In case you missed my email newsletter in December, you can now order a free PDF file for the Holly Instructions from the following page of my website: Holly Free Instructions
The holly is worked as a 2-sided embroidery so that the back of the embroidery looks like the same as the front.
The embroidery is worked on one piece of fabric, with the beginning and the end of the thread hidden beneath the stitches and the surface embroidery stitches worked in a particular method so that the embroidery is reversible.
I am a big fan of Mary Corbet’s NeedleNThread forum. She opens the world up to embroidery.
She has released some cute tiny embroidery for Jewelry patterns. This could be a way to get young people interested in stitching or something for the busy person to do when they have a spare minute in the day.
You can check out how she stitched them and free patterns on her forum, there is also a link for where to get the pendant and brooch kits to make your own jewelry, I think this would make great gifts for stocking stuffers or birthday gifts as little something special to go with gift cards and cash:
I have set up a new webpage where I list my Information PDF files that you can download for free or for a small fee.
The picture opposite is from Mounting an Embroidery Ready for Framing PDF File.
It is much more cost effective to be able to mount your own embroidery ready to go into the frame rather than have the framer do the mounting for you. You are also more in control of how your embroidery is finished.
Take control of all aspects of your embroidery process and you will get a deeper satisfaction of your work. 🙂
Some of you have mentioned to me that it would be nice to have the metal thread information page in a printable file so I have created a PDF file with all the information and pictures that you see on my Metal Thread Information Page.
The PDF file is handy to have as you can easily print of the pages that are of interest to you.
I am charging a small fee for the PDF file to help cover the time it has taken me to create the information page and the PDF file. There are 98 pages in the PDF file with pictures and information and is valuable resource for metal thread embroidery.
Thank you for your support,
I often get asked in my surface embroidery classes such as needle painting what the difference between stem stitch and outline stitch is.
Stem stitch and outline stitch are the most commonly used stitches for lines on surface embroidery. They are worked in a similar method but can have different appearances depending on what thread you use. The main difference being the thickness of the line and the twist of the thread. As I mostly use just one single strand of fine DMC embroidery cotton thread in my designs it is not very noticeable to see the difference so I am not concerned if a stem stitch or an outline stitch is used but it is good to know if you are working on larger designs and using a heavy thread such as perle cotton.
Mary Corbet of NeedlenThread forum wrote this excellent article on stem stitch versus outline stitch which is well worth reading. There are also video instructions on how to work stem stitch and outline stitch if you are not familiar with the stitches.
Enjoy it is a great visual learning experience.
For most kits there are some price options.
For example the Blackwork Peacock kit options range from $25.00 – $63.00.
From the Blackwork kits page click on SELECT OPTIONS button to get to the Blackwork Peacock main webpage Blackwork Peacock main page.
When you are on the main page for just the blackwork peacock kit, click on the choose an option box and a drop down list will show the different price options.
Below the Add To Cart button are two sections:
Categories: this shows where blackwork peacock is listed on my website.
Tags: If you click one of the tags it will take you to page with embroidery kits of that subject.
There is a complete description of the blackwork peacock kit below the choose an option drop down list, which lists, the choice of fabrics, size of the embroidery and exactly what’s in the kit.
One of the most excellent resources on the internet for hand embroidery is Mary Corbet’s NeedleNThread If you have not visited her site you must go there and explore all the information that she has to offer. She sends out a daily email newsletter on embroidery tips, reviews on needlework products and things she is working on.
Mary also has some great beginners tutorials in surface hand embroidery, if you are not ready for my surface embroidery kits in the form of ebooks.
I will cover more of her brilliant posts later on.
I have added a really comprehensive webage on metal threads, which has a photograph of the metal thread set up against a ruler so you have a better idea of the size of the metal thread, making it easier for you to choose metal threads for your own embroidery.
I also have included pictures and descriptions of how the metal thread can be used in an embroidery.
You can link from the metal thread information page to the product pages by clicking on the name of the metal thread that is highlighted in blue.