Needlepoint Finishing – Basic Bracelet

Any rectangular strip of needlepoint can be finished as a bracelet. It’s a terrific way to use up small scraps of needlepoint canvas and yarn, and a great way to add a new piece to your wardrobe!

This Knowledge Nugget features needlepoint finishing information for making a basic bracelet.  This particular tutorial features a simple band with an elastic spacer, making a flexible band that can easily be slipped on and off the wrist without any buttons, hooks or other closures. Continue Reading “Needlepoint Finishing – Basic Bracelet”

Finishing – Puffed Ornament

Small circle, oval and egg-shaped projects look prettiest when finished as puffed ornaments. A puffed ornament finish shows off the embroidery to its fullest and mimics the shape of the item the ornament is modeled after.

This finishing technique uses layers of filler, built from the bottom upwards to make a convex shape. It’s puffy in the center, with the filling tapering outwards towards the edges of the shape.

The following tutorial shows you how to make a puffed, convex ornament using an Easter egg, but the same method worked for any shape.
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Knowledge Nuggets

The Knowledge Nuggets section contains tutorials and interesting embroidery-related tidbits, tips and tricks. Some of the topics include transferring designs to fabric, printing patterns full-size, making gesso softies and more.

It may even include a few things you’ve always wondered about… but were afraid to ask…

Making Gesso Softies

Gesso Softies™ are fun, easy, paint-able projects that can be as simple, or as elaborate as you choose.

To make them, simply trace a pattern onto medium-weight cotton fabric (not broadcloth – it needs to be heavier, like canvas, twill or duck), stitch and stuff the shape. Then, coat the surface of the shape with Gesso before painting with acrylic craft paints and sealing the surface with matte, satin or glossy polyurethane. Continue Reading “Making Gesso Softies”

Making a Press’n Seal® Transfer

This tutorial utilizes something you may already have in your kitchen – Glad® Press’n Seal®  – and is a terrific way to transfer an embroidery design to thick fabrics, such as velvet or felt, or fabrics where the transferred design is difficult to see, such as on dark fabrics or printed fabrics.

It’s also a terrific way to transfer a design where you do not want to leave any residue or markings behind, or on a lightweight fabric that needs an extra bit of stability while working the embroidery.

I love the Press’n Seal® Transfer technique and have used in on a variety of fabrics. Here’s how to use it…

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Printing Patterns

Whenever possible, we have provided the free patterns on this site full-size. Therefore, they need to be printed properly to be able to use them. It’s important that you know and understand your printer’s settings, so that you can fully enjoy the patterns the way they were intended.

Printing patterns full-size is actually easy. Feel free to print these instructions and keep them handy. Click here to download a Pattern Printing Test in PDF format. Continue Reading “Printing Patterns”