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Bell Pull Quilt star
A reader question in the forum got me thinking about bell pulls & how you can display them in an unusual way

Care of your Embroidery Tools star
Your embroidery tools are vital to producing an exquisite finished product, so make sure you take good care of them.

Copyright and Embroidery star
You´ve bought a pattern, and your friend asks for a copy. Or perhaps you´re having a fundraiser, and want to sell embroidered articles with your favorite football team logo on them. Just what can and can´t you do with your embroidery patterns?

Creative Embroidery in a Place Mat Edging star
Creative buttonhole stitch for edging table linens!

Creative Embroidery; Open Buttonhole Stitch for Trimming star
I like to experiment with embroidery stitches on items I make for my children and grandchildren. Lately, I´ve been using an open buttonhole stitch on doll clothes -- along the hems of the skirt and edges of the sleeves.

Cross Stitch Basics - Before you Start to Stitch star
Although geared towards Cross Stitch, this article gives a list of the basic items you should have in your embroidery workbox, no matter what style of embroidery you are embarking upon.

Designing & Charting Programs star
Every embroiderer has the dream of designing her own pieces, and carting programs seem to offer this opportunity, by allowing you to use scanned images to create a chart. Why, then is the result often less than desirable?

Dressing a Slate Frame star[offsite link]
Slate Frames are one of the best ways to work your larger needlework pieces. In this article, Sabrina de la Bere explains how to setup your work on a slate frame.

Five Basic Freestyle Embroidery Stitches star
Freestyle embroidery looks intricate and hard, but by mastering these five basic stitches, you can turn out complex pieces with ease!

Five Crewel Embroidery Stitches star
Now you’ve mastered basic embroidery stitches, it’s time to take it to the next level and look at some Crewel Embroidery stitches.

Hand Embroidery Success Strips star[offsite link]
An interesting site that offers instruction on some basic embroidery stitches

Hints for Entering Embroidery Competitions star
Entering a piece in an embroidery competition may seem simple, but there are some tricks that will help your chances of success.

Inspired to Design star
Ever wondered how to get inspiration to design your own piece of embroidery? Just look around you!

Keeping the Back of your Work Tidy star
Many people want to know why you shouldn’t knot thread or use long carrying threads in your embroidery. Well, here’s why! A neat back to your stitching really does make a difference!

Making Changes and Substitutions in a Project star
All embroiderers love to make changes to their basic projects. By following a few simple rules, these changes can greatly enhance your project - rather than being a mess.

Millions of Uses for Motifs star
Motifs are the most useful designs in embroidery. You can use them for just about anything! This article also includes a FREE pattern for you.

Model Stitching star
Model Stitchers are a very important part of ensuring that a finished embroidery design is stitchable.

Preventing and Removing Dye Bleeding and Running star
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.

Redwork star
You may have heard of Redwork as both an embroidery and quilting technique, and could be confused as to what it is. The short answer is: it’s both!

Sell or Swap Your Stash star
Can’t afford new stuff for your embroidery habit? Then why not sell off or swop some of your old stash!

Signing your Stitching star
Artists sign their pieces - so why not embroiderers?

Stitching for Fun and Profit! star
Want to earn a bit extra cash? Or just find a way to stitch projects without having to outlay anything? Here are 3 ways you can use your skills for profit - as well as fun!

Stitching on Specialty Fabrics star
There are many ways to make your embroidery look sumptuious. One of these is to use a specialty fabric -such as silk or velvet - as the backing fabric. Learn the tricks of stitching on these special fabrics.

Storing Your Embroidery Supplies star
It’s always important that embroidery supplies are stored correctly, otherwise they can fall victim to all sorts of nasties!

Taking part in a Round Robin star
As the name suggests, a Round Robin is a group of stitchers who all contribute to a piece of embroidery. It´s fun and you can meet great new friends!

Taking your Stitching on Vacation star
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!

Thread Painting star
Thread Painting is a technique common to both Machine and Hand Embroidery

Transferring Embroidery Patterns to Fabric star
Transferring your pattern to fabric before you start to stitch can be one of the hardest things. Here are some tips to make it a little easier.

Using Embroidery to Decorate Your Home star
How often have you looked around your home and wanted to change the décor – to make it look a bit more upmarket? Or to change it’s look and style completely? Why not use your embroidery skills to give a designer look!

Using Fabric Stabilisers in your Embroidery star
Using a fabric stabiliser means that you can stitch on fabric that ordinarily would be too fine to hold your stitching.

When you Don't Need a Hoop star
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.

Why Do I Have So Many UFO's? star
Every embroiderer has them – the UFO’s that lurk, glaring at us each time we see them. Why, however, do we start but not finish these embroideries? Boredom? Or something more?

Win a Book in our Forum Competition star
How would you like to win a copy of "The Encyclopedia of Stitches" edited by Karen Hemingway?

Your Basic Workbox star
One of the most common things asked about embroidery is "What basic Tools should I use". In this article, I start to take a look at embroidery tools.

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