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.

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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…

Top 10 embroidery tips from Bustle & Sew

Bustle & Sew: Top 10 Tips for Perfect Embroidery

To celebrate the launch of Bustle & Sew embroidery patterns on SewandSo, we asked Bustle & Sew founder and all-round creative goddess Helen to share her top 10 tips for perfect embroidery… from keeping floss in the fridge (yes really!) to a clever way to make sure no one uses your scissors…   Hello, my…

How to use an embroidery hoop

How To Use An Embroidery Hoop

Embroidery hoops are useful tools for both aiding your stitching and displaying your finished pieces. To find out how to use an embroidery hoop, take a look at these tips and instructions from Hoop-la! by Kirsty Neale… Wooden embroidery hoops are easy to source, simple to use and tend to hold fabric more securely than…

How to sew a French knot

How To Sew A French Knot

If you’re serious about cross stitch, you’ll need to know how to sew a French knot. To help you master this skill, here’s some helpful advice from Jane Greenoff’s book, The New Cross Stitcher’s Bible… French knots are small but important little stitches, often used for eyes and other details. They are usually shown as…