Embroidery techniques

Here you can learn all about the various embroidery techniques, tips and tricks to help you get the most from your crafts. From bullion stitch to needlework and tapestry, we will help you conquer everything from the basic embroidery stitches to display your designs in a decorative hoop.

History of Redwork

The History of Redwork

The History of Redwork is an interesting one. It gets its name from the type of thread that is used. ‘Turkey Red’ is a special colourfast red floss that was developed in Turkey more than 200 years ago. Prior to this red was typically avoided because the colours either faded or ran making them an…

Breathtaking Blackwork Embroidery Portraits

Every now and again, something comes across our paths that is so beautiful we just have to share it. When I was shown some images of portraits created using the Blackwork embroidery technique I was blown away. The results are just mesmerizing. What do you think? Have you created a blackwork embroidery project or have…

Have You Heard The Hype Around Chicken Scratch Embroidery?

When you hear the phrase Chicken Scratch, embroidery probably isn’t the first thing that will come to your mind! But this mesmerising embroidery technique worked on gingham is everywhere right now and it’s awesome. Even the quickest search on Pinterest will result in some truly wonderful Chicken Scratch embroidery projects. From pillows to table runners, ornaments…

What is Thread Heaven and how do you use it?

Crafts such as hand embroidery and cross stitch are passed down through generations. Often, so are the threads that are used. However, using old thread comes with some problems such as fraying and snapping. This is where Thread Heaven comes in. We all know that feeling; when you get given old, unused, threads from your…

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How to Transfer an Embroidery Design onto Fabric

If you are going to embroider a motif from a drawing, you’ll need to transfer an embroidery design onto the background fabric. There are various ways of doing this, depending on the fabric you are using and the amount of detail in the design. Kate Haxell, author of The Stitch Bible, shares her top methods…

How to Make Stitched Photos

How to Make Stitched Photos

  We’ve fallen head over heels in love with this stitched photos idea by Kirsty Neale, featured in her book Paperie. Stitching on paper is different, but not really any harder, than stitching on fabric, and look at the amazing results you can achieve! Tools for Stitching on Paper Needles – paper blunts needles far…

Top 10 embroidery stitches

Top 10 Embroidery Stitches

Questions a lot people have when starting out with embroidery are ‘What are the basic embroidery stitches?’, ‘What are the best embroidery stitches for beginners?’ and ‘What are the different embroidery stitches?’ So, we thought we would give you step-by-step instructions on some of the top embroidery stitches so you can easily create some beautiful…