Reader L. Ann pointed us to the Cross Stitch Writing Tool at StitchPoint. L. Ann says,

Create your favorite saying, slogan, verse, or whatever in a choice of 6 fonts for cross stitch. It will generate your printable chart

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Mary Corbet of Needle ‘n’ Thread has has been talking about tools that make a needleworker’s life easier and more comfortable. Enjoy these recent posts:

Open thimbles
Embroidery scissors with curved blades
Goldwork scissors
Goldwork thread tray (and how to make

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If you paint fabrics before you embroider them — or if you’ve been wanting to give this technique a try — you’ll definitely want to read Judy Coates Perez‘s review of FW Inks. See her post.…

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Schala-Kitty has posted an awesome tutorial on Crafted with Zeal for using a spreadsheet to track your inventory of embroidery threads. She says,

I like to call them Threadsheets and I find them to be a great way to know

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C&T Publishing has a rockin giveaway that will make fiber artists drool. The blog says,

We’re so excited about the new Studio Color Wheel by Joen Wolfrom…it’s the perfect companion to the new Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool, Updated 3rd Edition

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Margaret Travis of Stitch with Me has found an Android app for stitchers. She says,

SuZy’s Portable Stitches.  I found it in the Android Marketplace of my phone when I was searching for Apps.   I searched for needlework and

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The last set of free stitch files is available now from SharonB‘s Pin Tangle blog. Sharon says,

The files are part stitch dictionary, part inspiration, part storage format, part stimulus to explore new stitches, part lesson and part organisation

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Confession: I’ve read enough expert embroidery blogs to know I probably need a laying tool. But I haven’t bought one because I wouldn’t have a clue how to use it. Mary Corbet to the rescue! Mary’s new video tute demonstrating …

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Mary Corbet of Needle ‘n’ Thread explains when and how to bind both embroidery hoops. Her text and photos make the situation and solution clear. And she provides plenty of links to previous posts if you need to catch up …

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Kathy of Shawkl is sharing a sheet of free templates for crazy-quilt seam treatments. Just print them on a transparency, cut them out in strips, and punch out the little dots. You’ll have stitching guides you can use over and …

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Kathy of The Unbroken Thread has created a roundup of her posts on the Spring in Italy sampler, where she tested various threads on the same motif (taken from Italian pottery designs). The sampler became not just a lovely work …

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LadyShuttlemaker is on a roll! She’s sharing two more templates for blocking doilies — an oval and a square. Grab them from her blog post.…

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After you take a few stitches, does your floss get rough and tangly? Mm-hmm. Mine, too. A tried-and-true solution to this problem is a sparing application of Thread Heaven, a thread conditioner. Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching shows us just …

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Get the lowdown on creating tatting diagrams from expert Jon Yusoff. She says her notes “are more like tips and hints on how to make the drawing process easier and faster” rather than a tutorial for using certain software. …

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Kathy of The Unbroken Thread continues her exploration of embroidery fibers. Her latest post compares four types of silk thread. Get the details.…

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