Embroidery

Bath Textile Summer School 2016

Bath Textile Summer School 2016

I’ve been having a WONDERFUL time here in Bath this week at the Bath Textile Summer School. So much fun, in fact, that I’m already checking out the classes for next year’s Summer School. Registration will open on August 22, 2015 (that’s Saturday!!) so if you’re interested in a specific class, I would highly recommend […]


Bath Textile Summer School – Day 2

Bath Textile Summer School - Day 2

The second day of the Bath Textile Summer School was warm and sunny. Many of us arrived at the Holburne a little early and sat outside talking over the previous day’s learning and any “homework” we’d done the night before. One of the very best things about being on a course like this for me […]


Bath Textile Summer School; Day 1

Bath Textile Summer School; Day 1

I’m in Bath this week at the second Bath Textile Summer School taking a class with the delightful Jenny Adin – Christie (seated in the photo above). We’re learning stump work techniques as we embroider a beautiful mirror frame based on architectural details in the Roman Baths here in the city. Most of the people […]


RSN Passimentiere Part 4: Assembly

RSN Passimentiere Part 4: Assembly

Assembling the tassel took the least amount of time of all the steps. It was a bit fiddly but really not too difficult and, as it came together, it was wonderful to see the component parts run into a beautiful piece of passimentiere. (I just love that word!) The first step was to put skewers (or […]


RSN Passimentiere Part 3: tassel ruff

RSN Passimentiere Part 3: tassel ruff

The ruff is the part of the tassel that covers up the join between the skirt and the tassel top. It can be frilly, plain, beaded, wound…any number of things. I wanted to make something fluffy and decided to try an experiment. It’s entirely possible – even likely – that there were instructions for making […]


RSN Passimentiere Part 2: tassel skirt

RSN Passimentiere Part 2: tassel skirt

The skirt of any tassel is the piece that you see first. It may be all one color or it may be a mixture of colors. Most often it’s one color and made of all the same kind of thread. For my tassel I wanted a mixture of grey and gold colors and a mixture […]


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: […]