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Sashiko Pattern 2
Sashiko is a form of Japanese hand embroidery using the running stitch to create a patterned background. The Japanese word Sashiko means
Sashiko Pattern 12
Sashiko is a form of Japanese folk embroidery using a form of the running stitch to create a patterned
20 Common Embroidery Mistakes
Every hobby has its learning curve, and embroidery is no exception. By reviewing these 20 Common Embroidery Mistakes, you'll be a step ahead by knowing what to avoid before starting an embroidery project.
Every Embroidery Stitch You'll Ever Need
Here you will find a list of stitches for surface embroidery. These are the basic stitches that every beginner to embroidery should learn, as well as variations of well-known embroidery stitches.
Surface Embroidered Daisy Wreath
Hand embroider this pretty Spring Daisy Wreath using seven of the most common surface embroidery stitches: chain Stitch, French knots, fly stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, star stitch and single chain stitch.
Press the Edges
Finishing a project in an embroidery hoop is a great way to display a round design. The material can also be easily removed to clean, or replaced with another embroidery design.
The Beginner's Guide to Sashiko Japanese...
Find Sashiko patterns and learn more about this elegant form of Japanese folk embroidery.
9 Essential Embroidery Color Conversion Charts
If you prefer a different brand of thread rather than the one recommended in a project, conversion charts will help you find the corresponding color numbers from other manufacturers. Scroll down for a list of the most common thread conversion options.
E is for Eggs
Use basic hand embroidery stitches to create a Redwork Alphabet using surface embroidery stitches with this free pattern series. Each letter in the allphabet fits a 5-inch square. This section includes the General Directions and letters A thorugh G.
How to Make an Away Knot - Step 3
Learn to make an Away Knot, one of the basic, temporary starting knots for embroidery.
Making a Waste Knot - Step 3
Learn to make a Waste not, a temporary starting knot used to secure the thread to start stitching embroidery.
Remove the Basting and the Paper Pattern
The tracing paper transfer method of marking an embroidery design on fabric uses tissue or tracing paper, and is a great way to transfer a design to fabric without actually marking the fabric. This makes this technique well-suited for use on delicate or non-washable fabrics such as silk, fine wool, leather, angora or dry-clean only fabrics, as well as gauzy fabrics or netting.
Embroidery Threads
Threads for embroidery are available in a wide range of fibers, colors, types and weights. Your choice of threads will depend on the type of fabric used, the fabric thread count, and the type of embroidery you are stitching. There are few hard-fast rules when it comes to selecting embroidery thread - use the type or weight that is best-suited to your project or fabric - experimentation is often the best indicator of whether or not a thread give you the desired look.
Five Methods for Marking an Embroidery Pattern...
There are several different ways of transferring or marking an embroidery design to fabric, and each person has their favorite. The choice of techniques can also often depend on the weight or color of fabric being used
Eiffel Tower - Springtime in Paris Pattern
Embroider the Eiffel Tower in your favorite hand embroidery stitches. The free Springtime in Paris pattern can be worked in a solid color or multiple colors of surface embroidery, and would look terrific worked on kitchen towels, a pillow or an apron front.
Working the Stem Stitch as a Filling
How to work the stem stitch and variations of the stem stitch. This common embroidery stitch is used in surface embroidery as well as many other embroidery types.
Working the Chain Stitch as a Filling
The chain stitch is a looped stitch that is worked individually, or along a curved or straight line. There are many variations of this stitch, and here you will learn to work the basic chain stitch.
Completing a Colonial Knot
Candlewick embroidery is a type of whitework. Large knots are embroidered in heavy thread on cotton or linen fabrics usign the Colonial Knot stitch on a pre-marked design.
10 Useful Embroidery Blogs That You Should Follow
Here's my pick of the top ten most popular or useful embroidery and needlework blog. Each of these sites features talented designers, tips and techniques.
Lavender Hour Embroidered Napkin Pattern
Embroider a set of napkin with a lavender motif in hand embroidery. I've used variegated floss in this simple design, which uses just two basic surface embroidery stitches.
How Do I Start and End a Thread?
Projects shouold be knot-free whenever possible. Here's how to avoid knots in your project.
How to Work the Scroll Stitch
Learn to work the Scroll Stitch. This beautiful surface embroidery stitch is worked by looping the thread under the needle as you stitch, creating a scroll-like effect.
