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Part 1 of this history of embroidery covers Anglo Saxon times, through the Norman Conquest and the Bayeux Tapestry to the Medieval period
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
Part 4 of my hardanger instructions series. Learn four sided stitch and spiders web filling in addition to fancy kloster blocks and needleweaving
Tips for how to use embroidery floss, including separating strands, how many strands to stitch with, starting and finishing off
Choose from these categories of downloadable cross stitch patterns by Carol Leather and get stitching right away
How to do blanket stitch - learn all about this versatile embroidery stitch and what you can do with it from floral sprays to crisp whitework
Rayon embroidery thread can add shine to your work. Some tips for using rayon fibres in your stitching
Illustrated step by step instructions for stretching and framing cross stitch and blackwork projects. Learn how to frame needlework the easy way
The first step in our hand embroidery for beginners course, learn how to embroider names and letters, using a variety of embroidery stitches
This stem stitch tutorial covers the basic stitch, raised stem and portuguese knotted stem. Videos explain how to work the stitches.
Stitch a cute little strawberry using lazy daisy stitch (or detached chain stitch) in an unexpected way to create a raised effect to your embroidery
This beginners needle felting tutorial explains how to create the basic 3D shapes out of wool such as ball, egg and cylinder for use in your sculptures
Simple blackwork Christmas designs to download and stitch for cards, coasters or decorations. Choose from star, bell, robin or blackwork angel patterns
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.
Blackwork embroidery patterns by Carol Leather to download and stitch.
Master chain stitch embroidery today and have lots of variations to play with.
Hardanger embroidery - An introduction to this whitework technique from Norway. Learn how to stitch it following a series of free hardanger lessons
This herringbone stitch embroidery tutorial from Carol Leather gives step-by-step instructions with pictures along with variations to the basic stitch
Struggling to chose hand embroidery stitches for the lines in a design? Here are some ideas for you
Learn the correct way to work chevron stitch embroidery and discover interesting new ways to use it in your next needlework project
Photos of vintage embroidery projects, kindly sent in by Averi of her mother's work.
Simple chain stitch tutorial, showing different variations of this useful embroidery stitch
Pattern darning is much more exciting than darning socks! This free tutorial shows how to use it as a border around a blackwork design.
Stitch these beautiful oriental blackwork ladies, embellished with metallic thread and seed beads to add some feminine grace to your home
Learn how to do blackwork embroidery with Carol Leather. Find instructions, patterns and ideas for this, and lots of other types of needlework
Simple embroidery stitches for small flowers - ideas and videos showing how to stitch them
Learn Stumpwork Embroidery techniques including padding with felt, raised embroidery stitches, adding slips and creating wired needlework petals
A Guide to choosing fabric for counted thread embroidery. Including cross stitch fabric, evenweave fabrics and linen embroidery fabric
An introduction to bargello needlepoint. How to use colour to its full effect in this lovely form of canvas work.
Learn how and where to use fractional stitches in your cross stitch. Half cross stitch, 3/4 stitch and 1/4 stitch can all help to add detail to a design
This free bargello design Christmas bell is quick and easy to stitch and introduces you to the techniques of bargello also known as florentine embroidery
The benefit of using magnifying lamps to avoid eye strain when doing embroidery or other crafts in the evening
Someone has already started the needlepoint kit that I bought. However, they didn’t follow the instructions. It is on a blank mesh canvas. Instead of
Whitework embroidery includes many different techniques - reticella, richelieu, cutwork, broderie anglaise, schwalm, hedebo, needlelace and hardanger
What better way of passing on your passion than by teaching needlework to children. Read my story of teaching kids to stitch at primary school
How do I flatten and block a piece of needlepoint lace with a lot of floral inserts etc? Thanks, Christine Zachary, Portland, Oregon Carol says... I
Dragon cross stitch. Download now and start stitching these dramatic dragon cross stitch pieces to add the perfect finishing touch to your wall.
I purchased a pattern for three angel ornaments. Permin 01-2632 The instructions are not very clear. There are 4 different kinds of lines on the pattern
Let us help you learn hardanger embroidery step by step. Stitch our free hardanger patterns with full instructions with this series of lessons
Learn how to add shading to your blackwork embroidery using two different techniques, while stitching this picture depicting a pair of pears
Time to try counted cross stitch on linen or evenweave fabrics? Learn about the advantages over Aida and how to determine the finished project size.
Learn about pulled thread embroidery, an exciting form of whitework embroidery where the threads are pulled to form a pretty lacy effect
Are embroidery hoops essential? How do you use them and which are the best - metal or wooden embroidery hoops? Read on to find out...
I have finished an embroidered pillow case. Isn’t there a cloth to iron on to cover the threads?
Portraits of blackwork animals can look lifelike with careful shading. Choose from these 4 stunning designs.
Needlepoint patterns that use textured needlepoint stitches and over-dyed threads make up the Textures to Dye for range
Traditional and modern hardanger patterns that you can download straight to your computer.
Blackwork needlework doesn't have to be stitched in black! These pretty blackwork windmills by Carol Leather are worked in three shades of blue
Small, simple blackwork embroidery kits and patterns by Carol Leather of X-Calibre Designs.