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Having stuck to one of my new year plans (not I’m not using the word resolution) for nearly a month I thought I would share it with you. The project isn’t called ‘1 Year of Stitches’ and the idea is that you do some embroidery every day and post your progress in social media. There are no rules. I am following  the approach taken by the originators of idea and just sewing… Read More

a delightful book of horticultural sewing inspiration

My writing prompt relates back to the poll I put up earlier this week. I am supposed to write something arising out of what readers have asked for.   Someone asks for an update on my embroidery project so here goes. I have been working on the Spring Trellis project since March 2015, actually not as far back I was expecting.  The plan is from a book by Hazel Blomkamp called Crewel… Read More

The second motif on the Spring Trellis crewelwork embroidery is done and I am really pleased with my progress to date.  The instructions are from Hazel Blomkamp’s book Crewel Twists which brings fresh ideas to Jacobean embroidery.  Basically, I think, the idea is that you take the basic stitches of Jacobean crewel work and you embellish them seemingly with masses of beads. This is how the second motif fits with the first… Read More

  I haven’t posted about my crafty exploits for a while so I thought an update was due.  Having completed the Sheep Pincushion I had started on a beaded scissor case from the same supplier but it was all rather fiddly and for some reason I had fallen out of love with it.  I was in that horrid place where you think I really ought to get on with that and then… Read More

I am thrilled with the Sheep Pincushion now it is finished. The kit is from Lorna Bateman and it is one of two kits I bought to help me learn some new stitches and try some different types of embroidery. Whilst doing this kit I learnt how to do drizzle stitch and couching.  I was also meant to have a go at stumpwork by making some thread covered horns but to be… Read More