9 Embroidery Projects for Beginners
Here's a list of embroidery patterns that are perect for beginners! These patterns use basic embroidery stitches as they build your skills.
5 Embroidery Fabrics and How You Can Use Them
Fabrics for embroidery are available in different thread counts and are available in cotton, linen and blends. Tightly woven fabrics are best for surface embroidery, while loosely woven fabrics are ideal for counted thread, pulled thread and drawn thread techniques.
Sampler Patterns
Samplers are hand embroidery or cross stitch patterns featuring a variety of stitches or motifs, borders letters of the alphabet in a wide variety of subjects. This list gives you links to all of the free sampler patterns on this site.
How to Work the Back Stitch
The back stitch is a basic embroidery stitch used to produce a thin line of stitching, or to outline shapes that will be filled with satin stitch.
Additional Information
Use basic hand embroidery stitches to create a Redwork Alphabet using in surface embroidery with this free pattern series. Each letter in the alphabet fits a 5-inch square. This section includes the letters H thorugh N.
Sashiko Embroidery
Sashiko is a form of Japanese folk embroidery which uses a basic running stitch to create an intricate patterned background.
More Variations on the Feather Stitch
The feather stitch and its variations are used in surface embroidery to create airy lines of stitching along curves or straight lines. It can be marked on the fabric or worked as a counted stitch.
Materials Needed
Learn to stitch on paper. Use this easy technique to stitch embroidery designs on heavy paper or cardstock to add embroidered accents to cards, gift tags and scrapbook pages.
Redwork Embroidery Patterns
Here you'll find a list of patterns worked in Redwork, or are suitable for Redwork embroidery.
Paisley Heart 3
Work this 3-piece set of free hand embroidery patterns for Valentine's Day. Each design features a different paisley motif that can be worked in redwork embroidery, or stitch it in your favorite color combination using basic surface embroidery stitches. The designs can be finished as ornaments or framed and make the perfect Valentine for a special friend.
How to Make a French Knot
The French knot is one of several knotted stitches used in embroidery. It can be worked individually, in groups as a filling, or along a line or path. Learn to make the basic form of this stitch.
The Round Ornament
Hand embroider this duo of Christmas ornaments using basic surface embroidery stitches. This set features a round and an oval ornament.
Teaching Kids to Embroider
Teaching kids to embroider is fun and easy, and you'll be helping them learn skills and embroidery basics that will last a lifetime! Use these Top Ten Tips when planning to teach embroidery to children.
Working the Lazy Daisy Stitch
The Lazy Daisy isn't a stitch per se, but instead is the term used for a group of single, detached chain stitches worked in the shape of a flower. You can have any number of petals in a single flower.
Redwork Embroidery
Redwork encompasses any type of embroidery worked in red thread on white or natural-colored fabric. It is most common in surface embroidery and cross stitch. Redwork has been commonly used in folk embroidery since the advent of stable dyes.
Place the Hoops Together
The embroiery hoop is an essential part of any stitcher's work basket. It holds the fabric taunt to ensure well-formed embroidery stitches. Here's how to use an embroidery hoop.
Color the Design
Stitch this sampler pattern for the Back-To-School Season using basic hand embroidery stitches. After the stitching has been conpleted, enhance the Schoolhouse Sampler project with colored pencils.
Secure the Thread Bundles
A self-fringe makes a pretty finish on evenweave embroidery fabric. It’s easy to make using a basic hem stitch commonly used in drawn thread embroidery.
Materials for the Embroidered Christmas Tree
Work this free Christmas hand embroidery pattern in basic surface embroidery stitches including detached chain (similar to lazy daisy), satin stitch and a basic eyelet stitch or Algerian eye. The design was inspired by a piece of vintage jewelry and works up quickly.
Redwork Chicken Weathervane Embroidery Pattern
Stitch a French rooster or Chanticleer in traditional redwork hand embroidery, using basic surface embroidery stitches with this free pattern.
Preparing a Design for Transferring
Learn how to properly prepare a pattern for transferring, and how to successfully transfer and use an iron-on embroidery design.
Working the Running Stitch
The running stitch is a basic stitch, and is usually the first stitch learned by the beginner embroidery enthusiast or sewer.
Surface Embroidery
Surface embroidery refers to any embroidery stitch that is worked on the surface of the cloth.
