Posts by Kristen Valencia

Kristen is a self-taught embroiderer with over 10 years of stitching experience. Her passion for bright and colorful stitches comes from the hand-embroidered Mexican blouses she encountered on a trip to Mexico City many years ago. She returned to her home in Southern Arizona and took up embroidery, learning stitching techniques from books found at flea markets and vintage stores. Today, Kristen often combines the sewing skills she learned from her grandmother and stitching work, creating new and different places to infuse embroidery into every area of her world.

Essential Supplies: Choosing the Right Hand Embroidery Hoop

embroidery hoop sizes

Hoops are a necessary tool for hand embroidery, so choosing the right hoop for your intended work is important for both personal comfort as you embroider as well as the quality of your finished stitches. Here are a few tips and recommendations to help you choose the right hoop for your next embroidery project.

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Pretty Embroidery Designs You’re Going to Love

Sewing Room pattern by KimberlyOuimet

Hand embroidery patterns have gotten so popular, you can now pick a pattern and print it out with very little effort. The question is: Where do you go for these patterns? Don't spend hours searching, we've listed some great resources here!

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5 Need-to-Know Embroidery Fill Stitches

fill stitches

Spice up your hand embroidery projects with fill stitches that will make your work pop! From seed to satin stitches, these examples will inspire you to try something new in your next piece or rediscover an old favorite look.

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DIY Embroidered Tea Towels With a Stitched Hem

DIY embroidered tea towel on the Craftsy Blog!

Hand embroidery is the perfect way to dress up and add a little brightness to simple everyday items, like tea towels! Follow along with these steps to create your very own embroidered tea towel, complete with a pretty stitched hem.

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Uniquely You: How to Sew and Embroider a Wrap Skirt

Making an embroidered wrap skirt on the Craftsy Blog!

Combining a free skirt pattern along with crewel embroidery techniques, I made a skirt that showcases my unique style and creative flair. See how I did it and be inspired to create your own unique embroidered skirt design!

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Tips for Traveling With Embroidery + A Travel Case Tutorial

traveling embroidery

I like to take embroidery projects on the road with me, but sometimes it can be tricky to keep all my stitching supplies in order. As you are getting ready to hit the road with a current WIP, keep these tips in mind to help you have a smooth traveling embroidery experience.

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Simple Solutions: 4 Easy Embroidery Pattern Transfer Techniques

embroidery transfer tools

One of the great things about embroidery nowadays is the ability to download a digital file of a pattern, print it out and start stitching. At first, transferring an embroidery pattern might seem a bit tricky, but there are various techniques that work well and don’t require any elaborate tools. Read on to learn more!

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