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Category Archive: Hand-Needlecraft

How to Transfer Drawings to Fabric & Basic Embroidery Stitches


Britex has posted a slew of links to super-cute transfer embroidery patterns, but have neglected to post any directions on how to transfer these fabulous drawings to fabric, and then how to make the stitches that transforms your fabric into hand-decorated pillowcases, wall art, tablecloths, dishtowels and other household accouterments! Amy at SublimeStitching gives us three different easy-to-understand methods for transferring designs onto fabric, and then Jenny presents a plethora of stitches for both left-handed and right-handed seamstresses.

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Free All Hallows Eve Embroidery Transfers


From the talented artist Andrea at Badbirds: Musings of a small angry bird, are two free and charming embroidery transfers for Halloween….Pumkin Girl in striped socks and Bat Boy in little horns. These playful youngsters would be devil-icious embroidered on either end of a special All Hallows Eve table-runner!

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Make Fairy Wings!


Here are directions for basic fairy wings from the talented folks at Instructables and ThreadBanger. At Britex, we prefer to glam things up a bit, and believe that all fairy wings beg for feathery and rhinestone sparkly goodness! Bewitchingly lovely fairy wing gilding accessories can be found on Britex Fabric’s 3rd floor.

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Free Vintage Nautical and Playing Card Cross-Stitch Patterns


I found this vintage cross-stitch playing card when on a search for vintage nautical cross-stitch patterns. I eventually found what I desired over at The Antique Pattern Library and Tantes Zolder. Moderne Stickvorlagen: Dessins de Broderies [c. 1880] contained charts of amazing art nouveau anchors and fonts, and Le Filet Brodé: 50 Modèles Inédits Collection DAe Album No. 5 Les Dentelles De Lin. Lille [c.1900] has playing playing cards, mythological & astrological motifs, Louis IV era designs, and more. My nefarious plan is to embroider this spiffy King of Diamonds on the corners of a tablecloth for my next board game night. One king in rosy red, one in marine blue, one in espresso brown, and the last in midnight black. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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Vintage Transfer Embroidery of a Well-Dressed Cook


From Floresita, here is a vintage embroidery transfer of a clever cook ornamenting a three-layer cake. Notice the chef’s très chic French cuffs, jaunty bow tie, and the skeptical look being thrown at the cherry! A linen tea towel with this ed on the end would a perfect gift for your favorite baker.

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Zombie Cross-Stitch


Connie has created a classy Beware of Zombies free cross-stitch pattern to stitch this up for this Halloween. Braains……Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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Free Vintage Cross-Stitch Patterns


Is this Pauline gossiping with a curious dog? Who is this inquisitive pup? And where is our beloved ginger kitten, Francy? This charming vintage cross-stitch embroidery design is provided by Dominique Augagneur of Swappons. This pattern, along with a plethora of other free needlework instructions, is also available at The Antique Pattern Library. For a PDF of the antique brochure that this was taken from, click here. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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How to Embroider!

The Embroiderers’ Guild has clear online illustrations and descriptions for the embroidery stitches used to complete their free online craft projects. Stitches include the herringbone stitch, Bokhara couching, ladder stitch, broad chain stitch, long and short stitch, bullion knots, Romanian couching, chain stitch, running stitch, seeding, cross stitch, and French knots. I have a soft spot for their luscious French knot covered pebble.

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Vintage Kitten Embroidery Transfer (is this Francy?)

The lovely Floresita, a self-proclaimed dawdler says, “Isn’t this tiny cat adorable?! Best of all, this pattern magically captures that tense moment all of us cat lovers experience when kitty, intent on licking its own chest actually seems to get stuck like that.” (Je ne crois que cela peut le célèbre chaton, Francy! – M. De Jour)

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The Nutkin Twins – Embroidered Squirrels

Oh Mister Nutkin times two. Andrea Zuill at Badbirds Designs brings you the Nutkin twins…..which is the evil twin and which is the angelic twin? I have the feeling we will never know unless they stop looking at one another out of the corners of their eyes, turn around and duke it out with their furry little mitts! Or maybe they just want to get together and bake a springtime yellow cake. At any rate, these squirrels would be adorable embroidered on just about anything…..pajamas, a child’s top, an apron, or tea towels. All you need is the ability to form a simple chain stitch, and a smidgen of patience.


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