Mini biscornu needleminder and pincushion
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I belong to quite a few Facebook cross stitch groups, and often I see lovely images of people’s needleminders and pincushions. If you’ve never seen a needleminder, it’s basically a small decorative magnet that attaches to either side of your … Read More

Gridding cross stitch fabric
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Recently I was online in one of the Facebook cross stitch groups I belong to, and a woman had never tried gridding cross stitch fabric, was having issues figuring out how to do it. I’d never really thought about how … Read More

Crafting and creating with physical limitations
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  This video is a little different than my other ones – this one is more focused on ways to create crafts and artworks around any physical limitations you might have. It might be an injury (like me), an illness … Read More

MacStitch software — pattern export demonstration
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I love getting feedback from the readers of this blog and the viewers of my YouTube videos, and this video is a result of some of that feedback. In an earlier video about the MacStitch cross stitch pattern software, I’d … Read More

Parking versus cross-country stitching
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A few months ago I wrote a couple of blog articles about the techniques of parking and cross-country stitching. These articles generated a bit of feedback in some of the cross stitch groups I belong to online, so I thought … Read More

Cross stitch tips and tricks
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If you’re like most stitchers, you’re always looking for great cross stitch tips! Here’s a video I made that will hopefully inspire you to get out your unfinished works in progress and start stitching again like a pro! In the … Read More

Matted photo frame decoration
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As promised, here’s a post about how I decorated the photo frame project I made as part of my video about how to cut a mat board frame. I have some books (from a dollar shop of course, but they … Read More

How to do mat cutting for framing cross stitch and art
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I’ve noticed recently that many people are talking about the amount of money that they’re spending on framing cross stitch pieces. I’ve always done my own framing – I learned how to do it in art school years ago – so … Read More

MacStitch cross stitch software tutorial
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As a follow-up to this post and video, I’m going to be showing you how I use the MacStitch program. There’s also WinStitch which is the PC version, but I use a Mac so that’s the version I’ll be showing … Read More

Turning art into cross stitch patterns using MacStitch
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This week I found out that more people than I realized were viewing and subscribing to my YouTube cross stitch instructional videos, which is great! As a result, I thought I’d make a video of how I started designing my … Read More

Rear leg design for scrollbar sewing frame
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Recently I decided to try another way of supporting my scrollbar sewing frame. The few methods that I had tried (here and here) were working to some extent, but I knew the frame had to be a little bit more … Read More

Floral pattern designs and MacStitch cross stitch software
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I decided tonight to sit down and start a drawing of a sepia flower image I created in this post, but just as I was about to turn on my iPad and open up ArtRage I thought about what the … Read More

Media trial with ArtRage
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So in the past few posts I’ve been talking about using ArtRage again, and in conjunction with photo editing software. I’m thinking I might work on the sepia-toned flower photo I did as a sample, but I wasn’t sure what … Read More

Experimenting with photo-editing software
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As I mentioned in my last newsletter, I spent a few hours last weekend working on a gift for some friends (I’ll do a blog post about how I did it once they get the pressie). I ended up with … Read More

Beginning and ending threads in cross stitch: loop method & pin stitch
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I was online this week participating in one of my cross stitch Facebook groups, and several people were asking how to anchor their thread. I mentioned that I use the loop method to start, and a pin stitch to finish. … Read More

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