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What does Count mean ?

A warp and weft diagram show what count means

What does count mean in embroidery? This means one thing but calculated in two ways, which is why we have confusion. Firstly, one for general textiles, for example sheets, and upholstery textiles and that’s let’s say 300 count.   This is calculated by the number of threads in the warp + number of threads in the weft […]

5 top tips for Needlepointers, how to jazz up your needlepoint

So some top tips for needlepointers or if in uk tapestry canvases are usually designed for just a single half cross stitch (it can be described at continental or basket weave) to be honest from the front they are all the same, the back varies. The rule really is if you start in one finish […]

Stumpwork Embroidery

Stumpwork cabinet from the 17th century from the Oxford ashmolean collection

The precise origins of raised embroidery (stumpwork) are lost in time. So one can only look back to a period when even earlier embroiderers were working in the narrative style. Using two layers of linen fabric , a cotton wadding sandwich, and white as well as light brown linen threads. Sicilian embroiderers created the narrative […]

Cross Stitch ! A starter Guide

cross stitch unicorn on marble background.

This  is probably the most well known and easiest form of embroidery and a great way to start your journey. There are a huge number of kits and patterns available for this style of embroidery from key rings to portraits. And it’s totally addictive! So this is our cross stitch starter guide If you’re after […]