Thursday 31 July 2014

how to make silk ribbon embroidered tulip flowers

Good morning all

This is a great tutorial for silk ribbon tulips.... You can combine this technique with embroidery thread flowers with great effect.

This lady is putting the design on fabrics she has crazy quilted to embellish it.  The only limitation is your imagination!

It is very easy to do tulips and you can buy the needles and ribbon from any good haberdashery or on line as well.

I thought I might incorporate some in my next design.....

Happy watching and Stitching!!

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Banner making!

If you look at the heritage of the best advertising,
you can make it great for both readers
and advertisers.

Jonah Peretti

At the moment I am working on a banner for the publication Pretty Nostalgic.  I have been given a little instruction as to the needs and my own artistic licence to carry out this great project!  I am very honoured and excited about it.

I am having to work basically on my dinning room table because of its size, luckily the weather has been so wonderful we can eat outside and I do not have to move anything as it is laid out precisely.

I have to get it finished by the first week in September and it will be at the Goodwood Revival!

When it is completed I will put up a picture for you.

In the meantime why not have a look at Pretty Nostalgic website and take a look at there amazing magazine ( I am a business subscriber myself) and see how beautiful this publication is.  You can become a subscriber yourself, just as a regular reader.

Have a look and support this great vintage read who says they are ' proud to be brilliantly British' and lead a creative and sustainable living inspired by the past.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday 29 July 2014

designing in the sun!

The earth laughs in flowers
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sitting in my garden stitching this summer is wonderful.  The weather here in England has been really good. 

I love to sit outside with my stitching and also enjoy designing outside as well.  I have been watching birds busily tending to their nests and their young.  In fact a blackbird has become rather tame around me and we look at each other and I talk to him, then we go about our own business in hand!

I have drawn quite a few flowers so that I can try and capture them within embroidery stitches, simple is always the best in my view.  Old brick walls and fences, flowers and birds and bees.......

The days seem to be thundering away as tomorrow we are into August!!! not sure where this year is going.

I enjoy my seasons and I am excited to be going back to New England in the Fall again this year.  I will be picking up my gorgeous threads that are hand dyed shaker ones and also picking up some great things for prizes on here...... 

Have a great day and Happy Stitching!

Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like meadow flowers
which individually seam odourless but altogether perfume the air.

George Bernanos

Making bunting from vintage table linens

Some of the fondest memories are made
when gathered around the table.

- unknown-

Firstly you need to go hunting for vintage tablecloths and napkins that have pretty embroidery on them, this is a great fun part of this I always find.  You may be lucky enough to have inherited some and you really do not use it, so making them into something that you will use is the way forward.

You need to wash and press them.  If you have some yellowing or stain then you can try this little trick.  Squeeze some fresh lemons.  Then put an old towel down on the table and position your cloth on top.  Add lemon juice to the stains and then put salt on top and give it a rub.  Leave like that for 30 minutes.  Then put some white vinegar in some water and rinse in that solution.   

Then what I do is wash with a rose scented liquid soap to make it smell nice.  Finally give it a very good rinse.  Then dry and press.

Make a template for your bunting from card or you can buy a template ( quilting ones).  Draw around the template positioning carefully to incorporate the hand embroidery, two triangles per flag.

NOW.... You can do one of two things.  Cut out directly on marker line and fray slightly.  You can then sew two together (wrong sides together ) and sew those so they look distressed OR put right sides together and stitch around.  Turn right sides out and press and then stitch around again leaving a 1/4 inch seam so it is more formal.  The choice is yours.

Then all you do is attach your flags to cotton tape.  Buy the 2.5 cm width tape ( as much as you need for the length of bunting your require, not forgetting that you need extra for tying both ends).

 Fold in half and press.  Then leave 20 cm for tying and place your first flag in the fold of the tape, secure with pins.  Leave a gap of say 7 cm and place another flag and pin it....... keep going until you have the length your require, remember to leave a 20 cm length of tape at the other end as well.  Then all you do is starting at one end, stitch along the open edge of the folded tape all the way to the end, thus closing the tape and attaching the flags securely along the way.  Continue right to the end of the tape.

This can look stunning hung for an occasion or indeed as I have bunting tied to a beam in your kitchen or conservatory.....

Give it a go and Happy Stitching!

You could add some vintage buttons as well!

