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Category Archive: Hand-Needlecraft

How to Monogram!

Charlotte, the ever charming British blogger from Tuppence Ha’penny created a tutorial on monogramming…from transferring the letters, to a preliminary padding stitch, to the final satin stitch. She includes her top five tips for professional looking hand-stitched monograms, and recommends the traditional satin stitch (we concur.) Monograms add a classy touch to blouse collars, shirt cuffs, cotton bath towels, and even luxurious bed linens.

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Owl Mere and Bébé Embroidery Patterns

Elsita is a Cuban trained artist who occasionally offers stunning hand-drawn free embroidery patterns for her blog readers. We are completely enamored with this crane wreathed by flying fish, and wide-eyed owl mere and bébé. She suggests embroidering one on a bag…and we agree!

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Ethereal Embroidered Entwined Foxes

Sister Twisty from the blog SisterTwisty embroidered these entwined foxes. Inspired by the singer Bjork’s song about creation myths, Cosmogony, and sewn with cotton, metallic, and silk threads, these creatures are amazingly ethereal and delicate. She takes us through the process of learning to embroider and shade, and comments that she likes how much the silk shading looks like fur. We love the night sky constellations made of little white French knots.

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Free Owl Embroidery Transfer Pattern

Whooo Whooo! Mrs. Stitchy Britches posted this free owl embroidery transfer pattern from a late 1960s crewelwork set. We love the melody of textures, line-work, and the Pennsylvania Dutch feel. This would be charming adorning the center of sofa pillows…go crazy and edge the pillows with coordinating ball fringe pom-poms!

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Cross-Stitch a TARDIS iPhone Case

The ever geek-tastic Haley from Brooklyn and master of The Zen of Making blog, made a groovy tutorial for cross-stitching a Doctor Who TARDIS iPhone case – perfect for all your time traveling needs! Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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Recover a Parasol for Summer

Summer is here, bringing street fairs, carnivals, parades, sand dunes, and picnics….and with summertime comes the brilliant sun. We love the sun, but we need to protect our tender skin from her glaring rays. Sahrye from ItCameFromTheStash gives us some basic instructions for recovering parasols (Part II on trimming your parasol is yet to come.)What a glorious project; all you need is patience and 1 1/2 yards of fabric…we recommend a sturdy taffeta.

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Free Vintage Pyrex Cross-Stitch Pattern

Direct from the uber talented gal at Hancock’s House of Happy in the United Kingdom, comes this free cross-stitch chart featuring vintage Pyrex patterns. Vintage Pyrex kitchenware is so fabulously collectable right now, and makes me nostalgic for childhood; mixing up crazy overstuffed oatmeal cookies stiff with raisins, walnuts, coconut, and chocolate chips, or licking the bowl clean of stray devil’s food cake batter. Yum! A cross-stitched collection of Pyrex patterns would look wonderful stitched on the borders of kitchen towels, accenting pot-holders, or framed as a kitchen sampler. Pass the cookies and tea! Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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Cross-Stitch Fleurs-De-Lys on Your Bed Linens

I can smell the beginning of springtime in the city; trees are blooming with fragile pink flowers, surly bicycle messengers have risen from their winter rainy slump, and I’ve been eating lunch in Union Square with my shirt sleeves rolled up rakishly. It is time for spring cleaning, but rather than break out the suds, I’ll revive my pillowcases with some cross-stitched borders; a 14th century band sprinkled with fleurs-de-lys will provide a touch of chic to my tired bed linens (graphing courtesy of the talented needlesmith, Rosemary Stecher) Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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Free Chinese Dragon to Embroider

According to Chinese tradition, the year of the dragon is particularly auspicious for new babies, and Aimee, blogstress and craftster extraordinaire, brings us a free Chinese dragon transfer to embroider. This sly fire-breather would be charming stitched upon a pillowcase, tea towels, or even a draw-string laundry bag!

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Free Vintage Transfer of a Tipsy Bird

Floresita gives us this vintage embroidery transfer of a wee tipsy bird dozing in a brandy sniffer, with their pal peering solicitously (or maybe enviously?) over the edge. A trio of linen bar towels with these adorable birdies embroidered on them would be a perfect gift for the distiller or winemaker in your family!

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