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Feb 04, 2020

About me, needlework and this site

Join me and read, or listen, to my story about me and my love of needlework. Find out how I ended up doing something I love and earning money too

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Feb 04, 2020

Needlework finishing techniques

Ideas on how to wash and frame needlework along with many more needlework finishing techniques including hemstitching

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Feb 04, 2020

Feather stitch and variations

Learn how to embroider feather stitch, with diagrams and video

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Feb 04, 2020

Learn 2 variations of Fishbone Stitch, flat and raised

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

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Feb 04, 2020

Sewing jobs - ideas for making money from your skills

Sewing jobs - how to make your hobby pay for itself

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Feb 04, 2020

White work sampler part 1 teaches single faggot stitch

The first part of my free white work sampler stitch-a-long

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Feb 04, 2020

Coral knot stitch

Coral knot stitch for lines and filled areas of an embroidery

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Feb 04, 2020

Needle felted bunny from simple shapes

A cute needle felted bunny tutorial for beginners to the craft

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Feb 04, 2020

Needle felt equipment and materials

Needle felt - a needlecraft where you don't have to thread a single needle

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Feb 04, 2020

Needle felting tutorial - the basic shapes

This needle felting tutorial explains how to create the basic 3D shapes

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Feb 04, 2020

British Wildlife Cross Stitch Patterns

Wildlife cross stitch patterns to download. Choose from a family of badgers, red foxes, fallow deer or a heron

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Feb 04, 2020

Dragon cross stitch patterns

Old Smokey and Magic Moments are fantastic dragon cross stitch patterns. Let your imagination run riot while you stitch these counted cross stitch dragons

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Feb 04, 2020

Celtic Cross Stitch Elements

A set of 4 Celtic cross stitch patterns to download, featuring the 4 elements - fire, earth, water and air

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Feb 04, 2020

Baby cross stitch patterns

What better way to celebrate a new addition to the family than by choosing from the baby cross stitch patterns available. This band sampler can be adapted into a new baby card as well.

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Feb 04, 2020

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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Feb 04, 2020

Reversible blackwork embroidery patterns

How to stitch reversible blackwork embroidery patterns stitch by stitch.

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Feb 04, 2020

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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Feb 04, 2020

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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Feb 04, 2020

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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Feb 04, 2020

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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Feb 04, 2020

Blackwork and cross stitch lacemaker patterns

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

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Feb 04, 2020

Colonial knot or French knot?

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

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Feb 04, 2020

Embroidery stitches for small flowers

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

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Feb 04, 2020

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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Feb 04, 2020

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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Feb 04, 2020

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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Feb 04, 2020

Woven picots make wonderful embroidered leaves!

Needle woven picots make wonderful leaves for your embroidered flowers or fruits

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Feb 04, 2020

Whitework embroidery an introduction to the different techniques

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

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Feb 04, 2020

Whitework embroidery stitches

Learn how to do whitework embroidery stitches with Carol Leather. Here we cover cobbler stitch used in pulled thread embroidery (also known as drawn fabric)

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Feb 04, 2020

Band 5 of the white work embroidery sampler

Are you stitching along with my white work embroidery sampler? Come on, join in, and learn new needlework techniques with us. Its free!

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Feb 04, 2020

Cross stitch on waste canvas

Cross stitch on waste canvas can open up all sorts of ideas and projects such as stitching on your clothes. Learn how its done.

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Feb 04, 2020

Washing cross stitch projects

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

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Feb 04, 2020

Wallington Northumberland - virtual tour of the needlework collection

Wallington Northumberland offers a feast for the eyes of any avid needleworker. Come for a virtual tour with me.

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Feb 04, 2020

Vintage embroidery photos

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

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Feb 04, 2020

Use pulled three sided stitch in your whitework sampler

In our penultimate band on the whitework sampler we are using three sided stitch and ringed back stitch

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Feb 04, 2020

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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Feb 04, 2020

Tent stitch and its variations in needlepoint

Your guide to the various types of tent stitch including half cross, continental and basketweave needlepoint stitch. Diagrams for how to work each variation

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Feb 04, 2020

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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Feb 04, 2020

Stumpwork tutorial - bunny in a basket

This cute little bunny in a basket will help you learn the basics of stumpwork embroidery. Step by step instructions and photographs

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Feb 04, 2020

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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Feb 04, 2020

Tips for stain removal from your needlework

Tips for stain removal from your needlework including how to remove ink from fabric, how to remove rust from fabric

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Feb 04, 2020

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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Feb 04, 2020

Scotch Stitch - how to use it in your needlepoint

Learn Scotch stitch, a simple square needlepoint stitch along with many other needlework stitches on the site

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Feb 04, 2020

Padded Satin Stitch Initial

Satin stitch tutorial showing a padded initial being embroidered

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Feb 04, 2020

Rice stitch - an easy needlepoint stitch to learn

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

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Feb 04, 2020

Rhodes stitch instructions and variations

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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Feb 04, 2020

Reversible cross stitch

A guide to reversible cross stitch. One of a number of cross stitch methods which gives your cross stitch a neat back

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Feb 04, 2020

An introduction to Redwork Embroidery

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

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Feb 04, 2020

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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