Monday 28 July 2014

how to make silk ribbon embroidery dragonflies

Good morning and I hope you all had a great weekend.

I thought you may like to see this wonderful demo on silk ribbon embroidery, as you will see ribbon embroidery stitches up very quickly and has a dramatic effect!

This is a great tutorial and I hope you enjoy watching and learn a new skill.....

Have a great day!

Happy Stitching!

Saturday 26 July 2014

How to Embroider with Stem Stitch

This is the stem stitch again from Wend Gratz.  I think you may have guessed by now that she is one of my favourites... There will be others as she does not demonstrate all I am afraid.

This is a great stitch as well and I always draw on my linen to embroider.  Not as dark as the drawing on this video but she only does that so it is easy to watch.

I hope this is giving you inspiration to have a go!

Enjoy! and Happy Stitching!

Thursday 24 July 2014

Vintage French monograms with a satin stitch tutorial.

A monogram is your name boiled down the essence,
with graphic artistry!

Glenn O'Brian

As you know I simply love vintage French monograms when I can find them.  When buying a vintage French linen sheet I try and get one with our monograms on, if there is a particularly gorgeous sheet and the monograms are stunning but not ours, I still buy it and sell the monogram on.

In addition to that if I can find some original French monograms that have never been attached to anything, all the better.... all that needs to be done then is to stitch it to what ever you like.  A pillow case or cushion or even a picture.

I have been asked several times 'how to attach them' to your work.  The best and most accurate way is satin stitch.

So I have found a video on raised satin stitch so that you can either just do the top layer, which is the satin stitch over your monogram find OR you can draw your own design and this tutorial shows how to make the satin stitch raised.

I hope you enjoy the video done by Mary Corbett.  It is clear and concise and I think easy to follow.

I have recently bought some wonderful original French monograms so all I will do is position them on my work and then satin stitch over the top of them.  If I would like to add say a little design around them I would draw a flower and use the whole method shown in this You Tube video.

I hope you will all find this useful and I promise you it is an easy stitch and looks stunning when complete.

This is an example of a monograms on a French line sheet.  You can cut them
out and attach them to your work or you can design your own
or satin stitch over a vintage one.......

This is a great tutorial for satin stitch and also showing you how to make it raised as well.

This picture is sideways! sorry!.... But you can see the French box of A monograms ready to attach and do white thread satin stitch over.  No need to do the raised part.

Happy Stitching!....

Applique, stitch and embroidery..... Indian designs.

I found this on You Tube and watched it and thought I would share this with you all.  This was filmed
by a group of ladies that went on a stitching holiday to India and it is wonderful.

The work that is done by hand is so very clever and stunning.

I really enjoyed this film and thought you might as well.  Look at what can be done with thread!

Do not forget to become a member of this blog and you  could win some hand dyed shaker threads to create some stunning work of your own...

Happy Watching and Stitching!

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Buttonhole Wheels

Morning everyone!

Today I bring you the most pretty stitch, I think is is stunning and once mastered you can do different colours and sizes.  You can add borders on to the wheels and make all sorts of wonderful patterns as well.

Mary Corbett shows you in such a way that it seems effortless and easy.....

Enjoy and Happy Stitching!

A great stitch to use on a border of something or bottom of a little girls skirt maybe.

Tuesday 22 July 2014

How to Do Needle Turn Applique

Good morning all

I have been asked about applique and rather than me trying to explain to you it is easier for people, I think to watch it being done.

This is the lovely Wendy Gratz again and she really explains and shows you how it is done.  It is a time consuming thing but the results speak for themselves......

Then add some embroidery to some of your work and it looks outstanding, I think.


Monday 21 July 2014

Experimenting with fabrics and threads!....

Art is not what you see but what you
make others see.
Edgar Degas

I have been experimenting with some fabric and thread....  I cut out a basic shell shape and the did some embroidery over it for the detail and I have to say it is very very pleasing indeed!

I enjoy playing about with ideas, some do not work well and others do.

So if you cut out your shape from fabric from something like a sea shell there really is no detail, but if you use a simple stitch to enhance the shape with a variegated thread the results are astonishing!

Also something like a flower where it has a small pattern on the fabric and then put on embroidery petals it is different and so pretty.......

Give it a go!

By Susan Ridyard.

