Scarlet our Editor image

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 website for you to explore cross stitch and learn new techniques.  We share with you insider information, unusual facts, and shortcuts to better stitching. We’ll also include a series of topical themes, returning to them regularly, […]

Continue Reading
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 […]

Continue Reading
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 […]

Continue Reading
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 […]

Continue Reading
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 […]

Continue Reading
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 […]

Continue Reading
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! […]

Continue Reading
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 […]

Continue Reading
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 […]

Continue Reading
beautiful eyes

Why It’s Important To Take Care of Your Eyes When Stitching

Today, I visited Karen, a friend of mine who has recently suffered from sight loss. One of the first things she said to me was, “Whatever else you do Scarlet, take good care of your eyes! I didn’t …”. Fortunately, she can still see strong colors and shapes, and she uses this ability to continue […]

Continue Reading
follow your passion

Follow Your Passion And Aim For A Truly Fulfilled Life!

This article is NOT directly related to Cross Stitch, But, you know what? Stitchers, in the main, are well-rounded, intelligent people with all sorts of different interests, some of which they are truly passionate about. Most people generally feel happier and more content when doing, watching or reading something that really catches their attention and […]

Continue Reading
X

Forgot Password?

Join Us