One of the constant questions asked by those who are new to hand embroidery is how to transfer a design to fabric so that you can stitch it. I have just stumbled upon Back to Basics useful tips and techniques which is provided by the UK based Embroiderers Guild magazine Stitch. The article covers 3 methods of transfering patterns to fabric, how to use an embroidery hoop, stretch and lace an embroidery frame and when the project is completed how to lace over card in order to present a piece.
The other question I am often asked is how to start and end threads. Pinhead Stitch for Starting (and Ending) Stitching by Beth Katz covers one technique very well. The other method I use often in crazy quilted block is to use a waste knot . If these directions are not clear enough try these at the bottom of the page provided on the DMC site