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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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Ready-to-Stitch Garden Party & Thread Bunnies!



Every year, I find myself preparing some kind of embroidery project in anticipation of Spring – something I can enjoy while winter slides away. Something that promises sunny days and cheery blooms ahead!

Over the past few years, I’ve turned these projects into ready-to-stitch towel sets that you can enjoy, too.

This year’s ready-to-stitch Spring collection is called Garden Party! It’s a light, colorful, whimsical design set, replete with lady bugs, a butterfly, and bright stylized florals scattered along a series of swirly vines.

Garden Party ready to stitch towel set
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Strawberries Part 4: Lattice Work & Some Thread News!


Are you ready for Part 4 of this series on how to embroider strawberries? I am!

Our last installment focused on Burden Stitch as a stylized filling for a strawberry.

But before we go any further, I have two things to tell you:

1. Hallelujah! It is Friday!


2. There’s now a specialty thread pack available for the perle cottons I’m using in the strawberries.

So read on, and I’ll tell you all about it…

How to Embroider Strawberries: Lattice Work
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Embroidery Hoops – Binding & Other Tips


I’m so happy there was a lot of enthusiasm for the square-round embroidery hoop we talked about on Monday! If you wrote in to be on the advanced notice list for those, I have duly placed you on it. I’ll notify you when they’re available again.

In the meantime, I’d like to show you how I bound the inner ring of that hoop using the 3/8″ cotton twill tape that I packaged with the hoop.

Do you have to wrap the inner ring? No. But I think it’s a good idea. It protects your fabric, it adds a touch more friction, and it’s a job you only have to do once if you do it right. It’s worth it!

We’ll also touch on a few tips about using hoops and clarify a misconception or two.

Square round embroidery hoop - tips and binding the hoop
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The Sqround: The Marvelous Square-Round Embroidery Hoop


You know that feeling of delight when you try something out – whether it’s a new piece of embroidery equipment or a new pair of shoes or a bowl of porridge – and you find yourself saying, “Oh yes. This is just right!”?

You half-way sigh and wonder why this wasn’t in your life just a little bit sooner.

Well, that’s how I felt when I started using a rather unique embroidery hoop that I’ve subsequently fallen in love with.

I call it The Sqround.

The Square-Round embroidery hoop
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How to Embroider (Blank): Project Index


This year, we’ll be working our way through a series of tutorials for embroidering (blank) – that is, a number of different embroidery subjects.

We’ve already worked through how to embroider wheat five different ways, and we’re on our way through strawberries at the moment. You can see in the image below a sneak peek of what’s coming up after the strawberries.

How to Embroider (Blank) - tutorial series
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How to Embroider Strawberries: Burden Stitch & Leafy Bits


Time to move along with our embroidered strawberries adventure!

Just to start, I made some corrections on the color list in the first article in the series. I corrected a typo on a DMC color (it should be 3705 in the pinks) and changed one of the House of Embroidery colors (it should be 4C, not “U”).

Last time we met on this project, we talked about blending thread colors in the needle and we stitched a very simple little strawberry.

Today, we’re going to fill one of the larger, plumper strawberries and crown it with some dimensional leafy bits for the sepals.

Let’s move on, shall we?

How to Embroider Strawberries: Burden Stitch and Woven Picots
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Two Stitched Rows … and a Thing


Last time we visited Stitch Fun 2021 – my yearly sampler that I am endeavoring to add a little to every singly day – I’d already laid the foundation for the composite stitch that makes up one of the decorative bands I’ll show you today.

There are a few things here I want to chat about. One is thread. We all like talking about thread, but today’s approach is more by way of a warning!

I need to branch off and get away from decorative bands for a while – and I started to do that the other day and then I lost my bearings.

So here’s where I am so far on this sampler. As we look at it, I’ll note a few thoughts, ideas, problems, and so forth.

Stitch Fun 2021 embroidered sampler
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