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How Many DMC Threads Are There?

There are officially 500 different colors of DMC 117 Mouliné Spécial thread. But... That's not the whole story. The US DMC website lists only 489, there are some region-specific "exclusive" threads, and there are Étoile, Coloris, Color Variations, Light Effects, and even some Special Embroidery threads available.   So let's dive in and work out…

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Read more about the article Subversive Cross Stitch Is Older Than You Think
Linen sampler embroidered with silk, by Elizabeth Parker, Ashburnham Forge, Sussex, England, about 1830. (Source: Victoria & Albert Museum)

Subversive Cross Stitch Is Older Than You Think

For as long as I've been cross stitching, there have been snarky cross stitches, NSFW cross stitches, postmodern cross stitches, tongue-in-cheek cross stitches, and even just the plain old retro cross stitches. These designs are great, but they serve a purpose; to subvert. But what exactly does that mean, and is it as contemporary as…

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Cross Stitch Crazy & Cross Stitch Gold Magazines To Shut

Since March both the Cross Stitch Crazy magazine and Cross Stitch gold magazine, both rating highly on our cross stitch magazines review, have been on pause due to the recent stay at home events. However, their owner Immediate Media has now announced plans to close 12 magazines, including those titles.   We first heard about…

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Read more about the article What To Do Once You’ve Finished Your Cross Stitch
childs play charity auction cross stitch quilt 2011 (source: spritestitch.com)

What To Do Once You’ve Finished Your Cross Stitch

You buy a cross stitch pattern or kit, you stitch all day and night, you embellish, fix mistakes and wash your cross stitch (or maybe ask yourself do you need to wash your cross stitch) and you finally finish. You step back and admire your work and then... and then... and then you're not sure…

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Read more about the article Double Eye Tapestry Needles – Perfect For Blending Cross Stitch
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Double Eye Tapestry Needles – Perfect For Blending Cross Stitch

Considering we use them so much, cross stitch needles or tapestry needles to give them their rightful name, are staples for our craft. Therefore, when I spoke about the best types of cross stitch needles in a previous post, I thought I had all of them covered. For a while, I thought there were no…

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Are Cross Stitch Identification Cards Worth Getting?

I rarely talk about tools of the cross stitch world on this blog; we try to stay impartial at all times, however, that changed last year when I just HAD to tell you about tiny travel scissors. You can get them from loads of brands, so we weren't playing favorites, but since then we've had…

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Why You Should Try Gold Plated Needles

We like needles here, and as a result its probably no surprise that we've come across gold plated needles before. In fact, we even mentioned them in our post about choosing the perfect cross stitch needle for you. However, a lot of people are skeptical of gold plated needles. There's a good reason for this;…

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