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Jan 20, 2021

How do I follow a cross stitch chart

I’m starting cross stitch for the first time, as an 86 year old male! My design is not printed on the Aida. If you complete a line and when you transfer

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Jan 20, 2021

Feather stitch and variations

Learn how to embroider feather stitch, with diagrams and video

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Jan 20, 2021

Herringbone stitch

Herringbone stitch - learn how to embroider it and how to vary it for different effects

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Jan 18, 2021

Chain stitch variations used for a simple fish

Simple chain stitch tutorial, showing different variations of this useful embroidery stitch

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Jan 17, 2021

Carol's Basic Embroidery Stitches

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.

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Jan 17, 2021

Number of threads of yarn

I have a Bucilla crewel kit that has a color/symbol guide with stitch guide. under number of strands in most boxes there are numbers such as 2, 3 or 1.

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Jan 16, 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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Jan 16, 2021

Pulled thread embroidery - an introduction

Learn about pulled thread embroidery (also known as pulled work or drawn fabric) an exciting form of whitework embroidery where the threads are pulled to form a lacy effect

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Jan 16, 2021

Hardanger embroidery for beginners

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

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Jan 16, 2021

Bullion stitch Master class

Your free bullion stitch master class. See how to make bullion roses, strawberries and flowers with it here

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Jan 07, 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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Jan 07, 2021

Blackwork pattern library - pattern 2

Continue building your library with these step-by-step instructions for another free blackwork pattern

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Jan 07, 2021

Learn blackwork embroidery shading techniques

Learn how to add shading to your blackwork embroidery with this picture of pears

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Jan 07, 2021

Make a bookmark with a Celtic embroidery pattern

A treat for lovers of Celtic embroidery. This little free blackwork bookmark is quick and easy to make as a gift, or for yourself

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Jan 07, 2021

Attaching beads to your embroidered projects

A super simple way of attaching beads to your cross stitch projects, with step by step instructions

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Jan 07, 2021

Introduction to double running stitch

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

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Jan 07, 2021

All about blackwork fill patterns

How to choose which stitch to use for your blackwork fill patterns. What to do at the edges of your blackwork design

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Jan 07, 2021

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 (great for a new baby) or a rabbit

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Jan 07, 2021

Blackwork embroidery kits you can stitch in a weekend

Small, simple blackwork embroidery kits and patterns by Carol Leather of X-Calibre Designs.

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Jan 07, 2021

Windmill blackwork needlework designs

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

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Jan 07, 2021

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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Jan 07, 2021

Blackwork flower patterns to download

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.

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Jan 07, 2021

Blackwork figures from the 20's and 30's

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

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Jan 07, 2021

Blackwork designs featuring Mischief the cat

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

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Jan 07, 2021

Fantasy blackwork designs

Let your imagination free with these fantasy blackwork patterns. The blackwork mermaid uses random dyed threads in her tail to great effect

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Jan 07, 2021

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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Jan 07, 2021

Blackwork animals to download and stitch

Portraits of blackwork animals can look lifelike with careful shading. Choose from these 4 stunning designs.

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Jan 07, 2021

Assisi embroidery - 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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Jan 07, 2021

Blackwork fleur de lis patterns

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

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Jan 06, 2021

Blackwork and cross stitch lacemaker patterns

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

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Jan 06, 2021

Oriental blackwork ladies

Stitch these glorious oriental blackwork designs to grace your walls

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Jan 06, 2021

Medieval blackwork kits and patterns

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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Jan 05, 2021

Pattern darning is really simple but effective, learn how

Pattern darning is much more exciting than darning socks! This free pattern is used as a border around a blackwork design.

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Jan 05, 2021

Enjoy this free blackwork pattern and learn double running stitch

This pretty free blackwork pattern helps you learn the technique of double running stitch

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Jan 05, 2021

Free blackwork charts? - Try this one

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

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Jan 05, 2021

Blackwork for Beginners Book

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

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Jan 05, 2021

Reversible blackwork embroidery patterns

How to stitch reversible blackwork embroidery patterns stitch by stitch.

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Jan 05, 2021

How to do blackwork outlines

One of the first steps in learning how to do blackwork is the outlining. Do all blackwork designs need outlines?

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Jan 05, 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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Dec 02, 2020

how do I become a better cross stitch designer?

I have done cross stitch in the past, always enjoyed it. Recently i have a growing interested in digital design (not my background either) and someday

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Oct 29, 2020

Working from the inside of a hoop

Have you tried working from inside your embroidery hoop?

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Oct 29, 2020

uneven petals

From looking at pictures of flowers the balanced bloom was abandoned. No identical five petal flowers are intentionally made. Petal lengths vary. Straight

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Oct 06, 2020

Needlework finishing techniques

Ideas on how to wash and frame needlework along with many more needlework finishing techniques including hemstitching

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Apr 10, 2020

Problem with where to start

16 years ago I made my first two blackwork patterns which happened to be your designs, I realised today: 1 Blackwork stitcher, 6x4, Lacemaker with stand

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Apr 10, 2020

Quilting crazy quilts

How/when do you actually quilt your blocks/top to the batting and backing? What do you use for backing? I sewed my pieces together using a fabric beneath

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Feb 04, 2020

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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Feb 04, 2020

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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Feb 04, 2020

Sewing jobs - ideas for making money from your skills

Sewing jobs - how to make your hobby pay for itself

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Feb 04, 2020

White work sampler part 1 teaches single faggot stitch

The first part of my free white work sampler stitch-a-long

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