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  1. Easter Egg by Cotton Pixels
  2. Feather on soluble canvas
  3. Another Linen Floss Pattern
  4. Lana Again
  5. Neon Heart by Anchor
  6. Anchor Linen Floss
  7. Brushed Lana Cat
  8. Swedish Neat Balls
  9. Blackwork Snow Owl by Cotton Pixels
  10. Anchor Fine Metallic
Earlier Stitchcraft Articles

Easter Egg by Cotton Pixels

This colourful little design was quick to work.

The chart gave detailed instructions with small stitch diagrams by band number. There were also details by floss colour and the colour picture to check. The black and white section of the chart did seem unnecessary.

Cotton evenweave is a good fabric for a stitch sampler and it comes out even and straight. I would have considered making it more like a rainbow.

The finished embroidery is mounted in a red hanging picture frame by Vervaco PN-0009451 which is also available in white.

Easter Egg

by Anne Peden on Mon, 26 Feb 2024, 11:21
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Feather on soluble canvas

Since I love all rainbow style designs I thought I'd sew this on a plain white t-shirt to brighten it up.

Working on white didn't make it easy to see the holes in the clear canvas though and sometimes I used my needle to 'feel' the hole. Although I used a hoop it was around the canvas as it wouldn't stretch.

As it says on the pattern ' The colours of the signs on the chart do not match the thread colours as they were selected for convenience of using the chart' So some purple floss has a green symbol, yellow a blue symbol, red a peach symbol etc. This makes good contrast on the chart but in this case with so many bright colours of floss it is confusing.


It took longer to stitch than I thought. When finished the canvas did of course all wash out and I was pleased with the result.

by Anne Peden on Sat, 14 Oct 2023, 07:22
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Another Linen Floss Pattern

I took another section from a free pattern by Anchor.

This time I stitched on 25 count linen, so linen on linen. I used three strands for the whole cross stitch and half cross stitch and two strands for the backstitch on the hive. I felt that two strands would be too thick on the little bees backstitch so I used only one strand. I ran into a bit of a problem with that as a single strand breaks easily.

Bee Hive
by Anne Peden on Tue, 20 Jun 2023, 10:48
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Lana Again

Increasing our range of Lana gave me more colours to experiment with.

Lana Bee

This is a fluffy bumble bee.

The body is worked in yellow, black and white Lana and brushed. The wings are in white Anchor Marlitt and the outlines are in black Kreinik Blending filament.

I finished it with Mill Hill petite black beads for eyes.
by Anne Peden on Mon, 19 Jun 2023, 07:20
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Neon Heart by Anchor

Anchor brought out another new range of floss called Neon in six colours.

The floss is 100% polyester and you might expect it to feel a bit different. Actually it stitched just like stranded cottons. The colours are bright but not glow in the dark.

The heart kit came with whole skeins of floss and there's lots left over so now I can experiment with other ideas and combinations with standard cotton colours.

by Anne Peden on Sun, 18 Jun 2023, 18:48
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Anchor Linen Floss

I found the subtle colours in this range very attractive so I thought I'd try out a few small samples.

The little ladybird is from a larger free chart and uses only a few colours. The thread itself feels more stiff than stranded cottons and is thinner so three strands are used from cross stitch over 14/28 count fabric rather than two. The coverage still isn't very thick and it makes a pretty little picture.

by Anne Peden on Wed, 31 May 2023, 08:31
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Brushed Lana Cat

Madeira Lana looks so fluffy on Bothy Threads kits, so it seemed a good choice when stitching a cat for our grandaughter.

This is a Jazz Cat by Lanarte and originally stitched over one using a single strand of DMC. I wanted to make it bigger this time so worked on 28 count over two with two strands of Lana. Some of the detail - hat, nose and the backstitched outline are still in stranded cotton. The hat is pink though because all little girls prefer pink.

When stitched, I used Madeira wire brushes to bring up the texture and the black especially came out very well.

by Anne Peden on Tue, 30 May 2023, 19:19
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Swedish Neat Balls

I've stitched many Christmas tree decorations and often feel they are spoiled by the finishing. So I was intrigued by Ink Circle's claim that these designs used a clever, origami technique.

I chose my own colours, metallic silver and navy Anchor stranded cotton and after a search through my odds and ends decided on crystals from an old necklace and navy velvet ribbon for hanging.

The finishing is indeed very clever. The design isn't cut out and the same fabric is folded on the reverse, trimmed and then slipped stitched.

Both front and back look very neat. The only problem I can see is that since the ornament is hung by a corner, then it will always be a diamond shape. Of course, that wouldn't be a problem with a pincushion which is another of my projects waiting to be completed.

by Anne Peden on Tue, 30 May 2023, 18:53
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Blackwork Snow Owl by Cotton Pixels

I decided to stitch this fluffy little bird on 14 count white plastic canvas and stitch a matching reverse but of course without the eyes and beak.

It turned out to be surprisingly difficult to stitch with white on white. When finished, I cut around the shape and joined the two pieces with Wisper W88 doubled using a loose blanket stitch. This covers the sharp edges on the canvas and gives a fluffy edge.

This was a quick design to stitch and used three cards of Wisper. Now it can hang on our Christmas tree or in the conservatory all year round.

by Anne Peden on Thu, 28 Apr 2022, 10:51
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Anchor Fine Metallic

The new Anchor Fine Metallic is a fine thread made from a blend of Viscose (65%) and metallised polyester (35%). It comes in 25 gram balls which are approximately 250 metres long.

Although intended mainly for crochet, it is a very versatile floss which doesn't split easily.

I thought I'd try it for a variety of crafts.

Crochet of course and the pretty flower. I also tried a more openwork design and although that worked well, it was difficult to pin out and not stiff so probably best used for more solid patterns.

Cross Stitch. I used it on 14 count Aida to stitch 'Merry Christmas'. It sits proud and still glitters. It wouldn't work for any higher count fabric and it would be better to keep the lengths shorter because it can fray if pulled through the fabric too often.

Needlepoint The star on plastic canvas was worked with the floss doubled and blanket stitch worked twice into each space around the outsides. I worked two stars in the same way and joined them with wrong sides together using gold beads. The sampler on 22 count petite point canvas was worked in a variety of stitches using single floss and double for the blanket stitch around the outside. Straight stitches like satin stitch don't cover well but those at an angle or cross do.

Hardanger. I used it on a small Christmas decoration in place of no. 5 pearl cotton.

by Anne Peden on Wed, 01 Dec 2021, 10:43
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