The pros and cons of buying cross stitch and hand embroidery kits
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In this short video tutorial I’m going to go over the pros and cons to buying stitching kits, as recently I’ve been asked quite a few times about purchasing kits. You’ll see that there are advantages and disadvantages, no matter … Read More

Book Review: Crewel Intentions by Hazel Blomkamp
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As you can well imagine, I have quite the collection of stitchy and art books, so I thought it’d be helpful if I did a book review of some of my favourites. This review covers “Crewel Intentions: Fresh Ideas for … Read More

Get creative with Domestika
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Learning a new hobby or skill has never been easier with the growth of the internet. If you’re anything like me, what was once hard to learn as you had to try and find books or local instructors is now … Read More

Pride flag: learn satin stitch & backstitch
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Get your Pride on and learn how to stitch up this fun little Pride Flag! In this tutorial you’ll learn how to use backstitch and satin stitch to create this project, and of course once you learn the basics you … Read More

Create your own dandelion hand embroidery project
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Have you ever wondered how to go about making your own hand embroidery project, completely from scratch? In this simple tutorial, I’ll show you how to use three stitches (split stitch, backstitch, and straight stitch) to make a cute little … Read More

Vote: free hand embroidery pattern and tutorial
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To help get you in the mood to go exercise your civic duty (and to encourage your friends and family as well), I’ve created a free Vote hand embroidery pattern and tutorial for you! This is completely free to download, … Read More

Fabric size calculation: how much fabric you need for cross stitch
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This tutorial shows you how to do the calculations to figure out how much fabric you need for your cross stitch projects. Have no fear, I walk you through the few simple steps, all you’ll need is a pen, a … Read More

DMC Diamant Metallic Thread Review
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If you’ve ever wanted to try the DMC Diamant metallic needlework thread, then this review should help you out! Discussing both DMC Diamant and the new DMC Diamant Grande, learn about the differences between these threads and DMC Light Effects, … Read More

Squat and squashed stitches – what are they?
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For many stitchers, they are happily stitching along and then all of a sudden, they run into a weird symbol on their chart, like the stitches have gotten squashed vertically or horizontally. After running to grab their reading glasses, they … Read More

Japan Threads for cross stitch and embroidery
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If you’ve ever loved the look of goldwork but didn’t know where to start, then you’ll love learning about Japan Threads and how they’re used in cross stitch and embroidery. Learn what they are, how to use them, and how … Read More

Stitching over one on linen and evenweave
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If you’ve ever wondered whether you’re defective because you can’t quite figure out why your stitches keep popping out or sliding when you try and stitch over one on linen and evenweave, don’t fear grasshopper. This tutorial will show you … Read More

Top ten stitching tools: what a professional designer uses
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It can be so tricky when you first start stitching — there are so many options for materials and supplies, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not know what might work best for you. Of course, any stitcher would tell … Read More

Stitching over one versus over two
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I’m sure if you’ve been around any cross stitch community for a while, you would have heard the terms “over one” and “over two.” In case you have no clue what these mean (or you’re not sure when you should … Read More

Top ten reasons sarcasm and swearing are good for you
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You’ve likely seen the rise in sarcastic and sweary memes, t-shirts, mugs, and even stitching patterns in the past few years. Although many disagree with swearing for personal or religious reasons, there is an upsurgence in people feeling freer to … Read More

Hand Embroidery Fundamentals: Stitch Your Own Floral Monogram Hoop
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I love helping people learn to stitch, it’s such a relaxing hobby, and playing with lots of gorgeous embroidery floss colours and fabrics is just so much fun. Recently I’ve had a lot of people asking how to complete a … Read More

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