Tutorials and Tips

This section has the best tips on how to do this and that I know about.  I've included tutorials for all sorts of things and there is copyright information as well.  If you know of another great online source of information for needlepoint, please let me know so I can include it.

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FREE ALPHABETS
http://www.needlepoint.org/Archives/Circles.php

http://yarntree.com/freecharts/alphabets.pdf


COPYRIGHT BASICS

http://www.yarntree.com/066copyr.htm

https://www.needlepointnow.com/advertising/copyright/

http://www.needlenthread.com/2012/09/copyright-in-embroidery.html


EFFECTS

Angel Wings
http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2013/08/angel-wings.html

Beards Help and Inspiration
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2011/12/beards.html

http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-create-santas-beard.html

http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2014/03/blue-russian-inspiration-collection-of.html

http://suzannehicks.blogspot.com/2015/06/velvet-stitch.html

http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2015/08/judiths-corkscrew-beard.html


Bird Feathers
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2017/03/web-store-update-march-10.html


Eyes
http://www.funkandweber.com/create-eye-sparkles-in-cross-stitch/

http://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/uploads/7/2/3/6/72364657/0213.pdf


Fur
http://sudukc.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/how-i-random-stitch/

http://sudukc.wordpress.com/2009/07/24/random-pictures/


Glass Stitches and Threads
http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2015/9/6/i-can-see-clearly-now

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/3/2/glittery-glass

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/3/9/darn-it

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/3/16/step-into-it

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/3/23/guilt-works

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/3/30/old-glass


Hair
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2011/05/hair-resources.html

http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2011/05/brainstorming-hair.html

http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2013/09/share-a-stitch-sunday-september-22.html

http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2015/05/stumped-for-hairdo-here-is-recent.html

http://annascottembroidery.blogspot.com/2014/06/curly-wild-hair.html

http://www.abigailcecile.com/blog/2015/1/14/how-to-embroider-curly-hair

The stitch used here is the Bunger Stitch, that's why Steph thanks Amy.
http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2014/08/straight-from-stephs-beauty-shop.html

http://thebfgoodstitch.blogspot.com/2016/11/well-i-do-declare-its-been-terribly.html

Wigmaker's Knot Tutorial
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2014/03/blue-russian-creating-ermine-out-of_10.html

Curly Hair
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/how-to-needlepoint-curly-hair.htm


Skin Colors
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2012/09/skin-tones-in-dmc.html

http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2013/09/match-my-face.html


Sky Stitches
http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/5/1/sweet-sky

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/5/4/big-blue-skies

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/5/11/starry-starry-night

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/5/15/small-skies

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/5/18/more-open-skies

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/5/25/beetlestitch

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/5/29/small-skies-part-2


Needle Blended Skies (Ideas by Anne Stradal, Compilation by Sue Dulle)
http://sudukc.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/hiding-out-is-such-fun/

http://sudukc.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/finished-lighthouse-on-national-lighthouse-day/

More Needle Blending (By John Waddell)
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2013/10/puddle-colors-john-waddell-way.html


Snow Stitches
http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/9/4/snow-in-september

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/9/7/xs-and-os

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/9/14/santas-landing-pad

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/9/18/more-beads

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/9/21/darn-snow

This one will also work for water, depending on thread type and color.
http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/9/25/tiny-tiny-diamonds

http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/9/28/i-always-wanted-to-be-tall


Stitch Ideas for Trees, Particularly Christmas Trees
http://www.stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com/#!All-things-trees/o6dgx/566633a90cf256f068fe29ff


EMBELLISHMENT

How to pick a canvas for embellishment-
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2017/07/choosing-canvas-for-embellishment.html?showComment=1501358536468#c2226354490988982151

Help with embellishing a painted canvas
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2015/09/help-learning-painted-canvas.html


FINISHING TUTORIALS

Finishing Tips
Stocking Finishing Tutorial  (I highly recommend this.)
http://summerlouise.blogspot.com/2008/11/learn-to-finish-miniature-christmas.html

