Form-A-Lines Nautical and Oriental Flowers patterns reviewed

Two new pattern booklets have been added to the Form-A-Lines stitching cards range. They are: Oriental flowers featuring birds on a vine, a flowering vine and a bird in a thorn bush; Nautical featuring a lighthouse, a porthole and a captain’s hat above a wheel.

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Tiger, tiger, burning bright – words to stitch by

When I was designing my Stitching Cards Tiger pattern the words “Tiger, tiger, burning bright, in the forests of the night” kept going through my mind. They were from a poem half remembered from childhood, so I decided to look it up. The poem is The Tiger by William Blake. This is how it goes:

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The unicorn in myth and legend

Whilst I was doing research for my Stitching Cards unicorn design I came across some interesting information about the way it has evolved over the centuries.

The unicorn is a mythical beast whose origins can be traced back to early pagan times. Drawings of the unicorn appear on many coats of arms created in Medieval Europe and it also appears in early religious tapestries. The unicorn was even used as a symbol of Christ.

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Where to buy blank cards for embroidery

card blankFollowing on from my Where to buy beads post I thought it would be useful to do the same thing for card blanks suitable for prick and stitch card making. In order to display the stitching at its best the card material used should not be too flimsy; it should be strong without being excessively thick.

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The Form-A-Lines classic stitching card patterns have moved

When the Form-A-Lines prick and stitch patterns become out of print they are made available as downloads in PDF format. The classic patterns used to be available from the Stitching Cards web site but they have now moved to a new home in the Form-A-Lines online store.

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My top 10 social bookmarking websites for crafts and card making reviewed

A new social bookmarking website seems to appear every month. How do you choose the best one for you? I have been researching social bookmarking websites and here is my top ten. I have ranked the sites on how easy it is to find links to craft and card making web sites.

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