Deanna Hall West


A Stitch in Time: Algerian Eye and Eyelet Stitch

The Algerian eye and eyelet stitches have a long European history, appearing on some of the earliest samplers and clothing.

A Stitch in Time: Running Stitch

Learn how versatile the running stitch can be, a stitch that dates back to the beginning of sewing itself.

A Stitch in Time: Two-Sided Italian Cross-Stitch

The two-sided Italian cross-stitch is a square, densely textured stitch and is another member of the large cross-stitch family.

A Stitch in Time: The Buttonhole Stitch and Blanket Stitch

The buttonhole stitch was historically used to strengthen the cut edges of buttonholes but developed into a decorative surface-embroidery stitch with numerous variations.

A Stitch in Time: Herringbone Stitch

An extremely versatile stitch from the cross-stitch family.

A Stitch in Time: Palestrina Knot Stitch

The Palestrina knot stitch is a highly textured, beadlike stitch belonging to the family of knotted stitches.

A Stitch in Time: Pekinese and Chinese Knot Stitches

There is confusion in the embroidery literature between these two similarly named stitches. Deanna helps explain the differences.

A Stitch in Time: Four-Sided Stitch

A counted-thread sampler staple—it’s hip to stitch square!

Mauchline Ware: A Needleworker’s Collection

Almost 200 different products were manufactured by the woodworkers in Mauchline, Scotland, including collectible sewing accessories.

A Stitch in Time: Norwich Stitch

The Norwich, waffle, southern cross, or plaited interlaced stitch is considered to be a large, square, highly textured, modern-day canvas and needlepoint stitch.