2021 Band sampler rolling along

It’s time for another update about my annual sampler which I introduced last month here. It has been fun stitching it and is I admit, addictive. For those who have just swung by and don’t know the backstory, my sampler is what some stitchers would call a stitch roll. The …

TAST Week 8

TAST Week 8 The TAST Week 8 stitch for Take-a-Stitch-Tuesday 2019 is running stitch. At first glance, this stitch looks too simple for words. It is a really easy stitch – but it is also tremendously versatile. Visit the tutorial to see some of the techniques that use running stitch, alongside the …

Laced Pekinese

Laced Pekinese is a stitch that creates a great braid like texture yet unlike many of the heavy embroidery stitches it can follow a curved line well because Pekinese stitch has a foundation of back stitches. Also since it has a foundation of back stitches it makes a good stitch …

TAST Week 7

TAST Week 7 For TAST Week 7 2019 I am introducing  Detached Chain stitch. Many people know detached chain as Lazy Daisy stitch because stitchers have long enjoyed using this stitch to create the petals of little flower motifs. Detached chain is a fun stitch that is quick and easy to …

Tips and Tricks for National Embroidery Month

Just a quick heads up. In The US it is National Embroidery Month. As part of the celebrations, Christen Brown has rounded up a number of the C&T authors to share their best Embroidery tips and tricks. Writers that contributed their best tips are myself, Aimee Ray, author of Doodle …

Shin-Bijutsukai Japanese design magazine

Shin-Bijutsukai a Japanese design magazine that was published in the early 1900’s edited by illustrator and designer Korin Furuya. The magazine was published monthly and issues were bound together which have since been turned into free ebook. Copies are available as a free ebook provided by the Smithsonian Libraries, downloadable …

TAST Week 6

TAST Week 6 TAST Week 6 is here already! The TAST stitch to learn and experiment with is Herringbone Stitch.  Herringbone stitch is another of those key stitches that many people first learn when new to hand embroidery.  I hope those readers who are attempting this stitch for the first time enjoy …