What’s the big deal about copyright?
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If you’ve been in any online forum or group for long enough, at some point the dreaded “c” word will come up — copyright. It’s an issue that affects both designers and stitchers, as well as the stitching industry at … Read More

Cross stitch alphabets: how to make a custom cross stitch pattern
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Have you ever found a great cross stitch pattern with text on it, but you’d love to change one word to make it more customized? Or maybe you want to make your own cheeky stitched expressions? Using cross stitch alphabets … Read More

Why you shouldn’t worry about the back of cross stitch
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Do you have friends who look at the back of cross stitch projects you do and say, “The back is supposed to be as neat as the front you know”? I’m sure every cross stitcher has had that happen to … 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: 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

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

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

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

Experimenting with hardanger
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Despite the silly amounts of projects I have on the go or in the design phase right now (as I discussed in my last blog post), I decided to do a bit of mini experimentation with a hardanger kit. I … Read More

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