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Have you ever wanted to learn different types of needlework?

This is the place to learn techniques for crafts such as blackwork, candlewicking, hardanger, redwork and ribbon embroidery, to name a few.

We provide free project ideas, free patterns and free samples on various needlework crafts. In addition, the department offers links to the top cross stitch sites on the Internet as well as cross stitch calculators and floss conversion charts.

Order supplies for your new craft through our online shopping center.

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Recent Videos and Tutorials

  • "Love You" Key Ring Tutorial

    "Love You" Key Ring Tutorial

    Learn how to make a "Love You" key ring with plastic canvas. This is a nice gift idea for Valentine's Day, Mother or Father's Day or as a stocking stuffer.

  • Chicken Scratch Christmas Tree Pattern

    Chicken Scratch Christmas Tree Pattern

    Free Chicken Scratch Christmas Tree Pattern - After embroidering, make it into a pillow, Christmas decoration, placemat, or potholder.

  • Colonial Knot Embroidery Tutorial

    Colonial Knot Embroidery Tutorial

    The colonial knot is a hand embroidery stitch. This embroidery knot creates a cute bobble on the fabric.

  • How to Work the Backstitch in Embroidery

    How to Work the Backstitch in Embroidery

    The backstitch is a basic outline stitch used in hand embroidery and cross stitch. This backstitch tutorial will help you master this embroidery stitch.



  • Kitty Candy Dish Plastic Canvas Pattern

    Kitty Candy Dish Plastic Canvas Pattern

    DIY Candy Dish Plastic Canvas

  • Plastic Canvas Snowflakes

    Plastic Canvas Snowflakes

    Let's celebrate winter with glistening snowflakes. Only simple inexpensive supplies are all you need to create these plastic canvas snowflakes.

  • Snow Buddies Embroidery Pattern

    Snow Buddies Embroidery Pattern

    Hand embroider snowmen with these free patterns. Make them into a wall hanging, placemat, potholder, table runner, and Christmas tree ornaments.

  • Woven Circle Stitch

    Woven Circle Stitch

    With this tutorial learn how to hand embroider the woven circle stitch. This is a beautiful, decorative stitch that can be made on any type of fabric.



Book and Magazine Recommendations

  •  Crewel Twists

    Crewel Twists

    Hazel BlomkampFresh Ideas for Jacobean Embroidery!

    Crewel Twists shows needle artists how to be creative with fabric, threads, beads and alternative stitches, borrowing techniques from other forms of needlework, and still producing a product that is typical of the crewel or Jacobean style of embroidery.

  • Cloth Paper Scissors (Magazine)

    Cloth Paper Scissors (Magazine)

    Cloth Paper Scissors covers many types of fiber arts and collage work, including rubber stamping, embroidery and book art.




Free Items of the Week

  • Cactus Wall Hanging

    Cactus Wall Hanging

    This wall hanging is such a cute and simple project that only uses the most basic sewing stitch to applique the cactus to a background fabric.  From  The Artisan Life



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