Search The Purl Bee
Sign up for our newsletter!

Idea Center
Follow The Purl Bee
Sunday
Dec042011

Cross Stitch

Cross-stitch is a form of counted thread embroidery in which stitched x's come together to form an image or design. It has a traditional, as well as a modern graphic appeal that makes it suitable for everything from our cross-stitch ornaments pictured above...

Click to read more ...

Monday
Feb122007

Embroidery Basics

embr1.jpg 

Embroidery is a wonderfully expressive craft that employs a variety of different techniques.  Here are a few of the basics. These samples were made with hand-dyed embroidery thread from Valdani Threads. If you are interested in learning more about embroidery, explore our collection of embroidery books and patterns.

Click to read more ...

Wednesday
Aug062008

Embroidery: Two-Color Techniques

twocolorbeauty.jpg

One of my all time favorite craft books is The Constance Howard Book of Stitches. I find it a never ending inspiration. All of the pictures in the book are in black and white but they show the most creative embroidery stitches and opened me up to the idea of two (or more) color embroidery, which is something I'd never really thought of before.

I made this tutorial to go along with my Sampler Pillows Project Journal, which you can see in the photo above. 

Click to read more ...

Friday
Jul202007

French Knot

French knots are a basic element of embroidery that can be strung together to make lines and shapes, or they can make a field of polka dots. Try our pattern for Connect the Dot Pillows to see how pretty these simple knots can be! 

Click to read more ...

Thursday
Dec152011

Needlepoint: Basketweave Stitch

Needlepoint is a form of counted thread embroidery in which yarn is stitched through a stiff open weave canvas. Below you will find a quick tutorial on the Basketweave Stitch, one of the most common and durible stitches in the needlepoint tradition. For more in-depth instructions on how to needlepoint we highly recommend the TNNA How To Needlepoint Booklet).

Click to read more ...

Friday
Sep072012

Needlepoint: Corduroy Stitch

Pictured above is our Herringbone Corduroy Stitch iPhone Case (to make your own, click right HERE!). It's a sophisticated, fun stitch that makes a big, graphic impact! Happy stitching!

Click to read more ...

Thursday
Dec152011

Needlepoint: Fancy Stitch

Pictured above is our New Year's Needlepoint Clutch (you can learn how to make your own right here!). It features a stitch pattern known as the Fancy Stitch. A perfectly named stitch for a perfectly fantastic night of the year. Check out the tutorial below! Also, if you are interested in a tutorial on the basic Basketweave Stitch, you can find it here. Happy Needlepointing!

Click to read more ...

Friday
Sep072012

Needlepoint: Scotch Stitch

Pictured above is our Split Scotch Stitch iPhone Case (for the whole story and a list of materials, click HERE!). Easy, fun, and quick to do, this stitch is the perfect introduction to decorative needlepoint stitches. Also, if you are interested in a tutorial on the basic Basketweave Stitch, you can find it here. Happy stitching!

Click to read more ...

Friday
Jan182008

Sashiko

sashiko-main.jpg

Sashiko embroidery is one of my favorite crafts.  It's easy to master and the process is very meditative and relaxing.  Although the patterns can look difficult, they are just a matter of breaking down the whole into linear parts.  --Mari

Click to read more ...