Open topped lined ornaments and mini sock finishing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbhM76LfWPM&feature=youtu.be

Finishing Square or Rectangular Ornaments
https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/finishing-ornaments-2-square-or-rectangle/

Finishing Shaped Ornaments with Stuffing
https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/finishing-ornaments-3-soft-ornaments/

Very Basic Ornament Finishing
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/how-to-finish-a-needlepoint-ornament.htm


STITCH HELP

Bargello Tips
http://www.lizartneedlepoint.com/Bargello_Information.php

Basketweave Explained (for Right and Left Handed Stitchers)
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2014/05/share-a-stitch-may-26-starting-with-the-basics.html

Basketweave and Continental Explained
http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/7/10/the-smallest-of-all

Basketweave on a Stick
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2017/02/basketweave-on-stick-tutorial.html

Perfect Tent and Satin Stitches (by Margaret Bendig, on pp.26-27)
http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk//launch.aspx?pbid=69bfa3f1-dd93-4618-b806-6880fc346117

Satin Stitches
http://annascottembroidery.blogspot.com/2016/11/satin-stitch-leaves.html

https://trishburr.com/tutorials/

Turkeywork Made Easier
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2014/08/share-a-stitch-august-3-lets-talk-turkey.html

Basketweave Turkeywork
https://www.bristlythistle.com/blog/2017/7/24/the-easiest-turkey-work-ever

Jump Through the Loop Turkeywork
http://www.needlepoint.org/StitchOfTheMonth/2006/aug.php

Perfect French Knots (Susan Portra)
http://www.susanportra.com/catalog/item/8767033/9849266.htm

Long and Short Stitch Video Tutorials (Trish Burr)
https://trishburr.com/tutorials/

How to Make Fake Bullions
http://shoutout.wix.com/so/2L1SEvRR?cid=68bf7f60-0c49-4a61-b2cc-4a9944579072#/main

http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2009/05/fake-bullions-for-faint-of-heart.html

http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2016/04/faux-bullions-david-way.html

Help with Bullions
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2009/05/bullions.html

http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-right-tool-for-bullions.html

All about T-Stitch
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/02/t-stitch.html



TECHNIQUES

How to Pad Areas on Your Canvas
http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2015/9/9/i-call-it-cheating

Curved Lines on Needlepoint Canvas
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/stitch-a-needlepoint-curve.htm

Circles on Needlepoint Canvas (with bonus alphabet and "chop")
http://www.needlepoint.org/Archives/Circles.php

Thin Outlines on Needlepoint Canvas
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/how-to-stitch-outlines-in-needlepoint.htm


Repousse Explained
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2015/06/repousse-tail.html

http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2015/01/is-repousse-actually-trailing.html

Needle Felting
See Separate Tab Above

Using Pastel Pencils for Shading (Video)
http://www.needlepointfix.com/videolibrary/using-pastels-for-shading/

Painting Your Threads After Stitching with Them.  (Tutorial by Barbara Elmore and Melissa Shirley)
http://stitchpography.blogspot.com/2012/03/tint-your-stitch.html

Silk Ribbon Roses
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2014/03/swanky-cute.html


How to Stitch with Ribbons  (Barbara Elmore)
http://stitchpography.blogspot.com/2014/01/see-whats-new.html

http://stitchpography.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-tutorial-stitching-with-paint.html

Wired Flair
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2008/09/how-to-use-wired-flair.html

Ruched Flair and Altered Kreinik
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-to-torture-flair.html

http://www.mrxstitch.com/altered-threads/

How to Ruche Silk Ribbon
http://www.needlenthread.com/2014/12/how-to-embroider-a-ruched-silk-ribbon-wreath.html

