Kim of a dork with a needle gives us a close-up look at some uses of buttonhole stitch in crewelwork. A slight variation in thread weight or length or width of stitch produces dramatically different textures. See her beautiful, photo-filled post

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What became of Nat‘s improvised lentil stitches. This! Oh, my goodness. I can’t stop looking at this work, and it’s not even finished yet. See more at her the smallest forest blog post.…

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The Kreinik Thread Blog shared a brochure for the meeting of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America this September in Naples, Florida. I intended to take a quick glance and got caught up for at least a half-hour. Dozens of opportunities …

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Janet Granger stitched this handbag from a design by Susan O’Connor of Australia. Every stitch is lovely. And the stumpwork berries make me squirm with delight. Go to her blog post for a clickable photo that can be enlarged for

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(1) French Script Saturday – O from Shawkl
(2) Flutter By: 6 from materialistic
(3) Marvelous Monday Motifs – 7/18/2011 from Shawkl
(4) Wednesday Wine Country Monograms – J from Shawkl
(5) Dean Martin from I Sew Cute
(6) WEST

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Check out this sample of high-texture embroidery by SharonB of Pin Tangle. If this doesn’t make your fingers itch to stitch, nothing can! She says,

I was experimenting with varieties of chain stitch which included oyster stitch and cable

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This Daisychain ABCs Crewelwork Sampler makes me so happy — modern, colorful, full of variety and fun. The design is by Alicia Paulson (Posie Gets Cozy), and she’s taking preorders for kits now. Later the design will be …

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I avoid embroidering dots. I’ve always thought they were just too hard. But afte reading Mary Corbet‘s tutorial, I’m willing to give them a try. I want a bit of this gorgeousness in my hoop! If you’d like to …

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(1) Spring Flourish from Carina’s Craftblog
(2) Framed, in Silk & Gold from Needle ‘n’ Thread
(3) Flutter By: 2 from materialistic
(4) Peacock feathers, J. F. Ingalls catalogue 1886, cleaned and shared by SharonB of Pin Tangle
(5) Vintage

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Ooooooooooo, gorgeous. Felted and embroidered pompoms from Shan Shan of tinytoadstool. See more photos at her blog post.…

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Mary Corbet of Needle ‘n’ Thread demos padded satin stitch in crewel wool. See the tute.…

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Ooooooooooo! Check out Kelly Fletcher‘s new design, Celtic Leaves. Kelly’s web site describes the pattern:

Hand-stitched embroidery pattern, incorporating appliqué and beading
Skill level : advanced

Eight contemporary leaves incorporating traditional Celtic design. The leaves are unique and

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Kelly Fletcher‘s Jacobean Leaves embroidery designs, featured in Inspirations magazine, are now available free from her website! Get the PDF files.…

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iHannah adds warmth and style to her bike seat with crewel embroidery. See more photos on her blog post.…

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Mary Corbet of Needle ‘n’ Thread invites us to stitch along, step by step, on her pomegranate corner design. She says,

The design gives some good “scope” for some fun stitching, as well as a few focal points for learning

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