Mary Corbet

writer and founder


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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Who is Mary Corbet?

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

I got into serious embroidery when studying art history in college, as a result of a growing interest in historical and ecclesiastical embroidery. I began reading a lot, collecting books and pieces of old embroidery, taking pictures and looking at pieces up close. I tried different techniques, until I figured out the one question that always nagged me when I saw a beautiful piece of embroidery: “How did they do that?” I couldn’t rest until I knew.

Back then (mid-1990’s and pre-internet), it was practically impossible to find supplies! In the US, surface embroidery was not nearly as popular as it is now.

When I finished my BA, I began teaching high school English while continuing post graduate studies. Once I finished my degrees, I became a college professor, teaching teachers how to teach.

After 18 years in the academic world, five of which were simultaneously spent building Needle ‘n Thread, it became clear that I could not give 100% to my professional career and to Needle ‘n Thread.

I took the plunge, stepped out of the academic world, and devoted myself full time to Needle ‘n Thread

Why couldn’t I give up Needle ‘n Thread?

Because I believe the world needs beauty, and embroidery is one of the most beautiful visual arts. To teach others to embroider, to inspire them to try new things with needle and thread – to me, these are worthwhile goals. I love teaching, and Needle ‘n Thread is my opportunity to teach a wider audience something that I’m really passionate about – the art of hand embroidery.

Thanks for joining me on my embroidery adventures!

Publications & Contributions

I’m always happy to contribute to publications, books, websites, and blogs that reflect the same interests as Needle ‘n Thread. If you’re interested in a written contribution, a project contribution or image use, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Threads Magazine (published by Taunton Press). Issue 175, January, 2015. “Embellish with Beetle Wings.”
Inspirations Magazine (published by Inspirations Publications)


Mastering the Art of Embroidery by Sophie Long. Chronicle Books, 2013
BiblioCraft: The Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects by Jessica Pigza. Steward, Tabori, and Chang, 2014.

Online Publications, Blogs, Websites

Commonthread by DMC
Homespun Magazine (digital publication by Universal Magazines) – May, 2013.


Q: Reviewing Products and Services

A: I am very happy to review your product or service for my readers, under the following conditions:

  1. I review products or services that relate to needlework by hand and that I believe will be useful to my readers. Please note that the primary focus of Needle ‘n Thread is surface embroidery by hand. Sometimes, counted work and canvas work are included, but they are not the primary focus of Needle ‘n Thread. Machine embroidery products do not fit my niche and will not be considered for review.
  2. Reviews are written for products or services that I have experienced. I can’t purchase every needlework product or service available, though. If you have something unique you think my readers would be interested in, you are welcome to contact me. If I already own and like it, I will consider reviewing it. If I don’t own it, you are welcome to send me a sample.
  3. My reviews include pros and cons.
  4. Book reviews will always be accompanied by an affiliate link when one is available.
  5. Please do not expect an entirely positive review simply because you send me a sample or you pay for sponsorship (unless, of course, the product deserves one). I write reviews for the benefit of my readers and will not compromise their trust in me by giving slanted reviews.
  6. I will not return any samples.
  7. If I’m going to write a review, it will be written only after I have had time to test the product or service, or read the book carefully, and within the structure of my pre-planned publishing schedule.
  8. I am happy to consider writing sponsored posts for your needlework-related product or service. All the points above apply. To inquire about sponsored posts, please contact me for further information.
  9. If an article on Needle ‘n Thread has been sponsored, this point is always clarified at the beginning of the article.

Q: Can I advertise on your site?

A: If your product or service is compatible with my content, I would be happy to talk to you about advertising. Advertisers are accepted based on their relevance to the focus of Needle ‘n Thread and the interests of my readers.

Needle ‘n Thread is devoted solely to hand needlework and embroidery, and all accessories, books, fabrics, threads, and so forth that are involved in the art of hand embroidery and needlework. I do not advertise for companies or individuals that sell pre-made embroidered items, nor do I advertise for the machine embroidery industry.

Advertising on Needle ‘n Thread is affordable. Ads are billed at a monthly rate, for a minimum of three months. Current advertisers are always given the option to renew before their ad space is offered to another business.

Needle ‘n Thread is read by thousands of subscribed readers and enjoys visits from a few hundred thousand visitors a month searching for information on hand embroidery and needlework.

If this is the audience you wish to reach, then this is the place to advertise!

To learn about advertising rates for Needle ‘n Thread, please contact me.