Category Archives: Needlework

Mostly embroidery, but some cross stitch and needlepoint.

A Fresh Round of Embroidery and Quilting Books

I saw a couple of embroidery and sewing books that seemed to have a fresh approach so bought three of them for my collection. 1) Modern Folk Embroidery: 30 Contemporary Projects for Folk Art Inspired Designs by Nancy Nicholson I … Continue reading

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Perle Cotton for Embroidered Nightgowns

I’m having difficulty embroidering and sewing due to a shoulder impingement and attendant tendinitis and nerve pain, but I started embroidering the bodice of a nightie, and I’m chipping away at it as I can. The fabric is a softly … Continue reading

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Books, Bugs, Birds, Textiles, and Pre-Raphaelite Muses and Music

Assorted reflections from the past few months… I read Shoe Dog, Phil Knight’s memoir of Nike and shoes and life which I found to be a page turner. It’s always interesting to hear the inside story of business. Generally I’ve … Continue reading

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Little Turtle Pin Cushion

I have been wanting to make this for months and finally found an excuse when I was reviewing a pretty deck of cards with artwork of animals. It was designed by Kathy Shaw from Shawkl Designs and is a free … Continue reading

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Helen M. Stevens Embroidery Books

You would never know it, but I was a passionate quilter for 30 years before I became interested in doing more embroidery, principally because quilting now hurts my back and knees. I still quilt but not as passionately; I will … Continue reading

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Boxes and Biographies

I have been trying to find some books on embroidering boxes so I can do up a box for the gorgeous Tarot of the Absurd. I have instructions for making boxes from illustration board in at least two of my … Continue reading

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Embroidery Progress and New Threads

I am doing well on my purse flap. I just have to outline the motif on the left and then I can start filling it in. The woman I was trying to order some variegated Presencia Finca #12 perle cotton … Continue reading

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