Embroider
  • Now that you've made your first boho-style hoop, move on to your next project: a bold, beautiful bird. See how to overlap fabrics, add more embroidery stitches, including the wheatear stitch, and experiment with some fun embellishments.
  • Every style blogger worth her selfie is posting summer snaps with a glass of rosé in one hand and straw beach bag in the other. And with good reason: the bags are roomy, durable, and pretty darn cute. (Plus, sand just shakes right out of them.) What's not so cute: how crazy-expensive they can be, sometimes upwards of $150, especially when they have embroidery or other embellishments. Say goodbye to your #summervibes budget.
  • Stitch up your apron with easy sewing techniques, assembling layers, applying the pocket, gathering and sewing the waistband, and attaching the ties.
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  • As with most crafts, getting started on hand embroidery can seem daunting when you consider the huge array of available hoops, frames, needles, thread cutters ... whew, you get the picture. But don't be fooled! The list of actual hand embroidery essentials is refreshingly short. In fact, all you technically need is a needle (if you're cool cutting thread with your teeth ... no comment). I recommend the handful of tools below to get you started.
    Mary Corbet
  • We’re sending a big thank-you to embellished jeans and cheeky throw pillows for making embroidery the newest crafty comeback! Want in? These 10 stitches will get you started. Plus, they're a great foundation for when you're ready to take your hoop to the next level.
    Kristen Valencia
  • Hand embroidery is all about those stitches. But those stitches are all about that floss. Not sure what to use for your next project? Let's take a look at your choices. Really, it comes down to the big three: cotton, silk, and wool. Sure, there are other specialty fibers you can use, but these three will be your heavy hitters (and the easiest to find).
    Mary Corbet
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  • If you're ready to stitch your way onto the hand embroidery bandwagon, these projects are calling your name.
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  • The French knot is one of those hand embroidery stitches that's either your best friend or your worst enemy. They're tricky, but (sigh) they're also really useful. Cluster them together for a dense, textured filling. Scatter them loosely for an airy lightness to your embroidery. Or make isolated stitches if your design needs a little punctuation. So don't let a bad experience shake you — we can help you nail this.
    Mary Corbet
  • The holidays are the ultimate excuse to dress your family in matching pajamas (you know you want to). These DIY jammies not only keep your whole fam cozy in style, but let you personalize each pair.
    Jodie Rackley
  • A beautiful embroidered or quilted piece is a work of art — and that's a proven fact (just ask Sotheby's). But before you can get started on your own masterpiece you need to choose your thread. Here are a few pointers.
    Debbie Henry
  • If you're into embroidery (and you should be!), the Internet is chock full of amazing patterns and designs, just waiting for your needle and thread. Don't let the question of how to get that pattern onto you fabric deter you: there are plenty of simple methods that will get you stitching in no time.
    Kristen Valencia
  • Embroidery just keeps getting cooler and cooler. First there was 3D embroidery serving up major Insta-envy, and now we're heart eyes for the latest trend: sheer embroidery. Not familiar? Let us show you all the ways you can use see-through fabrics — think tulle, organza and silk — to create stunning designs that look like they're floating on glass.
    Lindsay Conner
  • We’re sending a big thank-you to embellished jeans and cheeky throw pillows for making embroidery the newest crafty comeback! Want in? These 10 stitches will get you started. Plus, they're a great foundation for when you're ready to take your hoop to the next level.
    Kristen Valencia
  • Watercolor painting and embroidery. Both great art forms. But have you considered a mash-up? (Bear with us here!) Hey, it works for the most unlikely musician pairings, and it will work here. In fact, adding thread to a watercolor work will definitely add a robust new dimension to your work — a unique sculptural effect that will draw admirers.
    Sara Barnes
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