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Cross-stitching and needlework

Tips For Stitching With Variegated & Metallic Floss

Adding an extra dimension to your cross stitch projects

Specialty threads such as variegated and metallic floss can add a fun and interesting dimension to your projects but there are some things to keep in mind when using these types of floss to ensure success and avoid frustration!…..

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Washing & Ironing Your Finished Cross Stitch Project

It's scary, but it has to be done

Congratulations! You have finally finished your pretty cross stitch project, but all those hours of handling the fabric and stitching have left their mark. No matter how careful you are the fabric will inevitability become a bit grubby and marked due to the natural oils in your skin and just being handled for that length of time and if you use a hoop or snap frame you will have some pretty obvious creases

The thought of washing a project that you have invested hundreds or possibly thousands of hours of work in can be daunting: What if the colours run? What if the iron ruins the stitches? What if it shrinks?

I will give you some tips on how to wash and iron your finished pieces …


Learn how to safely wash your cross-stitch

Happy Independence Day!

Free chart designed by Thread-Bare to mark Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to all our American friends !

We are releasing this free chart to mark the occasion based on the image below:


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Happy Canada Day 150 !

Free chart designed by Thread-Bare in honor of Canada Day

In honor of Canada day 150 we are making a free chart available for download based on this wolf image

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The same pattern is available in 3 different print sizes. These charts were created using the new thread-bare pattern making tool that we’re working on and hope to make available online very soon. If you stitch it, we’d love if you sent us images of your completed work!

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Size, Color, Sharpening & Dithering for Custom Cross-Stitch Chart Design

Choosing the best options to produce great looking patterns

Completing a rich, beautiful cross-stitch piece can take a long period of time and considerable effort as well as the cost of materials involved. If you’re going to work on even a moderate sized piece, you want to be sure it’s going to look good before you start. It all begins with the patten design to create the best chart possible..

But there’s always a balance to find. Of course making the pattern incredibly detailed and using every color in the DMC palette will look absolutely fantastic - but it will also add to the time, effort and cost to complete. Often you can reduce the size or reduce the number of colors without any noticeable impact on the finished design. In fact, using the right options can make it look even better while also making it easier and less expensive to produce.

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Glossary of Common Cross-Stitching Terms and Descriptions

Common words and phrases used in cross stitching

If you hang out on any cross stitch forums or groups there are a number of terms and abbreviations you may come across, some of which can be quite confusing at first. Here is a list of explanations and definitions ….

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Changing the Perception of Cross-Stitching - One Stitch at a Time

It's time to lose the kitschy granny stereotype

Why do you bother with that? How much did it cost? I couldn’t be bothered with all that, What’s the point? Wow how old are you? granny crafting… old lady hobby … my grandma used to do that … I didn’t think anyone young did that anymore ……

These are just some of the comments I and many other cross stitchers have heard so many times when we say I like to cross-stitch never-mind the surprised or puzzled looks and smirks.

Is it really fair and accurate?.....

Basic Cross Stitching Technique Tutorial

How to begin cross-stitching

Let’s get stitching !! Here we will review the basic stitching techniques to get started with your cross stitching projects …

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Work in Progress - Blue Dragon HAED

Large Dragon from Heaven & Earth Designs

This is one of my current large projects, I’ll be updating this post occasionally with pictures to show progress….

The design is called Blue Dragon, based on artwork by Kayomi Harai, the chart is available for purchase from Heaven and Earth Designs.

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Examples of Coverage Across Different Thread Counts

Choosing the right number of strands for your material

As I described in my previous article on supplies, after you have chosen the fabric you will use for your project you need to decide how many strands of floss you will use to stitch. Let’s look at some examples….


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