my hand stitching tip + a thread and book giveaway! :)

Have you guys been enjoying the hand stitching tip + trick blog hop? Fabulous, right?? So much good info and eye candy as well. In case you missed the other stops, here is the list so you can visit the other artists and show them some love. Each one is also giving away a copy of my book, The Hand Stitched Surface, so there are several chances to get your hands on it!

Monday July 9 – Lisa Chin

Tuesday July 10 – Ana Sumner

Wednesday July 11 – Lyric Montgomery Kinard

Thursday July 12 – Libby Williamson

Friday July 13 – Allison Aller


And now we are here at the end of the tour and I have my most favorite tip to share with you. It’s a simple one and you might think “Really? That’s it?” but trust me on this one, it’s a game changer.

I love a good stitching marathon. Nothing is more snuggly to me then settling onto the couch after a long day with a good binge of bad TV and a project that is begging to be stitched to death. I’ve just started a series of small pieces focusing on improv stitching. Here is the first one (it’s still a work in progress):


My tip is that when you embark on hours of stitching, ditch the regular chenille needle and instead employ the use of a 3″ doll needle. Here’s the difference in needle length:


What this allows you to do is hold the needle with more than just your forefinger and thumb. So it’s a bit of more natural gripping action which causes less stress on your hands and fingers. You can find these needles at craft stores or pick them up here on Amazon. This is the brand that I use:


So that’s my tip! Let me know if you give them a try and if you think it makes a difference. 

And since this hop is also a party, I have something extra to add to my giveaway. In addition to a copy of The Hand Stitched Surface, I’m giving away a set of my current thread collection with Aurifil, Bohemian Bliss.


But that’s not all! I’m giving away TWO SETS of book + thread and all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post to get into the drawing! Leave a comment here by July 28, 2018 and I’ll announce the winners on Monday July 30, 2018. Get commenting! 🙂


129 thoughts on “my hand stitching tip + a thread and book giveaway! :)

  1. Jan Moser says:

    I have recently discovered you and your talents and am constantly surprised with what your art brain comes up with. Thanks for the doll needle tip – I have not been hand stitching or knitting lately because of wrist/hand pain.

  2. Susan Noethen says:

    I have been quietly following your for a few years now. I first learned to embroider when I was 10 and was sick for most of a summer with asthma problems. Our neighbor, Mrs. Clark, used iron-on transfers to make a few pieces for me to practice. I recently retired and am looking forward to updating my skills using your book as my guide. Thank you for the tip on the doll needles!

  3. Kathy Schmidt says:

    Doll needles! Wow! I’ll be stopping by the fabric store TODAY to get some to try. I haven’t used chenille needles as much as I thought because they are too short, so this should be a big help. You know that I love your work and playing with inspiration from your book is lots of fun. Thanks.

  4. Alessandra says:

    I continue to be blown away by your creativity, productivity, and marketing skills. You really are an inspiration, and I can’t wait to get my hands on some embroidery again!

  5. Claudia Tam says:

    Another great tip this week, will definitely try doll needles as my hand does start hurting after stitching a while. Thanks for the blog hop this week. I really appreciated getting to know more stitch artists!

  6. Claudia Tam says:

    Thanks for the great tip, will definitely try a doll needle and may even have these in my needle stash. Also really enjoyed meeting new stitch artists and their blogs,

  7. Lynne Wardrop says:

    I will try stitching with the longer doll needle, sounds like it might be helpful. Thanks.

  8. CAROL says:

    I will have to look thru my needle stash and see where my doll needles are. I know I have larger doll needles.

    I really like the colors in your piece.

  9. Carol says:

    Lynn, Thank you for your creativity, your energetic art brain, the sumptuous photos, and for not letting the Big C beat you! You are such an inspiration.

  10. Katie says:

    Thank you for posting to the “Hand Stitching Club” on Facebook! I’m new to hand stitching- trying to teach myself- and the internet has been my guide! Because of your post, I discovered you and your tips- which I can’t wait to try!
    Thank you again 🙂

    Your new fan,

  11. Kayb says:

    I have recently become obsessed with hand stitching1 I can’t wait to see your new book, and I’m going to try switching from a chenille needle to a doll needle. Thanks for the tip.