Stem Stitch Butterfly Pattern
Stitch a simple butterfly using basic surface embroidery stitches including the stem stitch and the stem stitch filling. Other stitches used in this free hand emboirdery pattern include French knots and single chain stitches.
FREE Floral Embroidery Patterns
Embroidery designs featuring flowers and floral patterns.
Lovebirds in Bluework
Stitch the Lovebirds hand embroidery pattern in two basic surface embroidery stitches: outline stitch and French knots. Worked in bluework, this free pattern can also be easily changed to redwork by changing the color of the floss used in the project.
The Groom's Tuxedo Embroidery Pattern
This set of five wedding and bridal embroidery patterns can be embroidered in your favorite surface embroidery stitches. Select from the bridal gown, groom's tuxedo, champagne toast with glasses on a heart, doves with a heart helping the couple tie the knot or a 3-tiered wedding cake.
Directions for Working the Blanket Stitch
The blanket stitch can be used to create an edging, used as a surface embroidery stitch, or to applique elements in place on an embroidery project.
Satin Stitch - Long & Short
The Long & Short Stitch is used to fill large areas, and is similar to satin stitch. It can be worked in a single color or subtle shading can be achieved using multiple shades or a single color, or multiple colors.
How to Make a Colonial Knot
The colonial knot is one of several knotted stitches used in embroidery and is commonly used in Candlewicking embroidery. It can be worked individually, in groups as a filling, or along a line or path.
Needles for Embroidery
Different fabrics and types of embroidery require different needles, and these needles come in a range of sizes. Choose the needle that best suits your project.
I'm getting ready to stitch my first Redwork...
Tips for working Redwork Embroidery for beginners
Prancing Deer Pattern
This free hand embroidery pattern featuring a prancing deer can be worked in nearly any technique! In these three samples, I've worked the same deer pattern in surface embroidery, crewel stitches, and basic pulled thread stitches.
Working the Feathered Chain Stitch
The Feathered Chain Stitch is a decorative hand embroidery stitch that utilizes chain stitches arranged on a zig-zag as if working the feather stitch. This highly textured surface embroidery stitch can be used in bands and rows.
Conversion Chart
If you prefer a different brand of thread rather than the one recommended in a project, conversion charts will help you find the corresponding color numbers from other manufacturers.
Inspirations Magazine: The World's Most...
Inspirations is known as the. Embroidery.
Directions for Working the Herringbone Stitch
The Herringbone Stitch is used in surface embroidery to make a wide band of stitches, and has several different variations.
Smiling Hello - The Reverse Side
Work this simple hand embroidery project featuring a smiling face bidding you a friendly hello, using basic surface embroidery stitches and iron-on transfer pencils.
Alternate Method for Working the Bosnian Stitch
The Bosnian stitch can be used in a surface embroidery, freestyle or counted thread embroidery project where a zigzag line is needed. There are several different ways the stitch can be worked, and two variations are given here.
Separating Strands of Embroidery Floss
Many of the threads used in hand embroidery can be separated. Learn how to separate embroidery floss or other stranded threads without tangling.
Crewel is a type of decortive surface embroidery featuring plants, animals and sometimes people, arranged in a fanciful, flowing design or repeating pattern. Usually worked in wool embroidery threads on a linen ground, this type of embroidery is worked in a variety of surface embroidery stitches, but is also commonly found worked solely in chain stitch.
Embroidery Floss
Embroidery floss is a mercerized cotton embroidery thread composed of 6 threads which can be separated. Each strand of thread has 2-plies, but can not be separated any further.
Pattern for Joseph
Stitch along with us as we make a soft, colored Nativity Set (creche) for Christmas. This section contains the patterns for Mary, Baby Jesus and Joseph, as well as a grouping of the Holy Family you can work in embroidery stitches and enhance with color.
Gingerbread Dreams Set 3 - Snowflake Wreath
The Gingerbread Dreams pattern features delicate frosting-like patterns you can work on tan or light brown embroidery fabric, giving them the look of freshly baked goodies. Or, work the designs on a red or blue background for Holiday drama. Choose from four ornament patterns, two borders, a dramatic wreath and small spot motifs that you can use to adorn a variety of Holiday projects from linens and tree ornaments to stockings and tabletop accessories.
Warp and Weft
Warp and weft refers to the vertical and horizontal threads in a loomed or woven fabric.
