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Jul 19, 2024

Waste Canvas Wonders - Personalize Your Wardrobe with Stitching

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Take your needlework to the next level with waste canvas: Transform your clothes into one-of-a-kind statement pieces

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Jul 18, 2024

Diamond eyelet stitch and double backstitch leaves

diamond eyelet stitch

Time for diamond eyelet stitch and double backstitch leaves in our free whitework embroidery sampler. Learn pulled thread and drawn thread work!

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Jul 17, 2024

Blackwork animals to download and stitch

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Portraits of blackwork animals can look lifelike with careful shading. Choose from these 5 stunning designs.

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Jul 14, 2024

Embroidery Stitches: Master Embroidery with These Essential Techniques

lazy daisy stitch flowers

Easy embroidery stitches for creating beautiful embroidered flowers. Our comprehensive guide covers tips for beginners and experienced embroiderers alike.

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Jul 13, 2024

Assisi embroidery - designs with a blackwork twist

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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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Jul 09, 2024

An introduction to blackwork embroidery by Carol Leather

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Learn how to do blackwork embroidery with Carol Leather. Find instructions, patterns and ideas for this, and lots of other types of needlework

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Jul 09, 2024

Redwork Embroidery - its history and techniques,

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An overview of the history and techniques of redwork embroidery, including its origins, the Victorian era, and the modern-day relevance.

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Jul 09, 2024

Piecing a Crazy Quilt Block using the stitch and flip method

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Get creative with fabric scraps! Learn the stitch and flip technique to make a one-of-a-kind crazy quilt block. Follow my step-by-step guide.

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Jul 04, 2024

cross stitch vs embroidery: which needlework type is best for you?

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Choose from cross stitch or embroidery - let your creativity shine through & create beautiful items to last a lifetime! No matter which you choose, have fun

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Jul 04, 2024

From Novice to Expert: How to Learn Hand Embroidery

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Embark on a journey of skill development | how to learn hand embroidery and unlock your creative potential

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Jul 03, 2024

Blackwork figures through the ages

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Step back in time with these lovely blackwork figures through the ages from regency, through Edwardian into the 20th century

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Jul 02, 2024

Blackwork flower patterns to delight the stitcher

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Blackwork flower patterns bring the outside in. These symbolic flowers have special meanings. Stitch them and share with your loved ones.

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Jul 02, 2024

X-Calibre Blackwork kits for beginners by Carol Leather

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

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Jul 02, 2024

Colonial knot or French knot, which is best for your project?

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Discover the differences between Colonial and French knots in embroidery. Learn step-by-step how to create secure, rounded Colonial knots for your projects.

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Jun 30, 2024

Double or alternating stem stitch

Hi can you please show me how to turn a corner using double or alternating stem stitch. It is inside the four-sided stitch border.

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Jun 29, 2024

Gobelin Stitch: A Comprehensive Guide for Needlepoint Enthusiasts

gobelin stitch in wool

Discover the art of gobelin stitch and unleash your creativity with endless variations. Learn how to create stunning designs with stitched examples

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Jun 29, 2024

Hand embroidery for beginners - personalize with embroidered letters

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Discover the art of hand embroidery for beginners. Learn essential tips and techniques to create stunning lettering. Start your embroidery journey today!

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Jun 29, 2024

Learn the double running stitch to create reversible blackwork

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Double running stitch - learn how to create neat, professional-looking blackwork embroidery outlines and fill patterns, that are identical on both sides.

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Jun 26, 2024

How to do tent stitch in needlepoint - three variations

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Your guide to how to do tent stitch needlepoint - tips and diagrams for half cross, continental and basketweave needlepoint stitch techniques

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Jun 21, 2024

Cross stitch calculator - changing fabric count changes project size

Determine your finished design size with this handy cross stitch calculator when changing to a different fabric count.

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Jun 18, 2024

Crazy Quilting Ideas and how they change as you work a block

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Explore Crazy Quilting Ideas and how they evolve as you work a block. Learn how to adapt your design, replace elements, and tell a story with your project.

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Jun 18, 2024

Hemstitch: Enhance Your Needlework with Fine Handcrafted Touches

Learn how to hemstitch your embroidered pieces with our easy-to-follow instructions and detailed step-by-step photographs.

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Jun 17, 2024

Crazy quilt embroidery - set your creativity free

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Tried crazy quilt embroidery yet? Simple stitches are used to decorate this traditional needlework to stunning effect.

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Jun 10, 2024

Woven picots make wonderful embroidered leaves!

