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Nov 26, 2021

The History of Embroidery - Part 1 - Anglo Saxon to the Middle Ages

Part 1 of this history of embroidery covers Anglo Saxon times, through the Norman Conquest and the Bayeux Tapestry to the Medieval period

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Nov 24, 2021

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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Nov 23, 2021

Hardanger Instructions lesson 4 - spiders web and 4-sided stitch

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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Nov 23, 2021

Embroidery floss - your questions answered - how to stitch with floss

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

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Nov 22, 2021

Downloadable cross stitch patterns by Carol Leather X-Calibre Designs

Choose from these categories of downloadable cross stitch patterns by Carol Leather and get stitching right away

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Nov 21, 2021

Blanket stitch tutorial - how to turn corners and join a new thread

How to do blanket stitch - learn all about this versatile embroidery stitch and what you can do with it from floral sprays to crisp whitework

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Nov 21, 2021

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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Nov 21, 2021

Framing cross stitch and blackwork

Illustrated step by step instructions for stretching and framing cross stitch and blackwork projects. Learn how to frame needlework the easy way

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Nov 21, 2021

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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Nov 21, 2021

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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Nov 21, 2021

Lazy daisy stitch strawberry - hand embroidery with a difference

Stitch a cute little strawberry using lazy daisy stitch (or detached chain stitch) in an unexpected way to create a raised effect to your embroidery

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Nov 21, 2021

Needle felting tutorial - learn how to make the basic shapes

This beginners needle felting tutorial explains how to create the basic 3D shapes out of wool such as ball, egg and cylinder for use in your sculptures

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Nov 21, 2021

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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Nov 21, 2021

Attractive basic embroidery stitches everyone should know how to work

A guide to the basic embroidery stitches used in my free online needlework lessons. A comprehensive guide to hand embroidery stitches and how to work them.

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Nov 21, 2021

Downloadable Blackwork Embroidery Patterns by Carol Leather

Blackwork embroidery patterns by Carol Leather to download and stitch.

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Nov 21, 2021

Master chain stitch embroidery today!

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

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Nov 21, 2021

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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Nov 21, 2021

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

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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Nov 21, 2021

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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Nov 20, 2021

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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Nov 20, 2021

Vintage embroidery photos

Photos of vintage embroidery projects, kindly sent in by Averi of her mother's work.

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Nov 20, 2021

Chain stitch variations used for a simple fish

Simple chain stitch tutorial, showing different variations of this useful embroidery stitch

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Nov 20, 2021

Pattern darning is simple - this free tutorial will teach you how

Pattern darning is much more exciting than darning socks! This free tutorial shows how to use it as a border around a blackwork design.

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Nov 20, 2021

Oriental blackwork ladies to grace the walls of your home or office

Stitch these beautiful oriental blackwork ladies, embellished with metallic thread and seed beads to add some feminine grace to your home

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Nov 20, 2021

An introduction to blackwork embroidery by Carol Leather

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 19, 2021

Embroidery stitches for small flowers

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

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Nov 18, 2021

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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Nov 18, 2021

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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Nov 17, 2021

Bargello needlepoint

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 17, 2021

Using fractional stitches in your cross stitch designs

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

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Nov 17, 2021

Free Bargello design - learn this needlepoint technique

This free bargello design Christmas bell is quick and easy to stitch and introduces you to the techniques of bargello also known as florentine embroidery

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Nov 15, 2021

Why you need magnifying lamps for embroidery and other needlework

The benefit of using magnifying lamps to avoid eye strain when doing embroidery or other crafts in the evening

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Nov 15, 2021

Vicki’s Needlepoint stocking

Someone has already started the needlepoint kit that I bought. However, they didn’t follow the instructions. It is on a blank mesh canvas. Instead of

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Nov 13, 2021

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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Nov 13, 2021

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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Nov 13, 2021

flatten and block antique needlepoint lace

How do I flatten and block a piece of needlepoint lace with a lot of floral inserts etc? Thanks, Christine Zachary, Portland, Oregon Carol says... I

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Nov 13, 2021

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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Nov 12, 2021

Need help with Hardanger pattern instructions please

I purchased a pattern for three angel ornaments. Permin 01-2632 The instructions are not very clear. There are 4 different kinds of lines on the pattern

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Nov 11, 2021

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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Nov 08, 2021

Learn blackwork embroidery shading techniques using 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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Nov 08, 2021

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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Nov 07, 2021

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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Nov 07, 2021

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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Nov 03, 2021

Cover cloth for finished embroidery pillow cases

I have finished an embroidered pillow case. Isn’t there a cloth to iron on to cover the threads?

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Oct 08, 2021

Blackwork animals to download and stitch

Portraits of blackwork animals can look lifelike with careful shading. Choose from these 4 stunning designs.

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Oct 04, 2021

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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Oct 04, 2021

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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Oct 04, 2021

Windmill blackwork needlework designs

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

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Oct 04, 2021

Blackwork embroidery kits you can stitch in a weekend

Small, simple blackwork embroidery kits and patterns by Carol Leather of X-Calibre Designs.

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