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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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