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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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Something New on Needle ‘n Thread!


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Did you notice something new on Needle ‘n Thread today? Please let me tell you all about it!

All About Blanks is a company that provides beautiful blanks (linens, cottons, etc.) for embroidery. They’ve been very kind in helping me out with my summer embroidery classes, so I want to return the favor as best as I can!

I’ve contacted several companies for assistance, and people have been very generous! All About Blanks was the first to respond, so I’ve placed them here first. Their ad will be part of the side column for a month!

I want to encourage you to see what they have to offer for embroidery. I love working with blanks, because once you’ve finished stitching, you are — well, finished! You’ll find at their website all kinds of household goods and specialty items. For our classes, we’re using their gingham towels and their oatmeal colored guest towels, among other little things. The oatmeal colored linens are wonderful for monogramming in white, by the way.

Feel free to check out their website! Especially if you’re looking for goods to embellish as gifts or for your own house, you’re sure to be pleased with what you find!


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  1. Very cool! They have items that I’ve looked for and not been able to find. Excellent! Thanks! – Jeannine

  2. Hi Mary, It is great that someone is making these blanks for us and that they are available online. Sadly, the needlecraft market in my hometown is very much a “demand and we might supply” situation.

    I would also like to say that the video tutorials is a great idea and is perfect for me as I am a person that learns by watching/seeing. Written instructions make me nervous especially if I can’t ask someone “who knows” if I am doing things right.

    The stitch I am most nervous about right now is Turkish stitch. It is a looped stitch and I need to know this so that I can complete a chart/picture that my sister found for me at a garage sale.

    If you don’t have the written instructions let me know and I will write them out for you.

  3. Hi, All – Blanks are fun, aren’t they?

    Marian, thanks for your comment! I do have instructions for turkish stitch. I’ll add it to my list of stitches to film!

  4. Hi Mary, thank you in advance for the Turkish stitch video. There is no rush for it at present as I dont think I will be able to do anything to that particular picture before December.

    I am having fun cross stitching miniture quilts and making lavender bags for presents. I am also stitching a Paula Vaughan design for my sister’s 24th wedding anniversary in August.

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