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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Stitcher’s Christmas 2019 #3: Silk Ribbon Embroidery Kit



Welcome to the third installment of A Stitcher’s Christmas for 2019!

If you haven’t joined in on the previous installments, you can still get in on give-away #2, featuring the lovely hand-turned wood needlework tools from Stitch In Turn. You can join in here.

The first installment ended today – I’ll announcing the winner at the end of today’s article.

Now, just in case you’re already tired of winter (if you live in the northern hemisphere) or you’re already sweltering in summer (if you live in the southern hemisphere), here’s a refreshing respite!

Complements of Di van Niekerk, who I consider the Absolute Queen of Silk Ribbon Embroidery, today’s installment of A Stitcher’s Christmas is a sumptuous silk ribbon embroidery kit, replete with everything you need to recreate Di’s garden scene, Pink Delight.

Stitcher's Christmas: Silk Ribbon Embroidery Kit from Di van Niekerk
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Stitcher’s Christmas 2019 #2: Hand-Turned Tools


Welcome to the second installment of A Stitcher’s Christmas 2019!

We started the series on Monday, with a thread give-away from Colour Complements. I’ll announce the winner for that give-away this Friday, so if you haven’t joined in yet, do!

Today, courtesy of James and Tawney at Stitch In Turn, three winners will each receive one beautiful hand-turned wooden needlework tool. Read on for the details…

Stitcher's Christmas: Hand Turned wooden needlework tools
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Stitcher’s Christmas 2019 #1: Pick Your Own Threads!


It’s time to kick off this year’s series of A Stitcher’s Christmas, the original needlework Christmas series featuring honest-to-goodness give-aways of needlework treasures with no gimmicks attached!

For those of you who have been around for a while, you know what to expect! For newcomers to Needle ‘n Thread, I’ll explain below how the series works so you can know what to expect.

Today, we’re going to kick off the 2019 series with some luscious embroidery thread, courtesy of Colour Complements – because, after all, who doesn’t love thread?

Colour Complements on a Stitcher's Christmas 2019 - embroidery thread give-away
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Snowflakes: 12 Winter Designs for Hand Embroidery – Available Now!


Just in time for you to stitch up some winter holiday cheer for 2019 in the form of a dozen fantastic snowflakes, my newest e-book is ready for you today!

Snowflakes: 12 Winter Designs for Embroidery has been in the works for a long time, so I’m really happy to finally make it available! It was a gargantuan (but oh-so-fun) work, and I’ll tell you all about it below!

Snowflakes for Hand Embroidery
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Happy Thanksgiving! Forget the Football Game – Play This!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Gratitude is universal, so even if you aren’t celebrating Thanksgiving today, I wish you a happy day full of love and gratitude for all that you have and all that you give.

Did you know that you are right up at the top of my Gratitude List? You are! So a big, hearty THANK YOU for all your support, encouragement, advice, interaction, friendship, and everything else that makes Needle ‘n Thread the online embroidery community that it is!

EYE Spy though the Needle's Eye - Thanksgiving, 2019
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Folky Flakes Ready-to-Stitch Towel Sets – and some Holly, Too!


Just in time to give you something comfortable, cozy, quiet, and calming to stitch on through the holidays, I’ve added some ready-to-stitch towel sets to my shop.

The new set is a three-towel set of my Folky Flakes designs. These are stamped cross stitch snowflake designs, very simple to stitch, perfect for peaceful, relaxing stitching while you’re taking a break from the hubbub.

Here’s an overview of the towel set, some basic tips for stitching (you won’t need many!), and information on the availability Holly & Evergreen towel set, too.

Folky Flakes stamped cross stitch snowflake designs for holiday stitching
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What’s your Hoop?


My friends, a Happy Saturday all around!

I’m going to use today’s article to poll our community and get some help! I’ve been testing some embroidery hoops, making comparisons, and drawing conclusions lately, to prepare a detailed article on embroidery hoops of different types, their advantages and disadvantages, and the like. It’s an article that I hoop will be helpful to many!

I thought some community input would be a good thing! And so, today – along with some other knick-knacks, bits and bobs, bobbles and bibelots, gaudies and gewgaws, I thought I’d ask this question: What’s Your Hoop?

Hoops for hand embroidery
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