Embroidery Inspiration and Tutorials

QUIZ: Which would-be stitcher are YOU?

QUIZ: Which would-be stitcher are YOU?

I'd love to help you make 2023 a year in which you embrace a regular practice of embroidery. Embroidery is a beautiful, ancient craft used to decorate clothing and household items for centuries.Embroidery is a relaxing and meditative activity to be done in the comfort...

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Stitching Christmas motifs, messages and colors

Stitching Christmas motifs, messages and colors

Stitching a Christmas mood is easy to do when the pattern you start with gives you appealing motifs, messages and colors for the season. Christmas MOTIFS The pine tree is a go-to holiday motif that offers up a variety of stitching treatments. Fill a tree with satin...

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4 Ways Embroidered Hoops Complement your Home Décor

4 Ways Embroidered Hoops Complement your Home Décor

Every home tells a story of the owners' experiences, aesthetic preferences, and current daily life. When you mix a handmade piece (or two) of embroidered hoop-art  into your decor, you’re adding elements with unique appeal.  Here are 4 reasons to display...

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Mandala-Inspired Embroidery Kits and Patterns

Mandala-Inspired Embroidery Kits and Patterns

Stitching mandala-inspired designs is a unique kind of mindful pleasure.  The individual motifs add variety---but then the multiples of each motif give you relaxing repetitions. While mandalas are typically composed with geometric symbols, our embroidery patterns...

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How to Finish and Display Embroidered Hoop Art

How to Finish and Display Embroidered Hoop Art

Once you've finished your embroidered hoop art project, you're ready to display or gift it. Read on for my favorite finishing technique and tips for displaying embroidery in my home. SUPPLIES My preferred finishing technique uses: Your completed embroidered...

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Packing Embroidery for Air Travel and Vacation Stitching

Packing Embroidery for Air Travel and Vacation Stitching

Embroidery is an ideal craft for your air travel and vacations. It’s lightweight, doesn’t take up much space in your bag and doable in the room of your seat tray. Having a stitching project (or two) along on vacation is a relaxing way to fill down time. Watch this...

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Chain Stitch Embroidery How-Tos and Inspiration

Chain Stitch Embroidery How-Tos and Inspiration

The chain embroidery stitch creates a line of small loops or "links." Here's a diagram and the instructions for creating it that we include in all of our embroidery pattern and kit guides. Bring needle and thread up at 1.Insert at the same spot and up at 2. As you do...

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Top 5 Embroidery and Sewing Notions in my Project Bag

Top 5 Embroidery and Sewing Notions in my Project Bag

Embroidery is an affordable and readily-portable hobby. In addition to a project (or two or three), all you need are a few extra supplies. Read on to see my must-have notions for making it easy to have a satisfying daily stitching practice. 1. Small storage tin for...

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Christmas in July Embroidery Planning and Projects

Christmas in July Embroidery Planning and Projects

When it comes to embroidery, "Christmas in July" works because this is a great time to plan and get started on projects you'll display and gift a few months from now. Take a look at the pieces to create for yourself and for gifting below, and then get your own...

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French Knot Embroidery How-Tos and Inspiration

French Knot Embroidery How-Tos and Inspiration

The French Knot is an embroidery stitch that's created by wrapping floss around your needle one or more times. Once the floss is wrapped, you'll insert the needle back into the fabric at almost the same spot where it originally came up. Here's a diagram and the...

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