A line of completed buttonhole stitch in blue crewel wool.

How to stitch: Buttonhole stitch

Buttonhole stitch is a good one to learn as there are all sorts of fun ways you can use it to create different effects in your embroidery. You might also know it as blanket stitch. Given the name, it’s obviously…

An eye and eyebrow embroidered using black, brown and white crewel wool.

How to look after your eyes while embroidering

You may have heard the stories of medieval embroiderers whose eyes were so strained from hours of candlelight stitching that they went blind. Yikes! Thankfully stitching ourselves blind is unlikely now we have electricity 💡 In any case, I still…

A pointy oval shape stitched in fishbone stitch with blue crewel wool.

How to stitch: Fishbone stitch

The name of fishbone stitch always sounds a little funny to me. I like the stitch and I’ve used it in a few designs. I think it’s some weird mental loop I have because I’m vegetarian. As if I automatically…

The contents of my embroidery box. These are some of my most used tools.

What equipment do you need for embroidery?

What equipment do you need for embroidery? Surprisingly little to get started! This also makes embroidery a great craft to take on your travels. Since it won’t take up much luggage space. In this post I’ll walk through the basic…

A square of stitching worked in shaded long and short stitch.

How to stitch: Long and short stitch

I’ve had a couple of requests for this tutorial, so I hope I do it justice! I’m not surprised as long and short stitch is the key stitch used in the silk shading technique. You might also have heard of…

Completed raised stem band rectangle worked in blue crewel wool.

How to stitch: Raised stem band

I think raised stem band is a lovely stitch. It really satisfies my sense of order and neatness! I also like the way it can help me to create some subtle dimension in my stitching. As the name might suggest,…

Long parallel stitches are being secured in place with perpendicular rows of couching.

How to stitch: Laid work

Laid work and couching are very closely linked. I’ve seen laid work described as a type of couching and I’ve also seen couching described as a type of laid work. I’m not sure which way around is technically correct! In…

Close up of springer spaniel textured ear in blackwork embroidery.

Creating texture in blackwork embroidery

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted an update on my blackwork assessment piece for the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) certificate. I’ve enjoyed and learnt so much while stitching this piece. Meaning there’s loads I want to share!…