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Welcome to the Patterns Patch Blog

Hi, I’m Scarlet and, together with my fellow writers, John and Janis, have created an inspiring, friendly and upbeat club where you can explore cross stitch and learn new techniques from both your fellow members and ourselves.  We share with you insider information, unusual facts, and shortcuts to better stitching. We also include a series […]

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Cross Stitched picture

Cross Stitched Picture: Created From A Favorite Photo – Review

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create a cross stitched picture from your favorite photo or digital image but didn’t know how, or perhaps believed it was either too difficult or too expensive? You have! ​Well! Wonder no more because now you can – easily, cheaply, and by yourself … online!

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Untidy Cross Stitch Stash

How To Keep Your Cross Stitch Stash Organized and Tidy.

Frequently, I see articles in Cross Stitch magazines about the importance of storing your cross stitch stash well in order to be tidier and better organised. These articles usually recommend spending a small fortune on craft tote bags, storage solutions and attractive craft boxes. Now, while these are wonderful objects to own, they are not […]

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counted cross stitch supplies

Counted Cross Stitch Supplies For Newbies Demystified.

If you are new to the world of needlework and embroidery crafts, you might consider trying counted cross stitch. Cross stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which you use x-shaped stitches to form a picture. It is called counted cross stitch because the stitcher counts the threads in each direction so that […]

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essential cross stitch tips

Cross Stitching Tips: 7 Essential Secrets of the Best Stitchers.

In my last article, I wrote about the seven bad habits of cross stitching – those dark secrets that lurk in everyone’s cross stitching past – and even persist when we become more skilled. Today, I’m thinking of the opposite – cross stitching tips: the 7 essential secrets of the best stitchers. You’d think that […]

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cross stitch sins

Bad Cross Stitch: 7 Habits to Avoid.

It’s easy to get into bad habits, isn’t it? Very often, impatience or laziness can prompt us to cut corners or to be sloppy with our work. Not surprisingly, if bad cross stitch habits are not corrected, they soon become cross stitching sins. Sins that rarely save us any time at all, and the results […]

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cross stitch accessories

Cross Stitch Accessories: Nice To Have Or Essential?

Cross stitch is one of the simplest forms of needlework, but can still be daunting to an inexperienced stitcher. Perhaps you are now becoming familiar with the basic concepts of stitching. Maybe you have even done a couple of projects and are starting to feel comfortable with the basic supplies of threads and fabric. Not […]

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cross stitch hoops

Cross Stitch Hoops: Do You Love or Hate Them?

Using cross stitch hoops (or frames) when you embroider is often considered to be essential. I have a small collection of hoops of different sizes, and every now and again I use them. My largest hoop is too big to place among my general stitching stash, so it sits on a shelf, like a huge […]

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cross stitch ideas, what's next

Feeling Jaded? Here Are Some New Cross Stitch Ideas.

Are you looking to try something new for your next cross stitch project, but  undecided on exactly what. Or, perhaps you’re in a bit of a stitching rut? After all, it’s usually easier to stick with what is familiar. Every now and again though, it’s great to broaden our stitching horizons and try something new! […]

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cross stitch specialty threads

Specialty Threads: Tips for Cross Stitch Success

Introducing specialty threads for stitching As we all try to make an extra effort to add shimmer and style to our special occasion stitching projects, there are many challenges that may arise. We know how great specialty threads are – and what they can add to the finished results of our sparkling projects. Metallic or […]

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native american cross stitch

Native American Cross Stitch – A Heritage YOU Can Be Proud Of!

Native American Cross Stitch: A Heritage YOU Can Be Proud Of! The Native American people are proud of their heritage and of their ways. They have endured many tragedies throughout history, but they have stood strong and not turned their backs on those that went before. It is because of their strength and heritage that […]

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