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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New Stitch Videos Coming Up: Variations on the Chain


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Lately I’ve been working on updating my Video Library of Hand Embroidery Stitches, which is a lot of fun – but takes a lot of time! Just to let you know that some new stitches are coming, I thought I’d add an update of what’s coming up.

I’ve been working on filming variations of the chain stitch. Some of the raw footage so far includes double chain stitch, cable chain stitch, open chain stitch, and rosette chain stitch. The most complicated is the rosette chain. Many people have requested it via e-mail, as they say that pictures alone just don’t do it for them. I looked through several books and at several websites to see what’s out there on the rosette chain (I like to make sure my technique matches the majority of authority opinion on how certain stitches should be done) – and, in seeing the photos, I realized why it can be confusing! So I’ve got a video coming that will help you make sense of the confusing pictures.

I’ve also got scroll stitch and coral stitch to add, and then – long awaited, but finally possible! – the long and short stitch. I’ve been filming this one in stages, and have some editing to do, and then I’ll get it up. That’ll probably be a week or so down the road here, as it will take the most time.

In the meantime, feel free to check out the Video Library of Hand Embroidery Stitches if you haven’t already, and stay tuned for a new series of videos!



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  1. Mary,
    I read with interest about your Agnus Dei project. My son is studying for the priesthood and I am starting a chasuble for him. He loves the one you photographed from the Sisters at Clyde, MO. Am I crazy to undertake this? Any suggestions of where I can find patterns, fabric and advice? Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.

  2. Hello, Allyson – Thanks for your comments. No, I don’t think you’re crazy, if you have the time to do it! I would contact Elizabeth Morgan, the author of the book “Sewing Church Linens.” She has a website that should get you started: http://www.churchlinens.com/index.htm

    She offers some good information – books on constructing vestments, embellishing church linens, and whatnot.

    If you can’t do the work yourself, she may be able to point you in the direction of someone who could do it on commission. Making the chasuble isn’t difficult (depending on the style, especially) but embellishing it (if you’re doing it by hand) will take some time.

    If you have any particular questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at mary@needlenthread.com

    Good luck!

  3. I have searched your site to see if you are selling your wonderful embroidery library of hand stitches? But have found nothing 🙁

    Do you offer your library for sale in DVD format? If not, perhaps soon?


  4. Hi, Prudence – I think the DVDs would be a great way for people to be able to sit in their livingroom (away from the computer!) and practice their stitches.

    As soon as I do it, I’ll let you and everyone else know!


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