Your needlework questions answered

The only silly needlework questions are those that are not asked! Here is your opportunity to ask everyone for advice or help with your needlework and embroidery.

Hey there, embroidery enthusiasts! Are you feeling a little tangled up in threads and needles? Well, fear not!

I'm here to untangle those embroidery-related mysteries and answer all your burning needlework questions. Consider me your friendly neighbourhood embroidery guru, ready to lend a helping hand with all your embroidery puzzles.

Embroidery is an art form that has been passed down through generations. Whether you're a seasoned stitcher or just starting out, you're bound to have embroidery questions. There's always something new to discover and explore in the world of embroidery, and what better way to do that than by asking questions? But what if you don’t know anyone that you can ask?

So, here's the deal: I'm here to be your go-to source for all things embroidery. From basic stitching techniques to advanced designs. Consider me your embroidery confidant, ready to share my knowledge and expertise with a sprinkle of excitement and a dash of enthusiasm.

Embroidery is more than just a hobby; it's a way to express your creativity, create stunning works of art, and connect with others who share the same passion. So, let's dive into this colourful world together!

Don't be shy to ask me anything about embroidery – whether it's about choosing the right fabric, picking the perfect thread colours, or even tackling those pesky knots. I'm here to help you stitch your way to success!

Let your curiosity run wild and fire away with your questions. Drop them in the comments below, and I'll be delighted to provide you with the answers you seek.

There are two ways you can ask your embroidery questions...

Of course I am delighted to help anyone by email, but that way you only get my opinion. Why not throw your question out there to the thousands of visitors a day that browse the site?

What can you ask about?

Anything that is related to needlework.

Due to the popularity of this page I have started to organise things a little. There are now more interactive pages on the site where you can ask questions relating to the following subjects (just click on the photo to go to the relevant page)...

Embroidery floss
Embroidery fabric
Embroidery hoops
Hardanger questions
Cross stitch questions
How to embroider
Needlepoint questions

Guidelines for submitting your embroidery questions

If you have a short and sweet question to ask, then it is probably best to send me an e-mail, but if you have quite a bit to write, and you feel that the answer to your question could help other stitchers then please feel free to use one of the interactive invitations.

I can't promise to reply straight away, but will do my best to get to build your page as soon as possible so that others can jump in if they can help you.

Please try to be specific in your title. If you name your submission Sue or Mary, it doesn't give me any idea of the question you are asking. If I can see at a glance that I can help straight away, then it is better for both of us.

If you have a photo that you can add that is great. It makes YOUR PAGE more attractive. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece. A pic from your mobile phone is fine, as long as I can clearly see what you are trying to show.

Once I publish your submission it will be listed below the invitation, and other visitors will be able to comment on it.

Please make sure your embroidery question has enough words to be considered a page on the site. If it is really short then I won’t be able to publish it as Google won’t consider the page helpful

Got a question about needlework?

The best way to learn is by asking questions. Sure, you can email me and ask but why not ask all the visitors to the site and get a selection of answers?

This is also the place to give something back and try to help others with their queries. Have fun!

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