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

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Jun 10, 2024

How do you embroider letters by hand using 3 simple stitches

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How do you embroider letters by hand on a crazy quilt block. The tutorial covers how to position your letters and the three stitches used.

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Jun 10, 2024

Crazy Quilting: A Skillful Balance of Precision and Imagination

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Crazy Quilting: A fusion of tradition and creativity - Join the quilt-making revolution!

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Jun 09, 2024

A Detailed Tutorial for Making a Pretty Needle Lace Heart

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Learn to create a beautiful needle lace heart with this step-by-step tutorial for beginners. Master corded single Brussels stitch and double Brussels stitch

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Jun 09, 2024

Learn basic embroidery stitches and where to use them

Master the basic embroidery stitches, then create beautiful embellishments for your garments, home decorating items, and craft projects

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Jun 09, 2024

Feather stitch embroidery: learn this easy and attractive stitch

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Feather stitch: a simple step by step hand embroidery tutorial with attractive variations for floral designs, coral, seaweed and more

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Jun 08, 2024

How to do a Satin Stitch Decorative Initial Over A Raised Form

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Padded satin stitch - step by step tutorial to embroider a letter. Worked over a raised form and decorated with pretty flowers using simple stitches

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Jun 07, 2024

Free hardanger pattern | A bookmark edged with buttonhole stitch

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Create a bookmark with this free hardanger pattern, covering buttonhole stitch, Kloster blocks, and doves eyes. Part 3 of our free course.

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Jun 05, 2024

Bullion stitch - master those little knots once and for all!

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Get creative with bullion stitch and its variations! Our detailed instructions and design ideas will inspire you to explore new embroidery techniques

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Jun 05, 2024

Learn Split Stitch Embroidery: Techniques, Tips & Ideas

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Learn the split stitch, a versatile embroidery stitch for outlining and filling areas of your design. Tips & tricks to improve your stitching skills.

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Jun 05, 2024

Stitch a French knot the easy way with this step by step tutorial

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

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Jun 05, 2024

How do you do herringbone stitch? Learn this basic embroidery stitch

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This herringbone stitch embroidery tutorial from Carol Leather gives step-by-step instructions with pictures along with variations to the basic stitch

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Jun 05, 2024

Learn stem stitch and variations of this basic embroidery stitch

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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 05, 2024

Raised and flat fishbone Stitch embroidery tutorial

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Fishbone stitch, a technique often used in embroidery to create realistic leaves, is the focus of our tutorial. We'll explore both flat and raised variations.

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May 31, 2024

Browse my Blackwork Embroidery Patterns - Available to download

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Explore my unique blackwork embroidery designs, learn the stories behind each one, and download ready to start stitching straight away.

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May 26, 2024

Choosing embroidery fabric for counted thread embroidery techniques

A Guide to choosing fabric for counted thread embroidery. Including cross stitch fabric, evenweave fabrics and linen embroidery fabric

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May 23, 2024

Embroidery Floss 101: Starting and Stopping Techniques Simplified

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Learn embroidery floss techniques: Discover how to separate strands, choose the right number to use, and secure your stitches.

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May 18, 2024

How to embroider by hand

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

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May 18, 2024

Cutwork embroidery

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Information on cutwork embroidery designs and cutwork techniques. How to produce a stunning heirloom in whitework

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May 06, 2024

Aida to evenweave

Hi If I buy a kit that has aida fabric in & want to replace with evenweave, how do I work out how much fabric to buy? Is it like for like? Many thanks

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Apr 29, 2024

Embroidery hoops - all you ever wanted to know about using them

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Discover expert tips for using embroidery hoops. Learn how to adjust tension, position screws, prevent snags, and choose between different hoop types.

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Apr 04, 2024

Hardanger embroidery information for beginners to this technique

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

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Mar 31, 2024

Creating a heart

I want to create a special heart-shaped patch that can be sewn onto a cushion. This cushion will hold the wedding rings of my grandsons parents, secured

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Mar 30, 2024

Needle Felting Tutorial: Learn to create Woollen Masterpieces

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Learn the art of needle felting with our step-by-step tutorial. Create beautiful felted creations with expert guidance and tips. Start needle felting today!

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Mar 21, 2024

Small Sewing Room Ideas: Maximizing Space & Inspiring Creativity

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Transformative small sewing room ideas for a functional, beautiful and inspiring workspace - its all about making the most of what you have.

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Mar 10, 2024

The Ultimate Embroidery and Cross Stitch Planner For You

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Stay focused with the Embroidery and Cross Stitch Planner - Keep your ideas and notes at your fingertips - A must-have for embroiderers keen to get organised

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