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My Favourite Embroidery Books

My Favourite Embroidery Books

There are so many craft books out there aren't there? But buying one isn't so easy these days.  If you're looking for one type of craft in particular, book shops have a limited selection and it is difficult to view the contents online, most sellers will only show a...

How to Print  Onto Fabric

How to Print Onto Fabric

Printing directly onto fabric using your home printer is such an easy process, which previously seemed a bit of a mystery to me. Once I had learned how to do it, I was printing anything and everything, to incorporate into my stitchery projects. This is an easy "How...

Correct Sewing Posture- Top Tips

Correct Sewing Posture- Top Tips

Recently, I have been suffering with a few breathing problems and it made me think about my day to day life, where I sit a lot as I sew. Breathing is something we just don’t think about. In....... out, in........out, in........ out. But when it becomes arduous and you...

My Favourite Machine Embroidery Books

My Favourite Machine Embroidery Books

I recently attended a trade show for crafters and was blown away by one of the book stands. It had shelf upon shelf of stitching books covering all things textile related- felt making, knitting, crochet, embroidery, applique, machine embroidery and general stitching...

Top Tips for Successful Hand Embroidery

Top Tips for Successful Hand Embroidery

I have been embroidering since I can't remember when. I became quite obsessive about it when I was in my mid teens. I would buy  a pre printed pattern, iron it onto fabric, and  then follow a guide to make it exactly as the picture said I should.  There was very...

Teaching In New Zealand

Teaching In New Zealand

I don't know why I thought this would be any different from teaching in England. It wasn't much different at all. And why would it be? Get a bunch of stitchers together in one room and it just comes together. Everyone keen to learn and to share, beautiful hand...

What’s in a Saying?

What’s in a Saying?

Stitchers are the best. The best at telling stories, listening to stories, and the absolute best at sharing stories. I like to think that people learn something when they come on one of my workshops but in reality, I learn so much from them. We ladies of a certain age...

What is a Textile Artist?

What is a Textile Artist?

  Its an interesting question but one that isn't very easy to answer. The word "Textile" would suggest that fabrics or thread were to be used in the making and the word "Artist" would imply that everything that was created was made by applying the usual art...

World Embroidery Day- 30th July

World Embroidery Day- 30th July

The first World Embroidery Day took place 5 years ago in Sweden. In 2011, a local group belonging to Sweden’s Embroidery Guild took the initiative to organise a special day to celebrate Embroidery and it is now celebrated each year on 30th July. Don’t you just love...

Top Tips for Mounting Your Textile Work

Top Tips for Mounting Your Textile Work

You've spent hours and hours making your beautiful stitched picture but have you thought about how you're going to frame it?  When I first joined a textile group, one of our main aims was to exhibit- a scary thought as I'd never exhibited before. So I started...

Interviewing textile artist- Deborah Collum

Interviewing textile artist- Deborah Collum

Since I have become a textile artist  myself, I seem to have made several wonderful friendships with some very talented stitchers.   Deborah Collum is one of them. This month's blog features an interview with her. If you are lucky enough to visit one of her many...