• Tuesday , 27 June 2017

Knowledge Nuggets

Here in the Knowledge Nuggets area of the NeedleKnowledge® site you’ll find basic tutorials to help you stitch. These include interesting tidbits for embroidery, sewing and quilting, canvas and needlepoint, cross stitch and counted thread, and other types of needlework.

This section is a work in progress, and will include access to useful information on transferring designs to fabric, selecting needles, printing patterns full-size, working with specialty products and more.

I like to think of the Knowledge Nuggets as information you may have always wondered about, but were afraid to ask…

Looking for free patterns for a variety of needlework techniques? Check out our Free Patterns page, select a technique and print the pdfs!

Puffed Convex OrnamentsNK_PuffOrnament_square

Show off your embroidery to its fullest by mimicking the shape of the item the ornament is modeled after. This technique uses layers of filler, built from the bottom upwards to make a convex shape.

Gesso SoftiesGesso Softies

These stiffened fabric shapes that can be painted and enhanced with stitching. They’re easy to make using a heavy-weight fabric such as cotton duck cloth, artist’s gesso, paint brushes and paint.

Press’n Seal® Transfers

NK_PressNSeal_squaredMarking embroidery designs on heavy fabrics such as felt or velvet, and dark-colored fabrics can be frustrating. This technique using Glad® Press’n Seal® wrap is easy, uses something you may already have in your kitchen, and doesn’t leave any marks or residue behind.

Finishing – Basic Bracelet

NK_07FinishedBracelet2This needlepoint finishing 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. Perfect for finishing any needlepoint or embroidery strip as wearable art.

Printing Full-Size Patterns

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

Finger Pressing

NK_FingerPressing_medHave you ever read about this term in a book or pattern and wondered what Finger Pressing is? Goodness knows we’re not going to stick our fingers under a hot iron and flatten ‘em!

Finger Pressing actually refers to using the fingers on your hands to press a seam or fold into shape, making a crease – like I’m doing in this image.

It’s a great way to press a small item when an iron isn’t available.

 


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