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Embroidered Silk Boosts Morale in World War I

    

 

Imagine fighting for your life in a muddy 8 to 10-foot-deep trench.  Rats the size of kittens are running around you. Lice are all over your body.  You fear you will succumb to trench mouth, trench foot (fungal infections) or lose your feet to frost bite in the winter.  Grenades are blowing up around you.  Fire from machine guns and flame throwers are bombarding you, not to mention that you have to keep a gas mask at the ready to protect you from poison gas attacks.

This was life in the trenches along the European Western Front in World War I (1914-1918).  How did soldiers keep fighting in these horrible conditions?  They kept in touch with loved ones back home by sending special embroidered silk postcards.  In this post, I will tell you more about them and show you some examples that have survived the past 100 years.

 

Create Unique Holiday Gifts With Cross Stitch from AC Needlework

 

 

Have you started stitching gifts for the holidays yet? As stitchers, our holiday shopping begins before everyone else because our gifts take so much more work than the typical gifts do. That is what makes them so special.  When recipients open our stitched gifts, they see our love and work in every stitch we crossed in making our works of art!  I am so happy to introduce two new holiday designs from AC Needlework.  Keep reading to get the details.

 

Kick Your Stitching Up A Notch with Decorative Buttons

 

Are you looking to add a new twist to your cross stitch repertoire?  Try using decorative buttons! In this post I will show you how I used decorative buttons as the center piece of my counted cross stitch design called “Snow Time”. Keep reading to learn how to kick your stitching up a notch with decorative buttons.

(Note:  I do not receive any monetary reward for any products featured in this post.  I am including them because I like them and actually use them!!)

Finish Your Cross Stitch With The Flat Fold Technique

 

 

What are your favorite ways to finish and display your cross-stitch projects - framing, wrapping it around an art canvas, pillows, or ornaments?  How about trying something different?  After looking for a different way to finish some of my newest projects, I decided to try the flat fold finishing technique.  Let me share my experience with you here.  I think you will agree that you should try it.

 

5 Practical Tips Every Stitcher Needs To Know - An Update On Floss Conditioner

 

 

Do you use a thread conditioner when you cross stitch?  I had never used one until I discovered a product called Thread Heaven in a catalog.  At first, I was a bit skeptical that it would make a difference in my stitching, but it really did reduce the knotting and twisting of my floss. (You can read my initial review in a previous blog post, 5 Practical Tips Every Stitcher Needs to Know).

Tumbling Boxes -You Will Love Stitching This Geometric Illusion

 

Do you see the boxes?  Look closely. The shades of color will guide your eyes.

Maybe you see something else.  That’s the trick a geometric design does on your eyes.  Whether it’s the colors, shapes, or “boxes”, Tumbling Boxes Mandala will be a conversation piece for your décor.  Keep reading for more details about this cross stitch design.

 

Zenbroidery - I'm Trying It and I Like It

 

 

Have you tried Zenbroidery™ yet?  Finding myself between cross stitch projects, I decided I would pull out a Zenbroidery™ kit that I purchased at a local craft store and give it a try.  I have to say, I am enjoying it. Keep reading to get more details about my experiment with Zenbroidery™.

 

Caution - This Cross Stitch Design Could Tempt Your Sweet Tooth

 

You are probably wondering how in the world a cross stitch pattern could tempt your sweet tooth.  After I tell you where the inspiration for this Stripes and Triangle Quilt Block cross stitch design came from, you may see the connection too!  Keep reading to get the connection!

 

 

5 Practical Tips Every Cross Stitcher Needs To Know

5 Practical Tips

 

Looking for ways to make your stitching a little easier?  I know I am.  That’s why I am always on the lookout for useful tips.  In this blog post, I am going to share five practical tips that I use all of the time when I am cross stitching.  They will save you time, keep you organized and solve some of the problems you may run into when stitching.  Hope you will find at least one tip you can use.

 

 

Need A Quick, Easy Cross Stitch Idea for Valentine's Day? Got You Covered!

 

 

 

Looking for something to stitch for Valentine’s Day?  Here are some

ideas I found while browsing the web.  If you need something quick

and easy, these look like they will fill the bill.  Keep reading for more

details.

 

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