Mary Corbet

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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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Hedgehog Handworks: Final Clearance & Closing


Earlier this spring, I told you that one my favorite embroidery shops, Hedgehog Handworks, is closing.

Joady is retiring after many, many years of great service in the needlework world. The ‘Hog will be sorely missed!

This week, though Thursday, June 15th, Hedgehog is accepting final orders from their website. Everything is marked down at least 25%, so it’s a good time to get some good deals on their remaining stock of needlework supplies.

Here are some delectable things that are still available at the time of writing this, that are a really good deal and worth considering if you’re in the market for stash building, new threads, and new tools.

Hedgehog Handworks Closing - Final Sale
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Stem Stitch Tip: Those Tight Little Curls


I use a lot of stem stitch when I embroider – primarily, because it’s a pretty stitch, but also because it’s so versatile.

I can use it as a filling, and even as a shaded filling. I can use it for fine lines or heavy lines. I can use it as a foundation for other composite stitches. There are heaps of ways to use the stem stitch!

One of my favorite ways to use the stem stitch is for delicate lines that curl at the tips. Sometimes, though, it can be tricky to get the stem stitch to curl around a tight curve correctly.

So today’s stitch tip is a simple one, and pretty quick! Here’s how to stitch tight little curls with stem stitch. The same principle can be applied to hairpin turns, too, and any tight curves in stem stitch.

Stem Stitch Tip: Tight Curls
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What Stitch Where: 5 Tips for Selecting Embroidery Stitches


Have you ever started an embroidery project from scratch, with just a line drawing, and found yourself wondering, “What stitches should I use?”

Whether you’re new to embroidery or you’ve been stitching for a while, chances are, you’ve run into the What Stitch Where dilemma.

Today, I’m going to share five basic tips with you, to help you gain confidence in selecting your own stitches for hand embroidery projects. Down the road a bit, we’ll revisit the topic in much greater detail – let me I’ll explain why…

What Stitch Where? 5 Tips for Choosing Embroidery Stitches
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News Snips: Textiles, Costumes, Needlework Travel & Winners!


Happy First Saturday of June! Hard to believe it’s June, isn’t it?

This month marks the 11th anniversary of Needle ‘n Thread! I think I’ll have to do something special for you, come mid-month. Any suggestions?

I’ve had some fun gathering together some needlework news snips for your weekend perusal, and yes, the winners of last week’s silk thread give-away!

This week, it’s a bit o’ this and a bit o’ that. Travel seems to be on my mind lately, so there’s quite a bit on textile or needlework related travel.

Grab a cup of your favorite liquid indulgence – for me, it’s a creamy cup of beaten coffee this morning – and let’s go for a wander!

Needlework News Snips, June 2017
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Confessions of a Disorganized Stitcher


I am not a Stitching Saint. Not by a long shot!

I try to be organized. I try to abide by all the good habits that, deep down in my Heart of Hearts, I know would make me a more efficient, and perhaps a better, stitcher.

But, sometimes (ok, let’s be brutally honest here – more often than not!), I fail.

Case in point: thread organization while test stitching on this project.

Confessions of a Disorganized Stitcher - Embroidery Thread Organization Tips
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