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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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Embroidering with Floche: Some Tips


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Thanks to all who purchased the Garden-Bright floche thread pack last week!

I was really excited to get those launched, and from the feedback so far, I’m glad to hear you’re as enthusiastic as I am about the threads! We have more floche winging its way to us right now, and we’ll be restocking those packs as soon as possible.

I’ve received a few questions about floche since launching the thread packs, so I’m going to revisit the thread here with a few little tips.

I’ve written so much about this thread already, though, that I’m pretty sure most questions you’d have about it are already available here, in-depth, on the website. Feel free to use the link at the end of this article to explore the thread in more depth.

Stitching with Floche - Tips
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Cotton Quartet 10: Finishing the Edge


My friends, it is time to finish Cotton Quartet! Yay!!

It was a long project, but a fun one! I’m not sure it quite fits the notion of a “Snippet,” but I hope you enjoyed it and learned a lot while you worked through it.

If you’re just joining in on this project, you’ll find a project index here that will take you step-by-step through creating Cotton Quartet. Each article contains tips & techniques for completing the project and links to other helpful tutorials.

Members of the Needle ‘n Thread community on Patreon already have all the instructions in four downloadable PDFs. You’ll find all the download posts listed under the tag Cotton Quartet, if you’re logged in as a member.

Installment #10 is pretty brief. We’re going to add the decorative beaded edge around the outside of the finished needlework tool wallet.

Cotton Quartet: finishing the beaded edge
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A Great Way to Try Floche: Garden Bright Color Collection


A project that we’ve been working on for a while here in the studio is putting together some glorious thread packs of cotton floche.

Cotton floche is one of my favorite hand embroidery threads, and I want to do my bit to give people the opportunity to stitch with it. To that end, we’ve gathered together a collection of what I call Garden-Bright Colors into a new offering available now in my shop.

If you have always wanted to try floche, or if you are already a tried-and-true lover of floche thread but hesitant to invest in full hanks, these floche packs are a great way to start a collection of the thread for use in multiple projects.

Cotton Floche Thread Packs
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Field Trip: The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures


A few weeks ago, while visiting friends in Kansas City, I had the opportunity to spend some time at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures.

Did you know that there’s a national museum of toys and miniatures? And did you know it’s in Kansas City? Even though many people consider Kansas a fly-over state, I just want you to know that we have some Real Happenin’ Things out here!

This museum is one of them. It’s a gem. I could spend hours and hours on the first floor, which houses the Most Spectacular collection of miniatures. These tiny little works of art are enchanting and mesmerizing.

Needlework figures into these miniature worlds in numerous ways, so I thought I’d share some quick snaps with you, to whet your appetite for more and encourage you to visit the museum if you’re ever out this way.

National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
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Cotton Quartet 9: Assembly & the Inside


Today, we get one step closer to the end of Cotton Quartet, a stitch-along project here on Needle ‘n Thread that we’ve been working on for a while.

After this installment, we only have one more step to go, and you’ll have a beautiful tool wallet for your favorite scissors and needles!

Before we launch into today’s lesson, a little tip: read through the whole article before you begin this part of the project. This is a long article today, with a lot of photos.

For members on Patreon, you already have this lesson (and all the lessons to finish Cotton Quartet) – they are part of the 4th PDF posted a week ago.

Cotton Quartet tool wallet: Assembly & inside
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Letters on a Large Embroidery Frame


Good morning, and welcome back! I hope you had a lovely weekend. We had a grand ole time out here in Kansas with the family. The weekend extended a little longer than originally planned, but all for a good cause! Nothing like a little family togetherness to highlight the summer!

But it’s good to get back into the swing of things here at the studio, where Anna and I are moving forward in small steps on the large goldwork project that we talked about a couple weeks ago.

Goldwork lettering for altar covers
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