  12. Julie Booth says:

    Yay for you! Would love to get in on this… those threads are luring me and though I already have a copy of your wonderful book, it would make a great gift!

  13. Jenny Williams says:

    You know how much I love your work and your FB posts – I learn a little about so many different things. Probably the most valuable to me so far has been your Auriful thread collections – I have totally fallen in love with this particular thread, but it’s not easy to find. I wish they made a lot more colors and were a lot more accessible.
    To win your book would be divine – to learn all those new tips and tricks in stitching – but to receive a new bunch of thread would be like Christmas! I’d be in heaven in stitching!

    Good luck with the book – it should be jumping off shelves everywhere!

  14. Sue says:

    Lynn, thank you for the tip! With all the crafting we do, we need to take care of ourselves for many more years of creativity to come! You are so inspiring to so many. Thanks for taking time to provide this wonderful hop!

  15. Pat Arndt says:

    Lynn, I am so impressed with you perkiness and your talent. I know you have tons of other skills in life but you have been true to your art. I love you choice of stitches, color and attention to detail…I love your thread collection also. Your work makes me slow down and smell the flowers, thank you!

    • Pat Arndt says:

      Doll needles! Thanks, bad surgery on left hand left me a bit handicapped! There is hope that this will work!

  16. Jeannie says:

    I never would have thought to use doll needles! Inspired! I will give them a try this afternoon. Well, if I can find where the needles are. It has been a while since I made softies. I love your threads. Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. xo

  17. Jo says:

    Love hand Stitching! The tip about the doll needle is one I have to try. The book and the thread look wonderful!

  18. JoAnna says:

    Oooooh great idea! Thanks I’ll try that. Just started following you I love finding others who like to sit and make the day better with a needle and thread 🙂

  19. Valerie Lorio says:

    I have enjoyed this whole week thanks for giving us this gift!! I am re-energized, where are those doll needles.? The hunt begins!

  20. Anna says:

    I have some of those doll needles, but have not used them for hand stitching, must give them a try now that I see what can be done with them. Thanks for the chance to win the drawing…..

  21. Michelle Banton says:

    You rock, Lynn! I continue to be amazed at your Art Brain and how you let it go and produce some of the coolest things. You also chose some great artists for your Blog Hop.

  22. Joanne Roberts says:

    I’ve been working on a crazy quilt for about 3 years now. I have trouble with my designs and am always looking for inspiration. If I win, I know your book will be put to good use. Thank you

  23. debbiemac says:

    Congratulations, Lynn! The book looks lovely! Love the needle tip. I haven’t done much hand stitching, but now, I’m sure to do more! Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Patty Neuspickel says:

    Is it too late for a 70 year old to start… your work and thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Sherri Sisung says:

    Thank you for having the blog hop. Never done one before, I had a great time and learned so much. Your tip on the doll needles makes so much sense. Thank you again.

  26. Judy Forkner says:

    that sounds like a great tip–I often feel like I’m all thumbs holding onto those short needles! Will have to give your technique a try the next time! What a generous giveaway–The book looks great & I love that thread!

  27. Sandy says:

    I hadn’t thought of using a doll needle for stitching – interesting idea that I’d love to try. Looks like a great book.

  28. Liz says:

    I first saw your work not so long ago when I came across your book at our local library and was so excited.
    I love your techniques of hand sewing, your ideas and colours. Love the idea of using doll needles,
    Thanks for the opportunity of the blog hop, lots of great tips.

  29. Liz says:

    I love your work, lots of colour and texture. Great tip with the doll needles. Have loved the blog hop, there was something to learn from all your guests. Would love to win your fantastic book.

  30. Liz says:

    Love your work and would love to win your book! Great tip about using the doll needle. Will have to try it. Thank you 😊

  31. geeni says:

    July 2018 is like an emotional rollercoaster to me, because of health issues.
    The discovery of you sharing your talents give me the strength to move on and to be creative again.
    Thank you, Lynn!

