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I’m starting cross stitch for the first time, as an 86 year old male! My design is not printed on the Aida. If you complete a line and when you transfer
Learn how to embroider feather stitch, with diagrams and video
Herringbone stitch - learn how to embroider it and how to vary it for different effects
Simple chain stitch tutorial, showing different variations of this useful embroidery stitch
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.
I have a Bucilla crewel kit that has a color/symbol guide with stitch guide. under number of strands in most boxes there are numbers such as 2, 3 or 1.
How to do blanket stitch - instructions for working in the hand or on a hoop
Learn about pulled thread embroidery (also known as pulled work or drawn fabric) an exciting form of whitework embroidery where the threads are pulled to form a lacy effect
An introduction to hardanger embroidery, a whitework technique from Norway. Learn how to stitch it following a series of free hardanger lessons
Your free bullion stitch master class. See how to make bullion roses, strawberries and flowers with it here
Let us help you learn hardanger embroidery step by step. Stitch our free hardanger patterns with full instructions with this series of lessons
Continue building your library with these step-by-step instructions for another free blackwork pattern
Learn how to add shading to your blackwork embroidery with this picture of pears
A treat for lovers of Celtic embroidery. This little free blackwork bookmark is quick and easy to make as a gift, or for yourself
A super simple way of attaching beads to your cross stitch projects, with step by step instructions
Learn double running stitch with the help of a video and diagrams
How to choose which stitch to use for your blackwork fill patterns. What to do at the edges of your blackwork design
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
Small, simple blackwork embroidery kits and patterns by Carol Leather of X-Calibre 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
Blackwork isn't just for pictures to hang on the wall, blackwork samplers can be made into gorgeous cushions/pillows as these designs show
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.
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
These blackwork designs feature the antics of Mischeif the cat. Available as downloadable charts
Let your imagination free with these fantasy blackwork patterns. The blackwork mermaid uses random dyed threads in her tail to great effect
Simple blackwork Christmas designs to download and stitch for cards, coasters or decorations. Choose from star, bell, robin or blackwork angel patterns
Portraits of blackwork animals can look lifelike with careful shading. Choose from these 4 stunning designs.
Try a new twist on assisi embroidery, these three designs use blackwork instead of cross stitch to give a wonderful effect.
The fleur de lis or iris flower is a traditional motif, Stitch 3 variations in blackwork embroidery
Blackwork and cross stitch lacemaker designs by Carol Leather, to download straight away
Stitch these glorious oriental blackwork designs to grace your walls
The X-Calibre range of blackwork kits includes this stunning knight and his lady, both stitched in traditional black and gold. Available to download.
Pattern darning is much more exciting than darning socks! This free pattern is used as a border around a blackwork design.
This pretty free blackwork pattern helps you learn the technique of double running stitch
Looking for free blackwork charts with beginner instructions? You've found them!
Blackwork for Beginners - learn this fascinating needlework technique with Carol Leather's book
How to stitch reversible blackwork embroidery patterns stitch by stitch.
One of the first steps in learning how to do blackwork is the outlining. Do all blackwork designs need outlines?
Learn how to do blackwork embroidery? Find instructions, patterns and ideas for this, and lots of other types of needlework
I have done cross stitch in the past, always enjoyed it. Recently i have a growing interested in digital design (not my background either) and someday
Have you tried working from inside your embroidery hoop?
From looking at pictures of flowers the balanced bloom was abandoned. No identical five petal flowers are intentionally made. Petal lengths vary. Straight
Ideas on how to wash and frame needlework along with many more needlework finishing techniques including hemstitching
16 years ago I made my first two blackwork patterns which happened to be your designs, I realised today: 1 Blackwork stitcher, 6x4, Lacemaker with stand
How/when do you actually quilt your blocks/top to the batting and backing? What do you use for backing? I sewed my pieces together using a fabric beneath
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
Learn 2 types of Fishbone stitch to add to your range of basic embroidery stitches
Sewing jobs - how to make your hobby pay for itself
The first part of my free white work sampler stitch-a-long