Love and Joy

Love and Joy Sachet

Love and Joy Sachet

Oooohhh…it smells wonderful in my studio! I wish we could transmit smell the way we can sound and pictures via the internet. The Love and Joy sachet is all finished and here are the instructions so you can make one as a gift from someone. Ho! Ho! Ho! The first thing you need to do […]


Love and Joy complete

Love and Joy complete

This has been a lovely project to work on. One of the things I’ve  liked best is that it could be broken down into manageable parts – text, brown branches, holly leaves in check thread, holly leaves in silk and the border in gold passing thread. Each used a different technique/stitch and each could be […]


Green check holly ‘How To’

Green check holly 'How To'

Green check holly – it looks magical! The effect of this green metal thread from Benton and Johnson isn’t gaudy but gently shimmery. And best of all, it wasn’t difficult – a bit fiddly, but not difficult. Here’s a photo of one leaf with all 6 pieces of check attached but not yet couched. Looks […]


Tiny, tiny stem stitches

Tiny, tiny stem stitches

The text and the little branches are finished on the Love and Joy heart. Stitching them required my reading glasses (as opposed to the varifocals I wear all the time) and two very bright lights. These are tiny stitches…very tiny stitches.


A,B,C – stitching letters

A,B,C - stitching letters

I found myself stitching letters – words, really – twice this week. Usually the designs I choose don’t have any text but this week I wanted to personalize one gift and stitch the message on the Love and Joy project. Before I tell you what I discovered, I want to HIGHLY recommend Mary Corbet’s series […]


A little Love and Joy

A little Love and Joy

One of my favorite carols is “Here We Come a Wassailing”. Wassailing is the ancient custom of going from house to house, singing and having a cup of something cozy with friends in the dark of winter. Wassailing celebrates friendship, a sense of community and the new year. My favorite line in the song is […]