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...
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...