Stop embroidery “shadowing” with this quick tip (video + giveaway!)

From Cottage-Style CharmDo you embroider?

It’s such a simple skill. You can learn just a few embroidery stitches or learn them all—and there are hundreds of stitches to choose from!

In Cottage-Style Charm, designer Natalie Bird uses just five embroidery stitches to make the embroidery projects in her beautiful book: a back stitch, French knots, a satin stitch, a Lazy Daisy stitch, and a running stitch. These basic stitches couldn’t be easier to master!

True Friend Tote
True Friend Tote

Natalie relies on a few tricks to make her embroidery extraordinary. One tip from Cottage-Style Charm shares a secret for eliminating embroidery “shadowing”—when the threads on the back of your work can be seen from the front, creating unsightly “shadows” that disrupt the motifs. In this quick video, we share Natalie’s shadow-stopping solution:

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Not only does Natalie’s method prevent shadowing; it also adds stability to your work as you stitch. A fix that’s twice as nice!

Natalie’s simple patchwork-and-appliqué projects blend with embroidered stitcheries and sayings that will tug at your heartstrings.

Heart and Bloom Mini Quilt
Heart and Bloom Mini-Quilt

Round Table Topper
Round Table Topper

Little House Pincushion
Little House Pincushion

Give Natalie’s shadowing tip a try and stitch her sweet embroidery projects (perfect for decorating and gifts) in the process!

And because Natalie’s got something else to share with you today, we’re having a . . .

FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Our friends at Clothworks gave us a beautiful bundle of Natalie Bird’s new fabric line, called All Afloat, to give away to you!

Cottage-Style CharmHead over to the Clothworks blog today for another great giveaway: two copies of Natalie’s book and a fat-quarter bundle of All Afloat are up for grabs!

To win the All Afloat bundle plus a copy of Cottage-Style Charm here at Stitch This!, tell us:

What’s your experience with hand embroidery?

a) total newbie
b) committed a few stitches to memory
c) my brain is overflowing with embroidery stitches!

Share your answer in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win the pretty All Afloat bundle from Clothworks plus a copy of Cottage-Style Charm! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

And remember, when you purchase Cottage-Style Charm at ShopMartingale.com, you can instantly download the eBook for free. (Also twice as nice!)

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Linda, who says:

“I’ve started an embroidery piece but it got relegated to the back of the cupboard while I quilt. I need to pull it out and stitch some more on it.”

We’ll email you about your prizes, Linda—congratulations!

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