Starting cross stitch patterns: find the centre of your pattern
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  Ever wondered what the best way of starting cross stitch patterns is, or how to find the centre of your cross stitch pattern? This short video will give you tips and show you how to find the centre of … Read More

How to frame cross stitch in an embroidery hoop
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Have you ever wanted to frame cross stitch in an embroidery hoop, rather than a traditional frame? It’s becoming really popular recently, and it’s actually easier than you think to do yourself. The video below will take you step by … Read More

Washing cross stitch and embroidery
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Washing cross stitch and embroidery projects is sometimes seen as a difficult, or unnecessary task at the end of a stitching project. So why should you wash your projects? Washing cross stitch removes the oils that have accumulated in the … Read More

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

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

Double Running Stitch – Reversible Stitching
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  This video tutorial will explain how to do a double running stitch. This stitch is quite handy to know! One is that it is used quite often in blackwork. As I’ve discussed in a few previous posts, I’ve taken … 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

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