Saturday 19 July 2014

Embroidery: How to Couch

This is couch stitch and demonstrated by Wendy from shiny happy world dot com again.... I think she has a great manner and shows people how easy it is to embroider.... I am all for hand embroidery as you know and watching her demonstrations on how to are a great way to show you that it is not as difficult as you may think.

Couch stitch is great as you can use two different threads or maybe a ribbon if you wanted,

For a shape like a heart you can draw your heart on your linen and follow round couching and it has the most wonderful effect!

Enjoy! and Happy Stitching!

Friday 18 July 2014

Hand embroidered and applique pictures and samplers

What pleases us? well we are, of course, all different.  Thank goodness for that or the world would be terribly boring!

So in our home, which is for us all a haven from the outside we like to, by nature, be comfortable and cosy.......

For me personally my home is fairly seasonal.  In the Winter there are open fires and throws and cushions, with magazines and books on the coffee table to burrow down with.

In the Summer time, when our English weather allows, it is about eating outside and more making the garden table and chairs the place we mostly eat and rest.

The Autumn brings the getting ready for the Winter and having a pumpkin hollowed out and used as my flower vase and gourds in baskets, not forgetting Spring when the garden is awakening from it's sleep and bursting into life...

So then for me I change things around and put different colour patchwork quilts on the beds and change the pictures on the walls with the seasons.

I love to have different samplers and pictures at any season and it is great fun designing and stitching them as well, hunting down the right fabrics and buttons and of course deciding what to make.

Pictures are a personal thing to everyone, unless you know the person very well it is hard to choose one for someone.

When making them to sell, this runs through my mind and I like to make some choices.  My favourite thing though is a commission as you have your instructions...... You have talked through colours, likes and dislikes, where this may hang, is it to be a scene or an animal or a sampler.

So it is a wonderful process and so very enjoyable......

If you are going to make for yourself, you still have to ask these questions because you have to get it right so that you love looking at your creation.

Have a lovely day and Happy Stitching!

This is the some of the shaker threads I use in my work, do not forget to Join this blog to be in for a chance of winning some of these lovely's!

Thursday 17 July 2014

How to Embroider a French Knot

Good morning all

The above is a great little tutorial for a French Knot.... You can do beautiful flowers with that stitch.

When I am embroidering lavender I use this stitch as when they are in a cluster in the shape of lavender it really looks very good.

You can embroider a border of flowers with French Knots and some other simple stitches and it makes a stunning cottage garden border or indeed a tree!

You can look up any tutorial on You Tube but I will be featuring lots over the next few months.  Thanks to some wonderful people who have shared there skills it is easy to watch and learn, which is, easier than books sometimes.....

Have a go yourself.  Do not forget though, put your linen into a hoop to keep it taught and then your work will be neat and it will be easier, especially with a French Knot.

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday 16 July 2014

An Interview with Susan Lenz..... Last Words Exhibition.

Good morning all

You may remember I featured the incredibly talented lady before with her thread spools.

Well Susan has got her own exhibition at the Tapp's Centre. It is called Last Words.

Susan has used grave rubbing's and used images she photographed and has stitched some pieces as well.

This is an art quilt at her show from a grave rubbing!

Last words exhibition.

I hope you have enjoyed a little look at this lady and some of her work.
If you are lucky enough to be in the States and see this please let us know.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Long Barn organic lavender... lots of wonderful smelling inspiration!

How doth the little busy bee
improve each shinning hour
and gather honey all the day
from every shinning hour

Isaac Watts.

The other week I went to the organic lavender growing barn in Alresford in Hampshire with a friend.  One to get some lavender but also to wander around the field there and look and get up close to all the different lavenders that are there. Great inspiration for embroidery!

You can buy all sorts of lavender plants there as well as dried lavender.  They produce some divine products out of lavender as well and I am particularly fond of the lavender spray for your linen.  I love putting a little on our pillows!... It is also said that midges do not like lavender and it keeps them away too.

There is a little cafe there and they sell drinks and cakes (some with lavender in) and they do snacks as well.  I had a wonderful salad and it was very good indeed.

If ever you would like a wonderful day out then head for Alresford.  The little town its self has some lovely little artisan shops and still has a green grocers, fish monger, butcher and a stall selling handmade artisan breads.....

The organic lavender with a bee busy collecting!

scented roses as well for the bees to collect.

Organic lavenders at their best.

Inside the barn in the cafe.... wonderful food and lavender products.

