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Cross Stitch Fabric- How Much Do I Need? The answer to the question is simple but requires a little maths. The formula is: Stitch Width…
Multiple paged charts are not as complicated as they seem. All they require is a little logic, a different way of stitching, organisation and patience.…
Discontinued Substitute 504 3813 731 732 776 3326 781 782 806 3760 971 740 3773 407 Where both the discontinued number as well as the…
It is a well known fact that as we grow older, every part of our bodies degenerates at some level or another and this includes…
Growing up as a young girl in Cape Town my mom instilled or rather enforced, as moms do, the principle of Safety In Numbers. Sound…
To hoop or not to hoop is a question that often gets asked. The typical and logical answer is that it’s a matter of preference.…
Crochet Basics & Crochet Cotton For everything there is a season and it seems the season for Crochet is returning. I have been dealing with…
Firstly, what is a Fusion Quilt? Quite simply it is a throw or quilt which incorporates different needlecraft fibres and techniques. More specifically, its fibres…
Needlecraft Tips, Tricks & Frequently Asked Questions Most of the questions we get asked as seasoned needlecrafters or retailers have lengthy answers. There are some…
Cross Stitch Kits VS Cross Stitch Patterns Cross stitch kit vs cross stitch pattern is a dilemma that’s been pondered by many a cross stitcher…
Cross Stitch – How To Trying something new can be daunting especially when you are not sure of the how, what and where. Cross stitch…
Needlecraft : Washing and Ironing So you have just completed a beautiful piece of embroidery, be it cross stitch or surface embroidery. You feel a…
Q Snaps – What Are They & How Do I Use Them QSnaps are like embroidery hoops but in a different shape (square or rectangular)…
Needle Minders – What and Why? Needle Minders are not new items on the market as they have been around for some time, but they…
Embroidery Accessories – Basics and Nice To Haves As a retailer I have often been asked by needlecrafters what tools do I NEED? As with…
Cross Stitch Fabric Choices How often have you found yourself in a position where you happily choose your cross stitch design, the colours are preselected…
Beads add another dimension to cross stitch as well as embroidery projects. They add sparkle, petite beads are a good replacement for French knots and…
Blended Threads, also known as tweeding is the quite simply put, using 2 (sometimes more) DIFFERENT colour strands in your needle at the same time.…
Thread Conditioners The purpose of thread conditioners are to reduce the amount of friction on the thread as it goes through the fabric as well…
Gridding Cross Stitch Fabric Gridding entails duplicating some of the lines on the chart to your fabric which makes it easier to keep your place…
Fractional stitches in cross stitch can be very confusing but are infact quite simple to do. The first step to creating them successfully is being…
So you selected a design. You love it and you have planned your stitching hours as if they were a taste of heaven. You scan…
Most new stitchers are overwhelmed when starting their first cross stitch piece simply because they are working on a blank canvas and how on earth…