Embroidery

If you love embroidery, needlecraft or modern stitchery then read on… We have a huge selection of free embroidery patterns and contemporary needlework for you to get stuck into as well as tips, tricks and inspiration on how to use an embroidery hoop and frame.

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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Modern Folk Embroidery | Sneak Peek

The trend for folk art inspired embroidery designs goes on, and this collection of embroidery designs by leading designer, Nancy Nicholson, is the only book that takes a contemporary look at how folk art is influencing contemporary stitching. Modern Folk Embroidery is stunning from start to finish. Nancy Nicholson is heavily inspired by Scandinavian and Eastern…

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Modern Folk Embroidery | Blog Hop

We are really excited about the launch of Modern Folk Embroidery. The fabulous new book from Nancy Nicholson. To celebrate the release of Modern Folk Embroidery we are running a blog hop in which some extremely talented craft bloggers will look and the book and create some of the projects from inside. This is a…

16 Creative Embroidery Hoop Ideas

The humble embroidery hoop is not only an essential tool for needlework, it can also have creative uses too. And we’re not just taking about using it to frame your work – which is a given – there are LOTS of other exciting embroidery hoop ideas, as you will see… 1. Mirror, Mirror Decorate your…

Trend Alert: Embroidered Denim

The latest trend to cross the divide from craft to fashion, embroidered denim can be found everywhere this season, from the catwalk to the high street, and we can’t get enough of it! From Dolce & Gabbana to Top Shop, embroidered denim is everywhere – on jeans, jackets, skirts, shirts, bags… you name it. And…

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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…

Summer craft

10 reasons to teach your children to stitch this summer

The 6 week summer holidays have started and for many a holiday away is just around the corner. But what can you do for the rest of the holidays? When you are trying to stop the continual watching of Netflix, crafting can be the ideal activity to kerb the boredom and create a life long…