Recommendations and Reviews
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Over the years I’ve been asked many times what are my recommended stitching books and materials, as well as what art materials I use, technology, etc. I thought it’d be good to do a post about where to find my … Read More

Embracing change: A new direction for Peacock & Fig
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Recently, I did a survey of my email list, and through the responses I got I saw some themes emerging. So, it seems like “story time” has arrived  — this is going to be a long post but it’s very … Read More

Watercolour and Stitched Greeting Card
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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, learn how to combine art materials and stitching to create really pretty custom greeting cards, ornaments, postcards, etc. with this short bonus tutorial for my Skillshare class, Watercolour and Stitching: Create Your Own Paper … 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: 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 “,” and it’s written by … 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

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