Want to learn something new or see how we accomplished something? This is the place.
Step-by-step instructions for how we finished something.
A non-dangling bookmark that keeps the embroidery outside the book.
A two-sided bookmark, fob, tag, etc.
If you’re stitching the Going, Going, Gone! Bookmark pattern as we did, on a Tokens & Trifles Trinkets Star Card, here are illustrated instructions for finishing.
Got completed embroideries awaiting finishing? Join the free stitchinar, Finish It! The Skinny on Embroidery Finishing, and finish it in 2014.
Complimentary charts, projects, templates, etc.
Use random, layered, every-which-way stitches to create texture and depth for an embroidered Christmas tree ornament or bookmark.
Download a free cross stitch chart of a green, black, and yellow flag. See how this optical illusion reveals a properly-colored American flag.
Grab your copy of the re-released free Clownfish Puzzle cross stitch pattern from the 2003-04 Funk & Weber Designs Live Trunk Show Tour.
Very cool ways others (or we) adapt and alter our patterns.
Dawn from AR stitched our Colorful Critters Tree Frog pattern for her son, Mac.
Check out the story behind Joyce’s stitchery.
What’s better than a hand-embroidered bookmark? A hand-embroidered bookmark with your name on it!
Linda, from Jefferson, SC, “reverse stitches” the Night Howl Stitchling.
Pamela from Dayton, OH, used letters from The Great Outdoors pattern to spell her sister’s last name.
Odd and ends, this and that. Tidbits that don’t fit anywhere else.
Plain weave, even-weave, Aida, Hardanger, linen, Lugana, canvas—what are these?
Calculating design sizes for fabrics with different thread counts.
Running out of space on your walls? There is so much more you can do with your embroidery!
I got an email from Joyce recently, asking how, exactly, our online classes work. Well, I’ll tell you…
Step-by-step instructions to use dandelion blossoms and blueberries to dye fabrics.
I most often recommend dark colors for backstitched outlines, including black, gray, and brown.
Explanations and demonstrations of stitches and stitching techniques.
Bring your stitched people and animals to life with a tiny bit of sparkle.
Learn the secrets of creating tiny, delicate embroideries.
We can stitch the same patterns on Aida and linen and other evenweave fabrics.
What is a fractional stitch, and how do we know which color is the quarter and which is the three-quarter stitch?
How to get started learning to cross stitch simple designs on a plain linen cushion.
Cross stitching on dark fabrics is easier with these tips.
Learn to make French knots, isolated French knots, and substitutions for French knots.
Learn what is included in a cross stitch pattern and how to interpret and use the information.
I made this how-to-cross-stitch video as part of an outreach project for Needle and ThREAD: Stitching for Literacy.
Notice the different effects achieved by different stitching techniques.
How to start difficult threads or starting threads when there’s nowhere to hide a tail.
Use a loop to start threads easily and securely.
Waste knots make starting threads easy when you cross stitch or embroider.