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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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A Hodgepodge of Hand Embroidery Musings & Updates



Good morning, and a happy Friday all around!

Oh, joy! It’s the end of the week! This week is going out with a bang here in Kansas. Gee whiz. We had severe storms all night. I hope all my Midwestern buddies in the area are safe and dry this morning!

Today, I’m going to share a hodgepodge of embroidery musings here, including what’s going on in my Needle ‘n Thread life, some information on the Leafy Tree kit availability, and some answers to few questions that have come in lately – it really is just a hodgepodge.

Hopefully, you’ll pick up some tips or garner an idea or two for your own needlework adventures.

Grab a cup of coffee or tea (it’s definitely a tea morning here) and sit back with me for a bit while we chat!

Pumpkin and leaves autumn embroidery project on linen
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Free Hand Embroidery Design: Contemporary Grape & Wheat Corners


Because it’s Wednesday, because we’re half-way through the week, and because I love playing with embroidery designs, I think today’s a great day to share a free hand embroidery pattern with you!

I’ve been playing with this design for a purpose, which I’ll tell you about below. I haven’t had a chance to pursue working the design yet – hoping to start something this weekend – but in the meantime, I thought I’d share the embroidery designs with you.

free hand embroidery pattern: contemporary grapes and wheat
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Weekend Stitching: Pumpkins, Leaves, & a Little Wheat


Still trying to stitch slightly ahead of the season, I spent this past weekend working on a new autumn embroidery design that I first mentioned to you here.

Whenever I try out a new embroidery design like this, I end up having to work it several times. I want to know, after all, what kind of glitches might turn up. I want to know if it’s a reasonable design for stitching in a reasonable amount of time. I want to know if it makes sense to make it available the way I envision making it available. I want to know how different threads and colors will work on it.

And I want to know if I should add to the design, subtract from the design, or leave it just as it is.

To discover all these things, I get the pleasure of stitching the design more than once! And, as is practically always the case, I change my mind on many things along the way.

hand embroidery autumn design with pumpkin, leaves, wheat
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Reframing Embroidery: Disassembly & Preparation


Last week, I shared with you this botched framing job of an embroidery project that was causing me a wee bit of worry.

So many of you chipped in with great advice – thank you so much! I decided to re-do the frame job myself, salvaging the material components (the frame, mat, glass) and re-doing all the labor components of the frame job.

In fact, I was dying to open the thing up, just to see how they approached the job in the first place.

So, today, I’ll show you part one of my fix – where I disassemble the frame, remove the embroidery, and get it ready to re-frame it. And then Friday, I’ll show you the methods and materials I use for mounting and re-framing the work.

Reframing embroidery project: disassembly & preparation
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Prepare to be Charmed, Enchanted, Delighted, Amazed…


I’ve been waiting for this for a while!

I want to show you a new embroidery book that will be on the market very soon. I think I can safely say it’s going to be Huge – not size-wise, but popularity wise.

This is not your typical embroidery book. But oh! How I love it! It is everything I hoped it would be, all bundled up between two hard covers.

The Embroidered Art of Chloe Giordano is the type of book I’d like to browse through with you, page by page, sitting with our heads together over the book. Together, we would say things like, “Oh wow!” and “Look at that!” and “Awwww” and “Wait, let me read that!”

I’d like to show you every page right here, but I won’t! Instead, I’ll give you a taste of the book and tell you about it, so that you can indulge in the pleasure of turning each page yourself and discovering the delightful style of Chloe Giordano. I’ll tell you what makes Chloe’s book different from most embroidery books – and what makes her embroidery style so very captivating.

The Embroidered Art of Chloe Giordano - cover
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Embroidery Frame Up: A Quandary – and Other News


Before we kick off today’s article, thanks to all who jumped on The Leafy Tree embroidery kits yesterday evening! I’ll have more information about the kits at the end of this article for those who weren’t able to get one or for those who have further questions, shipping ideas, and so forth.

On to today’s topic…

I’ve written about framing embroidery projects here on Needle ‘n Thread only a few times in the past. It’s a subject, though, that must come up, if you embroider things that you intend to hang, finished, as art or decor in a home or elsewhere.

I’ve had quite a bit of work framed over the past 15 years, most of which has gone on to other places. Some of it, I’ve framed myself, and some of it, I’ve had professionally framed with different “grades” of professional framers.

Why is it, though, that every time I take a piece to a highly endorsed professional framer, I end up … well, a little disappointed?

I picked up a piece from a professional framer earlier this week. This is “high end” framing, with a framer who is not only highly recommended, but apparently experienced in framing needlework.

I’m in a quandary right now over the piece. You might remember it – it’s this piece, Fantasia in Silk.

Framing Embroidery: Fantasia in Silk
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