Stamped Cross-Stitch

If you are a beginner or have girls that are wanting to start needlework, stamped cross-stitch is the way to go.  I started when I was my oldest daughter’s age of 9.  Stamped is great for kids and beginners since it is easy and takes less time than most counted cross-stitching patterns.  There are several kits that you can buy.  Some examples of stamped cross-stitch kits are baby bibs, pillowcases, hand towels.

Another good thing about the stamped cross-stitching is that once you are done and if any ink is still showing on the pattern, it can easily be washed clear of the fabric.   When you are doing stamped cross-stitching, the patterns are normally made up of the simple stitches, such as standard x stitch and straight stitch.

A lot of people use Stamped Cross-stitches to make gifts for weddings, baby showers, etc.  I have done several baby bibs when I was doing stamped cross-stitch and gave them away as gifts.  I am hoping that when my daughter wants to learn stamped cross-stitch, that she will enjoy it as much as I did.

Clover Wonder Clips

If you are like me you use straight pins to hold your fabric together while sewing, and that’s they way my mom always taught me to do.  While looking on the website I stumbled across one of the best-selling items called Clover Wonder Clips.  They do the same as straight pins, and you don’t have to worry about getting poked with the pins.

They sell them in a 50 pack as well as a smaller pack.  All the reviews that I have read confirm that the Clover Wonder Clips are the best thing to use on binding and holding fabric together while sewing.  You may think the 50 pack may be a little much, but the reviews say they are well worth the price and from what I can tell you can use them for a lot of different projects.

I think I will have to buy these for my mom for Christmas, since she does a lot of quilting and sewing.  If you like to make handbags, quilts or anything that has several layers of cloth or binding, these would be perfect to use.  The clip base is also flat for easy feeding thru the presser foot.

Here is the link on to check them out for yourselves.

Welcome to needle work cottage.

Have you ever wanted to do some type of needlework but didn’t know where to start, or do needlework but want to get new ideas or help answer questions that others may have?

My name is Cathy, and I started this site to help others get started in needlework or even to learn new types of needlework.  I am a mother of 3 and work full-time.  I have been doing some type of needlework since I was my oldest daughter’s age of 9. 

When I was 9 years old, I started doing stamped cross-stitching.  I would sit for hours making items for my friends and family.  As I grew older I learned how to do counted cross-stitch and I still do cross-stitch patterns for gifts.

I also have just learned how to knit.  I have only made scarfs for my kids and my mom.  I will soon be making placements for my husband’s aunt and uncle. You can never be too old to learn something new.

With this site, please feel free to ask questions, or share your knowledge with others.