Embroidery

RSN Diploma Passimentiere Part 1: The Cord

RSN Diploma Passimentiere Part 1: The Cord

I just love learning new skills and making a tassel to fulfill the requirements of the passimentiere module of the RSN diploma gave me the chance to do exactly that! My tassel is a combination of four separate components; a tassel head, a skirt (both under and over skirt), a ruff and the hanging cord. Making […]


RSN Diploma – Ready to begin!!!

RSN Diploma - Ready to begin!!!

Now that I’ve finished my RSN Certificate course, I am, of course, going to go on to complete the Diploma, beginning with 6 ½ days in Bristol with my teacher Kelley Aldridge. I’ll be there for most but not all of a two week intensive which works out perfectly for me. I’ve decided to begin with […]


Blue Canvaswork: Water

Blue Canvaswork: Water

This little canvaswork piece has really been a joy to stitch. Rather than having a specific idea of what it should look like when I’m finished, I am discovering how it will look when I use a particular thread and a particular stitch! The thing I like most about canvaswork is how easy it is […]


RSN Graduation Day!

RSN Graduation Day!

Four years after I started my very first course with Nicola Jarvis in Rugby, I was at Hampton Court Palace to receive my Royal School of Needlework Certificate in Technical Hand Embroidery. It had been an exciting four years. The skills I learned, the knowledge about both technique and design and, most of all, the people […]


Loveday: Crewelwork Acorns and Wasp

Loveday: Crewelwork Acorns and Wasp

There are three little acorns on the left side of the image and buzzing merrily nearby is a wasp. These are the next parts of the design I worked in the Loveday crewelwork piece. I have a special fondness for acorns since my first crewelwork piece for the RSN Certificate, where part of my original […]


RSN Silk Shading Assessment

RSN Silk Shading Assessment

Yesterday morning I got an email that made me VERY HAPPY! Kelley Aldridge, my RSN teacher, sent me the assessment of my silk shading piece. The subject line read “Assessments Marks!” and the message was short “Well done you…” I passed with Merit earning a 78% on my piece! Whew! The silk shading piece was by […]


Ecclesiastical Embroidery at Halberstadt Cathedral

Ecclesiastical Embroidery at Halberstadt Cathedral

A few weeks ago we had a long weekend and decided to take a trip into the Harz region. The Harz mountains are about two and a half hours by car southwest of Berlin. We specifically went for two reasons: to enjoy riding on the Harz Schmalspurbahn and to see the amazing ecclesiastical embroidery in Halberstadt […]


Pausing to play with my needle

Pausing to play with my needle

Sometimes I just need to stitch. Needing to stitch is different from wanting to stitch. And this kind of needing isn’t about having to finish a project for a deadline. This kind of needing is about putting myself into a calm, focused, peaceful place.  Sometimes the color of the thread helps: blue is a calm […]


Loveday Crewelwork: Little brown sparrow!

Loveday Crewelwork: Little brown sparrow!

Every once in a while I notice that what I’ve done just isn’t right. Usually, when doing crewelwork, I work chain stitch, I work from the beginning to the end of the design element. So, in the photos below, I worked the first row and a half of chain stitch from the point where the […]


Loveday crewelwork: Blackbird finished (almost!)

Loveday crewelwork: Blackbird finished (almost!)

The last stitches on the back of the Blackbird body were super quick to embroider! Some stem stitch at the left edge in the photo below and the seeding around the black leaf shapes and I was ready to move to his head. (For some reason this bird is a “he” rather than a “she”. […]


Loveday Crewelwork: Blackbird begun!

Loveday Crewelwork: Blackbird begun!

Now that I’m finished embroidering the trunk, strawberries and leaves of the lower part of the design, I decided to stitch both the blackbird and the sparrow. Nicola is renowned for her bird designs and I’ve stitched the Bluebird crewelwork design before but not the blackbird or the sparrow. I was looking forward to embroidering both […]


RSN Canvaswork assessment – remember this project?

RSN Canvaswork assessment -  remember this project?

