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

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

Manbroiderers – Men who Stitch
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“Manbroiderers”, or men who stitch, are thankfully becoming much more common and are coming out of the woodwork. One thing I’ve been noticing recently is the number of men who are watching my YouTube cross stitch tutorials and subscribing to … Read More

Backstitch video tutorial
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  In this video, I demonstrate how to do backstitch, which is such a handy stitch to know. This stitch is pretty common in many cross stitch patterns and can be used in many ways and different types of embroidery. … Read More

Tips before starting a stitching project
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As a follow up to my last video about bobbin winding, this video goes through a few tips that might make starting a new stitching project easier. Of course this information is more geared towards those who are beginner stitchers, … Read More

Organizing your embroidery floss
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  One thing I have noticed recently in some of the Facebook cross stitch groups that I belong to is that there are many different ways to organize your embroidery floss. Many people struggle with this, particularly if you’re doing … Read More

DMC color chart project
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  Recently, I was doing some designing of sample cross stitch patterns and I was trying to figure out how exact my DMC color chart for floss compared to the colors I was seeing on my computer screen. In case … Read More

Cross stitch video: mini pin stitch
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I love it when my readers and viewers write to me and ask me questions. Maybe there’s something that they needed a little extra explanation on, or they’ve come across a situation that I didn’t address in a video. In … Read More

Hardanger experiment complete
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It’s amazing, despite everything that’s been going on recently, I actually managed to finish a project. I bought a little hardanger kit in Belgium a few months back, and started working on it a week or so ago (I posted … Read More

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