Stitching Guides

These articles are like great tour guides!

Featuring historical facts and interesting tidbits about heirloom needlework techniques, the tools used, and more, these guides will give you great information, material suggestions, and ideas to get you started, keep you going, and help you finish that project beautifully!

The Stitching Techniques section gets down to the nitty gritty of the needlework technique. These articles delve into the history and usage of these heirloom techniques, and give you background information and interesting facts about each one! Each technique is unique and beautiful, so go ahead and give them a read and see which one you’d like to try next.

The Stitching Materials section goes over the supplies and tools that you’ll be working with while completing that heirloom project. This section is extensive. You’re sure to find some excellent information that will increase your knowledge of the staple tools of needlework. Go on, give it a click!

Additionally, we have some other excellent guides reviewing cleaning tips, finishing techniques, and more!

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If there is a technique or material that you’d like us to research, let us know, and we’ll get to work on whipping up a guide.

4 Responses to “Stitching Guides”

  1. DJ Says:

    I would like to know more about “Redwork”
    The orginal color of red floss, the usual material, and what
    stitches were used most often, and why!
    What would really be nice would be a free pattern with
    instructions and history info
    Thank You

  2. Ryan Says:


    We have a stitching guide about Redwork:

    Hope that helps!

  3. Judy Shippy Says:

    I am stitching the white oval doily on page 34 of “The Big Book of Small Doilies by Meier and Watnemo. I am an experienced stitcher with the Edelweiss stitch new to me. I just cannot get it figured out from your directions on page 9 and am unable to find instructions online. Is there a site with better directions?
    Thanks! I have completed many of the items in this book as well as your free projects on your website!

  4. Bev_M Says:

    I don’t know if it qualifies as a stitching guide, but I would so love to find a video of someone cross stitching using a laying tool. I have read directions over and over again about using the various types, from the regular laying tools to trolley needles, and somehow I still don’t quite “get” it! A video would just be wonderful.

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