Needle Minders

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I have a new obsession: Needle Minders. The concept is simple. You have a pretty decorative top and bottom magnet. You place your fabric between the two and when you need to set your needle down, it “minds” it for … Read More ...

Choosing Ground Fabrics

secret-garden-embroidery-10Mary Corbet from Needle N Thread is getting ready to prepare lessons based on her Secret Garden embroidery project. Before she does that though, she is preparing her ground fabrics. And she is discussing her choices for ground fabrics, why … Read More ...

Compensated Edges

full stitch patternIf you have been wondering how to keep your edges neat and clean when you are working on needlepoint projects, well over at Creative Stitch Joni Stevenson has some great tips on how to do just that. She is a … Read More ...

The Right Tools for the Job

usetoolsWhat are your favorite tools as a needleworker? Since cross-stitch is my main deal, I have a few things I can’t do without, including petite cross stitch needles, sharp embroidery scissors, tweezers, and a bin for my thread ends aka … Read More ...

Easy Shisha

shishaezMary Corbet of Needle ‘N Thread has been posting a series of Shisha stitch tutorials. Just a reminder – Shisha stitch is the one where the stitches hold mirrors onto the ground fabric. The stitches are usually a combination of … Read More ...

Spool Tip

spoolsMary over at Needle ‘N Thread has a great tip about those ubiquitous spools that so many threads come packaged on these days. Once you have emptied one – don’t toss it out! Save it to reuse for other threads, … Read More ...

Create Layers in Needlepoint

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There are several different methods for creating layers in needlepoint. These include using color, different types of stitches, and actually layering stitches. Janet M. Perry of Nuts About Needlepoint discusses this topic in her recent blog post and she goes … Read More ...

Common Shisha Stitch Tutorial

shisha-stitch-34Mary Corbet of Needle ‘N Thread has posted an extensive Shisha stitch tutorial on her wonderful blog. Shisha stitch, if you aren’t familiar with it, involves embroidery stitches and mirrors. (For purposes of photographing the tutorial Mary used a small … Read More ...

Fusible Web Tip

FusibleWeb_headerFusible web is used in many craft applications and using it can go so wrong so fast. Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog has posted a great tip about fusible web that is ingenious and solves the problem of having the wrong … Read More ...