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5 Types of Hand Embroidery Stitches You Should Master

hand embroidery stitches
You don't need to use an embroidery machine to add embroidery to a quilt or any other project. Hand embroidery is an art, and as with any art, it’s the mastering of the basic techniques that will make a world of difference in your craft. Patience and practice are all you need to learn these five types of hand embroidery stitches. If you want to bring your embroidery to the next level, give these stitches a try: 1. Back Stitch If you’re looking for a thin stitch, the back stitch is a great choice. You can use this stitch for
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What’s the Best Cordless Iron For Quilting?

Sunbeam (GCSBNC-101-000 Versa Glide Cordless/Corded Iron, Black
Whether you’re a quilter, seamstress, crafter or all of the above, you need an iron. Really, every home should have an iron, but it’s even more important to have a good iron when you work with fabrics regularly. There are lots of irons to choose from, but we’ve really grown fond of cordless models. Why fuss with cords when you don’t have to? A cordless iron gives you the freedom to iron anywhere you please without worrying about moving cords and having to be near an outlet. Which model is the best cordless iron? Continue to our cordless steam iron
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12 Free Embroidery Patterns

free embroidery designs
Whether you do it by hand or with a machine, embroidery is a rewarding craft. It’s inexpensive to get started, and it’s fun to bring design ideas to life. With embroidery, you can be as colorful and as witty as you want. Hand embroidery patterns can range from repeating motifs to beautifully illustrated scenes and script-style text. They can be as complex or as simple as you want. While you’ll find plenty of patterns for sale on sites like Etsy, you can also find free patterns – many of which have fun, modern designs. Many of these designs also have
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Caring for Your Self-Healing Cutting Mat

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If you’re not caring for your self healing cutting mat, you’ll be reducing the mat’s overall lifespan. Resilient, these mats can take a beating, but without the proper care, they won’t be around for long. It will look grungy and worn in no time if you don't at least take some minimal care of it. Caring for your mat is easy, and all it takes is a few minutes every once in a blue moon to keep your mat in pristine condition. Here’s a quick and easy guide to caring for a self-healing mat: Step 1: Remove Loose Threads You
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