Mary Corbet

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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Progress: Raised Stem Stitch on a Trunk


After setting up Modern Crewel, the embroidery project we looked at here last week, it was hard to tear myself away from it!

You know how that is, don’t you? You have every intention of “just doing a little bit right now to get started” … and then, next thing you know, you’re engrossed, and that little bit turns into a lotta bit.

Raised Stem Stitch on a Tree Trunk
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Stitcher’s Christmas #3: A Doubly Delightful Give-Away x 5


Happy Monday! And welcome back to A Stitcher’s Christmas, a fun series of embroidery-related give-aways here on Needle ‘n Thread, just in time for Christmas!

Today, I’ll tell you the winner of A Stitcher’s Christmas #2 (these three A-Z embroidery books), and then tell you all about today’s give-away, for five winners!

Stitcher's Christmas Give-Away: Inspirations Magazine & Kits
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Something Bright into the Mix


Besides working on this crewel embroidery project I’ve been sharing with you recently, I’ve got a few other hand embroidery projects on the go.

I’ve added something bright into my current project mix, to bring a little sunshine into the chilly gray days of winter. It’s Modern Crewel designed by Susan Porter and detailed in Inspirations Magazine Issue #90. I reviewed the kit for Modern Crewel here, if you’d like to read my review.

Modern Crewel - Embroidery Kit
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A Stitcher’s Christmas #2: Embroidery Books!


We’re back to A Stitcher’s Christmas, and this time, it’s embroidery books!

Remember last week when we chatted about the A-Z series of needlework books published by Search Press? Well, here’s your opportunity to win three beautiful and functional A-Z books for your own needlework library.

I’m also announcing the winners of last week’s Stitcher’s Christmas give-away – so read on to see if it’s you!

Stitcher's Christmas - A-Z Books Give-away
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Crewel Corrections & my Case for Rabbits


Last week, we looked at progress on the Mellerstain Firescreen kit that I’m working my way through.

This weekend’s stitching bout was a journey of self-discovery when it comes to crewel. I found out I’m too uptight with my stitches. They’re not as long and sketchy as they should be, especially in the large grass shards on top of the hillocks.

In fact, some of the grasses look pretty d-r-e-a-dful.

But…all that being said…the piece is coming along! Today, I’ll show you a correction, and then an interpretation. I’ll also defend my case for rabbits.

Crewel Embroidery - Long & Short Stitch
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My Very Small Business has a Sale, too.


As the post-Thanksgiving weekend continues here in the US, I thought I’d pop in and let you know that I’ve clambered onto the band-wagon!

Oh yes, I’ve clambered! Because there’s just nothing better than a bandwagon to get things going!

Today is what retailers have been calling lately “Small Business Saturday” – when you’re encouraged to patronize small locally owned businesses to do your holiday shopping.

While I generally see most name-dubbing of specific days as marketing ploys, the whole “go forth and support small businesses” is a strategy that’s totally worthwhile.

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale on Needle 'n Thread
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A Stitcher’s Christmas Give-Away #1: Thread!


Good morning and happy Day After Thanksgiving!

Today, we kick off A Stitcher’s Christmas! This is a series of pre-Christmas give-aways here on Needle ‘n Thread for some delectable embroidery stuff, just in time for Christmas!

I’m kicking off the series with some gorgeous over-dyed threads, courtesy of Colour Complements…because, after all, who doesn’t like thread?

Colour Complements Embroidery Thread
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