  32. Mei-Hui Lu says:

    Lynn, you have done an incredible job to show me how sewing can be fun. You are truly an ARTist. The colors you combine together, the different shapes of fabrics and threads you play always give me a great surprise. The details make me keep looking twice (actually not only twice, hahaaaa…). Congratulations on your new book and looking forward to your more coming art pieces. You are the best! Thanks for the tips, I’m going to buy the 3″ needles now.

  33. Loren says:

    That’s such a simple idea! My hand feels more relaxed just imagining using the longer needle. Can’t wait to give it a try 😍

  34. Jan canyon says:

    Excited about the new book and really excited about the threads! Here’s hoping one set is mine so I can get to stitching.

  35. Renee Hoagland says:

    I have been following you for quite some time!
    I love your work!!!
    Thank you for sharing your work and the great tips!

  36. Jo says:

    Love the doll needle idea. I am currently boro stitching through three-four layers for a tsunobukuro bag and struggling with the normal length needle. I will find a 3inch needle tomorrow!

  37. Gabriele says:

    I’m just beginning to understand that the slow meditative nature of hand stitching is a wonderful addition to my quilted works.thank you for your doll needle tip!

  38. Joan Schafer says:

    I learned to embroider “in the lines” but you have inspired me to break loose and let the thread take me where it will. Thank you for that!

  39. Patti Devine says:

    Ooooh! So much inspiration for getting back to hand-stitching! Doll-needle? What a great idea!!

  40. Barbie Z says:

    I love your tip and it is one I would never have thought of! I tend to be obsessed with particular brands and sizes of needles so it will be a good exercise to try the doll sculpture needles. Thanks!

  41. Theresa Hughes says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to not only be put in the drawing, but for all the tips given from you and your blog hop hosts! An amazing journey!!

  42. Janice Stewart Smith says:

    Love the beautiful bright colors in the perfect cotton. My memory of doll needles is pushing them through tight doll heads..hard work for sure, but I will try them working with surface design.

  43. Janet Schayer says:

    I’ve recently started playing around with hand stitching. I;m going to try the doll needle tip and see how that works out.

  44. Sharon Anderson says:

    Hand stitching…heart work…healing work! Thoughts…stitches slow of motion…memories…dreams. Like a recipe for nourishment from your soul

  45. Valya says:

    I love longer needles for everything from art projects to my (dubiously well-reasoned decision of a project!) making my own screen doors this year! Thanks for the tips, and the opportunity to have a bit more inspiration to spend more time with art than home improvement! (Or maybe I’ll combine the two!) 🙂

  46. Carol Sloan says:

    I have arthritis in my hands and have always used a longer needle. You are right – it makes a huge difference! As does a small ice pack when you’ve spent too much time stitching. Great tip!

  47. Rosalyn Schultze says:

    What a wonderful idea! I am going out right now to purchase doll needles. They will give my arthritic hands something to hold while doing my stitchery.

  48. Bethany Garner says:

    LOVING all of the wonderful blog posts and your friends, but more than anything, your dedication and devotion to your friends and followers and sharing everything you know and have discovered – I have never used a doll sculpting needle for regular hand stitching, but will absolutely give it a try now! “Who’d a thunk it!”
    Huggs to you Lynn… still loving using up my bits of INKD – almost out. Still available somewhere – I am in Canada!

  49. Barb says:

    I’m 64 years old and have just discovered hand embroidery after being a quilter for 50 years. I love it. Thanks to your inspiring blogs and great tips I’ve got ideas for more projects than I’ll ever be able to even begin!.

  50. Linda H says:

    Love your work! Hand stitching is my way to meditate, I feel so relaxed. At this stage of my needlework life improv is my way to go, no directions, no patterns or templates, just stitch to my hearts content.

    Your thread is gorgeous! Looking forward to your new book, congrats!

    Thanks you for sharing your creative life and beautiful work.