Tambour Hook
A tambour tool is used for bead embroidery as well as decorative chain stitch embroidery called tambour work. It has a small, bent tip similar to a crochet hook or rug hooking tool that catches the thread on the back side of the fabric, pulling it to the front side to create loops or attach beads
Whitework Embroidery
Whitework is any type of embroidery worked in white thread on a white fabric ground. White-on-white embroidery is beautiful, elegant and can be worked in a variety of techniques, including surface embroidery, hardanger & hedebo, pulled or drawn thread, schwalm, reticella, mountmellick, cutwork & richelieu, and more. The sites listed below feature free patterns, or useful tips and tutorials for whitework embroidery.
Ethnic Embroidery Patterns
This list features free embroidery patterns based on traditional ethnic embroidery designs from around the world.
Are Washable Fabric Markers Safe to Use?
Are washable or disappearing ink fabric markers safe to use? The answer depends on several factors. Learn more about using washable fabric marking pens in your embroidery projects.
Inchies Patterns 4 through 6
Inchies are 1-inch square designs worked in a variety of surface embroidery stitches. Six different designs are featured in this free pattern set and can be hand embroidered using your favorite surface embroidery stitches. This set is perfect for spring stitching.
Cable Stitch
The cable stitch is an embroidery stitch worked similarly to back stitch, with the exception of the stitches stacked one above the other in a staggering pattern that resembles a cable. It can be worked along a straight or cruved line on evenweave or plainweave fabric.
Blackwork Embroidery
Blackwork is a style of counted thread embroidery thought to have originated in Spain. It is traditionally worked in black thread on white evenweave fabric.
Fall Acorn Medallion Stitch Key
This free hand embroidery pattern features a Fall Acorn Medallion worked in basic surface embroidery stitches including stem stitch, chain stitch, chain stitch filling, herringbone stitch, single chain stitches and a simple laid filling.
Edge Finishes for Embroidery Fabrics
Using a temporary edge finish on your embroidery fabric helps prevent fraying as you stitch. These are the methods most often used for embroidery fabrics of all types.
Working the Detached Single Chain Stitch
The chain stitch is a looped stitch that is worked individually, or along a curved or straight line. There are many variations of this stitch. Here you will learn to work the single chain stitch.
FREE embroidery patterns for Autumn stitching.
FREE embroidery patterns for Autumn stitching.
Workbasket Essentials
These are some of the embroidery notions you will need to have in your work basket. You may already have many of them on-hand.
Using a Needle Threader
Using a wire threader makes threading the eye of an embroidery needle easy. This tutorial will show you just how simple it is to thread your embroidery floss or other needlework thread through your needle without using the lick 'em and stick 'em approach.
Choosing an Embroidery Hoop
Embroidery hoops are indispensible tools for working embroidery. They come in a wide range of sizes, colors, styles and materials, and every stitcher has their own favorite brand. Learn how to select the right hoop for your project.
Satin Stitch - Basic
Basic, flat satin stitch is an easy filling stitch that can be used to fill smaller areas that are not to be padded or raised, and has also been called the flat satin stitch.
Working the Fly Stitch
The Fly Stitch is a basic surface embroidery stitch that can be worked singly, as a scattered filling, or in rows.
Wedding and Bridal Projects and Patterns
Looking for a special handmade gift idea for the bride and groom? Check out this list of bridal and wedding projects and bridal related crafts, wedding favors, gift and keepsake ideas and more using a wide range of crafts and hobby techniques. You'll find free patterns for embroidery, crochet, needlepoint, crafting and more.
Laid Filling Stitch - Diagonal
Learn to work two versions of a basic laid filling stitch - the square laid filling and the diagonal laid filling. These stitches can be used to create a light, airy filling for a flower or leave in surface embroidery or crewel embroidery.
Vintage, Antique and Historical Embroidery...
This list features sites offering vintage, antique or historical embroidery patterns and booklets. Many of them are free.
Surface Alphabet Patterns - Part 1
This vintage-style pattern for a hand embroidered alphabet with optional flowers is worked using easy surface embroidery stitches and no-count cross stitch. Use all the letters together as a sampler, or embroider them individually create monograms or personalized projects.
Needle Minders and Needle Keepers
A needle minder is a handy tool to keep in your workbasket. Attach it to your fabric to keep your pre-threaded needles safe and on-hand while you stitch.
