Emily Notman workshop

I've admired Emily Notman's work for ages, so when I saw she was teaching at the gorgeous Make at Monteray I booked myself a place.  Emily uses mixed media and embroidery to build up her beautiful landscapes.  It's a different style to anything I've done before, so I was excited (and a bit nervous) to … Continue reading Emily Notman workshop

2017 100 day project – completed!

I was determined to get to the end of my #100daysofslowstitches project, and here I am.  It wasn't the project I thought it was going to be, and I was pleased I had made the definition of what I could do broad, so I could change it as I went along. My two main projects … Continue reading 2017 100 day project – completed!

Sketchbook workshop with Cas Holmes

I've admired Cas Holmes' beautiful work for ages, and I've often wondered if I could make something inspired by her techniques.  I didn't know where to start - her books are lovely, but I needed some help.  Then I saw Cas was running a workshop at Thimblestitch in Honiton (about half an hour from me). … Continue reading Sketchbook workshop with Cas Holmes

The 100 day project – halfway there!

So it's day 51 of The 100 Day Project.  I've been through the "I love this and never want to stop" phase, the "why on earth did I sign up for this, I hate it" phase, and am currently in  "sometimes this is a pain but I am enjoying it"! My project this year is … Continue reading The 100 day project – halfway there!

Smocking on polka dots – tutorial

It took me a while to work out how to smock on to polka dot fabric.  Here's what I learned - mainly by making a complete hash of it! Before you begin, mark the start point of each line of smocking with a removable pencil.  Ignore the line of dots which would be in the centre … Continue reading Smocking on polka dots – tutorial

Tiny smocked dress – Purl Soho

Ahh, little girls' summer dresses. I'm planning a few different styles for tiny niece this year. This one is the Purl Bee Smocked Dress & Shirt  pattern which I received for free when I signed up for their newsletter. I think I did some smocking at school, and it was fun to try it again. … Continue reading Tiny smocked dress – Purl Soho

Make + Review – Stitch at Home by Mandy Shaw

This is the second in my Make + Review series. Stitch at Home by Mandy Shaw has such a pretty collection of designs, and a wide range of projects - a garden kneeler, dog bed, Christmas decorations, even a teepee for the garden. There are masses of applique designs in the book and you could … Continue reading Make + Review – Stitch at Home by Mandy Shaw