Needles and Threads

Tapestry Needle

For 18 count fabric I use single strands of size 5 and size 3.

For 20 – 24 count fabrics I used size 5 through size 8 threads.

If you use a higher count fabric than 24 you will probably … Read more

Thread and Fabric Vendors

Hardanger satin stitch

Hardanger is normally worked in two weights of threads. For fabric with count of 22 through 25 I use size 8 and size 5 threads. Kloster blocks are worked in the heavier, thicker size thread which would be the size … Read more

Buttonhole edge stitch

Buttonhole stitched edge

There are several edges that I have seen on Hardanger worked pieces: turned hem, fringed and buttonhole. I mainly finished my worked Hardanger designs with a buttonhole worked edge so that I can trim off excess fabric.

This stitch edge … Read more

Purchasing Hardanger fabric and stretcher bars

22 count fabric

Below discussion is about embroidery fabric, specially Hardanger.  This discussion is not about clothing and quilting fabric. These are two tutorials from Leah Day where she discusses preparing 100% cotton fabric for quilting. I do not starch my fabric as … Read more

Sewing the piping onto the front fabric

A few comments:

Length of your sewing machine stitch should be short and smooth, not the longer length for baste stitching. The raw edge of the piping sleeve points out toward the raw edge of your worked piece. You will… Read more

Creating your own piping

Piping

Choosing the piping

This photo shows a purchased piping. I liked the solid purple color of this purchased piping for use with this pillow but decided to instead create a piping that matched the back fabric of the pillow.

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Sharp edge pillow without piping

sharp edge pillow without piping

Sharp edge pillow without piping

I work leaning back in a recliner chair and find myself tilting my head slightly forward as I stitch so my neck gets tired. My Starburst design, worked on 18 count mono canvas, count size … Read more