Happy Stitching!

Monday 14 July 2014

American Lighthouses.... I love them!

Like a guardian Angel the lighthouse stands,
Sending out hope in the night.
Like a faithful friend reaching out a hand,
bringing comfort, truth and light.

With my stitching I can be in all sorts of seasons.  Middle of the summer I can be stitching for Christmas to catch a deadline for publication or like last week I was stitching for the Autumn/Fall....

This week I am back to summer time..... and I am in the middle of a lighthouse/sea sampler.  I simply adore the shapes of the American lighthouses, I have to say.

When we were in America last year and the time before that I was lucky enough to walk around some, they are breath taking and so well maintained.  We met a gentleman there in New England that was from New York and he was on a lighthouse tour, just him and his wife and they were telling us about where they had been and where they were off to.  

So having sketched a couple of them I was able to design my sampler with relative ease with regards to shape.

I think on this type of sampler you could use some watercolour, as I was talking about in yesterdays blog.  I am not sure if I will or will not just yet as I am still in the early stages of my design and cutting out fabrics, but I have not discounted it yet either.....

I need to get this under way as the next project takes me to Valentines!! yes in my world the calender is slightly topsy turvy ... but I love it!

This is painted by Donald Boncela
a stunning lighthouse scene.

Saturday 12 July 2014

Embroidery: How to Splitstitch

This is a great video on how to do split stitch.  This lady Wendy from shiny happy world dot com is a great teacher.  I thought it would be nice to show a stitch a week.

This stitch is not only great as a filler but also if done with less thread is great as a outline too or a stalk on a flower to be different....

I hope you enjoy the video!

Happy Weekend and Happy Stitching!

Friday 11 July 2014

Turn of the Century silver brooch find!

Big girls need big diamonds!
Elizabeth Taylor

Whilst I think diamonds are the most beautiful rocks in the world, I have found the most stunning piece of jewellery.  It is around 1898/1900 brooch.

I bought this piece from a lovely lady called Sue from Vintage to Victorian at a antiques and vintage fair last Sunday.....

There was lots about it I adored.  As a child I was fascinated by the moon and the stars and often when I should have been asleep I would creep to my window and climb on the windowsill and sit and gaze at the moon......

With the additional love of flowers and birds, how could I allow this stunning piece of antique jewellery to not come home with me.  I do not have lots of jewellery but what I have I simply adore. In the winter I wear a lot of wraps and this stunner will most definitely be adorning those this winter.

It is silver and has two branch/twigs with the half moon in the middle and a flower one side and a bird the other..... 

Take a look, what do you think?

I placed it on the quilt I made on a plainer part so that it would stand out in it's own right!  I am indeed happy with this find....

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stitching!

Wednesday 9 July 2014

Off to a vintage fair today!

All that glitters is not gold!
No for me it is vintage fabrics and goodies!!

I am off today to Dorchester to another vintage fair.  I will be catching up with some wonderful friends there and also having a little look see at all wonderful things that have been brought to sell. 

I am looking for a particular colour of paisley for an up and coming commission so I will be on the hunt for that and I am sure a few more things will cry out for me to take them home!! Oh dear!

I will probably have a coffee and then head home as I really do need to get some of these projects finished.....

So with that I will leave you today and hope you all have a wonderful day as well......

Happy Stitching!


Well today see's the start of a competition here.  If you are reading this and you have not become a member of this blog then now is the time to join us!

If you do you could go into a draw to win some stunning hand dyed shaker threads from the Gentle Art.  There are some divine colours and delicious names .....

They are available in America and not every shop has them.  I get mine in bulk when I go over the water!

So all you have to do is become a member.......

Take a peek at some of the colours.......

The vintage girlie magazine..... and Homespun is in there!

The Vintage Girlie magazine has written a little piece on Homespun Stitchworks!  I was so thrilled with it.  Michelle who is the owner and editor of this gorgeous on line great vintage read goes around to as many vintage shows as she can and reports on them.....

In addition she writes articles about peoples businesses and any vintage news.  This is a great read, take a look!  This time there is a great peace on WW1 soldiers and a stately home that was used to bring some of the soldiers back to health... some great history.  Also lots and lots more....

I hope you enjoy the read..... click on the link below.


Tuesday 8 July 2014

Watercolour inks and vintage linens

Watercolour is a swim in the 
metaphysics of life.

