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I am stitching on 18 count Aida and using 4/5 strands of floss for half cross using #26 needle, is there a better choice. This is a kit and needles keep
Let me help you learn how to embroider, with step by steps and free designs to start you off.
What basic hand embroidery supplies do you need? I recommend the following - embroidery scissors, embroidery hoops, frames, stands, lights and magnifiers
Tips and techniques for washing cross stitch, blackwork and hardanger needlework projects before framing
This stem stitch tutorial covers the basic stitch, raised stem and portuguese knotted stem. Videos explain how to work the stitches.
I just finished cross stitching a stamped baby quilt for my first grand child and would like to sew a flannel backing onto it to cover up the threads on
Learn how to use Split stitch in multiple ways in your embroidery projects
Links to my embroidery and cross stitch videos
Learn hand embroidery stitches that can be used to fill areas of a design
Simple embroidery stitches for small flowers - ideas and videos showing how to stitch them
Struggling to chose hand embroidery stitches for the lines in a design? Here are some ideas for you
The first step in our hand embroidery for beginners course, learn how to embroider names and letters
An introduction to Stumpwork Embroidery techniques with links to tutorials to get you started.
Learn the difference between a Colonial Knot and a French Knot stitch in embroidery
Have you tried crazy quilt embroidery yet? Simple stitches are used to decorate this traditional needlework to stunning effect. Learn how to piece and embellish your own projects
Your free bullion stitch master class. See how to make bullion roses, strawberries and flowers with it here
The best way to stitch a French knot without getting in a tangle. Clear instructions and video will show you how.
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.
Follow along with this thread painting tutorial, and learn how to use long and short stitch to shade an embroidered flower
Needlepoint or canvaswork is a popular craft. Learn more about it, what it is and how to do it
Stitch a cute little strawberry using lazy daisy stitch (or detached chain stitch). This one has pride of place on my summer strawberries crazy quilt block
Learn how to needlepoint with this needlepoint stitch guide to velvet stitch. Great for creating a fur-like texture for animals or can be used for needlepoint rugs
Photos of vintage embroidery projects, kindly sent in by Averi of her mother's work.
Try a new twist on assisi embroidery, these three designs use blackwork instead of cross stitch to give a wonderful effect.
Blackwork isn't just for pictures to hang on the wall, blackwork samplers can be made into gorgeous cushions/pillows as these designs show
I love it when visitors write in with pictures of finished pieces worked from my charts. Here are a few of them...
Blackwork embroidery patterns by Carol Leather to download and stitch.
Small, simple blackwork embroidery kits and patterns by Carol Leather of X-Calibre Designs.
These blackwork designs feature the antics of Mischeif the cat. Available as downloadable charts
Blackwork and cross stitch lacemaker designs by Carol Leather, to download straight away
The X-Calibre range of blackwork kits includes this stunning knight and his lady, both stitched in traditional black and gold. Available to download.
Let your imagination free with these fantasy blackwork patterns. The blackwork mermaid uses random dyed threads in her tail to great effect
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
Portraits of blackwork animals can look lifelike with careful shading. Choose from these 4 stunning designs.
Simple blackwork Christmas designs to download and stitch for cards, coasters or decorations. Choose from star, bell, robin or blackwork angel patterns
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
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.
Hi, I have cross stitched for many years but I have always used kits and have never designed anything. I have promised to give my sons and all nieces and
An introduction to hardanger embroidery, a whitework technique from Norway. Learn how to stitch it following a series of free hardanger lessons
4 sided stitch, worked diagonally, completes the last band of our whitework sampler
Find the answers to your cross stitch questions while learning all there is to know about this counted needlework technique.
This free hardanger pattern explains how to edge your work with buttonhole stitch. Create a hardanger bookmark with step by step instructions
Part 2 of the free beginner guide to hardanger embroidery. Learn fancy kloster blocks, wrapped bars and doves eyes.
Start your hardanger needlework course here. Learn hardanger over a series of step by step lessons using my free patterns
Choose from these downloadable cross stitch patterns by Carol Leather and get stitching right away
How to choose which stitch to use for your blackwork fill patterns. What to do at the edges of your blackwork design
Learn how to do blackwork embroidery? Find instructions, patterns and ideas for this, and lots of other types of needlework
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