Category Archives: how-to

How To Start a Thread for a Line of Stem Stitch

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Sometimes it’s challenging to figure out exactly how to start a thread. The two most common methods I’ve seen are to use an away waste knot (to allow the stitching to be tied off later) and simply using a waste knot in the path of the stitching. When you’re stitching a line of stem or…

Preparing for a Ruskin Lace (or Reticello) Cutout

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If you’ve ever done any Hardanger embroidery, you’re familiar with the idea that cutwork areas need to be “hemmed” with little blocks of satin stitches called kloster blocks. The preparation of a cutwork area for Ruskin lace or reticello is a bit similar, except that it is padded first and that buttonhole stitch is used…

Stitch Study: Four-Sided Stitch

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Simplicity and elegance are two words that come to mind when I think of four-sided stitch. Simple, because the stitch really only has three steps. Elegant, because of the clean lines and lacy look of this beautiful stitch. Since four-sided stitch is often worked as a pulled-thread stitch, I like to use a needle that’s…

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…

About threadholders…

A couple of weeks ago, Carolyn responded to a post with a wonderful question: Can you tell me how and why flosses or threads are attached to mother-of-pearl rings or floss cards or wooden thread holders like a hornbook or heart with holes around the outside edge to keep the colors separate? I mean, are…