Yesterday the review we’ve all been waiting for went up on Needle’nThread: Mary Corbet’s review of “The Right-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion”!
Thank you Mary, for such a lovely review!
Both The Left-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion and The Right-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion would make excellent Christmas presents to yourself, that friend who enjoys embroidery, or that young person who [...]
When I am teaching French knots, it in variably comes up – either by me or a student – that some people maintain that French knots should only ever have one wrap. The idea is that if you need a bigger knot, you use a thicker thread. I don’t subscribe to this point of view, [...]
Last week when I was in Tasmania I wrote that I met Natasha of The Snow Queen’s Garden, and purchased one of her gorgeous handmade, hand-embroidered Russian babushka dolls. I promised pictures, so here they are!
The Snow Queen's Garden "Eau de Parfum" – all Natasha's designs are one offs. And of course, they [...]
Yesterday I spent the day trying to finish stitching the drawn thread work base for my Portuguese whitework tablecloth for the book. I really hoped I’d get that part done, but time got away. Maybe I’ll get it done today.
And while that will feel like an achievement of sorts, then I have to embark [...]
This story was told to me possibly third hand, so I’m not completely sure of its accuracy, but its a good story anyway!
A family friend was recently at her local embroidery shop, just having a quiet browse. I know the shop in question, and its a lovely shop to have a quiet browse in! [...]
This time last year we were in the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia, enjoying the magnificence of God’s creation. It is really very strange to think that our Ethiopian experience was a year ago.
The past year has been a really good one for me both personally and professionally. We had our fantastic Ethiopian sojourn, I [...]
Every year at about this time The Gift of Stitching Magazine puts out its annual Christmas ornament issue, and this year I’m in it! You can sort of see my ornament in the top left corner of the cover, right behind the “o”.
I started designing it when I was at the craft show that [...]
As I regularly do, I was visiting Amazon yesterday to have a look to see if anyone had written new reviews of The Left-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion. Umm… yes… they had. Many of them…!
As a left-hander myself, I was very interested to see if this book would improve the constant struggle with learning and implementing [...]
Because I have set you the challenge of thinking about your favourite stitches, I have been considering what mine are. Its not so terribly easy, is it?!
So the easiest thing for me to do was to look through my left and right-handed stitch dictionaries. So here’s my list:
up and down buttonhole stitch (p28) [...]
It seems that from our Mountmellick embroidery stitch along, some people have discovered the beauty of cable plait stitch for the first time. Its been a favourite of mine for some time because it is so very pretty.
cable plait stitch
I discovered all sorts of weird and wonderful stitches while researching and putting [...]