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Apr 16, 2021

Whitework embroidery stitches

Learn how to do whitework embroidery stitches with Carol Leather. Here we cover cobbler stitch used in pulled thread embroidery (also known as drawn fabric)

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Apr 16, 2021

Free pulled work embroidery lesson

Try pulled work, (also known as pulled thread embroidery or drawn fabric) by stitching this simple free pulled work pattern with full step by step instructions and stitch diagrams

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Apr 16, 2021

Four sided stitch instructions

Learn how to work four sided stitch, for pulled work or hardanger embroidery, both horizontally and vertically

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Apr 15, 2021

An introduction to blackwork embroidery

Learn how to do blackwork embroidery? Find instructions, patterns and ideas for this, and lots of other types of needlework

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Apr 15, 2021

Washing cross stitch projects

Tips and techniques for washing cross stitch, blackwork and hardanger needlework projects before framing

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Apr 06, 2021

Blanket stitch - for more than bed covers

How to do blanket stitch - instructions for working in the hand or on a hoop

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Apr 01, 2021

Wallington Northumberland - 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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Apr 01, 2021

Woven picots make wonderful embroidered leaves!

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

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Apr 01, 2021

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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Apr 01, 2021

An introduction to Needlepoint

Needlepoint or canvaswork is a popular craft. Learn more about it, what it is and how to do it

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Apr 01, 2021

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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Apr 01, 2021

Embroidery needles - which ones do you need for what job?

With so many different needlework techniques to choose from on this site, how do you know which embroidery needles you need? Let me help...

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Mar 29, 2021

Lazy daisy stitch strawberry

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

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Mar 29, 2021

Cretan stitch - are you making this mistake?

Have trouble embroidering Cretan stitch? Step by step photos will teach you how!

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Mar 29, 2021

Free Bargello design - Christmas bell

This free bargello needlepoint pattern of a Christmas bell is quick and easy to stitch and will introduce you to the techniques of bargello also known as florentine embroidery

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Mar 29, 2021

Picking the right needlepoint canvas for the job

How to pick the right needlepoint canvas. Learn about mono or double. Interlock or plastic. What are the benefits of each type of canvas?

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Mar 29, 2021

Tent stitch and its variations in needlepoint

Your guide to the various types of tent stitch including half cross, continental and basketweave needlepoint stitch. Diagrams for how to work each variation

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Mar 29, 2021

Leaf stitch

Leaf Stitch is a fancy needlepoint stitch ideal for larger areas. Try out these variations in your next project.

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Mar 29, 2021

Gobelin stitch and its variations

Gobelin stitch can be varied in length and position to create many variations. Stitched examples show you the possibilites

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Mar 29, 2021

Rice stitch - an easy needlepoint stitch to learn

Try Rice Stitch - one of the simple needlepoint stitches that you can use to give many different effects

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Mar 29, 2021

Rhodes stitch instructions and variations

Learn how to stitch rhodes stitch and its variations. Photos and diagrams show how its done and what it looks like in various threads

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Mar 29, 2021

Colonial knot or French knot?

Learn the difference between a Colonial Knot and a French Knot stitch in embroidery

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Mar 28, 2021

Cross stitch calculator

Use this handy cross stitch calculator to see how big your design will be when stitched on a different fabric count

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Mar 28, 2021

Cross stitch owls and other birds

Stitch mini cross stitch owls and other birds from this pattern ebook

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Mar 25, 2021

Embroidery fabric - which one do you need for different techniques?

A guide to choosing embroidery fabric for counted thread embroidery. Including Aida, evenweave and Linen cross stitch fabrics for purchase

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Mar 24, 2021

A beginner guide to hardanger embroidery

Part 2 of the free beginner guide to hardanger embroidery. Learn fancy kloster blocks, wrapped bars and doves eyes.

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Mar 24, 2021

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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Mar 24, 2021

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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Mar 24, 2021

Embroidery floss and how to use it

Tips for how to use embroidery floss, including separating strands, how many strands to stitch with, starting and finishing off

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Mar 24, 2021

Learn stem stitch and variations

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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Mar 24, 2021

Feather stitch and variations

Learn how to embroider feather stitch, with diagrams and video

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Mar 21, 2021

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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Mar 21, 2021

Embroidery scissors for your workbox

The best embroidery scissors to have in your workbox

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Mar 21, 2021

Using rayon embroidery thread

Rayon embroidery thread can add shine to your work. Some tips for using rayon fibres in your stitching

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Mar 21, 2021

Cross stitch is simple and fun

Find the answers to your cross stitch questions while learning all there is to know about this counted needlework technique.

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Mar 21, 2021

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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Mar 21, 2021

Using a laying tool

Instructions for using a laying tool (or trolley needle) to produce embroidery stitches that lay neatly side by side

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Mar 21, 2021

Cross stitch graph paper

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

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Mar 21, 2021

Magnifying lamps for embroidery

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

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Mar 21, 2021

Counted Cross Stitch - using linen and evenweave fabrics

Counted cross stitch tutorial for working on linen or evenweave fabrics

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Mar 21, 2021

Crazy quilt embroidery - unleash your creativity

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

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Mar 21, 2021

Piecing a Crazy Quilt Block

Join me, as I make a crazy quilt block - step by step photos showing how to foundation piece your crazy quilt with flip and stitch

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Mar 21, 2021

Your crazy quilt project - Show and Tell

A place to showcase your own crazy quilt projects. Chat with other stitchers about their crazy quilt blocks and share pictures of your latest project.

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Mar 21, 2021

Cross stitch freebies - ideal for Thanksgiving and Christmas

There has to be a turkey among my christmas and thanksgiving cross stitch freebies! Here he is, standing proud

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Mar 21, 2021

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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Mar 21, 2021

Cross stitch on waste canvas

Cross stitch on waste canvas can open up all sorts of ideas and projects such as stitching on your clothes. Learn how its done.

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Mar 21, 2021

About me, needlework and this site

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

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Mar 20, 2021

Needlepoint Threads and Mesh Size

I'm Leslie and my favorite canvas to use is 10 mesh or 12 mesh mono needlepoint canvas. I know that today, those sizes are not the most popular. I also

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Mar 18, 2021

The History of Embroidery - part 1

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

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