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There are free sample worksheets. Modules 5 and 6 have been published. Details can be found under the Stitch Worksheets tab 

Free weekly challenge TAST 2012:

I am running a free weekly challenge. Details are here

All posts relating to this challenge are in the one category Take a Stitch Tuesday


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What is here?


Stitch Dictionary : An illustrated step by step stitch guide for hand embroiderers. 

12 Surface Stitches for Beginners is a illustrated stitch guide (PDF file).

Free patterns

See the Friday Freebie section as you will find many free resources 

Eye Candy 

My latest work in progress is the Lace crazy quilt

Diamond Block crazy quilt section

Crazy quilt details is a series documenting the I dropped the button box a crazy quilt

If you like embroidery see the For Love of Stitching Band Sampler which is being photographed and blogged band by band in a series or articles.


How to stitch Freestyle woven bars.

How to stitch a needle woven picot

How to work closed needlewoven picot leaf stitch

How to make a Five point ribbon flower

How to stitch a silk ribbon Farago Rose

How to use transfer dyes to print on synthetic fabric.

How to Transfer Embroidery Patterns to Fabric

How to make Ric-rac Roses

How to work Shisha Stitch

Adding pages to a wire bound journal

Tips and FAQs

Tips for working Bullion Stitch

Tips for using Chenille thread

What is Ribbon Floss?


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This button cluster is found on block 54 of the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt.

What is the story?

This regularly published series aims to illustrate and document the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box.

Want to see the whole series?

All articles are categorised under  Crazy Quilt details which enables readers to browse back through the series.

Free Crazy quilt block patterns


In the process of documenting these seam decorations I am diagramming out each block for readers as a free crazy quilt pattern. Links to these free pattern pages are listed below.

If you click on the thumb nail you can see the whole quilt.

Links to the blocks and the free crazy quilt patterns in the series so far:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 

11, 12, 13,14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20,

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 

31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 , 38,  39, 40,

41 , 42 , 43 , 44, 45 , 46, 47 , 48, 49, 50 , 51, 52 , 53 and 54



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Friday Freebie A hand embroidery pattern

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This Friday I have a design that is similar to the one I offered last week which means you could use them as a pair. You could combine it with fused applique, couching and beading to give it a completely different look. It can be embroidered in any of the outline stiches or it could als be used as a goldwork motif. Of course it could be incorporated into crazy quilting too. 

This pattern is part of the Friday Freebie series where I offer a free pattern for you to stitch, clean up a free vintage pattern or point out free pattern resources online.

All posts in the series are in the  Friday Freebie category I hope you enjoy them

Click for a larger version and right click on the pop up image to save to your computer. 

These are for non commercial use and I ask you to attribute the work to me, with link back to this blog. You may not republish them online, as that is not in the spirit of sharing. So link to them but not re-publish. OK?



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For the love of Stitching sampler band 537 

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This is the last part of section 36 on the For Love of Stitching band sampler.  This area is an experiment in Algerian eye stitches. 


The thread is hand dyed silk.


Dyed 18 cnt Aida 


This section of the sampler was worked early 2009.


The For Love of Stitching Band Sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide. It consists of different strips of fabric which are are stitched together to form one long band sampler.

The needlework band sampler is currently 74 ft 8 inches or 896 inches (2275.84 centimetres) or 24.8 yards  (22.75 metres) long and I have more to add. I will stop when I get bored with playing with it! 


Click on the thumbnail image and you will see a larger version.

The back story:

This series documents part by part, a hand embroidered needlework band sampler, which is still growing as I still stitch it.

If you are interested in the how and why this needlework sampler came to be made have a look at the Introductory Post  to the series. Also I answered a few questions about fabric choice and width

Also blogging has influenced this sampler

Here is a list of previous sections: 

Sections 1 and 23 and 456 , 789101112 13

Sections 15-24 , 25 , 26 , 27 , 2829 , 30 , 31, 32,  33, 34, 35 , and 36

Each section of the sampler is joined to the previous section to form one long strip. In other words, one long band sampler!

If you want to know more about the process you will find information in how I Extended and backed the sampler. is neither affiliated with the authors of this page nor responsible for its contents. This is a safe-cache copy of the original web site.