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May 25, 2022

Hand embroidery for beginners - stitching letters or names

The first step in our hand embroidery for beginners course, learn how to embroider names and letters, using a variety of embroidery stitches

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May 25, 2022

Do you use cross stitch software to design?

I am often asked if I use cross stitch software to design. I do now and this is my story of how I started designing needlework

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May 23, 2022

Learn stem stitch and variations of this basic embroidery stitch

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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May 20, 2022

Embroidery stitches for small flowers

Simple embroidery stitches for small flowers - ideas and videos showing how to stitch them

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May 20, 2022

How to embroider a leaf - different stitches for different effects

How to embroider a leaf - ideas for different stitches that you can use

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May 20, 2022

How do you do feather stitch? It's easy when you follow these steps

Feather stitch is a simple embroidery stitch. See how to use it for stems, coral, seaweed, branches and more in this step by step embroidery tutorial

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May 20, 2022

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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May 20, 2022

Pulled thread embroidery - all about this whitework technique

Learn about pulled thread embroidery, an exciting form of whitework embroidery where the threads are pulled to form a pretty lacy effect

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May 20, 2022

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 09, 2022

Windmill blackwork needlework designs

Blackwork needlework doesn't have to be stitched in black! These blackwork windmills by Carol Leather are worked in three shades of blue

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May 08, 2022

Blackwork Samplers - Downloadable charts by Carol Leather

Blackwork isn't just for pictures to hang on the wall, blackwork samplers can be made into gorgeous cushions/pillows as these designs show

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Apr 20, 2022

Legendary dragon cross stitch patterns for you to stitch

Dragon cross stitch. Download now and start stitching these dramatic dragon cross stitch pieces to add the perfect finishing touch to your wall.

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Apr 20, 2022

Blackwork Christmas Designs that stitch up quickly

Simple blackwork Christmas designs to download and stitch for cards, coasters or decorations. Choose from star, bell, robin or blackwork angel patterns

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Apr 20, 2022

Blackwork and cross stitch lacemaker patterns for you to download

Blackwork and cross stitch lacemaker designs by Carol Leather, to download straight away

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Apr 20, 2022

fleur-de-lis blackwork patterns to download and stitch

The fleur-de-lis or iris flower is a traditional motif, stitch 3 variations in blackwork embroidery

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Apr 20, 2022

Blackwork figures through the ages

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

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Apr 20, 2022

Blackwork flower patterns to delight the stitcher

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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Apr 20, 2022

Blackwork animals to download and stitch

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

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Apr 20, 2022

X-Calibre Blackwork kits for beginners by Carol Leather

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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Apr 20, 2022

Assisi embroidery - designs with a blackwork twist

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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Apr 20, 2022

British Wildlife Cross Stitch Patterns

Wildlife cross stitch patterns to download. Choose from a family of badgers, red foxes, fallow deer or a heron

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Apr 20, 2022

Medieval blackwork kits and patterns - a knight and his lady

The X-Calibre range of blackwork kits includes this stunning knight and his lady, both stitched in traditional black and gold. Available to download.

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Apr 20, 2022

Blackwork designs featuring Mischief the cat

These blackwork designs feature the antics of Mischeif the cat. Available as downloadable charts

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Apr 06, 2022

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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Mar 23, 2022

Free Embroidery Designs in various techniques

Free embroidery designs - cross stitch, blackwork, hardanger, and lots more

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Mar 18, 2022

Introduction to double running stitch

Learn double running stitch with the help of a video and diagrams

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Feb 18, 2022

Bargello needlepoint - Have you tried it

An introduction to bargello needlepoint. How to use colour to its full effect in this lovely form of canvas work.

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Feb 18, 2022

Thread colours in EK Success kit

I have a cross stich kit from EK Success. I made a mistake and used double thread instead of single so I dont have enough thread. The colour is 17005.

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Feb 18, 2022

An introduction to the traditional craft of Needlepoint

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

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Feb 18, 2022

Salvaging vintage needlepoint canvas

I found a treasure trove from an estate. Two boxes stuffed with an assortment of high quality needlepoint canvases, some which appear to be hand-painted.

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Jan 25, 2022

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

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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Jan 25, 2022

Master chain stitch embroidery today!

Master chain stitch embroidery today and have lots of variations to play with.

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Jan 18, 2022

How do I stitch French Knots quickly?

How can I speed up time on French Knots? They take much longer than any other stitch. I have a lot of them on my project. Thank you.

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Jan 08, 2022

Can I use crochet cotton for Hardanger?

Can you use crochet cotton for hardanger embroidery instead of pearl cotton?

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Jan 08, 2022

Can I change to a different fabric count for Hardanger?

I have a pattern calling for 28 count cloth. I have lots of 22 count cloth and must use it. How would using 22 Cloth instead of the 28 Cloth the pattern

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Jan 08, 2022

Whole Share

Good Afternoon, I am new to embroidery and have recently purchased a embroidery pattern and in one of the instructions for how many threads I should use

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Jan 05, 2022

Cleaning old embroiderey hoops

I have my Mom's old METAL embroidery hoops & need a suggestion on how I can clean safely. Like I said they are metal. I'd probably just frame something

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Jan 02, 2022

Downloadable cross stitch patterns by Carol Leather X-Calibre Designs

Choose from these categories of downloadable cross stitch patterns by Carol Leather and get stitching right away

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Jan 01, 2022

Blackwork for Beginners Book

Blackwork for Beginners - learn this fascinating needlework technique with Carol Leather's book

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Jan 01, 2022

Downloadable Blackwork Embroidery Patterns by Carol Leather

Blackwork embroidery patterns by Carol Leather to download and stitch.

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Dec 26, 2021

How to needlepoint velvet stitch to create a fur texture

Learn how to needlepoint with this guide to velvet stitch. Great for creating a fur-like texture for animals or can be used for needlepoint rugs

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Dec 24, 2021

Hardanger embroidery information for beginners to this technique

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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Dec 19, 2021

Blanket stitch embroidery tutorial with ideas for use

How to do blanket stitch - learn all about this versatile embroidery stitch and how to use it from floral sprays to crisp whitework

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Dec 19, 2021

Free blackwork charts? - Try this one

Looking for free blackwork charts with beginner instructions? You've found them!

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Dec 19, 2021

Learn 2 variations of Fishbone Stitch - flat and raised

Learn 2 types of Fishbone stitch to add to your range of basic embroidery stitches

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Dec 19, 2021

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

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

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Dec 19, 2021

Coral knot stitch

Coral knot stitch for lines and filled areas of an embroidery

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Dec 19, 2021

Cretan stitch - a commonly made mistake and how to correct it

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

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Dec 19, 2021

Cross stitch freebies for you to download and stitch right away

My gift to you, stitch up these cross stitch freebies for any occasion throughout the year. Simple and quick to stitch.

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Recent Articles

  1. Hand embroidery for beginners - stitching letters or names

    May 25, 22 01:08 PM

    The first step in our hand embroidery for beginners course, learn how to embroider names and letters, using a variety of embroidery stitches

    Read More

  2. Do you use cross stitch software to design?

    May 25, 22 12:51 PM

    I am often asked if I use cross stitch software to design. I do now and this is my story of how I started designing needlework

    Read More

  3. Learn stem stitch and variations of this basic embroidery stitch

    May 23, 22 02:47 AM

    This stem stitch tutorial covers the basic stitch, raised stem and portuguese knotted stem. Videos explain how to work the stitches.

    Read More

  4. Embroidery stitches for small flowers

    May 20, 22 06:26 AM

    Simple embroidery stitches for small flowers - ideas and videos showing how to stitch them

    Read More

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