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Handiwork is hip again! Expand your repertoire of embroidery stitches with these beyond-the-basics designs by Sue Spargo, then use them to...

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Easy-to-create, machine-couched springtime tulips dance atop piped or bead-trimmed pillows. 

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Pretty in pink and bursting with stitch goodness, this funky blossom comes to life with rings of highly textured embroidery. 

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Don’t let time slip by without whipping up a clock sampler. Each number outline is embellished with a different motif, and a plastic embroidery hoop adds to the colorful display. 

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No fancy stitching required for this forest of felt trees. Just blanket-stitch the edges of each piece to a patterned fabric background.

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Long straight stitches dotted with French knots radiate from the center of this graceful dandelion pouf. Wispy fly-stitch florets create a sense of movement.

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You’ll get a flurry of compliments when you make these beaded snowflake beauties. 

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A timeless and endearing piece, this heartwarming mother-and-child sampler is destined to become an heirloom.

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Stitch a subtle love note using a shadow redwork technique of ecru thread on a soft white foundation.

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Try your hand at appliqué with this easy-to-make wool table runner.

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Increase your hand-embroidery know-how as you embellish holiday motifs on a set of stuffed wool ornaments. 

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Decorate a nursery by dangling fun felt balls and elephants with polka dot ears beneath a big top.

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Add a personal touch to seasonal packages with festive gift tags made from sewing supplies and notions.

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There’s no trick to whipping up a few mini pumpkin penny rugs for your friends this fall. All you need is a little wool and thread, and you’re set for the season!

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Add patriotic bursts to a plain pillow with simple machine straight-stitching. The dark blue background serves as a night sky for the red and white metallic sparklers.

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Make simple holiday ornaments using holiday-theme fabric, metallic crochet thread, and yo-yos. Stuff the ornaments with more fiberfill and they can double as pincushions.

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Trim your tree or gifts with these peppermint ornaments that put a yummy spin on your holiday decorating.

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Build a cute snowman out of felt. Add a snowy greeting below him for a wonderful winter greeting card.

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It’s never too soon to get a jump on the holidays--for yourself or for those on your gift list. This year, consider a quartet of easy ornaments that combine embroidery and embellishing. Stitch up...

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Put a snowy day to good use by whipping up these sparkly star ornaments. In the twinkle of an eye, you'll be ready to trim the tree.

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Cut and piece precut 5" squares to frame an appliqué panel and create a patchwork back for a handy pin keeper. Fabrics are from the Buttercup collection by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co....

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Combine light blue and pink prints for an updated take on nautical style. An embroidered underwater scene adds whimsy to this pillow. Fabrics are from the Out to Sea collection by Sarah Jane for...

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Fussy-cut delicate floral designs, such as these from the Abigail collection by Sara Morgan for Blue Hill Fabrics, to showcase...

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Whip up a cheery felted wool mitten to give away or hang on a Christmas tree. The ornament can double as a holder for small gifts, trinkets, or gift cards.

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Put felt scraps to good use by turning them into merry snowmen ornaments and package trims. Stuffed and assembled with a simple blanket stitch, the little guys wear felt-strip scarves and vibrant...

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