I started making my own knitting needles a few years ago. I had recently bought anadorable set of knitting needles with faces on them, but they were acrylic, which I tend not to enjoy for knitting. I decided to try making my own sets of adorable knitting needles, and, after a few tries and a bit of research, I had a method I really liked.
I have been trying to expand the types of base fabrics I use in my embroidery. However, my usual transfer method (blue water soluble pen) doesn’t work well with all fabrics, so I spent some time testing various transfer methods that work in different situations.
I have been trying to incorporate some new-to-me stitches in my latest embroideries, and I thought it would be fun to share what I'm learning, so I'm starting with a tutorial for the long-and-short stitch.
Today I created a new fabric pattern for my Spoonflower shop, and I decided to create a tutorial along the way. I have adapted this method of making repeating pattern tiles from information I've found at a variety of sources, so none of this reinvents the wheel, but it is my own little method that might help some other folks get into pattern design.