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By Cheryl Fall

Updated Articles and Resources
  • Directions for Working the Blanket Stitch Created: Friday, January 20, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    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.
  • Embroidery Stitches Created: Sunday, June 12, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    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.
  • Blackwork Embroidery Created: Sunday, August 14, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    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.
  • Sashiko Embroidery Created: Friday, December 09, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Sashiko is a form of Japanese folk embroidery which uses a basic running stitch to create an intricate patterned background.
  • Are Washable Fabric Markers Safe to Use? Created: Monday, November 19, 2012 Updated: Monday, January 14, 2013
    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.
  • Laurel Wreath with Bird Redwork Pattern Created: Thursday, June 14, 2012 Updated: Sunday, January 13, 2013
    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 hono...
  • Museum Exhibits and Embroidery Collections Created: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
    Visiting an museum featuring an embroidery exhibit, or an organization housing a permanent collection is a great way to learn about the history of embroidery and its many variations. You're sure t...
  • USA - Central Created: Thursday, December 20, 2012 Updated: Thursday, December 20, 2012
    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...
  • Embroidery and Needlework Shops Created: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 Updated: Thursday, December 20, 2012
    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 embr...
  • USA - Pacific Coast Created: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Updated: Thursday, December 20, 2012
    Select this list to locate needlework and embroidery shops in states in the Pacific or West Coast of the United States. This list includes Washington, Oregon, California, as shown on the map, as we...
  • Stitch of the Week List Created: Friday, November 09, 2012 Updated: Thursday, December 20, 2012
    Did you miss one of the "Stitch of the Week" announcements in the blog or newsletter? You can find a complete list of the stitches featured every week in this section, listed in chronological orde...
  • Sampler Patterns Created: Friday, August 24, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    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 t...
  • Redwork Embroidery Patterns Created: Thursday, July 28, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    Here you'll find a list of patterns worked in Redwork, or are suitable for Redwork embroidery.
  • Redwork Alphabet Series - Part 4 Created: Monday, December 19, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    This is the Part of the four-part pattern series using basic hand embroidery stitches to create a Redwork Alphabet worked in surface embroidery. Each letter in the alphabet fits a 5-inch square. Th...
  • Redwork Alphabet Series - Part 3 Created: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    Use basic hand embroidery stitches to create a Redwork Alphabet using surface embroidery with this free pattern series. Each letter in the alphabet fits a 5-inch square. This section includes the l...
  • Redwork Alphabet Series - Part 2 Created: Thursday, September 08, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    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 th...
  • Redwork Alphabet Series - Part 1 Created: Thursday, July 28, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    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 incl...
  • Valentine's Day Patterns Created: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    Stitch a heart-felt sentiment for Valentine's Day using one of these hand embroidery patterns.
  • Laid Stitches Created: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    Laid embroidery stitches are composite stitches - consisting or more than one stitch - used to fill an area in an embroidery design.
  • Be Mine, Valentine - A Counted Thread Sampler Created: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    Stitch a "Be Mine, Valentine" counted thread sampler using a variety of counted surface embroidery stitches on evenweave fabric. Beads and a silver charm add a finishing touch to the design.
  • Northern Woods Counted Thread Pattern Created: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    The Northern Woods counted thread embroidery project is a sampler of counted stitches used on a small scale, and is a perfect project for people who have not yet tried this type of embroidery. The ...
  • Floche Created: Friday, June 10, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    Floche is a mercerized, single-strand cotton embroidery thread using for fine needlework.
  • Evenweave Fabric Created: Thursday, June 09, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
    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.
  • Contact the Embroidery Guide Created: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
    How to Contact the About.com Embroidery Guide.
  • The Embroiderer's Bookshelf Created: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
    Having your own reference library is inspiring. There's nothing like sitting in your favorite chair with a cup of tea, flipping through the pages of quality embroidery books as you search for that...
  • Beginner's Guide to Drawn Thread Embroidery by Patricia Bage Created: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
    Beginner's Guide to Drawn Thread Embroidery - Review of Beginner's Guide to Drawn Thread Embroidery by Patricia Bage
  • Embroidery Basics: A NeedleKnowledge Book Created: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
    Guide comments for Embroidery Basics: A NeedleKnowledge Book.
  • Embroidery Classes and Workshops Created: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 Updated: Friday, December 14, 2012
    Want to take a class? The following organizations have ongoing classes and workshops. Visit their sites for the latest news and offerings. Some of these are offered in exotic locales, so you can ...
  • How Do I Read a Counted Thread Chart? Created: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, December 05, 2012
    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...
  • USA - West and Midwest Created: Friday, September 07, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, December 04, 2012
    Locate needlework and embroidery shops in the Western and Midwestern United States. This list includes Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana,...
  • USA - East Coast Created: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, December 04, 2012
    Select this list to locate needlework and embroidery shops in states in the East Coast of the United States (Eastern Seaboard). This list includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Conn...
  • Work this Simple Deer Pattern in Your Favorite Technique Created: Friday, July 22, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, December 04, 2012
    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, ...

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