the following embroidery scissors, embroidery hoops, frames, stands, lights and magnifiers

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Aug 15, 2016

Beginner cross stitch kits - what to look for

What makes good beginner cross stitch kits? Do you know what to look for?

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Aug 15, 2016

Free Bargello design - Christmas bell

This free bargello needlepoint pattern of a Christmas bell is quick and easy to stitch and will introduce you to the techniques of bargello also known as florentine embroidery

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Aug 15, 2016

Reversible cross stitch

A guide to reversible cross stitch. One of a number of cross stitch methods which gives your cross stitch a neat back

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Aug 14, 2016

Your crazy quilt project - Show and Tell

A place to showcase your own crazy quilt projects. Chat with other stitchers about their crazy quilt blocks and share pictures of your latest project.

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Aug 14, 2016

Crazy quilt embroidery - unleash your creativity

Have you tried crazy quilt embroidery yet? Simple stitches are used to decorate this traditional needlework to stunning effect. Learn how to piece and embellish your own projects

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Aug 14, 2016

Free cross stitch pattern index

As a thankyou for visiting the site you will find a free cross stitch pattern to stitch. Choose from the list below

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Aug 14, 2016

Needlepoint fibers and the effect they can give

Showing the effect different needlepoint fibers can make to a design. Photographs of my students work help to illustrate this

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Aug 14, 2016

How to Prevent RSI if you enjoy needlework

It is important to learn how to prevent rsi if you are an avid stitcher and also use the computer a lot. Here are some tips for preventing rsi that will help.

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Aug 14, 2016

Cross stitch owls and other birds

Stitch mini cross stitch owls and other birds from this pattern ebook

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Aug 14, 2016

Diamond eyelet stitch and double backstitch leaves

It is time for a diamond eyelet stitch and double backstitch leaves in our FREE whitework embroidery sampler which features pulled thread embroidery and drawn thread work

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Aug 14, 2016

Free pulled work embroidery lesson

Try pulled work, (also known as pulled thread embroidery or drawn fabric) by stitching this simple free pulled work pattern with full step by step instructions and stitch diagrams

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Aug 14, 2016

Embroidery thread conversion chart - DMC to Anchor floss

Download an embroidery thread conversion chart for DMC to Anchor embroidery floss. Tips for substituting different brands of thread in a design

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Aug 12, 2016

Band 5 of the white work embroidery sampler

Are you stitching along with my white work embroidery sampler? Come on, join in, and learn new needlework techniques with us. Its free!

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Aug 12, 2016

Four sided stitch instructions

Learn how to work four sided stitch, for pulled work or hardanger embroidery, both horizontally and vertically

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Aug 12, 2016

Organize your stash - tips and ideas for your needlework bits and pieces

Do you have trouble finding your needlework supplies? Ever bought the same thread twice? Learn how to organize your stash

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Aug 12, 2016

Whitework embroidery stitches

Learn how to do whitework embroidery stitches with Carol Leather. Here we cover cobbler stitch used in pulled thread embroidery (also known as drawn fabric)

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Aug 12, 2016

Using fractional stitches in your cross stitch designs

Learn how and where to use fractional stitches in your cross stitch. Half cross stitch, three quarter stitch and quarter stitch can all help to add detail to a design

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Aug 12, 2016

Scotch Stitch - how to use it in your needlepoint

Learn Scotch stitch, a simple square needlepoint stitch along with many other needlework stitches on the site

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Aug 12, 2016

Picking the right needlepoint canvas for the job

How to pick the right needlepoint canvas. Learn about mono or double. Interlock or plastic. What are the benefits of each type of canvas?

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Aug 12, 2016

Teaching needlework to children is fun!

What better way of passing on your passion than by teaching needlework to children. Read my story of teaching kids to stitch at primary school

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Aug 12, 2016

Rice stitch - an easy needlepoint stitch to learn

Try Rice Stitch - one of the simple needlepoint stitches that you can use to give many different effects

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