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Cloudsfactory - Blog

  • Tips and tricks - Framing DIY

    Custom framing is usually an expensive process that may scary many stitchers. In this tutorial you will find a step by step process for cheap and easy DIY framing. It usually works best with small patterns, such as our new Wor(l)ds collection!

    What you will need:
    - finished, washed and ironed work
    - frame
    - sewing thread and needle
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  • Stitching 101 - Beading

    For adding a great finish to your stitched designs, seed beads are a lovely touch... super for sparkle and texture effects too.

    It is best to use a specially designed beading needle to add seed beads, but a size 28 tapestry needle may work. The needle will have to be smaller than the needle you use for cross stitch and it will have to be sharper. Choosing the right needle will save you a big headache as the beads can get stuck on your needle.

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  • The hitchhiker's guide to the Italian Cuisine · Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

    Every Country in the world has its own strong points. Italy is known worldwide for art and cuisine. As I am Italian, I thought it could be nice to add a new section in the Cloudsfactory blog to offer you some Italian cuisine recipes.
    This is a typical south Italy's dish, and I've learnt this recipe when I moved to south to live with my love (and my actual hubby). It is really simple, quite quick and absolutely delicious!

    Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

    Potato gnocchi are pretty filling, the kind of food you may associate with the cooler weather. But, in fact, you can enjoy gnocchi all year ’round. One of the classic Campanian summer dishes is "Gnocchi alla Sorrentina", (literally potato gnocchi in the manner of Sorrento), a delicious dish made of gnocchi, tomato sauce, mozzarella or scamorza cheese, fresh basil and Parmigiano cheese and baked in a terrine in a hot oven until bubbly and oozing with cheesy goodness.
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  • Postacards from the World SAL #1 - Venice

    As many of you may know, it is a tradition for us to add an info sheet to every month pattern during our Stitch a Longs. During this year Stitch a Long, we will travel through the world stitching 12 super-cute postcards, so the infos will concern the buildings and the characters featured in every month's clue, plus some fun facts about the city!

    The first stop in our 12 months trip is Venice, the city of water and romance! Venice has a long story that we will narrate you through its most iconic buildings: San Marco Campanile, Rialto bridge, the Doge's Palace, and of course a Gondola with a Gondolier... let's start our trip!

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