Embroidery stitches: French knots and Colonial knots
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It’s incredible to think that something as simple as French knots or Colonial knots can create fear, but this tutorial will help you enjoy them. In many of the cross stitch Facebook groups I belong to, so many people struggle … Read More

Embroidery stitches: blackwork
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Blackwork is one of the oldest embroidery stitches in the world, and also one of the most beautiful. In this video tutorial, you’ll learn a few basic blackwork patterns and see how easy it can be! There’s even a free … Read More

Cross stitch finishing techniques: the slip stitch (blind stitch)
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Making a functional object out of a cross stitch project isn’t hard, you just need to know some simple finishing techniques. It always surprises me when I see cross stitch or embroidery patterns that don’t include finishing instructions (particularly when … Read More

Fractional stitches for cross stitch
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Fractional stitches are something that can be quite intimidating if you’ve never done them before, but they don’t have to be. Fractional stitches (quarter, half, and three-quarter stitches) are used to create more detail in a specific area of a … Read More

How to cross stitch linen: the pin stitch
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Learning how to cross stitch linen or evenweave doesn’t need to be intimidating, and this tutorial will teach you how to start your threads with a pin stitch that’s perfect for linen. Recently I started learning how to cross stitch … Read More

Metallic thread for cross stitch and embroidery
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Metallic thread can really add a lot of pizzazz and sparkle to a project (and if you’re a magpie like me you love anything sparkly and blingy). The pattern I’m working on in the video below is the first time … Read More

How to frame cross stitch and embroidery
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Framing a cross stitch project can seem daunting, but in this post I’ll be showing you how you can save yourself money and time by learning to stretch and frame cross stitch projects yourself. In the past few days, I … Read More

Top 10 Cross Stitch Tips
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Want to learn to cross stitch like a pro? Have a look at this list and see if you know all these cross stitch tips and tricks that experienced stitchers live by! You’ll not only end up with a nicer finished … Read More

Cross stitch pattern design for beginners
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Why do cross stitch pattern design?   It can be daunting to try and design a cross stitch pattern for the first time, especially if you’ve seen how complicated some patterns are. A cross stitch pattern chart is usually made … Read More

Kokeshi doll digital drawing – using ArtRage
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What’s a Kokeshi Doll?   A kokeshi doll is a lovely traditional Japanese doll, and originally they were made of wood. They’re so simple but so pretty, and for some reason I’ve been really fascinated by them recently. I used … Read More

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