Crewel Bird Detail
Based on a piece of vintage needlework, you can work this Crewel Bird on a Branch pattern in traditional colors of wool, or your favorite embroidery floss. A full-size pattern and images of the original coverlet are provided.
Easter Egg 4-Piece Embroidery Pattern Set
Stitch a set of four brightly-colored embroidered Easter eggs using this free hand embroidery pattern. The set is worked in basic surface embroidery stitches and can be finished as ornaments or embroidered onto a table runner or napkins.
Thistle Embroidery Pattern - Stitch Key
This free hand embroidery pattern features a thistle flower - the symbol of Scotland - and is worked in basic surface embroidery stitches including stem stitch, detached chain stitch, French knots, satin stitch and a simple laid filling.
Materials Needed for Each Figure
Stitch along with us as we make a soft, colored creche for Christmas. This Nativity Set is embroidered on plainweave fabric using a variety of embroidery stitches. After removing the embroidery pattern markings, the pieces are filled with color using PrismaColor Artists' Pencils. The pattern is given in sections, starting with the Holy Family. Other Nativity characters will be featured in the subsequent parts and will include the Three Kings/Wise Men, Angels, Shepherds and Barnyard Animals.
Toweling for Embroidery
Embroidering on towels or yardage toweling is a fun, easy way to decorate a kitchen or bathroom. There are different ypes of toweling for embroidery available, including these ready-made and yardage items.
Suzani Pattern to Stitch
Stitch a free Suzani pattern using a traditional motif in hand embroidery stitches. The Uzbek women of Uzbekistan and the Khojand Province of Tajikistan in central Asia are known for their beautiful embroidered Suzani panels, worked in silk threads on a heavy cotton or silk/cotton blend fabric background using basic surface embroidery stitches.
Does Embroidery Thread Have a Nap?
: Does Embroidery Thread Have a Nap? A friend mentioned stitching in the direction of the nap. Do all
Working the Shamrock Pattern
Work this Shamrock hand embroidery pattern using a single color of variegated or overdyed embroidery thread using basic surface embroidery stitches. The pattern can be enlarged or reduced to fit any size of square frame. Accent the finished embroidery design using glass seed beads.
Cross Stitch
: Cross Stitch is a composite stitch consisting of two diagonally-worked stitches that form an "x" on
Laid Stitches
Laid embroidery stitches are composite stitches - consisting or more than one stitch - used to fill an area in an embroidery design.
Beginner's Guide to Drawn Thread Embroidery by...
Beginner's Guide to Drawn Thread Embroidery - Review of Beginner's Guide to Drawn Thread Embroidery by Patricia Bage
Stitch an Autumn Apple in Hand Embroidery
Stitch an Autumn Apple using basic hand embroidery stitches. The pattern can be used to embellish kitchen towels and aprons, totes and other ready-made items, or use the pattern to make a pretty pin cushion for your workroom by stitching the design on wool felt.
Embroidery and Needlework Shops
Visiting your local needlework store, or LNS, is a great way to catch up on what's new in embroidery, get tips on technique, or purchase supplies. This list contains independent needlework and embroidery shops across the United States and around the world that are definitely worth a visit. If you don't see your favorite LNS on this list, let me know and the information will be added.
USA - Central
Select this list to locate needlework and embroidery shops in states in the Central area of the United States. This list includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Alabama and Georgia, as shown on the map.
Drawn Thread Embroidery
: Drawn thread embroidery is a type of counted thread embroidery, characterized by removing or "drawing"
Embroidery Basics: A NeedleKnowledge Book
Guide comments for Embroidery Basics: A NeedleKnowledge Book.
Long-Armed Cross Stitch
The Long-Armed Cross Stitch, sometimes referred to as an elongated cross stitch, can be used in bands and rows, or two outline or frame a section of a design in counted thread embroidery projects. The stitch is worked nearly identically to a standardcross stitch, with the exception that the second leg of the stitch is elongated. When worked in rows, the stitches cross each other and resemble a braid.
How Do I Read a Counted Thread Chart?
Counted thread embroidery is normally worked from a detailed chart, indicating the placement of the embroidery thread over the warp and weft threads in the weave of the supporting embroidery fabric. In this article, you'll learn the basics of how to read a counted thread embroidery chart.