How to Make Your Own Perle Cotton (or Silk Perle) - Video
Note that this is different than making cord (second link below).
http://www.funkandweber.com/byi379lr7prr0/

http://craftyarncouncil.com/feast.html


Straightening Neon Rays with Mini Flat Iron (Video)
Don Lynch of Associated Talents has also used this with Flair and Petite Frosty Rays but other stitchers say to not use it with the glow-in-the-dark fibers which melt.   Apparently it also works with Silken Straw.  This is all hearsay, however.  I have not done this myself on any threads or ribbons.
http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2011/03/straightening-neon-rays_27.html


Light Coverage Stitching and Anchoring Threads Invisibly
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2010/06/anchoring-ends-when-stitching-light.html

http://creative-stitch.blogspot.com/2012/10/those-pesky-ending-threads.html

http://sonorandesertstitching.blogspot.com/2013/03/sunday-sampler-of-tips-from-margaret_24.html

http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2011/05/cat-topiary-garden-and-light-coverage.html

http://www.bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/content/uploads/bedeckednewsoct2014.pdf

For Margaret Bendig's hints, look at pp. 28-29 below.
http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk//launch.aspx?pbid=69bfa3f1-dd93-4618-b806-6880fc346117

How to Start and End Threads Securely
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2015/06/to-knot-or-not-to-knot-it-almost-always.html

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/5b0dca8665a4071261e07270b/files/News_Blast_November_2016_Final.pdf

The Pin Stitch Video (Starting and Ending Threads Securely)
https://hands-across-the-sea-samplers.com/tips-and-tricks/


How to Hide Traveling Threads
http://creative-stitch.blogspot.com/2014/01/why.html

http://creative-stitch.blogspot.com/2014/01/travel-on-diagonal.html

Repair Cuts in Canvas
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/how-to-repair-cut-needlepoint-canvas.htm

https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2009/09/vandals-in-chilly-hollow.html

Tips on Changing Colors
http://sudukc.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/different-threads/

How to Use Kreinik's Hot Wire and DMC's Memory Thread
http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2011/01/kreinik-hot-wire-catch-up.html

http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2010/06/m-and-dmc-memory-thread.html

http://www.needlenthread.com/2014/12/dmc-memory-thread-how-to-use.html




TOOLS and THREADS

Laying Tools
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFkePmWPAcE

http://iastitcher.blogspot.com/2013/10/using-laying-tool.html

http://www.nordicneedle.net/stitching-materials/laying-tools/

http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2015/06/glorious-sunday-morning-in-central.html

http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-easiest-way-to-make-prettier.html

Choosing the Right Needle
http://www.needlenthread.com/2014/11/hand-embroidery-needles-how-to-choose-them-use-them.html

http://www.needlenthread.com/2015/01/all-about-embroidery-needles.html


Threading a Needle (two videos) With or Without a Threader
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/needle-threader.htm


The Sequin Sizer
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2011/06/sequin-sizer.html


Kreinik's Color Finder Explained
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-quickest-way-to-find-kreinik-color.html

Kreinik Gold and Silver Colors, light to dark
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2013/02/kreinik-colors-in-shading-order.html


Needlepoint Knowledge and Tricks Photo Album (Carolyn Hedge Baird)
Carolyn Hedge Baird maintains a photo album with hints and tricks on her official Facebook page.  If this link doesn't work for you, log onto FB,  search for Needlepointing in Your Nest--which is Carolyn's FB page--then find her photo album called "Needlepoint Knowledge."
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.606762512701705.1073741838.141607859217175&type=1


Photographing Embroidery
http://www.thistle-threads.com/macrophotos/TakingQuickMacroPhotos970.pdf

http://needlepointland.com/2014/07/14/needlepoint-snaps-101/

http://needlepointland.com/2014/07/16/basta-already/

Silk Gauze Tutorial
http://www.scarletsailsminiatures.blogspot.com/p/needletherapy-in-miniature.html






2 comments:

  1. Great idea! Find something on using Sparkles from Sundanceneedlepoint.

    Tisha

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