Tag Archives: embroidery

A Friend’s Birthday

11 May

Grrrrrrrrr!! Leopard off a packet of tea

A dear friend had a birthday coming up and I wanted to make her something, so when I saw this leopard printed on an empty packet of tea I was about to discard I knew I couldn’t throw him away, I had to use – upcycle! – him.

Things I made with the Leopard…

The first picture shows the felt pocket I made with the leopard card inserted within a felt frame.  The Leopard Pocket contains a handmade leopard birthday card (I forgot to photograph the card…it features a photocopy of the leopard, some embroided stitches, coloured paper, and lace); a felt leopard needlebook {second and third pictures} with an embroided leopard’s face (taken from the original, sketched in pencil freehand first before embroidering);

Embroided Leopard NeedleBook

a round felt pin cushion {second and fourth pictures}; turquoise beads and “sewing machine” stickers for greeting card making {fourth picture}.

NeedleBook and PinCushion

Dear Steff, thank you so much for my lovely birthday gifts.  The package arrived in good time and I saved opening it until the 5th.  All those lovely sewing bits and pieces, thank you again, you obviously have been busy with your nimble fingers.  The tiger-cat makes me want to go rrrrrrrooooooooRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHH it is very inspiring.”    


Everything together!



Rachael Mermaid & Seahorse X stitch chart

25 Jan

Rachael Mermaid & Seahorse X stitch chart

Here’s the latest FREE x stitch chart 😉
Just click here or on the smaller picture to go to where it’s posted on my site, where you can then right click and save to your computer, ready for printing.

Again, as with the other x stitch charts I’ve produced, if you do stitch it up, I’d love to see a photo of it 🙂

Enjoy 😛

Rachael Mermaid & Seahorse x stitch chart


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).

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 –http://www.kaydennis.co.uk/Beginners.html

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

Here’s a free online stumpwork project from Kay Dennis – http://www.embroiderersguild.org.uk/stitch/projects/summer/index.html

18thstumpwork18th century stumpwork

stumpwork_birds19th19th century stumpwork of birds

More interesting stumpwork links
http://medieval.webcon.net.au/technique_opus_anglicanum.html        http://medieval.webcon.net.au/loc_england.html                                                http://www.thesealedknot.org.uk/knowbase/docs/0104_StumpWork.htm  http://www.needleworksamplers.com/Simply_Samplers/sampler_showcase.shtml  http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/default.asp?Document=200.23      http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/default.asp?document=

Easter card

14 Apr

Easter card I embroided for my parents.
It didn’t take too long as it is a minature egg!