The Fabric for Bargello: Canvas

Winter Dusk WIP

I have always seen Bargello worked on an open evenweave fabric that is heavily sized (starched) making the canvas extremely stiff.

Below photo shows my starting my worked design that I call Entwined Pomegranates. When I began this project I … Read more

Bargello: No Knots Please

thread tails

Whether you decide to frame your worked piece or make it into a pillow, you want a smooth worked surface. To achieve that use an even and snug but not overly tight tension on your stitching thread as your work. … Read more

Hardanger: Cut openwork

Snowy white mocha, Hardanger with openwork

It can feel daunting when you have finished a nice neatly stitched area and then are faced with taking a pair of super sharp scissors to it.  If you do not already own a pair of sharp, fine-tipped Hardanger embroidery … Read more

Hardanger Oops!

Snipping problem

Stitching Probems:

Stitching problems can occur when you incorrectly stitch (see below photo) a hardanger satin stitch or if you go off-pattern. If I go off-pattern and need to redo that section of the chart, I normally snip every other … Read more

Hardanger: Bar weaving, Picot Loops and Spokes


Click photo to view my blog page on this Kreinik freebie design

Figure-8 bar weaving and examples of adding spokes and Picot loops to figure-8 bar weaving: I find simple, non-adorned bar weaving to be as pretty as bar weaved… Read more


Snipping edge

I own several general embroidery scissors. They are under four inches in length.  All but two of my embroidery scissors are under $10.

I would not use any of them for cutting a large piece of fabric down to the … Read more

Swirling Pin Wheels a Hardanger needlework design

Swirling Pin Wheels Design
The Swirling Pin Wheels design is a counted Hardanger and Rhodes stitch needlework embroidery available in printed and Kindle formats. Over the past winter children from our town’s day care center stuck red and blue pin wheels along the edge… Read more