I have been playing with watercolours on fabrics, well on vintage linen scraps.  You can add colour to a picture you have stitched ( say some sky) or colour around a tree maybe.

You have to be careful to firstly get the right colour, less is more and in addition to that watch for bleeding in the weave.

Once though you have mastered the amount and colour some wonderful effects may be achieved.

You can add slight hues to your fabric and design.  I would not use all the time, especially when embroidery is needed but it is a fabulous addition to some works.

The above are my watercolours and mixed carefully with water you can get some stunning results, truly.  Why not give it a go.  If you have any questions please message me.

Happy Stitching!

Monday 7 July 2014

Vintage and antique fair...... 1886 Red and White sampler.

Dear readers

Just to say that we went to the Vintage and antique fair at the Bath and Somerset grounds at the weekend.  We decided to go on Sunday for a few reasons instead of Saturday.  The day was fabulous and I was able to meet up with lots of my vintage friends, some had stalls there and some, like me were buying for our business.....

The laughs when we spotted each other with bags..... ' oh what have you got in there'? all of us clutching our treasures! I had a great day catching up and picking up vintage goodies for my stitching.  I am lucky as some stuff had been saved for me as I was not going until Sunday!

I bought some amazing French Linen with red hand stitched monograms on and dates around 1900 or a little before.  There was a French couple who had come over with all there goodies.... I was like a child in a sweetie shop.  I bought some wonderful French embroidery threads and glass beads that are Victorian for the eyes of seahorses as well as lots of great fabrics and stitching bits.. In addition I purchased some great quilt pieces as well for the needle cases that I make.

Finally for us we bought a most wonderful 1886 Sampler! Oh My it is divine truly.... It is red on white and is a tiny wee sampler.  The small ones are very rare and so delicate and intricate.  The stitching is like little mice have done it.  It is a prize possession in our home now.

What a wonderful weekend first book for America and then a wonderful day out and meeting up with lots of wonderful like minded friends.....

My beautiful sampler and a wonderful piece of history that now hangs in our home... I am so lucky!

Happy Stitching!

Off to America again this year!

Good morning dear readers!

I am very excited as we have booked to go to America again this year.  The flights are booked and so is our first Inn to stay in.

I have already pre ordered some more of the hand dyed shaker threads to pick up when I am there and I will be visiting some great quilting and embroidery shops whilst I am there.

I adore going to the Shaker Village in Canterbury NH and we will be going there again as well.  I am able to pick up some lovely bits and pieces there including some Christmas presents.  Do not panic people, we are not going until the Autumn/Fall so it is not as bad as you think when I mention Christmas!!

I am truly excited and happy so I am hoping that today I can settle down to my work as at the moment I feel like Tiger from Winnie the Pooh!

I have to do some intricate stitching in a moment but think I may water the garden first so that I can calm down.....

Whatever you are doing today have a good one!
Happy Stitching!

Saturday 5 July 2014

Time for a French Linen sort out!

Happy Weekend all!

Well today I am going once more into the breach my friends and sorting my French linens....

Recently I have bought a bit more and it has overspilled from a drawer to a box as well.  I really do not need any more for a while BUT if I see a really good quality French linen sheet at the right price and some beautiful embroidery or monogram on it...... I am undone!

Well I thought I would try and sort through today and put all whole sheets in the drawer and any cut or off cuts into the plastic box.  Make sure they are all folded properly and in order.

I have been cutting out a few as backgrounds for samplers and pictures that are in the making and when cutting one, you may as well cut a few more for when needed.  Then I press them lightly and lay them flat for use.

It is a little dull today but hope it will pick up weather wise as later today we are off to friends for a B B Q.... Tomorrow I may pop to a vintage textile fair......

Whatever you are doing this weekend have a great time and if you are stitching or finishing a project then......

Happy Stitching!

Friday 4 July 2014

Vintage French Fabrics V English ..... I love them all

Hmmmm!... I am a fabric addict BUT I do make pictures and vintage goodies with it all so I do not just put it in a draw and stroke it occasionally!  Well all right maybe some of the paisley's I own but generally I do use it ( even paisley's)

I seem to buy English vintage fabrics because of my love of paisley and vintage French Linen because I think it is the best.

However I have just bought some stunning French flowery fabrics and washed them this week and pressed them.  They really are divine.

