Embroidery

A better stand – thanks to Dad!

A better stand - thanks to Dad!

When I was home I had a little job for my Dad to do – improving my stitching stand. I love my Needle Needs stand for three reasons: firstly, it’s just beautiful to look at; secondly, I can sit down and get up easily, without moving my chair very much and thirdly it’s adjustable – […]


Registrations open for Bath Textile Summer School 2015!

Registrations open for Bath Textile Summer School 2015!

I like to plan ahead. In fact, because I fly to get to many of the places I want to visit – and I like to get reduced price tickets – I must plan ahead. This time, I’m planning WAY ahead – almost a whole year! When I got the first email from Lynne Roche […]


Nordic Needle bits and bobs

Nordic Needle bits and bobs

It seems like ages since I was in North Dakota at Nordic Needle! Isn’t it funny how our holidays seem somehow separate from “real life”? Now that I’m back at school with my students I’m completely involved with them and their music making. Bringing things home from somewhere special reminds me of that place every time […]


Hello from Nordic Needle in Fargo!

Hello from Nordic Needle in Fargo!

While we were at Valhalla in Minnesota, my husband expressed a wish to visit Fargo, North Dakota. There is a brewery whose beer he wanted to try and (unknown to him !) that is also the home of Nordic Needle! Of course, being a magnanimous wife I said “Of course we can drive over – […]


Home – and Away again!

Home - and Away again!

We’ve really just gotten home, are still feeling the effects of jet lag, missing family and friends and now we’re going away again! Why? To see the Luzine Happel’s exhibition Nobel and White in Eschwege, Germany. I am so lucky to live only 3 ½ hours by car from Eschwege so driving over on Friday afternoon […]


Stitching in Valhalla

Stitching in Valhalla

Valhalla; 1.) a place of honor, glory, or happiness :  heaven 2.) a quiet resort on the shores of a lake in Minnesota For a few days last week I could imagine what it would have been like to be Ma from The Little House in the Big Woods.  For any of you who didn’t […]


Floral Bedcover- second look

Rarely do I go back and look at pieces that I’ve done before. Unless they’re hanging on a huge wall and I see them every day, they are carefully stored away and out of sight until I decide what to do with them. So it was a lovely surprise to get a message from RMW […]


Minneapolis Institue of the Arts

Minneapolis Institue of the Arts

We were having lunch in Minneapolis at a new restaurant called the Copper Hen when we all spontaneously said “Oh! We’re just around the corner from the MIA- shall we go?”  I just love it when that happens! So off we went and, when we got there, I went to look at embroidery and textiles, […]


New Stitchville USA!

New Stitchville USA!

There isn’t much that’s more fun than going to Stitchville USA with a gift certificate! I got the rare chance to walk around, look and touch the different threads, see over 1,000 different finished projects on the walls and pour over various embroidery related accessories. Those of you who live near to any bricks and […]


Shopping for upcoming projects

Shopping for upcoming projects

We’re going to Minneapolis to visit one of my daughters and her husband. For my birthday I received a gift certificate to Stitchville USA which is in the Minneapolis area so, of course,we’re going to visit the store. What will I be looking for? I had such an interesting time – even sometimes enjoyable! – […]


Levens Hall: Basketweave laid and couched work

Levens Hall: Basketweave laid and couched work

Laid and couched work is one of my favorite things about crewel work. The multitude of designs, textures and endless color combinations are fascinating. I’ve tried working out how to recreate laid and couched work that I’ve seen in a photo or an old piece of needlework once. (successfully!) In the Levens Hall Pillow Phillipa […]


Blue Bird’s sweet face

Blue Bird's sweet face

The beautiful Morris inspired design on the bird’s face had been stitched with stem and satin stitch. I was very pleased with myself for getting it done rather quickly due to some seriously concentrated, uninterrupted stitching time. Only the little seeding stitches to go and then his sweet face will be finished. That was the […]


Summer stitching and sightseeing!

Summer stitching and sightseeing!

