How to Hand Embroider Top Knotted Buttonhole

This stitch is a variety of buttonhole stitch which has a knot set at the top of each arm. Instead of working it in a straight line you can vary the length of the arms to create patterns. You can use it as a couching stitch to hold down novelty …

Crazy quilt seam detail 438

This embellished seam is part of  block 65 of the I dropped the button box Quilt. A trail of beads sits above Cretan stitch which is worked in a metallic yarn. What is the story? This regular series aims to illustrate and document the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my …

R. Ackermann’s Repository of fashions a free ebook online

R. Ackermann’s Repository of fashions was published 1829 and has been digitized and made available as free Google ebook. For those with a tablet it is easily read or you can view it on your computer. The book contains some really lovely fashion plates of the day which will be …

For the Love of Stitching Sampler Band 613

This area is found on section 44 of The for Love of Stitching Band Sampler. It is another of those little  journal /autobiographical snips. Every year Canberra had a very big flower show called Floriade and every year I go. Here I welcomed the season by stitching it on my sampler. Stitch: The …

Scroll Stitch Step by Step Tutorial

At first glance Scroll Stitch does not look too exciting but it is one of those stitches where using different threads creates all sorts of interesting effects from a braid like stitch to a line of spaced knots. You can work it on a tight curve and looks good when used …