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Fast Framing for Your Embroidery Art

Fast Framing for Your Embroidery Art

Looking for a fancier option for framing your embroidery art? I've got a quick method for framing behind glass that is super cheap and simple to do at home.

 Note: This pattern is available through my Craftsy Class! Find out more info here.

Materials:
1. Finished embroidery art in the hoop
2. Fabric scissors
3. Craft glue.  I prefer Aleene's acid-free.
4. Craft clamps if needed
5. Shadow box

 

Scroll down for the procedure or just watch the video here:

 

Procedure:

1.  Ensure your fabric is TIGHT in...


Hand Embroidered Lettering

Hand Embroidered Lettering

You've just completed a lovely piece of embroidered art but have decided that it is missing something - text! It can be so fun to add a favorite quote or name to your work, but what stitch should you use?

Below I've included a look at my favorite hand embroidery stitches for lettering. Scroll down for information on each stitch, plus photos and a full video tutorial (almost an hour long!) with demos for each stitch and variations.  I used a full strand of 6-ply cotton embroidery floss for all of the examples included here in photo and video, but...


Stitch Along Beginner's Pattern - Update!

Stitch Along Beginner's Pattern - Update!

I decided to give my free beginner's pattern a facelift!  Plus, I now have an affordable option in the shop to purchase a kit.  The pattern is still free, but I am now offering the supplies at cost to help you get started.  

Here's what's new!

    In addition to the embroidery stitches covered in the original pattern, I cover the following in the video update:

    • Brick Stitch
    • Reverse Chain Stitch
    • Chain Stitch
    • French Knots - single vs triple wrapped
    • Couching
    • Whipped Back Stitch
    • Whipped Stem Stitch
    • "Triple" Stitch 
    ...


    Satin Stitch Secrets

    Satin Stitch Secrets

    For the longest time I avoided satin stitch at all costs.  What was the point? A machine was always going to do a better job than I could - why put myself through the painful process of trying to make perfect stitches when they will never truly be perfect? 

    Did you know that perfectionism is really just a form of procrastination? Yep.  That sort of all or nothing thinking ("If I am not going to do it perfect then there is no point in even trying") will get you NOWHERE. 

    So once I got over myself I just...


    Assembling Hand Embroidered Jewelry

    Assembling Hand Embroidered Jewelry

    UPDATE APRIL 2020: My new jewelry kits are here! You can find the tropical plants kits here and the eucalyptus kit here. The favorite flowers kit (shown in the video below) is no longer stocked.

    So you've stitched up some gorgeous embroidery art.  Now what? Let's turn it into jewelry!

    I have been working with the lovely folks over at Nunn Design to come up with a super easy way to make your own hand embroidered jewelry.  I know close to nothing about jewelry design and...