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Embroidery is the latest comeback kid among traditional handiwork, but what crafters are doing with needle and thread transcends the alphabet and "Home Sweet Home" samplers of yesteryear."While an embroidery instructor in the 1950s might have insisted that your cloth be knot-free, I encourage you to do what it takes to get going, and to think of knots as an opportunity to add texture to even the front side of your fabric," Ringquist says in her book.She sees embroidery as akin to painting; stitches add layers of color and texture. Embroidery is an accessible and affordable hobby, Augsburg says: Find needles, embroidery floss and hoops – a helpful (though not necessary) accessory that keeps fabric taut while you work on it – at any crafts or specialty store, and pay only a few dollars for initial supplies.The March 2015 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine shows how to make five classic embroidery stitches, and recommends a fast and easy project: Embroider onto pretty, printed fabric.
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