Those of you who read The Unbroken Thread will undoubtedly remember how much difficulty I had with my canvaswork project for the RSN Certificate. I was a complete beginner and had no concept of how canvaswork was done, how to use the different stitches and, for that matter, how to DO the different stitches. At the […]


Loveday crewelwork – Tri-color leaf 2

Loveday crewelwork - Tri-color leaf 2

I’ve just finished one of the prettiest crewelwork leaves I’ve ever stitched. The choice of stitches and the combination of colors makes it bright and fresh. It’s one of the leaves on Nicola Jarvis’ Loveday crewelwork design. As you can see in the photo below, each section of the large leaf is divided into three parts, […]


Lady Lever Art Gallery

Lady Lever Art Gallery

On the morning of the day I went to Liverpool Cathedral, I made my way across the Mersey river to an idyllic place called Port Sunlight. Here is an excerpt from an article about Port Sunlight and William Lever, the man responsible for both the village and the collection housed in the Lever Art Gallery. […]


RSN: Silk Shading finished!

RSN: Silk Shading finished!

Below is a photo of my RSN Silk Shading piece before I went to Bristol. I knew there was some tweaking to do but wasn’t sure how to proceed, so I waited until I could talk to Kelley. Once I was in class again I added the greens and, of course, as you all said it would, […]


I love Liverpool!!!

I love Liverpool!!!

On Easter weekend, when we were in England, we drove north to Liverpool to see the city, the embroidery and, for my dear husband, the trains. One of my favourite things about England is a specific road sign you see driving north up the M1. Unlike road signs in the USA where they tell you the […]


RSN Silk Shading: almost there!

RSN Silk Shading: almost there!

When I left for Bristol, the silk shading project of a white cosmos looked like this (see below). I knew there was room for improvement but I didn’t know where stitches should be added, nor did I know how to go about adding just a few, well placed stitches to make it just that little bit […]


Review: The Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito Christensen

Review: The Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito Christensen

I’m sure many of you remember the articles I wrote about my experience with canvaswork . It was the most challenging course I’d taken at the RSN and the most frustrating technique I had to learn. My tutors were excellent and did their best, but I just couldn’t get my head around the whole concept: […]


Loveday crewelwork – Tri-color leaf 1

Loveday crewelwork - Tri-color leaf 1

After I’d embroidered the ivy leaves, the strawberries and worked up quite far on the trunk and branches, I decided to stitch one of the large leaves. The large leaves are worked in three colors throughout the piece: a dark green, a light apple green and a beautiful teal blue. These colors, in combination with the […]


Loveday crewelwork- sweet strawberries

Loveday crewelwork- sweet strawberries

The two large strawberries at  the bottom of the tree are worked in padded long and short shading. Now, before you ask me what padded long and short shading is, take a deep breath and think about it. It’s a padded satin stitch but shaded, using longer and shorter stitches to blend the colors together. […]


Loveday crewelwork – green ivy

Loveday crewelwork - green ivy

Even before I’d finished all of the tree trunk, I started stitching the ivy. I just couldn’t wait to see what the piece would look like with more color added to it! The ivy uses only two stitches – stem stitch and straight stitch. Stem stitch outlines each leaf, it is used to create the vein […]


RSN Silk Shading – White finished…for now

RSN Silk Shading - White finished...for now

All of the white/grey/violet/green “Mischung’ of white color on my RSN Silk Shading flower project is finished. “What’s a Mischung?”, I hear you ask. Mischung – pronounced “mish-ung” – means mixture in German but it sounds more like what the color of the flower looks like than the word mixture, doesn’t it?  The flower clearly isn’t as white as […]


A turned under petal – silk shading the shade!

A turned under petal - silk shading the shade!

The next petal in my order of work was the turned under petal on the lower right side of the flower. The top of the petal is bright white in the photo, which was relatively straightforward to stitch. However, when I moved onto the underside of the petal that’s in the shade, the colors became […]


RSN Silk Shading: First large petal finished

RSN Silk Shading: First large petal finished

This flower may be “white’ but there are lots of threads in the stitch that are NOT white. I’ve used various greys, violets, a light clay color, and a bit of grey-green to achieve the shading in the largest petal. Here’s a photo of my work in progress – look at all those needles!   Analysing […]