I just got a text from one of my daughters: “Tomorrow we’ll be in the same time zone!!!!!”. Tomorrow morning we fly out of Berlin, through London to Chicago and on to Des Moines, then by car to Ames, Iowa. We’re going home. Of course Berlin is home but Iowa is Home-Home. We’ll be spending loads […]


Good News from The Crewelwork Company

Good News from The Crewelwork Company

Sometimes on the weekends I like to peruse the web sites of both designers and online shops. I think of it as window shopping! Today I discovered a couple of really interesting tools I didn’t know existed – double eyed needles for example! – and new things happening on The Crewelwork Company’s web site. The […]


Schwalm whitework: First filling pattern

Schwalm whitework: First filling pattern

Although I’ve been absent for a while, I have been stitching in the few snatched moments between the things life throws at you once in a while! The chain stitch is completely finished around every part of the design and I’ve started on the filling work. Embroidering meters of chain stitch was very peaceful and […]


RSN Canvaswork: Mounting

RSN Canvaswork: Mounting

I spent all afternoon on Saturday mounting my RSN Canvaswork piece. Although it was hard work, I will say it went far better than it has on previous course pieces. Kelley Aldrige, my tutor in Bristol with whom I took the last 4 days of the course, kindly allowed me to make a short video […]


Crewel x 2 : Sunny Yellow!

Crewel x 2 : Sunny Yellow!

There’s nothing nicer than stitching with bright yellow thread on a warm sunny day! The spring weather in Germany has been variable to stay the least – as it has been in many parts of the world. Our skies can go from bright blue to dark grey in minutes, followed by rain and hail and […]


RSN Canvaswork: New Umbrella!

RSN Canvaswork: New Umbrella!

Thank you to those of you who suggested – ever so gently – that the paper umbrella on the RSN Canvaswork piece wasn’t quite right. After looking at the piece again I saw the same thing you did – it didn’t fit. I took it to a friend who is very creative and an artist – although not […]


Crewel X 2 = More First Stitches

Crewel X 2 = More First Stitches

Blue, blue, blue, blue! Two shades of blue! I love blue! And I especially love blue feet, stripey blue legs and blue beaks! The first stitches on the Blue Bird project are the legs, feet and beak. All these areas are satin stitch done over an outline done in split stitch. When I first started to […]


Crewel x 2 = First stitches!

Crewel x 2 = First stitches!

This is fun, fun, fun! I’ve gotten a good start on both crewel kits and they are looking rather nice. Both pieces used blue threads for the first stitches and I just love blue. Today I’ll write about the Levin’s Hall Pillowe and next time about the Blue Bird. The Levin’s Hall Pillowe begins with […]


Dual Crewel!

Dual Crewel!

After working so hard on my RSN canvaswork project, I’ve decided to give myself a treat and do crewelwork next. Not just one crewelwork piece, but two!!! Both are kits and both are created by friends: Phillipa Turnbull and Nicola Jarvis. As you know, if you’ve read my blog before, I’ve done designs by both […]


Creating a better Umbrella

Creating a better Umbrella

Like some of you, when I looked at the finished canvaswork piece, I thought the umbrella looked a bit out of place. The idea of using rice paper was good, but the effect wasn’t quite what I was going for. I knew I’d missed the mark when one reader said she liked the “hat” on the […]


RSN Canvaswork: Bristol Day 4 – done!

RSN Canvaswork: Bristol Day 4 - done!

Well, you’ve waited long enough to see the final result of all the learning, the putting in and taking out of stitches, starting over once, the frustrations and the joyful successes of my RSN Canvaswork piece. Here is the brief for the course: “OBJECTIVE – To design and work a canvas sampler using a wide […]


Sightseeing in England: Mary Rose and Dyrham House

Sightseeing in England: Mary Rose and Dyrham House

Just as I did in during the course, today we’ll take a break from stitching and do a little sightseeing in England. Even the most passionate embroiderers need to look up from their frame every once in a while! First, let me show you the Bed and Breakfast in which we stayed in Bristol. It’s […]