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Nov 20, 2017

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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Oct 19, 2017

Cross stitch is simple and fun

The first page in our cross stitch section. Links to freebies, lessons, beginner kits, advanced techniques like stitching on evenweave and working fractional stitches and more

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Oct 10, 2017

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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Sep 26, 2017

The History of Embroidery - part 1

The history of Embroidery from Anglo Saxon to the 20th Century

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Sep 13, 2017

Cross stitch graph paper

Using cross stitch graph paper is an economic way to design your own patterns

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Aug 29, 2017

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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Aug 29, 2017

Basic Embroidery Stitches

Instructions and diagrams for all the basic embroidery stitches I have used in my free online needlework lessons. This is building into a comprehensive guide to hand embroidery stitches

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Aug 29, 2017

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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Jul 28, 2017

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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Jul 28, 2017

Needle felted bunny from simple shapes

A cute needle felted bunny tutorial for beginners to the craft

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Jul 28, 2017

Peasant Blouse With Hardanger

I'm hoping to make a flowing ruffled peasant blouse and replace the single edge cotton eyelet fabric with Hardanger work on a soft and flowing appropriate

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Jul 07, 2017

How to launder red work embroidery

How do I safely launder red work embroidery? I do not know if the red embroidery, which is on white pillow shams, has ever been set. There are no stains

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Jul 07, 2017

Hoop height or depth?

I have read comments about the diameter of a hoop, but have never been informed of the reason for differing heights of a hoop. Is it simply what is comfortable

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Jul 07, 2017

Flexi hoop as frame?

I have a vintage tea towel that has an embroidered kitty cooking a fish in a frying pan, and I want to frame just the image. But I've not been able to

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Jun 27, 2017

Difficulty Threading Beading Needles

I love making the Mill Hill Buttoned and Beaded pictures and have lost count of how many I have made for myself and others. However, in the past few years,

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Apr 07, 2017

Needle felt equipment and materials

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

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Apr 04, 2017

Needle felting tutorial - the basic shapes

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

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Mar 08, 2017

Embroidering on pillow slip

I am embroidering a monogram on a pillowslip which makes it difficult to use an embroidery ring. Any suggestions please.

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Feb 17, 2017

18 ct even weave

I have an old cross stitch pattern calling for 18 count even weave. I can not find any! I would like it an off white as there are areas with white stitches.

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Feb 04, 2017

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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Jan 30, 2017

Homemade Valentines Cards are extra Special

Homemade Valentines cards mean so much more than shop bought ones. Why not stitch your loved one a cross stitch card this year?

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Jan 26, 2017

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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Jan 26, 2017

Prevailing Color Strand

Greetings from Down Under! The pattern I am working calls for 2 strands of DMC thread of different colors. I will be using 3 strands for the project.

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Jan 26, 2017

Questions on Fixing an Old Quilt

I inherited an old family quilt from my mom which my paternal, maternal and Great-Grammas created/worked on, which makes it extra special for me. The cotton

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Jan 25, 2017

Wallington Northumberland - a 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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Jan 20, 2017

Blackwork for Beginners Book

Blackwork for Beginners - learn this fascinating needlework technique with Carol Leather's book

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Dec 05, 2016

Spring hoops, I like them

I like spring hoops because of the tension. I always put the hoop on a flat surface place the front of the fabric facing me because after I place the

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Oct 26, 2016

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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Sep 17, 2016

This free assisi pattern will help you learn the technique

Learn long armed cross stitch whilst working this free assisi pattern.

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Sep 13, 2016

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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Sep 13, 2016

Learn hand embroidery stitches with Carol

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

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Sep 11, 2016

An introduction to Stumpwork Embroidery

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

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Sep 11, 2016

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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Sep 11, 2016

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 10, 2016

Needlepoint stitches - how to choose the right one

Choosing needlepoint stitches for a design - tips and suggestions to make it easier

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Sep 10, 2016

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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Sep 08, 2016

Your Needlework questions answered

Ask you needlework questions on this page and everyone who visits the site can help you to answer them. Truly interactive! Great fun

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Sep 07, 2016

Embroidery stitches for small flowers

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

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Sep 02, 2016

what type of embroidery is this?

Many years ago I taught myself to embroider flowers, butterflies, etc. I purchased a book, and if I remember correctly the author's name was Erica Wilson,

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Sep 02, 2016

A beginner guide to hardanger embroidery

Learn hardanger needlework with the basic hardanger instructions in our beginner guide to hardanger and stitch this pretty free hardanger pattern using kloster blocks, wrapped bars and doves eyes

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Sep 02, 2016

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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Sep 02, 2016

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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Sep 02, 2016

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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Sep 02, 2016

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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Sep 02, 2016

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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Sep 02, 2016

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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Aug 22, 2016

Magnifying lamps for embroidery

Magnifying lamps and how to choose them. What magnification do you need?

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Aug 19, 2016

Embroidery scissors for your workbox

The best embroidery scissors to have in your workbox

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Aug 19, 2016

What hand embroidery supplies do you need to get started?

o what are the basic hand embroidery supplies to get you started? I would recommend the following embroidery scissors, embroidery hoops, frames, stands, lights and magnifiers

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  1. Needlework at Arlington Court, Barnstable, Devon

    Nov 20, 17 07:45 AM

    Arlington Court's needlework collection is extensive. Enjoy these photos of my favorite pieces on display.

    Read More

  2. Cross stitch is simple and fun

    Oct 19, 17 05:04 AM

    The first page in our cross stitch section. Links to freebies, lessons, beginner kits, advanced techniques like stitching on evenweave and working fractional stitches and more

    Read More

  3. How to embroider by hand

    Oct 10, 17 10:50 AM

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

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