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: 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 “,” and it’s written by … 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

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

Top ten stitching tools: what a professional designer uses
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It can be so tricky when you first start stitching — there are so many options for materials and supplies, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not know what might work best for you. Of course, any stitcher would tell … Read More

Top ten reasons sarcasm and swearing are good for you
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You’ve likely seen the rise in sarcastic and sweary memes, t-shirts, mugs, and even stitching patterns in the past few years. Although many disagree with swearing for personal or religious reasons, there is an upsurgence in people feeling freer to … Read More

Hand Embroidery Fundamentals: Stitch Your Own Floral Monogram Hoop
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I love helping people learn to stitch, it’s such a relaxing hobby, and playing with lots of gorgeous embroidery floss colours and fabrics is just so much fun. Recently I’ve had a lot of people asking how to complete a … Read More

Sassy or sweet? Top 10 Valentine’s Day stitching patterns
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Are you someone who adores Valentine’s Day? The chocolates, the pink fluffy hearts decorating all the shops, do they make you swoon and look forward to showering your loved ones with affection and special surprises? Or are you someone who’s … Read More

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