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Nov 11, 2018

Charting a digitized image

I am working on a design to be done in wool on 12 count Penelope canvas. I found the picture on the internet, it is of a famous icon in the monastery

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Nov 11, 2018

More blackwork ladies

More blackwork ladies patterns from X-Calibre for you to download and stitch

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Nov 11, 2018

Hand embroidery kits and charts

Check our range of hand embroidery kits and patterns featuring blackwork, cross stitch, hardanger and needlepoint. All patterns are downloadable

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Oct 17, 2018

Design Libraries in MacStitch and WinStitch

Does the software allow you to create and save small design elements that can be pasted into a new design? As I see things that inspire me I create a

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Sep 23, 2018

Needle felting tutorial - the basic shapes

This needle felting tutorial explains how to create the basic 3D shapes

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Aug 09, 2018

hardanger patterns on paper

I want to do hardanger on paper and will use stitches only, no cutting out. Should I use embroidery cotton and can I use a small hardanger pattern to put

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Jul 22, 2018

outline details for cross stitch

I am stitching a counted cross stitch on plastic canvas. When completing outline details, do I do in and out of every hole or do I extend outline in longer

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Jul 11, 2018

Blackwork for Beginners Book

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

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Jul 07, 2018

Needlework and techniques

Can you do embroidery and cross stitch on the same type of fabric? If so, which fabric is best if you want to incorporate cross stitch with some embroidery

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Jun 26, 2018

Perle cotton size for 22 count hardanger fabric

I started s project on 22 count hardanger fabric using number 8 perle cotton thread and after doing 1 side I feel I should use number 5 perle cotton.

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Jun 02, 2018

Number of Counts

I wish to know how to consider the count number of a Canvas? For example is a 14 Count canvas bigger (bigger holes) than an 18 Count? Thank you very much!

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May 31, 2018

Privacy policy

Privacy policy

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May 26, 2018

Coral knot stitch

Coral knot stitch for lines and filled areas of an embroidery

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May 21, 2018

Do spring hoops leave marks?

My granddaughter and husband are having trouble with hoops marks on their work. It seems to be coming from the metal part of the spring hoop. I remind

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Apr 06, 2018

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 02, 2018

Basic Embroidery Stitches

Instructions and diagrams for all the basic embroidery stitches I have used in my free online needlework lessons. This is building into a comprehensive guide to hand embroidery stitches

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Mar 01, 2018

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 01, 2018

Herringbone stitch

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

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Mar 01, 2018

Iron on transfers for embroidery

If you are having difficulty finding iron on transfers for hand embroidery then stop by and find out where you can get them, and alternative ways to get your pattern onto your fabric

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Mar 01, 2018

What hand embroidery supplies do you need to get started?

o what are the basic hand embroidery supplies to get you started? I would recommend the following embroidery scissors, embroidery hoops, frames, stands, lights and magnifiers

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Mar 01, 2018

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 01, 2018

Free redwork embroidery patterns

Looking for free redwork embroidery patterns? Why not start here with this cute mother hen design

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Mar 01, 2018

Free redwork hen pattern

Simple question, how do I print off the redwork hen design? I don't see where there is a print button. Just to let you know that I do belong to a needleart

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Mar 01, 2018

Freestyle Blackwork Outlines

How to do curved outlines, those that go diagonally over two or more squares. And how many squares should one go over per stitch, either running- or back

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Jan 18, 2018

Needlepoint accessories to help older sewers

Hi...I have been doing needlepoint for years but as I am getting older I am finding some challenges that are preventing me from continuing to enjoy doing

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Nov 20, 2017

Needlework at Arlington Court, Barnstable, Devon

Arlington Court's needlework collection is extensive. Enjoy these photos of my favorite pieces on display.

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Oct 19, 2017

Cross stitch is simple and fun

The first page in our cross stitch section. Links to freebies, lessons, beginner kits, advanced techniques like stitching on evenweave and working fractional stitches and more

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Oct 10, 2017

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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Sep 26, 2017

The History of Embroidery - part 1

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

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Sep 13, 2017

Cross stitch graph paper

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

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Aug 29, 2017

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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Aug 29, 2017

Whitework embroidery an introduction to the different techniques

Whitework embroidery encompasses many different techniques, including reticella, richelieu, cutwork, broderie anglaise, schwalm, hedebo, needlelace and hardanger

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Jul 28, 2017

Needle felted bunny from simple shapes

A cute needle felted bunny tutorial for beginners to the craft

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Jul 28, 2017

Peasant Blouse With Hardanger

I'm hoping to make a flowing ruffled peasant blouse and replace the single edge cotton eyelet fabric with Hardanger work on a soft and flowing appropriate

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Jul 07, 2017

How to launder red work embroidery

How do I safely launder red work embroidery? I do not know if the red embroidery, which is on white pillow shams, has ever been set. There are no stains

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Jul 07, 2017

Hoop height or depth?

I have read comments about the diameter of a hoop, but have never been informed of the reason for differing heights of a hoop. Is it simply what is comfortable

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Jul 07, 2017

Flexi hoop as frame?

I have a vintage tea towel that has an embroidered kitty cooking a fish in a frying pan, and I want to frame just the image. But I've not been able to

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Jun 27, 2017

Difficulty Threading Beading Needles

I love making the Mill Hill Buttoned and Beaded pictures and have lost count of how many I have made for myself and others. However, in the past few years,

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Apr 07, 2017

Needle felt equipment and materials

Needle felt - a needlecraft where you don't have to thread a single needle

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Mar 08, 2017

Embroidering on pillow slip

I am embroidering a monogram on a pillowslip which makes it difficult to use an embroidery ring. Any suggestions please.

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Feb 17, 2017

18 ct even weave

I have an old cross stitch pattern calling for 18 count even weave. I can not find any! I would like it an off white as there are areas with white stitches.

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Feb 04, 2017

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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Jan 30, 2017

Homemade Valentines Cards are extra Special

Homemade Valentines cards mean so much more than shop bought ones. Why not stitch your loved one a cross stitch card this year?

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Jan 26, 2017

Backing a cross stitched baby quilt

Hi Carol, I have just discovered your website and find it very useful! Much easier to understand than kit instructions. Currently, I am stitching a stamped

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Jan 26, 2017

Prevailing Color Strand

Greetings from Down Under! The pattern I am working calls for 2 strands of DMC thread of different colors. I will be using 3 strands for the project.

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Jan 26, 2017

Questions on Fixing an Old Quilt

I inherited an old family quilt from my mom which my paternal, maternal and Great-Grammas created/worked on, which makes it extra special for me. The cotton

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Jan 25, 2017

Wallington Northumberland - a 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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Dec 05, 2016

Spring hoops, I like them

I like spring hoops because of the tension. I always put the hoop on a flat surface place the front of the fabric facing me because after I place the

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Oct 26, 2016

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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Recent Articles

  1. Charting a digitized image

    Nov 11, 18 07:54 AM

    I am working on a design to be done in wool on 12 count Penelope canvas. I found the picture on the internet, it is of a famous icon in the monastery

    Read More

  2. More blackwork ladies

    Nov 11, 18 07:16 AM

    More blackwork ladies patterns from X-Calibre for you to download and stitch

    Read More

  3. Hand embroidery kits and charts

    Nov 11, 18 07:09 AM

    Check our range of hand embroidery kits and patterns featuring blackwork, cross stitch, hardanger and needlepoint. All patterns are downloadable

    Read More