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Preparing your Thread
With any skill, there are some tricks in embroidery that will give your work a more professional look – and the best one is to prepare your thread before using it.
When you Don't Need a Hoop
Although most of your embroidery will look better if you use a hoop or frame to stitch, there are some stitches that work best when worked without.
Choosing a Needle - Hand Sewing
The right tools for the right job – every tradesperson knows it. And it’s just as important in embroidery that you use the right needle for the project you are doing.
Assisi embroidery is also known as voided work or reserva, and is one of the monochromatic family of embroidery techniques. If you can do cross stitch, you can do Assisi!
Sewing and Embroidery Machine Maintenance
A machine – whether it is used for general sewing or for embroidery – is an investment and with a little regular maintenance, it will give you years of service.
Freestyle Machine Embroidery
It’s time to spread your machine embroidery wings. Step away from the digitised designs, and start freestyling!
The Duchess of Cambridge's Wedding Gown
The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress has gone on display, and there are some beautiful photos that show detail of the exquisite work done on the hand made lace.
Taking your Stitching on Vacation
Going on vacation doesn’t mean that you need to leave your stitching behind. With some simple preparation you can take your embroidery with you for those times when you just itch to stitch!
Preventing and Removing Dye Bleeding and Running
Nothing can be more annoying than having the colour from your thread bleeding and staining your embroidery piece. In this article, I’ll be looking at ways of preventing this, and removing stains that have already happened.
Two popular forms of Japanese embroidery are Nihon Shishu and Sashiko – both very different, and yet both exquisite in their own ways.
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