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Sep 24, 2022

Organizing embroidery floss

Ideas for organizing embroidery floss to prevent your needlework box getting in a tangled mess. Lots of ideas and solutions for embroidery floss storage

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Sep 24, 2022

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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Sep 24, 2022

How do you do feather stitch? It's easy when you follow these steps

Feather stitch is a simple embroidery stitch. See how to use it for stems, coral, seaweed, branches and more in this step by step embroidery tutorial

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Sep 24, 2022

Learn blackwork embroidery shading techniques with this pear design

Learn how to add shading to your blackwork embroidery using two different techniques, while stitching this picture depicting a pair of pears

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Sep 24, 2022

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 24, 2022

Split decision? Choose how to work split stitch in your embroidery

Learn how to use Split stitch in multiple ways in your embroidery projects

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Sep 24, 2022

An introduction to Redwork Embroidery

The history of Redwork Embroidery and the techniques involved in this easy form of needlework

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Sep 22, 2022

Hand embroidery supplies - a trip down memory lane

ack in 1930 Helen Whiteford wrote a list of the current prices of her hand embroidery supplies in her school exercise book. It makes interesting reading in today's times!

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Sep 16, 2022

Embroidery history - sixteenth to nineteenth century

Continuing my overview of embroidery history from the 16th to the 19th century

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Sep 16, 2022

An introduction to Stumpwork Embroidery and the techniques involved

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

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Sep 16, 2022

Bullion stitch Master class

Your free bullion stitch master class. See how to make bullion roses, strawberries and flowers with it here

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Sep 16, 2022

The Couching Stitch and how it is used in hand embroidery

The couching stitch can be used in many different types of hand embroidery. Take a look at these examples and give it a try yourself

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Sep 16, 2022

How to use waste canvas for cross stitch

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

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Sep 16, 2022

Counted Cross Stitch - using linen and evenweave fabrics

Time to try counted cross stitch on linen or evenweave fabrics? Learn about the advantages over Aida and how to determine the finished project size.

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Sep 07, 2022

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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Sep 07, 2022

Needlepoint patterns - Textures to dye for

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

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Aug 27, 2022

Cutwork embroidery

Information on cutwork embroidery designs and cutwork techniques. How to produce a stunning heirloom in whitework

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Aug 27, 2022

Hardanger embroidery information for beginners to this technique

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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Aug 27, 2022

Embroidery hoops - all you ever wanted to know!

Are embroidery hoops essential? How do you use them and which are the best - metal or wooden embroidery hoops? Read on to find out...

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Aug 27, 2022

Chevron stitch embroidery tutorial with step by step photos

Learn the correct way to work chevron stitch embroidery and discover interesting new ways to use it in your next needlework project

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Aug 27, 2022

Colonial knot or French knot, which is best for your project?

Learn the difference between a Colonial Knot and a French Knot stitch in embroidery

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Aug 27, 2022

Backing a cross stitched baby quilt

Hi Carol, I have just discovered your website and find it very useful! Much easier to understand than kit instructions. Currently, I am stitching a stamped

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Aug 27, 2022

Hand embroidery for beginners - stitching letters or names

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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Aug 27, 2022

Learn how to cross stitch with Carol

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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Aug 23, 2022

Whitework embroidery an introduction to the different techniques

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

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Aug 23, 2022

How to work fractional stitches in your cross stitch projects

Learn how and where to use fractional stitches in your cross stitch. Half cross stitch, 3/4 and 1/4 stitches can help add detail to a design

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Aug 10, 2022

Embroidery floss - all you need to know about using it

Tips for using embroidery floss, including separating strands, how many strands to stitch with, starting and finishing off

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Aug 08, 2022

Embroidery stitches for small flowers

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

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Aug 08, 2022

Choosing embroidery fabric for counted thread embroidery techniques

A Guide to choosing fabric for counted thread embroidery. Including cross stitch fabric, evenweave fabrics and linen embroidery fabric

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Aug 05, 2022

stitching on linen

I just purchased a pattern that is calling for stitch on 32 count, (I don't know what that means) Misty blue linen. I could not find this, so i purchased

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Aug 05, 2022

Pulled thread embroidery - all about this whitework technique

Learn about pulled thread embroidery, an exciting form of whitework embroidery where the threads are pulled to form a pretty lacy effect

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Aug 02, 2022

Can I do hand embroidery on ribbon?

I am new to embroidery. I couldn't even sew a button to a shirt 6 months ago. I don't own a sewing machine, and I want to embroider a message onto a piece

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Aug 02, 2022

Piecing a Crazy Quilt Block using the foundation method

Join me, as I make a crazy quilt block - step by step photos showing how to foundation piece your crazy quilt with flip and stitch

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Aug 02, 2022

Your Beginners Guide to Essential Hand Embroidery Supplies

Embroidery supplies you need to get started - embroidery scissors, embroidery hoops, frames, stands, lights and magnifiers.

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Jul 23, 2022

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

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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Jul 18, 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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Jul 18, 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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Jul 12, 2022

Back stitching over dark stitches

I've just finished a large beauty and the beast cross stitch (it's beautiful) I just wondered if you could offer some advice or tips. The back stitch/outline

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Jun 07, 2022

How to do blackwork outlines

One of the first steps in learning how to do blackwork is the outlining. Do all blackwork designs need outlines?

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Jun 07, 2022

Thread painting (long and short stitch)

Follow along with this thread painting tutorial, and learn how to use long and short stitch to shade an embroidered flower

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Jun 07, 2022

Do you use cross stitch software to design?

I am often asked if I use cross stitch software to design. I do now and this is my story of how I started designing needlework

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Jun 07, 2022

Organize your stash - tips and ideas for your needlework supplies

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

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May 23, 2022

Learn stem stitch and variations of this basic embroidery stitch

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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May 20, 2022

How to embroider a leaf - different stitches for different effects

How to embroider a leaf - ideas for different stitches that you can use

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May 20, 2022

Using rayon embroidery thread

Rayon embroidery thread can add shine to your work. Some tips for using rayon fibres in your stitching

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May 09, 2022

Windmill blackwork needlework designs

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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May 08, 2022

Blackwork Samplers - Downloadable charts by Carol Leather

Blackwork isn't just for pictures to hang on the wall, blackwork samplers can be made into gorgeous cushions/pillows as these designs show

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Apr 20, 2022

Legendary dragon cross stitch patterns for you to stitch

Dragon cross stitch. Download now and start stitching these dramatic dragon cross stitch pieces to add the perfect finishing touch to your wall.

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Apr 20, 2022

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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