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Aug 31, 2021

Help me firgure out what stitch I used in this old project

Hi, I did this project over a year ago as a hoop art design with no intention of re-creating it, it was completely free handed. But now I'm thinking of

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Aug 31, 2021

An introduction to Stumpwork Embroidery

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

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Aug 31, 2021

Free printable plastic canvas patterns

The first of our free printable plastic canvas patterns is a poppy coaster stitched in tent stitch

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Aug 31, 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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Aug 29, 2021

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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Aug 19, 2021

Cross stitch owls and other birds

Stitch mini cross stitch owls and other birds from this pattern ebook

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Aug 17, 2021

Needlepoint stand

I am contemplating on purchasing a stand. Most that I have considered appear to be rolled frames. All my items are a stiff canvas and do not appear they

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Aug 15, 2021

Cross stitch calculator

Use this handy cross stitch calculator to see how big your design will be when stitched on a different fabric count

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Jul 28, 2021

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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Jul 28, 2021

When were embroidery hoops invented?

I'm watching a show on Edwardians and the ladies were stitching without hoops. I was wondering when hoops were invented. I would have assumed a long time

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Jul 26, 2021

Sprung hoops

I'm searching for sprung hoops. I hadn't realised how rare and unusual they were, until after I lost my grandmother's beautiful 8 Princess hoop. After

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Jul 26, 2021

Purchase all floss for cross stitch project?

I am starting a cross-stitch pattern purchased online. I have done cross-stitch kits only. The new pattern gives the chart with floss colors and numbers

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Jul 26, 2021

Using only one strand of thread

I use Aida 14 to stitch. I only like to use 1 thread. On patterns where you blend 2 colors - how do you know which one not to use. Thank you for reading

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Jul 13, 2021

Needlepoint chair cover guide

I would like to cover a small chair with needlepoint however, I seem to find never-ending conflicting information on what to do. So far, I haven’t found

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Jul 12, 2021

Shaded thread

The instructions say to use a single strand and complete each whole stitch to get the full effect of the shaded thread I am not understanding where it

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Jul 12, 2021

Hardanger apron

It was my grandmother’s! Just got it after my Dad died going through his things. Found in a small desk his Grandfather made in Norway. It’s definitely

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Jul 12, 2021

Hilary's embroidery

I am looking for instruction to continue to improve my embroidery. I am having trouble finding instruction for traditional whitework, and traditional embroidery.

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Jun 27, 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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Jun 27, 2021

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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Jun 27, 2021

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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Jun 27, 2021

Master chain stitch embroidery today!

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

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Jun 27, 2021

Herringbone stitch

Herringbone stitch - learn how to embroider it and how to vary it for different effects

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Jun 27, 2021

Embroidery stitches for small flowers

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

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Jun 27, 2021

Feather stitch and variations

Learn how to embroider feather stitch, with diagrams and video

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Jun 27, 2021

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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Jun 27, 2021

Colonial knot or French knot?

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

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Jun 27, 2021

Ace chevron stitch and earn your stripes

A tutorial on stitching chevron stitch, both in the hand and in a hoop

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Jun 27, 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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Jun 27, 2021

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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Jun 27, 2021

Raised buttonhole stitch flower

Raised buttonhole stitch flower tutorial - simple but effective

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Jun 27, 2021

Padded Satin Stitch Initial

Satin stitch tutorial showing a padded initial being embroidered

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Jun 27, 2021

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 27, 2021

Coral knot stitch

Coral knot stitch for lines and filled areas of an embroidery

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Jun 27, 2021

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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Jun 27, 2021

Learn hand embroidery stitches with Carol

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

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Jun 15, 2021

Simple Hardanger Instructions - lesson 4

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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Jun 11, 2021

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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Jun 10, 2021

Grandmothers Tablecloth

I have a tablecloth with a design I cannot find. I know nothing about needlepoint. It appears she made this from one piece of linen, but also that canvas

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May 11, 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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May 11, 2021

Hemstitch your needlework project by hand

Learn how to hemstitch your piece of needlework with these clear instructions and step by step photographs

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May 04, 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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May 04, 2021

Which Needlepoint Canvas is best for my project?

How to pick the right needlepoint canvas. Learn about mono or double. Interlock or plastic. What are the benefits of each type of canvas?

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Apr 27, 2021

Drawn thread work - Whitework sampler band 2

We will learn drawn thread work in band 2 of our stitchalong whitework sampler. Find out the difference between pulled work and drawn thread needlework

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Apr 27, 2021

Diamond eyelet stitch and double backstitch leaves

It is time for a diamond eyelet stitch and double backstitch leaves in our FREE whitework embroidery sampler which features pulled thread embroidery and drawn thread work

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Apr 27, 2021

Free Christmas cross stitch charts

Looking for free christmas cross stitch charts to stitch? Try this cute King penguin with his gift of gold for the baby

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Apr 23, 2021

Cross stitch card making ideas

A visitor to the site, Rachel, shares one of her cross stitch card making ideas

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Apr 23, 2021

Buy Aida cloth for counted thread needlework

Aida Cloth is the ideal fabric for learning cross stitch, but what do the different "counts" mean?

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Apr 23, 2021

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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Apr 16, 2021

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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