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Stitch Steps: Palestrina stitch

On April 18th 2017

Palestrina stitch goes by several other names as well: Smyrna, double knot, pearl, tied coral and old English knot stitches. It’s a three-step stitch that creates a richly textural line that can resemble a line of beads. It can be worked singly, in lines and with varying lengths to the base stitches. Palestrina stitch RIGHT [...]

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Stitch Steps: Cast-on stitch (single)

On April 18th 2017

Cast-on stitch is related to bullion stitch, but instead of simple wraps, each wrap is individually looped around the shaft of the needle to give a more textural effect to the stitch. It ends up looking a little bit like a buttonhole loop. The stitch can be worked flat, curved or looped and makes lovely [...]

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Zoo BOM Cutting Guide (or Schemas)

On February 3rd 2017

Please note that these diagrams do not include the 3in squares to be cut in Step 8 of Part 1 as only 16 of the 23 colours are used as selected by you. Guide for Cutting Fabrics

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Stitch Steps – Continental (tent) stitch

On February 1st 2017

This is a basic needlepoint stitch used on canvas. It looks like half-cross stitch on the front, but it’s worked differently to give denser coverage. It can be stitched in both horizontal and vertical rows to suit the colour changes in the design. Continental (tent) stitch LEFT Continental (tent) stitch RIGHT

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Stitch Steps – Quarter-, three-quarter cross stitch and backstitch

On January 7th 2017

QUARTER- AND THREE-QUARTER CROSS STITCH + BACKSTITCH Following on from last month’s stitches (cross and half-cross stitch), these partial cross stitches are used for creating smooth curved edges on the design areas instead of stepped angles as with full stitches. Backstitch is used to outline the shapes.  Quarter, three quarter cross stitch and backstitch RIGHT [...]

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Stitch Steps – Cross and Half-cross Stitch

On December 5th 2016

Cross and Half-cross Stitch Typically worked on evenweave fabric or Aida cloth but also stitched freeform, cross stitch is popular with kids starting out, textile artisans and everyone between. Half-cross stitch is used to smooth curves and create shading. The design possibilities are limitless. Cross and half-cross stitch LEFT Cross and half-cross stitch RIGHT

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Stitch Steps – Couching

On October 31st 2016

COUCHING Couching allows you to attach fragile threads and unusual fibres to the surface of the fabric when they can’t be stitched in the usual way. Couching gives you lots of creative freedom to incorporate extra textures in your embroidery.Couching LEFT Couching RIGHT

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Stitch Steps – Magic Chain

On October 3rd 2016

Magic Chain (or Chequered Chain) is a fun, novelty variation of the normal chain stitch with two colours alternating. You can choose dramatically contrasting colours, opposites from the colour wheel or two shades of the same hue.Magic chain stitch LEFT Magic chain stitch RIGHT

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Stitch Steps – Grub Rose (or Bullion Rose)

On September 5th 2016

GRUB ROSE (OR BULLION ROSE) Create a full-blown rose with rounds of curved, overlapping bullion stitches in gradated colour. This is a skill-building exercise and assumes you can already work bullion stitch well. (You can always refresh with our earlier tutorial.)Grub rose LEFT Grub rose RIGHT

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Stitch Steps – Long and Short Stitch

On August 8th 2016

LONG AND SHORT STITCH Ideal for filling areas that are too large for satin stitch, long and short stitch can be worked in gradated colours to give a sense of depth to your embroidery. Using one strand of thread gives the most subtle result, but more strands can be used effectively too. Long and short [...]

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