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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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Tips for Cross Stitch Success with Specialty Threads

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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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 […]

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Thread Heaven: No More Cross Stitch Knots and Tangles – Guaranteed!

In my last article, I wrote about storing your threads (floss) in such a way that they would remain easy to find, store and identify – to spare the frustrations of losing important shades of thread just as you needed them. Today, I’m going to focus on another challenge relating to threads – that is […]

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How To Keep Your Cross Stitch Projects in Safe Storage.

Do you have a number of projects on the go at a time? I know I do. I have a several projects ‘on hold’ while I complete some Christmas cards and tree ornaments. There are some disadvantages of putting away your long term projects into cross stitch storage, however. Not least being that the momentum […]

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How to Avoid Eye Strain When Cross Stitching.

Do This Sound Familiar? Many people who enjoy cross stitch are familiar with that feeling of tired eyes and a headache that follows a satisfying evening of stitching. We all love to achieve great results, but we shouldn’t have to suffer afterwards for our pleasure. So, how to avoid eye strain? Good question, and fortunately […]

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Washing Cross Stitch – Why Should I Do That?

Why Should I wash cross stitch? Well! If you’re anything like me you’ll tend to end up with a few marks on your newly completed project. Plus, while you were stitching, natural oils from your hands were being transferred to your material and threads; dust was settling on it as well. These need removing before […]

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How to Create Beautiful Bracelets From Peyote Stitch Patterns

How to Use Peyote Stitch Patterns to Create Beautiful Beaded Bracelets

  A very old and traditional stitching technique is that of either creating a pattern by fastening beads to fabric by stitching or simply weaving tiny beads together. Peyote stitch patterns have been around for a very long time. The Egyptians created burial garments using these patterns over 4000 years ago! The practice of creating patterns […]

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Framing Cross Stitch – How Can I Do it Myself?

You can of course take your recently completed cross stitch piece to a professional for framing; many stitchers do. Perhaps that’s what you too have done in the past, and are perfectly happy with the results. On the other hand, you may have done the framing of your own cross stitch pieces in the past, with […]

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