Dolphins in the Sun - Border Pattern
Stitch this free pattern featuring dolphins frolicking in the sun. Two versions are provided; one features a border and the other a medallion. Perfect for stitching on beach house accessories.
Top Textile Preservation Tips
Preserve your heirlooms and new projects for future generations by following these five simple tips.
Free Cross Stitch Patterns
Cross Stitch is a form of embroidery that uses x-shaped stitches to create a design. Here you'll find free cross stitch patterns and helpful stitching tips.
Joining Materials Using the Cretan Stitch
The Open Cretan Stitch is worked similarly to feather stitch using interlocking curved stitches. It can be used to outline shapes, as a border, or to join two pieces of material together using a decorative, open lacy stitch.
Top Ten Tips for Keeping Embroidery Clean and...
Keeping your embroidered items clean and properly stored will ensure a lifetiime of enjoyment. Following these top ten tips will help keep your projects looking their best.
FREE embroidery patterns for Summer stitching.
FREE embroidery patterns for Summer stitching.
Select this list to locate needlework and embroidery shops throughout Canada.
Your work basket should contain a wide variety of scissors, including shears, embroidery scissors and thread cutters.
Crewel Embroidery
Crewel is a type of decortive surface embroidery featuring plants, animals and sometimes people, arranged in a fanciful, flowing design or repeating pattern. Usually worked in wool embroidery threads on a linen ground, this type of embroidery is worked in a variety of surface embroidery stitches, but is also commonly found worked solely in chain stitch.
Top Ten Embroidery Gifts
Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite embroidery enthusiast? Check out my top ten picks for perfect presents and useful stocking stuffers.
Working an Algerian Eye
Learn to work basic eyelet stitches, star stitches and the Algerian eye stitch. These stitches can be worked individually, or in rows and groups.
Water-Soluble Pens and Pencils
Water-soluble pens and pencils are used to transfer a design onto fabric temporarily. The marked lines wash out when the item is laundred or blotted with a damp sponge.
Hardanger Embroidery
Hardanger is a form of embroidery which developed in Hardanger, Norway. It features cutwork and satin stitch arranged intricate, geometric designs.
Stitch Key for the Tag Ornaments
These fun little ornaments are shaped like gift tags and can be stitched using a variety of surface embroidery stitches. You can finish them as ornaments for the tree, or as gift tags - even as holiday name tags. Refer to the stitch key for suggested stitches to use when working this hand embroidery pattern.
FREE Christmas and Holiday Patterns
Here you will find Winter Holiday and Christmas patterns for embroidery, using a wide variety of techniques and stitches including surface embroidery, candlewicking, pulled thread embroidery techniques and more. This list is a work in progress and will be added to regularly.
Fourth of July Patterns
This free set of embroidery pattern features a set of five 4th of July patterns you can print and stitch. Work the designs on ready-made or pre-purchased items, or make your own accessories such as a bags, keepsakes or table linens using your favorite pattern.
What Are Orts?
: What Are Orts? : An ort is a leftover bit of thread, or the last bit of thread before snipping and
What's the Difference Between Stem Stitch and...
Learn the difference between stem stitch and outline stitch.
Sheaf Stitch
The sheaf stitch can be worked singly as a design element, in rows, or in a random pattern as a filling stitch. It gets its name from the how the threads are bundled, resembling a sheaf of wheat.
Largartera Pattern to Stitch
The Spanish province of Toledo in Castilla-La Mancha has a rich embroidery history. Learn about Largartera hand embroidery, and stitch a sample pattern using the free pattern in basic surface embroidery stitches.
How to Work the Double Herringbone Stitch
The Double Herringbone Stitch can be worked in a single color or in two colors, and makes a wide embroidered band.
Materials for the Laurel Wreath with Bird...
Laurel was once given to winners of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece, and still symbolize victory and triumph. Stitch this version of a Laurel Wreath with a pretty little bird in Redwork to honor the Summer Olympic games.
Candlewick Embroidery
Candlewicking is a type of whitework having designs made of groups Colonial knots arranged in intricate patterns.
Crossed Buttonhole Stitch
The Crossed Buttonhole Stitch is a variation of the standard buttonhole stitch, a common surface embroidery or edging stitch. Work the design along a hemmed edge, or to outline a shape or create a decorative band in an embroidery project.
