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A Fond Farewell...

Wednesday January 16, 2013
The time has come for me to say goodbye to all of my wonderful stitching friends here on the About.com Embroidery blog.

While I have truly enjoyed being both Embroidery and former Needlepoint Guide and will miss you all, it's time for this ol' gal to make a change.

Thank you all for the opprtunity to share the love embroidery with you. I hope you will continue to enjoy the embroidery stitch diagrams, free patterns and other useful embroidery articles and information that has been posted to this site, as you learn more about embroidery and try new techniques.

Wishing you all the best!

New Idea for the New Year

Monday January 14, 2013

Check out this awesome (or do I dare say, novel...) idea that Dallas blogger Meredith featured on her One Sheepish Girl blog.

This talented knitter and crocheter is also an avid embroidery fan, and she's found a fun way to journal, doodle and try out different hand embroidery stitches all at the same time by creating an embroidery journal.

But this isn't your average journal. Instead of using embroidery fabric, Meredith has stitched her thoughts directly onto the pages of her paper journal.

I love this idea!

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Video - Tambour Artistry

Monday January 7, 2013

I found a video article (in French) today that makes me want to get out my tambour hook and hoop/frame and give it another try. My first attempts were less than encouraging, but this guy's artistry is inspirational and amazing!

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Fabrics for Embroidery

Friday January 4, 2013

This week my mailbox and email inbox has been besieged by catalogs for the annual January White Sales.

Not that I'm complaining, mind you. It's because one of my favorite things to stitch - sheets and pillowcases - are on sale and now's the time to stock up on this alternative form of embroidery fabric.

Looks like some new, customized bedding is on the horizon for my guest room...

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Looking Ahead to Valentine's Day

Thursday December 27, 2012

Work the Be Mine Valentine sampler using pretty shades of pink and green DMC embroidery floss, accented with beads and a silver charm.

This counted thread project is worked using a variety of hand embroidery stitches and can be finished in just a day or two. Make one for your sweetheart, or make several as heartfelt gifts for family or friends.

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Stitch of the Week - Diagonal Laid Filling

Thursday December 20, 2012

The diagonal laid filling stitch is a composite stitch, used to fill areas in counted thread, crewel and other hand embroidery projects.

To work the stitch, a ground of diagonal, intersection threads is laid on the fabric. These threads are tacked in place by a small upright cross stitch at alternating (or at all) intersections.

When the diagonal laid filling is worked as a counted stitch (shown here), the spacing is precise and even, but it can also be worked as a surface stitch by pre-marking the fabric, or freestyle, giving it an uneven, organic look.

This, and it's companion - the square laid filling can be found in the alphabetical embroidery stitches list.

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New Items for the Embroiderers' Bookshelf

Tuesday December 18, 2012

Two new book reviews have been posted to the Embroiderers' Bookself section.

Brand new and hot off the press is Embroidery Basics: A NeedleKnowledge Book includes a wide variety of embroidery techniques geared to the beginning stitcher.

Learn the basics of surface and freestyle embroidery, counted thread and drawn thread techniques, redwork and more while stitching the 17 projects featuring full-size diagrams and complete instructions. Choose from tablet covers and samplers, purses and ornaments, kitchen linens and more.

Advanced stitchers will enjoy the Beginner's Guide to Drawn Thread Embroidery featuring four projects you can make from start to finish with several designs shown in more than one colorway. Each project combines traditional counted embroidery techniques with contemporary embroidery threads and fibers, colors and decorative embellishments worked on evenweave fabric.

While Drawn Thread Embroidery has been out for several years, it's a great addition to any stitcher's library.

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Using Braid for Embroidered Jewelry

Monday December 17, 2012

Soutache braid, a flat, braided cable-type galloon thread used for making passementerie, is making a comeback among embroidery enthusiasts, and can be used to make beautiful embroidered jewelry and accessories. The brooch shown above has been featured on the Older Rose site run by fiber artist Gerry Krueger, and uses soutache embroidery, pearls and crystals to delicately frame a beautiful hand-painted, vintage button.

Additional embroidered jewelry samples and a link to an excellent tutorial for using this fiber for embroidered jewelry can also be found on the site.

If you don't have access to soutache braid, or prefer a wired thread that can hold its shape as you create your jewelry, DMC's Memory Thread is a terrific option, is available in 28 colors and is one of my favorites!

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Stitch of the Week - Lazy Daisy

Wednesday December 12, 2012

The lazy daisy stitch is a member of the chain stitch family, and is made by working a group of detached chain stitch (aka: single chain stitch) around a center point, creating a flower-shaped group of stitches.

Any number of detached chain stitches can be used, and depends entirely on the number of petals needed for the flower.

In the sample shown here, the detached chain stitch petals are worked around a large center area filled with French knots.

This, and other types of chain stitches as well as knots and other surface or counted thread embroidery stitches can be found in the alphabetical embroidery stitches list.

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Sneak Peek - What's in My Hoop

Monday December 10, 2012

It may be the holiday season, but I'm thinking ahead, creating new hand embroidery projects for everyone to stitch in the new year.

Currently in my hoop is this Be Mine, Valentine project. It's a counted thread sampler utilizing almost a dozen stitches featured this past year in the Stitch of the Week feature here on the blog. The simple design is accented with seed beads and charms.

Some of the stitches used in the design include a beaded version of the double feather, the counted straight stitch, long armed cross and more!

The pattern and directions for working the project will be posted later this month, so you'll have plenty of time to print and stitch the design for Valentine's Day.

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