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 3: Pick Your Own Thread!


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I don’t know about you, but I love embroidery thread! If you love it, too, then today’s episode of A Stitcher’s Christmas should be right up your alley!

Lorraine from Colour Complements – a small business specializing in hand-dyed fibers – is offering a you-pick selection of five skeins of her thread for today’s give-away.

Oh, yummmmmmm!

First, I’ll announce the names of last Friday’s give-away, and then we’ll look at today’s lovely gift.

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2021 Stitcher’s Christmas #1: Ribbon Embroidery Treats


As we near the end of 2021 and approach Christmas, it’s time for my yearly Stitcher’s Christmas series here on Needle ‘n Thread!

This is a series of give-aways leading up to Christmas, where other small needlework-related businesses join me in some Christmas Cheer by offering some stellar give-away prizes for the community here on Needle ‘n Thread. It’s a way of giving back to all the folks who support small needlework businesses throughout the year.

We’re going to kick off this year’s Stitcher’s Christmas with some gorgeous ribbon embroidery treats all the way from South Africa!

Read on for information about today’s give-away and for the guidelines for entering all the Stitcher’s Christmas give-aways this year. (The guidelines are important – please read them!)

Stitcher's Christmas 1: Ribbon Embroidery Treats
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First Ever Needle ‘n Thread Sale – on Everything


Good morning, and Happy Day After! For those who celebrated yesterday, I hope you had a jolly Thanksgiving! We did, and the turkey was dispatched in excellent form.

I will jump right into the Needful Message this morning – there’s a Big Ole Sale on Needle ‘n Thread this weekend! The First Ever Full Shop Sale on Everything!

Read on to hear all about it…

2021 Thanksgiving Weekend Sale on Needle 'n Thread
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Happy Thanksgiving – and a Puzzle!


Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!

I hope that this Thanksgiving Day, even if you don’t celebrate it the way we do here in the States, is a beautiful and happy day for you and yours, and that you have many reasons to be thankful in your life, too.

Needle ‘n Thread – and the community we have all built around it – is one of the greatest blessings of my life. I am grateful to each one of you for keeping me motivated, inspired, and always learning! Thank you so much for being a very special part of my life!

Happy Thanksgiving, 2021!
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The Final Dragonfly: Simple Background, New Colors


It’s hard to believe it is the week of Thanksgiving here in the States! It always ends up being a hectic week on the family front and here in the Studio for some strange reason. The only way the whole lively pre-holiday vibe could increase at this point would be if we got snow. Wouldn’t that be something?

But we’re going to put snow and holiday thoughts aside a little longer, and finish up the second dragonfly that we started last week. This is the final tutorial in the How to Embroider (Blank) series for 2021. But never fear! There’s more coming! Next year, we’ll have a similar series, with a better name and some really fun projects.

Let’s dive into the final dragonfly episode, shall we?

Embroidered Dragonflies: Stitching Tips
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Embroidered Dragonfly #2: Design & Materials


Good morning and Happy Friday! Yay! It’s the workend!

I have lots of dabbling to finish up this weekend so that we can explore some other stitching ideas in the near future. So I’m not thinking in terms of weekend these days. Fortunately, I love my work!

But in the meantime, I thought it might be a good idea to continue with the final part of our Embroidered Dragonflies series, by presenting the design and materials list for the second dragonfly.

Embroidered Dragonfly #2 - the dragonfly in a setting
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