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World War 2 sampler by imprisoned POW Major Alexis Casdagli (source: V and A website)

Why Cross Stitch Is A Truly Human Hobby

This post was originally in XStitch Magazine Issue 5: Heroes & Villans, and has been adapted.   To me, cross stitch is the height of handmade. Unlike a lot of other crafts, such as knitting, screen printing, or painting, cross stitch can only ever be made with human hands. It requires dexterity and planning that…

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Read more about the article Book Review: A Bitch in Time – 30 Sarcastic Stitches for You to Stab
A Bitch In Time 30 Snarcastic Stitches For You To Stab Cross Stitch Book Cover (Source: bitchintime.com)

Book Review: A Bitch in Time – 30 Sarcastic Stitches for You to Stab

I tend not to review books. Most books are produced to a similar standard, and the themes are very personal; you're either going to be interested or not interested. Of these books, the ones in particular that I always steer away from are sarky statements; most of these books are exactly the same, with riffs…

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Read more about the article Make your own cross stitch patterns without online tools
Cross Stitch Pattern on Squared Paper by vmstack (Source: Instagram)

Make your own cross stitch patterns without online tools

One of the most requested posts I'm asked for is simple; how to make a cross stitch pattern. And whilst we have gone over how to make cross stitch patterns using cross stitch software there are those that want to make patterns on paper. So today, we're going to talk about how to make a…

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Read more about the article Why You Should Try Hand-Dyed Threads
Chameleon Hand Dyed Threads (Source: africanfabric.co.uk)

Why You Should Try Hand-Dyed Threads

It feels like every time someone posts a photo on social media at the moment, somewhere in the background is a nice hank of hand-dyed, variegated or over-dyed threads. But the number of photos with people actually using them is super rare. In fact, despite you seeing them at stores, there's a good chance you've…

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Read more about the article Make Your Own Cross Stitch Challenge
Cherry Blossom Cross Ctitch by Peakcock & Fig (source: peacockandfig.com)

Make Your Own Cross Stitch Challenge

When it comes to cross stitch, most of us sit in our safe place. We might use white fabric, only use aida, or might stitch patterns from one preferred designer. But does it have to be that way? I propose that you should try something different, try to expand your skillset, and make something truly…

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Star Wars Yoda Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

The Psychology Of Green

This post was originally in XStitch Magazine Issue 4: Green, and has been adapted.   When someone talks about green a few things pop into your mind quite quickly; the color of money, the color of nature, that trendy Matcha tea, the green-eyed monster, or the not-so-popular vegetable known as ‘sprouts’. However, for many, green…

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Read more about the article How To Cope With More Than One Project At Once
Cross Stitch Project Bag by BloomTopia (Source: fatquartershop.com)

How To Cope With More Than One Project At Once

We're big fans of organization, and in the past we've covered everything from organizing fabric to needles, but this post will be slightly different. You see, whilst most of us only stitch one project at a time, that doesn't mean we only have one project started. Today, we look at how to cope with multiple…

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