Why Instagram might be hurting your art business
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As an artist and designer, for over seven years I have been working on developing my designs, and sharing my work with people who will enjoy it and want to bring it into their homes (whether that’s via stitching patterns … Read More

Book Review: Bead Embroidery Stitches and Techniques by Hazel Blomkamp
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This book review is about Hazel Blompkamp’s newest book (and an online flip book) “Bead Embroidery Stitches and Techniques for Surface Embroidery and Crazy Patchwork.” It’s 180 pages, and covers information about various types of beads, materials, forty bead embroidery … Read More

Book Review: Bitten By Witch Fever by Lucinda Hawksley
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“Bitten by Witch Fever” by Lucinda Hawksley, published by Thames & Hudson (in association with the National Archives) is an absolutely stunning and fascinating book about the history of arsenic used in fabrics and home decor items like wallpaper in … Read More

Domestika Online Art Classes Review
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If you’ve ever seen ads for Domestika classes, whether they be for art, graphic design, crafting, etc, you may have wondered what they’re like. Or maybe you were looking at the page on my site with Domestika classes I’ve taken, … Read More

Book Review: Colour Confidence in Embroidery by Trish Burr
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Colour Confidence in Embroidery by Trish Burr is a lovely book that will help you learn how to use colour effectively in embroidery, such as by using contrast, light, and shadow. And, it will inspire you as well, it’s just … Read More

Book Review: Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery
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This book review of the RSN (Royal School of Needlework) Book of Embroidery compendium, published by Search Press, will give you a good idea of the quality and content of the book, as we all know that buying books sight … Read More

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

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