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A Beginning of…

15 May

something new.

First ever go at stumpwork. Rose designed by me.

Print Ideas

13 May


Lime-green & aqua

I took a couple pics of my Japanese Maple and then had a fiddle with the photos to come out with * intense * colours.


Orange & shocking pink


Bright apple-blossom ——- wouldn’t this look beautiful embroided? ūüôā


12 May
sewing_roll_may09_end02…that I made over the weekend. Hand stitched with tiny buttons added for spotty decoration. Made from a sleeve of a child’s top.

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Now I finally have somewhere to keep – and find! – my needles ūüėČ



9 May

Sewing / crafting ideas from a shopping spree today ——-


Cute fun embroided flowers


Sophisticated in grey ——- two roses from ribbon


White swirls ——- Could this type of embroidery be stumpwork?

check_fabric_roseAdorable ragged checked rose (hairclip).

I’m so excited…

8 May

I’ve just joined a fun contemporary embroidery group ——-——- Hand Embroidery Network is run by Sarah Louise Whittle and is currently running an online embroidery exhibition——- even for beginners like me! ūüėõ

Visit Hand Embroidery Network

A Crazy Moment

6 May

Monday Bank Holiday (a national holiday in the UK) I had in mind to create a small pin cushion to take with me for “travelling projects” but * somehow * ended up with this funny looking creature…strangesnail01strangesnail02strangesnail03

A Beginner’s Guide to: Stumpwork

5 May


My lovely new book about learning stumpwork, a technique of raised embroidery dating back to the 15th century¬†–

I can’t wait to try out the intriguing “spider’s web stitch”.

Here’s a free online stumpwork project from Kay Dennis –

18thstumpwork18th century stumpwork

stumpwork_birds19th19th century stumpwork of birds

More interesting stumpwork links