  51. Susan E Stitch says:

    This blog hop has been SO helpful — both inspirational and practical. I love all the tips and seeing how different people interpreted projects from the book makes me want to jump right in. I’m pretty new to hand stitching (did some when I was a kid but nothing lately) and I love the artistic results! It’s amazing what a difference a longer needle can make — I can’t wait to try it out.

  52. Julie Stowe says:

    Congrats on your latest book! I am so sorry to hear about your health challenge. Sending healing thoughts to you!
    P.S. the christmas cactus you gave me years ago is still growing and flowering!

  53. Maria says:

    Thank you Lynn! I stopped handstiching many years ago and evey time I came across my thread stash I felt guilty but not enough to start a project. I found your blog and subscribed a few months ago and here I am on my way stiching again! And it was not guiltwhat got me started this time just inspiration from by your beatiful blog!

  54. Theresa Duval says:

    My first embroidery piece was when I was about six, and I have been stitching ever since. I love the creativity. Thank you for sharing!

  55. GloryB says:

    I have always used crewel needles for embroidery but shall give your tip about the doll needles a whirl. As I age, I have found that I can’t hold the needle for as long, so this may solve the proble.

    It was worth reading your post for this information, let alone the giveaway.
    I will now check out the other Blogs.

  56. Sandra Lee Ellison says:

    Wow! Your book looks amazing and the threads are gorgeous. I would love to be one of your winners! Thanks for the opportunity

  57. Susan Price says:

    Thanks for the needles tip, will give it a try. Love the colors of the thread set, thanks for a generous give-away. You are an inspiration as you carry on with your creative life in spite of the health challenges – healing wishes coming your way.

  58. Andrea Luliak says:

    Being a doll maker as well as a quilter, I have often used a doll needle to stitch embroidery. The needle is easier to thread and it is easier to handle, which makes stitching a breeze. Thanks for posting your tips, and I love seeing all your stitching; hand work is so meditative and satisfying!!

  59. Beth Schnellenberger says:

    Oh my…your book and threads are luscious! Hand stitching is my favorite. There is nothing I like more. I’d LOVE to win your book and threads. I sure would put them to good use. Thanks for the chance to win them,

  60. Anne Muñoz says:

    This blog was a great idea. But you seem to be full of great ideas. Love reading your posts, etc.

  61. Anne-Marie Alexander says:

    I’ve been a slow stitcher since I was a child, off & on, & today I learned something new! I have never used a 3″ doll needle for embroidery but I am going to give it a try … At almost 67 years young, I’m always up for finding new tools & ideas & I thank you from Louisville KY!!

  62. Deb Thuman says:

    I’ve been putting hand quilting on the last art quilt and the art quilt in progress. Never thought of doing just fun hand stitching. Now, I have hand stitched nerves floating about in my head.

  63. Brenda Lyseng says:

    Hand fatigue is certainly an issue so thank you for this tip! I’ve been trying to figure out the right needles. I got some side-threading needles but with twisted threads, can split them and more hassle. I’ll try out these!

  64. Jen East says:

    That’s a great tip! Pretty much anyone who does fine handiwork needs to be aware of posture, ergonomics, and especially hand and eye tension relievers. And better forewarned and forearmed than waiting until there are problems.

  65. Rita Montgomery says:

    I love the doll needle tip. Will definitely be buying some soon. Your book and thread collection look wonderful. Thank you for the inspiration.

  66. Robbie Payne says:

    Yes, I have so enjoyed the tips!! Sucj clever folks you all are. I use millner needles as much as I can but will try your doll needle tip!!! Great tip!! Thanks again

  67. ELLEN says:

    What a generous thing to do. I adore hand stitching and have done this all my life. It’s something I have been teaching a few 10-12 yr old sisters because it lets them walk away from the electronics, to breathe. you are an inspiration!

  68. Mary Jo Kaszubinski says:

    I love the new book and book blog hop. I will be buying some doll needles as I am blind in one eye and some threading is challenging.

  69. Jordi Waggoner says:

    I’ve followed a long time but always silently. This time I had to tempt fates and try for glory 😁. I have several boro- esque projects going but the main one now is an old denim shirt that I found in a thrift store years ago and have work to death. Holes in the shoulder are don’t and what’s left are the sleeves, where I am trying to keep them able to roll up without being too stiff. A ways to go on that!

