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Jan 27, 2023

Embroidery on an afghan for a child

I'm going to be hand-stitching some designs on an afghan as a gift. I've done it once before by stitching on a separate piece and then attaching the fabric

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Jan 12, 2023

Cloth for hardanger embroidery.

I am truly intrigued by this craft and want to learn. Can I use Aida Cross Stitch fabric to learn or does it have to be Hardanger fabric? Hi Cyndi,

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Jan 08, 2023

Embroidery needles - which ones do you need for what job?

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With so many different needlework techniques to choose from on this site, how do you know which embroidery needles you need? Let me help...

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Jan 02, 2023

Free redwork embroidery patterns

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Looking for free redwork embroidery patterns? Why not start here with this cute mother hen design

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Dec 30, 2022

Blanket stitch embroidery tutorial with ideas for use

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How to do blanket stitch - learn all about this versatile embroidery stitch and how to use it from floral sprays to crisp whitework

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Dec 30, 2022

An introduction to Stumpwork Embroidery and the techniques involved

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Learn Stumpwork Embroidery techniques including padding with felt, raised embroidery stitches, adding slips and creating wired needlework petals

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Dec 30, 2022

Sharp embroidery scissors - the best gift you can give yourself

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Learn more about the embroidery scissors you should have in your sewing kit and how to use and care for them properly

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Dec 30, 2022

Learn how to cross stitch with Carol

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Learn how to cross stitch with simple instructions. Learn how to read a chart, what the symbols mean, where to start and how to finish off

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Dec 30, 2022

What is a laying tool and how do I use one?

Instructions for using a laying tool (or trolley needle) to produce embroidery stitches that lay neatly side by side

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Dec 30, 2022

How do you do herringbone stitch? Learn this basic embroidery stitch

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This herringbone stitch embroidery tutorial from Carol Leather gives step-by-step instructions with pictures along with variations to the basic stitch

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Dec 30, 2022

Needlepoint stitches - how to choose the right one

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

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Dec 28, 2022

How couching stitch can help you make the most of speciality threads

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How to use couching stitch to add beautiful textured fibers, ribbons, braids or cords to your hand embroidery projects, simply and quickly

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Dec 26, 2022

Feather stitch embroidery: how to do this easy and attractive stitch

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Feather stitch: a simple step by step hand embroidery tutorial with attractive variations for floral designs, coral, seaweed and more

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Dec 26, 2022

Rhodes stitch instructions and variations

rhodes stitches

Learn how to stitch rhodes stitch and its variations. Photos and diagrams show how its done and what it looks like in various threads

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Dec 20, 2022

Which hand embroidery stitches are best for stems and twigs

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A selection of hand embroidery stitches that are ideal for outlining shapes or stitching stems, branches, twigs, vines and even seaweed.

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Dec 20, 2022

Learn stem stitch and variations of this basic embroidery stitch

stem stitch tutorial

This stem stitch tutorial covers the basic stitch, raised stem and portuguese knotted stem. Videos explain how to work the stitches.

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Dec 20, 2022

Transferring embroidery pattern onto colored fabric

I am going to embroider a design on black fabric. Someone told me to use fusible paper to draw my pattern, then iron it to the fabric, and do the embroidery

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Dec 17, 2022

cross stitch vs embroidery: which needlework type is best for you?

Mary lacemaker

Choose from cross stitch or embroidery - let your creativity shine through & create beautiful items to last a lifetime! No matter which you choose, have fun

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Dec 17, 2022

Blackwork and cross stitch lacemaker patterns for you to download

Mary lacemaker

Blackwork and cross stitch lacemaker designs by Carol Leather, to download straight away

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Dec 17, 2022

Cross stitch is simple and fun

old smokey dragon cross stitch

Find the answers to your cross stitch questions while learning all there is to know about this counted needlework technique.

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Dec 11, 2022

How to embroider by hand

french knot embroidery stitches

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

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Dec 09, 2022

Crazy quilt embroidery - unleash your creativity

antique crazy quilt photo

Tried crazy quilt embroidery yet? Simple stitches are used to decorate this traditional needlework to stunning effect.

