Your needlework questions answered

The only silly needlework questions are those that are not asked! Here is your opportunity to ask everyone for advice or help with your needlework and embroidery.

There are two ways you can ask a question...

Of course I am delighted to help anyone by email, but that way you only get my opinion. Why not throw your question out there to the thousands of visitors a day that browse the site?

What can you ask about?

Anything that is related to needlework.

Due to the popularity of this page I have started to organise things a little. There are now more interactive pages on the site where you can ask questions relating to the following subjects (just click on the photo to go to the relevant page)...

Guidelines for submitting questions

If you have a short and sweet question to ask, then it is probably best to send me an e-mail, but if you have quite a bit to write, and you feel that the answer to your question could help other stitchers then please feel free to use one of the interactive invitations.

I can't promise to reply straight away, but will do my best to get to build your page as soon as possible so that others can jump in if they can help you.

Please try to be specific in your title. If you name your submission Sue or Mary, it doesn't give me any idea of the question you are asking. If I can see at a glance that I can help straight away, then it is better for both of us.

If you have a photo that you can add that is great. It makes YOUR PAGE more attractive. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece. A pic from your mobile phone is fine, as long as I can clearly see what you are trying to show.

Once I publish your submission it will be listed below the invitation, and other visitors will be able to comment on it.


Got a question about needlework?

The best way to learn is by asking questions. Sure, you can email me and ask but why not ask all the visitors to the site and get a selection of answers?

This is also the place to give something back and try to help others with their queries. Have fun!

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Embroidery on sweatshirt makes Popping sound 
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Just thank you 
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threads for making friendship bracelets 
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flatten and block antique needlepoint lace 
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how to end a stitch on hand embroidery 
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Twilling Stitch 
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lace or crochet edgings 
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perfect needlework backs  
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Gold Work 
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The Blue Line on Waste Fabric 
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Beading questions 
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History Of Couching 
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Sock monkey's eyes 
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French and bullion knot stitch 
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Decorative stitch advice 
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Trying to find a stitch my grandmother used 
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Starting a class 
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needlework identification 
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Embroidery on knitting Not rated yet
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Where to start - background or words? Not rated yet
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transferring patterns to fabric for embroidery Not rated yet
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hand embroidered signatures Not rated yet
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Hand embroidering a sweatshirt Not rated yet
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