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Splendiferous Silk Thread

By Ellen Johnson / April 23, 2021

My very first needlepoint project was stitched entirely in wool. It was one of those pre-worked pieces from the needlework department at Gayfer’s… the kind where you just fill in the background. Those were (and still are!) terrific projects – especially for practicing basketweave. But I have to admit, my needlepoint world changed when I … Read more

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Attaching Your Canvas to a Stretcher Bar Frame

By Ellen Johnson / April 15, 2021

Now that you have your stretcher bar frame put together, you might be wondering how to attach your needlepoint canvas to it. I’m going to share how I do that here today, but there’s a decision you’ll have to make first… Ellen Johnson

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This Julie Mar canvas is mounted on a stretcher bar frame.

Ready to take on Stretcher Bars?

By Ellen Johnson / April 8, 2021

  Is your needlepoint canvas all wonky when you finish stitching it? Do you struggle with blocking? Are you having a hard time making your decorative stitches look like the pictures you see on Facebook? It might be time for stretcher bars! Ellen Johnson

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