Cross Stitch

Cross Stitch – a Brief Overview

Cross stitch is a form of embroidery which uses X-shaped stitches to form a pattern. It is the oldest form of embroidery and can be found all over the world. The most common fabrics used are evenweave fabrics such as linen, Aida and jobelan. Today materials such as rug canvas and plastic canvas are also… Continue reading Cross Stitch – a Brief Overview

Lace Making

Traditional Bobbin Lace

Bobbin lace is woven using pairs of threads wound on bobbins. A variety of designs can be woven using only three basic stitches, the half stitch, the whole stitch, and the twisted whole stitch. It is an old technique dating back to the 15th century. The weaving is done over a full sized pattern mounted… Continue reading Traditional Bobbin Lace

Lace Making

Rediscovering the Art of Tatting

  Tatting is a form of lace making. It is made by forming a pattern of rings and chains using a series of knots and loops. The resulting lace is very durable and more resistant to unravelling. It was developed to imitate point lace. The technique I am familiar with is shuttle tatting. This is… Continue reading Rediscovering the Art of Tatting

Cross Stitch

The Wonderful World of Cross Stitch

I love counted cross stitch! That statement may sound a bit strong, but I really enjoy watching a picture emerge on a previously blank piece of material. There is such satisfaction in being able to see what you have achieved and in being creative as well. Don’t get me wrong – there can be plenty… Continue reading The Wonderful World of Cross Stitch