I am off next week to another vintage fair so I will be on the look out for some more, and of course paisley because I am doomed and possessed by the love of it!

It is Friday and I really do not know what happened to my week, that said I have finished a piece ready for framing so there is an achievement and a great end to a great week.

I have a little more cutting out of fabric to do today and then I will be ready for a good start to next week.

Have a Happy Stitching Day!

Thursday 3 July 2014

Ideas running around my head!.....When a bird fly's in!

Morning all

I have 3 projects on the go at the moment and I keep getting ideas for more.  I scribble them down in my  book so as I do not forget.  I used to worry that I would dry up, get writers block as it were but I have to report at the moment ideas are coming thick and fast.

I also have a couple of personal projects on the go and really do need to set aside some time to finish them as they are sat in my sewing room looking a bit neglected and sad. It is always time I run out of.  My days fly by happily but quickly, like someone has fast forwarded my day.

Yesterday I had to cut out some fabric and I was also washing some vintage fabrics so my base was between my kitchen and dinning room. ( multi tasking ladies is what we do best )

As I stood cutting out, a bird flew through my stable door in the kitchen and landed on my curtain pole in the dinning room, I am not sure who startled who the most.  So we just looked at each other for a little bit and I started talking to this little bird, who spread his wings out fully and listened.... it was surreal.

So I shut some doors so that the little bird could only go from dinning room to kitchen and thought how to sort this.  The bird was obviously thinking the same... anyway with that the bird flew back into the kitchen and sat on top of one of the wall cupboards and then peered over the door and went out through the top of the stable door!!  This has never happened to me before, except when a pigeon fell down our chimney... but that's another story! (it was summer again so luckily no open fire!!)

So today I am continuing on with stitching my designs and sketching some flowers for embroidery. I am not sure what else today will bring but the weather is divine and I am happily going to see what today brings me.

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday 2 July 2014

The joys of designing for publication......

A designer knows when they have achieved perfection.
Not when there is nothing left to add, but
when there is nothing to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When I set out designing for publication I know what I am designing will be seen by a lot of people, but the care taken is no more or less than if I am designing for a commission.

With a commission you are given some idea of what a person would like, where as when you design something for lots of people to see, you hope that it will appeal to most.  There in can lie the difficulty sometimes.

Not everyone likes certain colour palettes for example but it is the idea that sells.  People can make a version of what you have designed and with whatever colour pleases them.  I only work with vintage fabrics, linens and buttons and in addition to that I only buy either vintage embroidery threads or hand dyed new ones from America ( The shaker ones)  It is what pleases me.  If you prefer more of a modern take on something then buy new vibrant threads and fabrics and the same design can look and feel totally different.  So I am really selling the idea to some people and the lifestyle as well to others.

I have a few more designs I am working on and I am truly very pleased with the results thus far. My days are varied and busy and I am enjoying sitting in my garden stitching in the warmth of the day and under the umbrella so that I can see what I am doing!!

So I am away to my stitching and hope that you have a wonderful day whatever you are doing today.

 Happy Stitching!

Tuesday 1 July 2014

Embroidery on wool......

Good Morning All

When I am sat designing, generally with a pencil twiddling around in my hand and a vacant stare into space, I can see as if it is in front of me the finished article.....  Now that might sound mad but it is true.

I envisage what is is I would like to create, with what sort of colours I would like it to contain and then it is the small matter of making it so!

I am in the middle of designing and trying to implement one of my ideas and it has taken some re thinks.

Embroidering on pieces of wool blanket is not as easy as my visual day dream.......

Still we prevail and the design is coming along beautifully.  The Summer is upon us, although some days it is still quiet cold and others toasty..... You have to love English summer ( or you would cry!) When it  is a colder day a blanket on your lap whilst embroidering is welcome!

More and more of my work is for publication and I love doing it but I am not allowed to show you before the event ( for obvious reasons) but I am setting aside some time to make some new designs and some are smaller things to put on to my new website to buy.  So you will be seeing a bit more of my elusive designs and have an opportunity to buy some.  I do not want to rush anything but I do want my website to look beautiful and be easy to navigate.....

As you can see I have an awful lot of work to be doing..... So without further ado I am off to create.

Have a most wonderful day and Happy Stitching!

Came across this idea, will be doing this, it will make my life easier whilst doing wool embroidery!