Category Archives: Design sites

Inspiration and links

I sent this video to Kathy at The Unbroken Thread, and she absolutely loved it. So I am reposting it here for my readers too. This is for anyone feeling discouraged that their stitching isn’t perfect: I also added a … Continue reading

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New Threads for the Bluebirds

There was a thread sale at my local needlework shop, so I went looking for something extra nice to work my bluebirds with! The larger skeins are Caron Impressions (50% silk, 50% wool), and have a really lovely sheen while … Continue reading

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embroidery in San Francisco

Y’all, I am dashing around San Francisco on vacation this weekend. It is great!!!! I wanted to mention that I found the most wonderful gallery with a truly, truly AMAZING series of embroideries. It’s the Asian Arts Center, open Monday … Continue reading

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Xiang Silk Embroidery

OK, I swear the number of embroidery projects I’m working on simultaneously is not exponentially increasing. Really. This blog is definitely not helping though – I keep finding more things to try out. Regardless, I wanted to mention a wonderful … Continue reading

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Gifts from Portugal: Castelo Branco embroidery

After my last post on Castelo Branco embroidery, Méri mailed me two Portuguese magazines about it, plus some gorgeous silks (so incredibly generous of her!). I’m so excited! I will definitely be trying it soon! The first magazine is “Bordados … Continue reading

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Little mouse

OK, y’all, I totally started another new project. But at least it’s a small one! I wanted to work on one I could finish quickly. Isn’t this mouse just adorable? It’s a kit from Woodland Threads, which is a Canadian … Continue reading

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Derwentwater Designs

I thought I’d mention some kits that caught my eye the other day. These are combination cross-stitch center/blackwork frame designs of wildlife from Rose Swalwell of Derwentwater Designs (couldn’t find the designer homepage, so I picked a shop). In the … Continue reading

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Yet more crewel

I seem to have plenty of crewel embroidery fans reading my blog, so I will mention two more companies from the other side of the world, in case y’all don’t know about them. Here are three designs from Cindy Cooper … Continue reading

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Plas Teg Bellpull

This is the Plas Teg Bellpull from the Mary Jane Collection (2 feet by 6 inches). I’ve had this for a while. I was so excited about this design that I went and got the floss for it, even though … Continue reading

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O Canada

I was thinking. My philosophy of embroidery is: I know how to doggie paddle so why not jump in the deep end? Sink or swim, y’all! If I get stuck then I desperately hope that Needle ‘n Thread can bail … Continue reading

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