  70. Debbi Cooper says:

    This is my first blog hope where I went to every one! I just recently took up hand stitching again and really enjoyed all the tips. Thanks for organizing it!

  71. Phylis Anderson says:

    I use a lighter weight Aurifil for thread painting. It’s wonderful! So, I imagine your set must be terrific for hand stitching. Intrigued!

  72. Linda says:

    Never thought the hand stitching bug would get me but it did! Glad to learn about these needles. Love your work and thanks for sharing!

  73. Deb Clarke says:

    Therapeutic stitching that allows you to escape while being creative. Enjoying the doll needle scenario. It means a lot of control. The joy of thread, no conceived project, and the freedom to unleash your mindset in the randomness of stitching… Loved your blog , and the tips and the inclusion to make me involved and included.

  74. Kathy Sevebeck says:

    Such great inspiration. I have done hand stitching for many years mainly on my highly decorated art to wear and my art quilts. Currently my sit down time is creating crazy quilt hexagon blocks. The thread collection along with the stitch illustratios from you book would make this project even better.

  75. Lisa Blevins says:

    Recently adding hand stitching as embellishments to my quilts. Although i did the needlework thing in my twenties I have forgotten so many things. Thanks for the encouragement and tips.

  76. Jane Schofield says:

    Just discovered your blog and I’m blown away. Been doing hand stitching since I was a little girl. You have opened many new doors for me. I have to have your book.

  77. Sue Myers says:

    First became aware of your design work through the fabric line Inked…which I just love…I have only small scraps left and will eventually use them up in a scrappy quilt. I have done some hand quilting and embroidery and want to expand into other types of hand work with different types of threads. The book looks so inviting into hand stitching.

  78. Karen in Maine says:

    Such beautiful colors in your thread selection! Puts me in mind of a fall stitching project.

  79. Terri McRae says:

    Can’t wait for new threads “bohemian Bliss” and new book to come out.
    I have the thread from your last color scheme and love it.
    Hand stitching is my zen!

  80. CAROL says:

    Really like your WIP. I have not yet tried doll needles for hand stitching. I have several packages. I need to check them out

  81. janice novachcoff says:

    That is a great tip. Never thought to use longer needles. The color of threads is magical.

  82. Pat says:

    There you’ve gone and done it again! Thanks for your inspiration. Hand sewing is a thing of beauty. You have demonstrated that even the simplest rustic stitching can enhance a project.

  83. Heidi says:

    Stitching as surface design is my favorite! I love your work and would love to experiment more with decorative stitching in my own work

  84. Cynthia Maki says:

    Interesting tip. I struggle with the length of needles too. I have a bunch of doll needles and I am going to give this a try. I just found you and I am so happy I did.

  85. Sandy May says:

    I thought that once I retired I would have plenty of time to stich and quilt, but somehow that is not working out. Still, a couple hours of TV in the evening is perfect for getting some handwork done. Looking forward to seeing your book at one of our local shops. I’m sure I can find room for another book on my shelves. Thanks for the inspiration and the give-away.

  86. Vicki Keller says:

    Doll needles ! Never would have thought of it. I’ll definitely give them a try. Thanks for the tip. Also….love the Aurifil thread colors.

  87. Michele says:

    Thank you so much for this blog hop, which introduced me to some awesome stitchers, and for sharing your creativity and passion for surface design with us. I picked up embroidery again (after many years) and last week I started a boho style – I hope – project on an Odile Bailloeul print. Wish me luck! It’s given me a whole new view of stitching joy beyond fmq on my machine. Hey, bad tv is not a prerequesite. That’s what binging Netflix and Amazon is for! Also, I must say, warm thoughts and hugs to you as you continue to cope with your health issues. I so admire how you have persisted.

  88. Chris in Durango says:

    I haven’t done much hand embroidery, but this book is very intriguing to me. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  89. Pat M says:

    Hand stitching is one of the best ways to relax. Your creative approach is inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

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