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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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Summer Embroidery Project – Sneak Peek!



One of the marvelous things about embroidery is that it can be as serious as you want it to be… or as whimsical.

It can be a Magnum Opus. Or it can be all Fun and Games!

I’m of the opinion that it should occasionally be all fun and games. Otherwise, we might take it too seriously. It might lose its ability to charm us.

And in fact, it might do the opposite of what it does so well: it might end up being a stress producer rather than a stress reducer.

And we wouldn’t want that!

Here’s a project that’s mostly fun and games, except for One Little Detail – one little moderately-wrong decision on my part, which I’ll share with you below.

Happy Camper Embroidery Project
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Colors for Embroidery Projects – Take a Guess!


It is the best of jobs. It is the worst of jobs.

Picking colors for embroidery projects can be great fun – but it can also be really hard!

Today,I’m going to sneak-peek the colors for the next tutorial series (I’ll let you guess what the subject matter is) and chat a bit about selecting colors and narrowing down a final color palette for an embroidery project… or at least, how I do it, for what it’s worth!

We’ll also discuss a few miscellaneous tips for project organization.

Choosing colors for embroidery projects
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Weekend Reading: Old Needlework Books Online


I love to come across old needlework books available online. There are several good sources for public domain embroidery books that are digitally archived, thanks to the effort of many institutions and individuals.

For your weekend reading, inspiration, leisure, perusal, browsing, curiosity, or for downloading for later, I thought I’d highlight a few online books from my own lists.

While I have physical copies of a couple of these, they’re not in the best shape! So when I want to glean a tidbit of information, or maybe find some inspiration for designs or projects, I prefer to look at them digitally.

You’ll also find some tips below on how to view and download.

I hope you enjoy these!

Old embroidery books online - public domain
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Embroidered Daisies Part 5: Satin Stitch & Finished!


Rainy Wednesdays are a perfect day for embroidering daisies, and today, we’re going to finish up the series on How to Embroider Daisies with this final installment!

If you’re just joining in, you’ll find all the previous tutorials in this series here.

Scroll down for the Daisies, which were are the third project in the series. Earlier this year, we looked at How to Embroider Wheat and How to Embroider Strawberries. And there are a few more to come in 2021!

If you’re a member over on Patreon, you’ll already find the printable PDF for this installment available for download. I put parts 4 & 5 together in the same PDF.

In Part 5, we’re going to look at a relatively simple final daisy. It’s worked in satin stitch with French knots for the center. There are two key tips, though, that will help you create a great satin stitched daisy.

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Stitch Fun: Multi-colored Ribbed Wheels


How about a quick tutorial on how to stitch multi-colored ribbed wheels?

I’m a huge fan of ribbed stitches. We’ll actually talk about them a little bit later this month, as we compare two types of stitches and discuss how the direction of a stitch can change everything!

For now, this little Stitch Fun! tutorial is pretty basic, but it will help you create uniform color changes on ribbed wheels and other similar stitches.

Stitch Fun: Multi-colored Ribbed Wheel Stitches
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Embroidery Daisies 4: Long & Short Stitch and Turkey Work


It’s time to get back to embroidered daisies! Yay!

Our last installment of these tutorials on how to embroider daisies covered a lot! Today’s tutorial doesn’t cover quite as much.

Today, we’re going to look at Daisy #4, which is embroidered in long and short stitch, with a turkey work center.

This is my favorite daisy in this series of tutorials.

How to embroider daisies: long & short stitch with turkey work
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Kit Re-Runs: Leafy Tree, Stockings, & You?


Well, well – a Glorious Wednesday to you! Things have been hopping here in the studio this week. I keep thinking the pace is bound to slow down, but it doesn’t.

Among various other tasks, I’ve been pulling out my ordering lists to re-run kits that I’ve already produced, that you might be interested in.

I’ve had a couple requests for the Leafy Tree kit and the Mini Sampler Stockings kits. I’d like to get the opinion of a wider audience, so I thought I’d ask you!

Embroidered Tree with Large Leaves
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