Hand Embroidery for Everyone!

Welcome to my cozy virtual studio - a creative hub brimming with tutorials and hand embroidery projects.

I'm Carol Leather, a passionate stitcher for over five decades. This website is a labor of love, crafted from 50+ years as an embroiderer, teacher, and mentor.

Imagine us sitting together in a cozy café, sipping our favourite drinks, and sharing our love for embroidery. That's the vibe I've created for you on this site.

What will you find here?

For cross stitch devotees, I’ve created patterns to keep your needles dancing - from whimsical designs to intricate masterpieces.

Whether you adore delicate whitework, mesmerizing blackwork patterns, textured needlepoint, or the storytelling of crazy quilting - there's something for every fibre artist.

Sculpt with thread: bring 3D elements to life in stumpwork embroidery, or transform wool into needle-felted wonders.

Deepen your knowledge and fuel your creativity with downloadable ebooks, like my comprehensive guide to blackwork embroidery, offering step-by-step instructions, insider tips, and pattern inspiration.

Learn to wash, frame, and transform your finished embroidery into countless items.

illustration of lady sitting in chair embroidering

Ready to design your own patterns? Let your imagination run wild - make your embroidery projects truly your own.

Ever dreamt of turning your embroidery passion into a thriving business? I've got you covered! Learn the ins and outs of turning your hobby into a successful venture.

Embroidery is a journey that demands consistent practice. But each stitch will bring your vibrant visions to life.

Whether you're here to learn, shop, or find inspiration, I hope you find joy in every thread, stitch, and pattern. Welcome to the wonderful world of hand embroidery!

As you stitch, know I'm by your side. Veteran or newbie, I'm here to support and inspire. Together, we'll make this journey even more delightful.

Needle, floss, hoop - let's explore hand embroidery. I can't wait to see your stitching magic. Welcome to our community! Let's enjoy this embroidery adventure.

Explore embroidery techniques

photograph of stem stitch embroidered flowers

I've got some great techniques to share! Ready to explore?

Click through and see what awaits you. There's so much goodness in store!

Blackwork is truly one-of-a-kind, isn't it?

The bold contrast of black thread on a light background creates these intricate, mesmerizing geometric patterns. It may look complex, but I'm here to break it down step-by-step.

You're going to learn how to craft stunning fill patterns, intricate outlines, and even experiment with shading and texture.

Sound exciting? I thought so!

And the best part?

You can access unique downloadable patterns to get your creative juices flowing.

One of the best things about cross stitch? No drawing skills needed!

The pattern is your guide - just follow the symbols and colours, and watch your masterpiece come to life, stitch by stitch.

Ready to get started? Check out my downloadable cross stitch patterns!

Hardanger is incredible!

This technique lets you craft jaw-dropping designs using satin stitches, cutwork, and needle weaving.

The end result? A masterpiece that will make heads turn!

Want to give it a try?

Check out my free Hardanger course.

I've also got a selection of downloadable patterns - perfect for your next project.

Seeking durability and beauty?

Needlepoint has you covered. Pick a painted canvas or experiment with tantalising textures - the choice is yours.

Our Textures To Dye For collection offers a range of downloadable charts, ready to spark your creativity.

What are you waiting for? Immerse yourself in the joy of needlepoint today!

Hen stitched in Redwork embroidery


Intimidated by intricate patterns?

Redwork embroidery, with its use of a single color, is perfect for beginners.

The simplicity of Redwork allows you to focus on mastering the basic stitches without the stress of color combinations or complex designs.

Redwork is an approachable way to start stitching and watch your embroidery skills blossom with each project.

Forget rigid perfection - crazy quilting celebrates the quirky! Embrace the irregularity and let your creativity soar.

The real magic of crazy quilting lies in variety. Each seam and patch tells a story, reflecting your unique personality and style.

These one-of-a-kind creations are true works of art. So jump in, get a little crazy, and make something beautifully unique!

Raise your embroidery skills with stumpwork!

This amazing technique lets you bring your designs to life by adding raised elements using wire, padding, and embroidery stitches.

Imagine creating stunning flowers, intricate insects, adorable animals, and even tiny figures that will leave everyone in awe of your talent.

Ready to try it?

Stitch this Easter bunny in a basket - it's the perfect springtime project!

Exquisite pulled thread embroidery creates delicate, lacy white-on-white patterns. The focus is on the tight, taut fabric threads, not the stitches.

Want to try it?

Grab a free sampler packed with pulled work and other mesmerizing whitework techniques.

P.S. Something missing?

Your feedback is invaluable. If anything feels off, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm here to provide the best possible experience for you.

Embroidery is a personal journey. I want this content to truly resonate, making you feel at home among kindred spirits who share your passion for this beautiful art.

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