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Jan 14, 2020


I am stitching on 18 count Aida and using 4/5 strands of floss for half cross using #26 needle, is there a better choice. This is a kit and needles keep

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Jan 06, 2020

How to embroider by hand

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

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Dec 28, 2019

What hand embroidery supplies do you need to get started?

What basic hand embroidery supplies do you need? I recommend the following - embroidery scissors, embroidery hoops, frames, stands, lights and magnifiers

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Dec 28, 2019

Washing cross stitch projects

Tips and techniques for washing cross stitch, blackwork and hardanger needlework projects before framing

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Dec 28, 2019

Learn stem stitch and variations

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 17, 2019

Backing of cross stitched baby blanket

I just finished cross stitching a stamped baby quilt for my first grand child and would like to sew a flannel backing onto it to cover up the threads on

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Dec 10, 2019

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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Dec 10, 2019

Embroidery and cross stitch videos

Links to my embroidery and cross stitch videos

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Dec 10, 2019

Learn hand embroidery stitches with Carol

Learn hand embroidery stitches that can be used to fill areas of a design

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Dec 10, 2019

Embroidery stitches for small flowers

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

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Dec 10, 2019

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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Dec 10, 2019

Hand embroidery for beginners - stitch a name

The first step in our hand embroidery for beginners course, learn how to embroider names and letters

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Dec 08, 2019

An introduction to Stumpwork Embroidery

An introduction to Stumpwork Embroidery techniques with links to tutorials to get you started.

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Dec 03, 2019

Colonial knot or French knot?

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

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Dec 02, 2019

Crazy quilt embroidery - unleash your creativity

Have you tried crazy quilt embroidery yet? Simple stitches are used to decorate this traditional needlework to stunning effect. Learn how to piece and embellish your own projects

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Dec 02, 2019

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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Dec 02, 2019

Stitch a French knot the easy way

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

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Dec 02, 2019

Carol's Basic Embroidery Stitches

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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Dec 02, 2019

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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Dec 01, 2019

An introduction to Needlepoint

Needlepoint or canvaswork is a popular craft. Learn more about it, what it is and how to do it

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Nov 30, 2019

Lazy daisy stitch strawberry

Stitch a cute little strawberry using lazy daisy stitch (or detached chain stitch). This one has pride of place on my summer strawberries crazy quilt block

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Nov 30, 2019

How to needlepoint - velvet stitch

Learn how to needlepoint with this needlepoint stitch guide to velvet stitch. Great for creating a fur-like texture for animals or can be used for needlepoint rugs

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Nov 30, 2019

Vintage embroidery photos

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

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Nov 30, 2019

Assisi embroidery - with a blackwork twist

Try a new twist on assisi embroidery, these three designs use blackwork instead of cross stitch to give a wonderful effect.

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Nov 30, 2019

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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Nov 30, 2019

Testimonials from visitors

I love it when visitors write in with pictures of finished pieces worked from my charts. Here are a few of them...

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Nov 30, 2019

Downloadable Blackwork Embroidery Patterns by Carol Leather

Blackwork embroidery patterns by Carol Leather to download and stitch.

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Nov 28, 2019

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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Nov 28, 2019

Blackwork designs featuring Mischief the cat

These blackwork designs feature the antics of Mischeif the cat. Available as downloadable charts

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Nov 28, 2019

Blackwork and cross stitch lacemaker patterns

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

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Nov 28, 2019

Medieval blackwork kits and patterns

The X-Calibre range of blackwork kits includes this stunning knight and his lady, both stitched in traditional black and gold. Available to download.

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Nov 28, 2019

Fantasy blackwork designs

Let your imagination free with these fantasy blackwork patterns. The blackwork mermaid uses random dyed threads in her tail to great effect

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Nov 28, 2019

Blackwork figures from the 20's and 30's

Step back in time with these lovely blackwork figures from the 1920's era. Pearl, Coral or Jasper would grace any wall in your home

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Nov 28, 2019

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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Nov 28, 2019

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 28, 2019

X-Calibre Blackwork kits for beginners by Carol Leather

Learn a new needlework technique with these blackwork kits for beginners. Choose from a cute blackwork owl, a rocking horse (great for a new baby) or a rabbit

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Nov 28, 2019

Blackwork flower patterns to download

Blackwork flower patterns are a big favourite. These modern designs use traditional black and gold for the rose, watelilly and fuchsia, or coloured threads for the irises.

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Nov 26, 2019

Cat family tree

Hi, I have cross stitched for many years but I have always used kits and have never designed anything. I have promised to give my sons and all nieces and

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Nov 25, 2019

Hardanger embroidery for beginners

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

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Nov 25, 2019

4 sided stitch - learn how to work this simple pulled thread stitch

4 sided stitch, worked diagonally, completes the last band of our whitework sampler

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Nov 24, 2019

Cross stitch is simple and fun

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

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Nov 24, 2019

A free hardanger pattern for a bookmark

This free hardanger pattern explains how to edge your work with buttonhole stitch. Create a hardanger bookmark with step by step instructions

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Nov 24, 2019

A beginner guide to hardanger embroidery

Part 2 of the free beginner guide to hardanger embroidery. Learn fancy kloster blocks, wrapped bars and doves eyes.

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Nov 24, 2019

Hardanger needlework course- lesson one

Start your hardanger needlework course here. Learn hardanger over a series of step by step lessons using my free patterns

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Nov 23, 2019

Downloadable cross stitch patterns by Carol Leather

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

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Nov 22, 2019

All about blackwork fill patterns

How to choose which stitch to use for your blackwork fill patterns. What to do at the edges of your blackwork design

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Nov 22, 2019

An introduction to blackwork embroidery

Learn how to do blackwork embroidery? Find instructions, patterns and ideas for this, and lots of other types of needlework

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Nov 22, 2019

Learn blackwork embroidery shading techniques

Learn how to add shading to your blackwork embroidery with this picture of pears

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Nov 22, 2019

Make a bookmark with a Celtic embroidery pattern

A treat for lovers of Celtic embroidery. This little free blackwork bookmark is quick and easy to make as a gift, or for yourself

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