DMC Pearl Cotton Thread Tips
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Have you ever seen DMC pearl cotton thread (also spelled perle cotton) in your local needlework or craft store and weren’t sure what to do with it? Recently I’ve had quite a few people asking me how to use it, … Read More

Beginners cross stitch: the ultimate tutorial [Updated Sept 2019]
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  Have you ever looked at beginners cross stitch projects and didn’t even know where to start? Or have you tried to learn on your own and got hopelessly lost? Well you’re in the right place, grasshopper, help is at … Read More

Embroidery stitch tutorial: the Rhodes heart
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If you’ve never seen a Rhodes heart before, you’ll love this simple embroidery stitch. First created by the needlework designer Mary Rhodes, this beautiful textural stitch can be used to add dimension to any project. Mary’s work was heavily influenced … Read More

Cross stitch alphabets: how to make a custom cross stitch pattern
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Have you ever found a great cross stitch pattern with text on it, but you’d love to change one word to make it more customized? Or maybe you want to make your own cheeky stitched expressions? Using cross stitch alphabets … Read More

Cross stitch techniques: English method and Danish method
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If you’ve ever wondered why there seems to be different ways of forming a cross stitch, then this tutorial should help! This video will discuss the English method and the Danish method of forming stitches. I’ve had several comments in … Read More

Blending threads for cross stitch and embroidery
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If you’ve ever attempted a big or complicated cross stitch pattern, it’s likely you’ve had to give blending threads a try. Blended threads are great for adding tonality and shading to patterns. If you’re not sure how to blend two different … Read More

Kreinik metallic threads: metallic floss for cross stitch and embroidery
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If you love the look of metallic threads but sometimes find them hard to work with, then hopefully this video tutorial will help you to “see the light.” I was really fortunate to have been contacted by Kreinik, a family-operated thread … Read More

Cross stitch phone case: create a personalized phone case
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If you’ve ever wanted to create your own cross stitch phone case, this tutorial will help! Personalized phone cases are so popular right now, and what better way to show your personality than with a cross stitch phone case. There … Read More

Cross stitch twice as fast: the sewing method
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If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a way to cross stitch faster than you already are, the good news is that there is! Cross stitch is not a race, everyone stitches at different speeds and the point is to enjoy … Read More

Cross stitch gridding with fishing line
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If you’ve ever seen a picture of what looks like thread running in a grid on a cross stitch project, it’s likely that the stitcher did their gridding with fishing line or something similar. Using fishing line is great as it won’t … Read More

What to do when your stitching mojo hides
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  Have you ever had those days (or weeks) when your stitching mojo decides to play hide and seek on you? Your stitchy bug is gone, and it seems like such hard work to get any progress done on your … Read More

Why you shouldn’t worry about the back of cross stitch
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Do you have friends who look at the back of cross stitch projects you do and say, “The back is supposed to be as neat as the front you know”? I’m sure every cross stitcher has had that happen to … Read More

Starting cross stitch patterns: find the centre of your pattern
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  Ever wondered what the best way of starting cross stitch patterns is, or how to find the centre of your cross stitch pattern? This short video will give you tips and show you how to find the centre of … Read More

How to frame cross stitch in an embroidery hoop
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Have you ever wanted to frame cross stitch in an embroidery hoop, rather than a traditional frame? It’s becoming really popular recently, and it’s actually easier than you think to do yourself. The video below will take you step by … Read More

Washing cross stitch and embroidery
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Washing cross stitch and embroidery projects is sometimes seen as a difficult, or unnecessary task at the end of a stitching project. So why should you wash your projects? Washing cross stitch removes the oils that have accumulated in the … Read More

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