Companion Stitches in Needlepoint

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When you use companion stitches in needlepoint you have an easy way to coordinate your stitches and create depth and dimension in your stitching. What Is a Companion Stitch? Companion Stitches, a name coined by June McKnight, are stitches that are similar in shape and construction but differ in size. Put together in order by [...]

Needlepoint Stitch Families

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Today we are going to look at stitch families, the most common way to classify needlepoint stitches. First we’ll talk about why stitch families are important. Next we’ll define the most common families. Finally we’ll classify the stitches from yesterday’s post into families. The Importance of Stitch Families The chances are good that you had [...]

Make Your Straight Gobelin Look Better

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You can make your Straight Gobelin look better by following some simple tips. Remember, this stitch is called Satin Stitch in the world of embroidery on cloth. It’s a fundamental free embroidery stitch used for everything from rustic fill-ins on doodle stitching to ravishingly beautiful needlepointing. In this blog post, one of the best at [...]

Learn 25 Byzantine Stitches in this Cyberclass

This class begins Friday, don’t miss out on this wonderful class that explores a great stitch. Register using the button below. Although their zig-zag pattern is a strong one, Byzantine Stitches, and their close variation Jacquard, are very useful and delightful stitches. They are also the next class in my popular 25 Stitches Cyberclass series, [...]