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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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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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The criss-cross Hungarian stitch is one of my all-time favorite stitches.

All About the Criss-Cross Hungarian Stitch

By Ellen Johnson / April 1, 2021

It’s time for a peek at another one of my all-time favorite canvas embroidery stitches – the criss-cross Hungarian stitch! It’s a combination stitch because two different stitches are joined together to create a new stitch: the Hungarian stitch and the standard cross-stitch. Ellen Johnson

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