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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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Where to Find Free Embroidery Patterns, Ideas, Tips, Tricks and all kinds of Other Stuff


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How many craft magazines are on the market, do you think? How many needlework magazines? I suppose there are lots, but I’m not a big subscriber to magazines (except Inspirations – I can’t get enough of that publication!) But even if you aren’t a subscriber to craft or needlework magazines, they can still come in handy. I’ll show you what I mean…

Take, for example, Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine. They have a website, and if you visit it, you’ll notice something:

Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine - Freebies

Freebies! Now, doesn’t that just make your heart flutter?? It’s needlework stuff, and it’s free!

On this particular website, you’ll find good information – various tips and tricks for the hand embroiderer. For example, they have an very nice selection of PDF articles in their archives. Three that I find most interesting are: Introduction to Hardanger, an excellent article on hemstitching, and a great idea for organization – notebook pages for keeping track of your stitches, your embroidery threads, and your embroidery projects.

Besides the PDF articles with pictures and so forth, you’ll also find a good section of tips, with information on things like how to strip your floss, how to calculate design fabric counts, and why it’s sometimes good to use a larger needle.

So even if you don’t generally subscribe to magazines, it’s always a good idea to check out websites of craft and needlework magazines – you never know what little treasures you’ll find… for free!


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  1. Mary,
    Do you get “Stitch” the Embroiderers’ guild publication? I love that one – I only buy 2 that and Inspirations and probably Stitch wins my vote. It is very inspirational and my only complaint is that there should be more in it and that is only because I am greedy!! There is really so much in each issue.

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