Working the Chinese Cross Stitch
Chinese cross stitch is worked using horizontal and vertical straight stitches in groups of three. It makes a pretty border or edging on a project, and can be worked in a single row, or multiple rows.
Stitch the Front to the Backing
Learn to finish a small project as a basic ornament using this easy-to-follow tutorial.
Partial or 3/4 Cross Stitch
Cross Stitch is commonly worked on Aida fabric by stitching one stitch over each square in the fabric, or counted by working over two threads when using an eve weave fabric. However, cross stitch can also be used as a surface embroidery stitch when working with pre-stamped items or hot iron transfers. Learn to work a cross stitch, a row of cross stitches, or a partial cross stitch.
Straight Stitch
Straight Stitch can be worked on any type of embroidery fabric by working a long, straight stitch individually or in groups forming patterns. Using straight stitches arranged in groups you can makes leaves and flowers or geometric designs. Premark the fabric, or work the stitch freestyle, creating an infinite number of unique patterns.
Temporary Knots Used in Embroidery
Knots should not be used in an embroidery project unless they are part of the design. Here are the basic, temporary knots used in embroidery.
Square Chain Stitch
The Square Chain Stitch is a chunky, open version of a standard chain stitch. This stitch can be used alone as an interesting border or outine stitch, or pass ribbon or other trims under the stitch for a multi-layered effect.
Straight Stitch - Counted
Counted Straight Stitch, also known as the counted satin stitch is worked similarly to a basic satin stitch, but is a counted stitch covering a designated number of threads in the embroidery fabric. By working a straight stitch over counted threads, an infinite number of versatile, patterned stitches, bands and rows can be made in the shape of bars, zig zags, hearts, leaves, flowers or other motifs.
Twisted Chain Stitch
The Twisted Chain Stitch is worked similarly to a standard row of chain stitch, with the exception of the second insertion point of the needle being outside the previous stitch. This motion produces a textured, twisted stitch than can be used along straight lines and curves or to outline shapes.
Embroidery Clubs and Organizations
Joining an embroidery club, guiild or group is a terrific way to make new friends, who share you interest in needlework and embroidery.
Why is Orvus Paste Used to Clean Embroidery?
Why is Orvus Paste used to clean embroidery - isn't it for horses?
Embroidery and Needlework Magazines and...
Embroidery and needlework magazines offer a wealth of inspiration and patterns to try, as well as useful information and tips so you can build your skills.
Feather and Fern Stitches
Feather stitches are comprised of interlocking u-shaped loops of thread. This family of stitches is very simple to work, yet produces elaborate, airy and delicate-looking stitches. The simplest forms of the stitch can be used along straight and curved lines in a project, while the more elaborate and wider varieties are best used as bands and borders. Fern stitches also create airy stitches, but are worked using groups of straight stitches.
Pattern for the Little Red Mini Sampler
Stitch a Red Mini Sampler in cross stitch with back stitch. This pattern for a little red sampler can be framed or finished as ornaments or fobs. The simple pattern works up quickly, and would make a terrific pattern for a set of Christmas ornaments for yourself, or to share with friends.
Paris Stitch
The Paris Stitch is a counted thread embroidery stitch that mimics blanket stitch.
Pulled Thread Embroidery
Pulled thread embroidery is a counted thread technique. Stitches are worked around groups of threads in the base fabric to form gaps, creating lacy, airy fillings, bands, border and hems.
Work the Pattern
This pattern for a FREE Daisy Chain design is worked in cross stitch, and is a perfect summer project to bring a bit of the meadow indoors. It is worked using an assortment of variegated and over-dyed embroidery floss, and the different colors and tones in these flosses add depth and shading to an otherwise plain design. The solid black background adds drama.
Sampler Pattern
Stitch this simple sampler using just two basic stitches - cross stitch and back stitch. This easy, free pattern resembles a blackboard and features the alphabet surrounded by a simple border. The project is small, making it a perfect take-along project that you work on during the summer months, and have finished in time for the back to school season.
Tambour Frame with Hoop and Table Stand
A tambour frame is used for tambour and other types of embroidery, and rotates 180 degrees, allowing access to both the front and back sides of the work.
Chevron Stitch
Work the Chevron Stitch in rows and bands, or along a curved line.
Evenweave Fabric
Evenweave fabric has the same number of vertical warp threads as it does horizontal weft threads and can be made from cotton, linen, wool or blends.
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