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Jeannette helps you understand the differences between linen and Aida cloth and teaches you how to count threads on linen fabric. You'll also learn to read charts designed for linen with specialty stitches. Finally, Jeannette demonstrates the easy pin stitch method of anchoring thread.
Discover some of Sue's favorite decorative edging stitches, including basic and more complicated variations of the fly stitch, crested chain and rosette chain. You'll learn how to choose a direction, thread your needle and carefully stitch as you follow the outline of Sue's butterfly designs.
Embroidery is a nearly perfect hobby: It's relaxing, it's creative and there aren't too many rules. But some guidelines can help take your needlework to the next level. And one of the most basic is to avoid knotting your thread.
Use wire to create embroidered elements that can rise off the fabric, such as flower petals. Learn about the best wire to use and how to couch it to fabric with buttonhole stitches. Fill the shape with long and short stitches and satin stitches to create subtle shading.
Explore the built-in fonts that come with your machine's software as you try your hand at modifying font size and density. You'll love the ease with which you can change the look of your projects with simple clicks of a button, as well as Terri's helpful tips for testing your designs. Next, you'll learn simple techniques for expanding your monogram, even if you only have a 4" x 4" hoop, and great tips on how to hoop and stitch your fabric exactly where you want your monograms to go.
Transform an everyday sweatshirt into a stylish jacket! Get the techniques you need for superb sewing and embroidery.
Create feathery, voluminous textures in this overview of spiderweb stitches, needle weaving and playful turkey work stitches. Kristin explains how to troubleshoot tricky areas of each stitch, demonstrating foolproof ways to fill in your stitches without gaps and tie off your work.
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.
See-through embroidery is the latest Insta-trend and we can't get enough.
Master design skills to create beautiful machine embroidery on your favorite denim garments.
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