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A Finisher’s Perspective: Stitching techniques and threads

A Finisher’s Perspective: Stitching techniques and threads

The first blog addresses blocking needlepoint canvases, now I would like to address the characteristics of threads and how they may effect the blocking and finishing processes. For starters, I am not advocating decorative stitches or threads for church kneelers and cushions and rugs, because they would not hold up with the use that these two items receive. They are...
The art and beauty of needlepoint blocking

The art and beauty of needlepoint blocking

I know this may sound very odd to you, but why does blocking make me hungry? Have you ever given thought as to what may be on your hands, or in the air while you are stitching your canvas? Believe me, the yarns absorb these scents and it comes out during the blocking process. I have detected grilled steak, pot roast (I think?) curry, cigars, cigarettes, mothballs...