FAQs

How can I thread my needle more easily?
My threads always seem to catch on the ragged edges of the canvas – what can I do to stop this happening?
How much do I need to spend on a lamp?
I use a hoop when I stitch on fabric, but how can I hold perforated paper securely?
How do I stop my French knots ending up on the back of the fabric?
What size of scissors should I buy?
What is the best way to store my threads?
I've finished a design, only to realise there's not enough border left for the frame I wanted to put it in, what should I do?
How do I choose a mount for my design?
Is it better to complete each cross individually or to work them in rows?
I want to backstitch round a simple floral design, but black seems to look too harsh - what shade should I use?
Do I need a magnifier as well as a lamp?
Can I mix thread brands when stitching?
Should I choose a halogen or daylight bulb? And what about fluorescent daylight?
What lamp do I need if I already have a tapestry frame?
How much should I spend on a pair of scissors?
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