What Are the “Usual Stitching Supplies?”

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You see it almost every time you take a needlepoint class. After the list of things needed, such as stretcher bars, come those dreaded words “usual stitching supplies.” You might know what sits near your stitching chair, but you can’t bring all that. So what do you bring? Here’s a list of some things to […]

Tips & Techniques for Needlepoint — Book Review

Originally posted 2011-03-01 07:36:34. Republished by Blog Post PromoterSusan Sturgeon Roberts, self-published, 2008, $9. This little comb-bound book is a collection of questions and answers about needlepoint. Without a Table of Contents it can be hard to find what you need to know, but there is plenty of useful information here, especially for the beginning […]

Man from Glad!

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You might know the trick out of the way until you need them again. Or using French clothes pins to holde canvas rolled up. In a recent post, Suzanne of Hugs & Stitches, clued is into fantastic uses for two unlikely items — glad wrap and bra tape. Check it out!

Needlepoint Log Cabin Sampler Free Pattern

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Many stitchers shy away from Straight Stitches, but they shouldn’t. These stitches are the backbone of Bargello, are great for making curves and rounded shapes, and can add a lovely dimension to your needlepoint. This week we’ll have two logs (not just one) with simple straight stitches. But first I have some tips for making […]

The Problematic Silk Skein

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Do you dread using silk that comes packaged in skeins? I did until I learned the secret to opening them. In a new YouTube from The Royal School of Needlework, you’ll see how to do it. My one problem with these pretty braids you get with the RSN method is that it doesn’t preserve and […]