The French knot is one of those hand embroidery stitches that's either your best friend or your worst enemy. They're tricky, but (sigh) they're also really useful. Cluster them together for a dense, textured filling. Scatter them loosely for an airy lightness to your embroidery. Or make isolated stitches if your design needs a little punctuation. So don't let a bad experience shake you — we can help you nail this.
How to pull embroidery floss from a skein without knotting
Most embroidery floss skeins, like those produced by DMC, are called pull skeins. They are designed so that when one end is pulled (slowly and carefully), the floss will come come out of the skein without getting tangled. Sounds great, right? The problem is, if you pull the wrong end, instead of being knot free, your s
All About Embroidery Needles - Types, Storage & Resources
Hand embroidery is a relatively inexpensive and easy craft to take up, because, unlike most other hobbies, the basic tools required for embroidery are simple, few, and affordable. While the woodworker needs saws and carving tools, the weaver needs a loom, the cake decorator needs bags and tips, t
Basic Embroidery Stitches: Pictures, Diagrams, and How-Tos
With just a few basic stitches, you can create dynamic embroidered effects. Combine the basics and you can elevate the texture and dimension of your designs. Don't be afraid to allow yourself creative leeway. Make your own variations; you may be surprised at the results! Follow the step-by-step instructions to learn the essential stitches.
Hand Embroidery: Lettering and Text 4: Stem Stitch
Stem stitch is a beautiful rope-like hand embroidery stitch that works great for writing with a needle and thread. There are two real difficulties with stem stitch: stitch direction and curves. I'll try to eliminate both of those difficulties in this tutorial.Before venturing into the tutorial, you
Prepping and Storing Your Embroidery Floss - a tutorial — Ms. Cleaver - Creations for a Handmade Life
Embroidery floss is one of those supplies that seems to sneak up on you. I did for me. I'd buy a couple of skeins for a project here, then a half-dozen for another project there. I'll tell myself that I'd wind them onto the little cardboard bobbins, and organize them into binders or boxes, but more