Category Archives: hints + tips

Magi #1 gets some BLING!

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Many needlework projects call for individual beads or charms. But how often do you really get to jazz up a project with a glitzy chain of Swarovski crystals? Check out the bling on Magi #1!This length of chain is very similar to the one found here, except the crystals used here are only about 2mm…

A Sneaky Way to End Threads

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Have you ever had difficulty figuring out just how to secure the ends of a thin, slippery thread? That dilemma turned up I was stitching away on Magi #1. One area was covered only in long stitches in a thin metallic thread, couched every so often by more thin metallic thread. There really wasn’t much…

Turning Corners on Couched Borders

My progress on Ocean Waves is continuing. The border continues with a few more rows of couching. When stitching a couched border such as this, you may face a dilemma because the couched thread ends in a hole at the corner and then has to come up in the same hole for the next side…

Ocean Waves: Beginning with the Border

Before I go too far in describing the stitching on Ocean Waves, I’d like to thank Judy Souliotis, for graciously granting me permission to share my progress of her lovely design here. In starting to stitch Ocean Waves, I was looking forward to learning the advanced techniques in the center wave motif. I was surprised…

Playing with J.L.Walsh Silk Perle

Whenever I travel, I seek out needlework shops (and what stitching addict wouldn’t?). In visiting these shops, I keep an eye out for new (to me) threads. I’ll buy some in colors I like so I can play with them and use them (eventually) in some future project. A few skeins of J.L.Walsh Silk Perle…

Color inspiration from nature

In late April, I’ll be taking a class with Margaret Bendig called Potpourri on Canvas. It sounds like a fun (yet perhaps frustrating) class. The canvas will be divided into 45 blocks of various sizes, and Margaret suggests stitches for each area, but the colors and threads are left to the stitcher’s imagination. As is…