Cross stitch fabrics: Aida, evenweave, and linen
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If you’ve ever been to a needlework or craft shop, it can be overwhelming (in a good way) to see all the cross stitch fabrics that are available these days. Cross stitch fabrics come in a wide variety of types, … Read More

Intermediate backstitch techniques: handling long runs
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Sometimes you look at a pattern that has a lot of backstitch and you’re like “ohhh noooo, what did I sign myself up for?” Particularly if the backstitch doesn’t follow the exact colours or outlines of shapes, it can seem … Read More

Cross stitch needles: choosing the best needle for you
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Sometimes it can be confusing when shopping for cross stitch needles, to know which brands to get and which sizes or types. Tapestry needles are the most commonly used in cross stitch, but there are other specialty needles available as … Read More

What needle threader is best for you?
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If you’ve ever struggled to thread needles and wondered if there’s a better way, the good news is there are many options. Whether you use a needle threader, or whether you do it by hand, you don’t have to lose … Read More

Color variations thread: using variegated floss like Coloris
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If you’ve ever been wooed by the various color variations threads like DMC’s new Coloris line on your shopping sprees, you’re not alone. These gorgeous variegated threads can be subtle or striking, and add a lot of beautiful tonality and … Read More

Beading embroidery and cross stitch: how to add bling to your projects
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Beading embroidery and cross stitch projects doesn’t have to be hard, and it can add a wonderful flash of bling to your pieces. This cross stitch tutorial demonstrates the various kinds of needles you can use, how to stitch your … Read More

Beginners cross stitch: the ultimate tutorial [Updated Sept 2019]
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  Have you ever looked at beginners cross stitch projects and didn’t even know where to start? Or have you tried to learn on your own and got hopelessly lost? Well you’re in the right place, grasshopper, help is 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

Blending threads for cross stitch and embroidery
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If you’ve ever attempted a big or complicated cross stitch pattern, it’s likely you’ve had to give blending threads a try. Blended threads are great for adding tonality and shading to patterns. If you’re not sure how to blend two different … Read More

Kreinik metallic threads: metallic floss for cross stitch and embroidery
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If you love the look of metallic threads but sometimes find them hard to work with, then hopefully this video tutorial will help you to “see the light.” I was really fortunate to have been contacted by Kreinik, a family-operated thread … Read More

Cross stitch phone case: create a personalized phone case
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If you’ve ever wanted to create your own cross stitch phone case, this tutorial will help! Personalized phone cases are so popular right now, and what better way to show your personality than with a cross stitch phone case. There … Read More

Cross stitch twice as fast: the sewing method
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If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a way to cross stitch faster than you already are, the good news is that there is! Cross stitch is not a race, everyone stitches at different speeds and the point is to enjoy … Read More

Cross stitch gridding with fishing line
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If you’ve ever seen a picture of what looks like thread running in a grid on a cross stitch project, it’s likely that the stitcher did their gridding with fishing line or something similar. Using fishing line is great as it won’t … Read More

What to do when your stitching mojo hides
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  Have you ever had those days (or weeks) when your stitching mojo decides to play hide and seek on you? Your stitchy bug is gone, and it seems like such hard work to get any progress done on your … 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

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