Hand Embroidery
Whether you're DIYing your decor or gifting to your loved ones, it's easy to stitch some warm and fuzzy feelings this Valentine's Day. These patterns have so much love to give, you'll have trouble choosing just one.
Debbie Henry
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to craft alongside your mom or daughter, look no further than Christie and Isa Beniston. As the hosts of Maker Knows Best, this mother-daughter duo bonds over their shared creativity, even though it manifests in two totally different styles. We sat down with these lifelong makers to find out more about the role art has played in their relationship, and how their approaches differ when embroidering, sewing, quilting or punch-needling. (That's right, they're also versatile crafters! )
Grab your project bag! It's time to make along with mother-daughter crafting duo Christie and Isa Beniston! Together they've sewn and grown, threaded and thrived, and turned their love of craft into their livelihoods. Now these crafting queens are tackling a new theme every week, each piecing together a project that inspires the other (and that you'll totally want to make, too). From embroidered mantras for the new year to personalized pet beds and much more, join them for crafting tips and tricks and a little life advice, because Maker Knows Best!
Bring your plush pair to life with embroidery stitches that add color and fluffy texture. Vanessa demonstrates the split stitch, satin stitch, French knots, fishbone, woven wheels and turkey work. Plus get tips on keeping your stitches consistent.
Tidy up the back of your work using the hoop you stitched in all along, then it's ready to hang! And, discover an easy way to remove any transfer markings without having to soak your fabric.
Before you start stitching, get tips on how to prepare your fabric and quickly transfer the design. Vanessa also helps you hoop for the perfect tension.
Embroider a pair of fuzzy friends with expert guidance from Vanessa Vargas Wilson, aka the Crafty Gemini. Using designer Jessica Long's exclusive pattern, Vanessa walks you through everything from preparing your fabric to hooping, stitching and finishing.
Vanessa Vargas Wilson, The Crafty Gemini
Vanessa Vargas Wilson, The Crafty Gemini
If there's one thing to love about embroidery, it's that there are a ton of different forms at your disposal. Stumpwork, goldwork and whitework are all traditional techniques still popular today, but there's another that's quickly re-emerging: blackwork.
Mary Corbet
Whether you're stitching an inspirational quote in big, colorful font or adding subtle detail to a larger project, it's easy to add a personal touch by stitching your own handwriting. And while the technique you use totally depends on your personal style, some stitches are a better fit for lettering than others. Choose your favorite stitches from the ones below, write your phrase legibly and you'll be on your way to perfectly handwritten embroidered letters.
Mary Corbet
Stitch your story on pre-printed map fabric with this self-designed map embroidery sampler. Embroiderer Robert Mahar guides you step by step with expert tips and techniques. Plus get clever ideas for finishing and displaying your map like a pro.
Robert  Mahar
Robert Mahar
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