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.
Watch our cross stitch wallet process video.
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.
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.
Green, black, and yellow are the new red, white, and blue in this cross stitched American flag illusion.
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.
Personalize this bookmark with a name cleverly placed.
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, canvas, and more.
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.
Add a personal stitchy touch to potted plants and flower arrangements. Embroidered plant pokies are quick to make and fun to give.
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 cross stitch simple designs on a plain linen cushion.
Cross stitching on dark fabrics is easier with these tips.
Make French knots, isolated French knots, and substitutions for French knots.
Make any size pearl thread from six-strand floss and other fibers.
Learn what is included in a cross stitch pattern and how to interpret and use the information.
Tips to keeping your place while reading a cross stitch chart. Or knitting pattern. Or any graph!
A video project for Readergirlz that will teach you to cross stitch, too.
Notice the different effects achieved by different stitching techniques.
How to start threads when there’s nowhere to hide a tail.
Start threads for hand embroidery by piercing the first stitch or two.
Use a loop to start threads easily and securely.
Waste knots make starting threads easy when you cross stitch or embroider.