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Dec 04, 2022

Lazy daisy stitch - how to make a delightful hand embroidered berry

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This surprising strawberry is made with lazy daisy stitch, although you would never guess at first glance.

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Dec 03, 2022

Different types of embroidery stitches for all abilities

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A guide to the different types of embroidery stitches grouped by the way they are worked, with links to full instructions for each.

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Dec 03, 2022

Free Cross Stitch Patterns to Make in Under an Hour

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Free cross stitch patterns that are quick and easy. Learn how to cross stitch with these simple designs from Carol Leather

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Nov 28, 2022

Hardanger embroidery information for beginners to this technique

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

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Nov 26, 2022

Bargello needlepoint - Have you tried it

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An introduction to bargello needlepoint. How to use colour to its full effect in this lovely form of canvas work.

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Nov 26, 2022

How to use waste canvas for cross stitch

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How to use waste canvas to cross stitch on your clothes and other items. Full instructions

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Nov 26, 2022

Free hardanger patterns - Christmas card

free hardanger patterns

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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Nov 26, 2022

Downloadable Blackwork Embroidery Patterns by Carol Leather

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Blackwork embroidery patterns by Carol Leather to download and stitch.

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Nov 26, 2022

Cross stitch calculator - changing fabric count changes project size

Use this handy cross stitch calculator will determine the finished design size of your pattern if you change to a different fabric count

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Nov 25, 2022

Free blackwork charts? - Try this one

free blackwork coaster chart

Looking for free blackwork charts with beginner instructions? You've found them!

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Nov 25, 2022

Thread Painting - how to make stunning art with a needle

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Thread painting tutorial - learn how to add shading to your embroidery with long and short stitch

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Nov 22, 2022

An introduction to blackwork embroidery by Carol Leather

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Learn how to do blackwork embroidery with Carol Leather. Find instructions, patterns and ideas for this, and lots of other types of needlework

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Nov 21, 2022

Blackwork figures through the ages

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Step back in time with these lovely blackwork figures through the ages from regency, through Edwardian into the 20th century

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Nov 21, 2022

Rice stitch - an easy needlepoint stitch to learn

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

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Nov 19, 2022

how do you make ship stitch

I can not make this work for the life of me.

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Nov 19, 2022

Needlepoint patterns - Textures to dye for

hope needlepoint pattern

Needlepoint patterns that use textured needlepoint stitches and over-dyed threads make up the Textures to Dye for range

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Nov 19, 2022

Learn two variations of Fishbone Stitch - flat and raised

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

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Nov 19, 2022

How to embroider a leaf - simple stitches offer easy solutions

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How to embroider a leaf - easy ways to make leaves that look like the real thing in your next stitching project

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Nov 15, 2022

Embroidery stitches for small flowers

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

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Nov 13, 2022

Stitch a French knot the easy way with an easy step by step tutorial

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The best way to stitch a French knot without getting in a tangle. These clear instructions and video will show you how its done

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Nov 12, 2022

Learn basic embroidery stitches and where to use them

Master the basic embroidery stitches, then create beautiful embellishments for your garments, home decorating items, and craft projects

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Nov 10, 2022

Backstitch first or fill in?

Hi, I've just started embroidery and I use the cloth with printed pattern type. My current pattern has a half moon filled in with a back stitch around

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Nov 07, 2022

Learn hardanger embroidery in easy step-by-step stages

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Learn hardanger embroidery step by step. Stitch our free hardanger patterns with full instructions with this series of lessons

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Nov 06, 2022

Master chain stitch embroidery today!

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Master chain stitch embroidery today and have lots of variations to play with.

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Nov 01, 2022

Pattern from photo

Do you know how to make a blackwork pattern from a photo? From Carol, Lisa, I don't know of software that will do this automatically for you. Some programs

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Oct 25, 2022

Hand embroidery for beginners - stitching letters or names

door plaque

The first step in our hand embroidery for beginners course, learn how to embroider names and letters, using a variety of embroidery stitches

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Oct 24, 2022

Windmill blackwork needlework designs

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Blackwork needlework doesn't have to be stitched in black! These blackwork windmills by Carol Leather are worked in three shades of blue

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