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How to wash your embroidery

Chloe is washing embroidery

Before we start discussing how to wash your embroidery, you need to figure out whether it is washable. Types of embroideries not suitable for regular washing are the following: –         Needlepoint– the main thread used is wool, and the canvas contains lots of starch keeping the weave together and will wash out […]

How to read needlepoint or cross stitch chart

This is a complex one, pre-printed canvas or pre-printed cross stitch have the colours or even the stitched marked on. These are relatively easy to follow, this issue is usually that the colours are not labelled, which means you have to guess which is light green, medium green and dark green. This can be easy […]

How to get the embroidery design on to fabric

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We can all sometimes struggle to get our embroidery project ready to stitch. What transfer technique is the right one?  There are multiple ways to do this none are wrong, but some make it easier and other work better for specific designs and fabrics. Tracing This is a time old method and works better if […]

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 […]

Guide To Embroidery Thread

selection of embroidery threads in a wooden storage box

Embroidery thread can be classified in several ways, firstly material then we come to types as each material has a variety of types cotton threads come in a range of weights (thicknesses) and for different uses. Stranded cotton embroidery thread – This type of thread is the most commonly used and  threads are a 100% […]

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 […]

Beginnners embroidery Equpiment !

Have you ever walked in to the embroidery section of hobby craft, john lewis etc and been a tad overwhelmed at the amount of kits, threads, accessories and struggle to know what to spend money on and what not to. Today I am going to walk you through the basics needed to start. this is […]

An Introduction to Crewel Embroidery

Crewel embroidery a brief history Crewel embroidery or ‘crewel work’ is very popular. A decorative form of surface embroidery, it uses wool and a variety of embroidery stitches to follow a design. The outline is applied to the fabric – traditionally a linen twill. The technique is at least a thousand years old. It was […]