Something new….

So whilst I was at Festival of Quilts I took the Intro to Hand Embroidery workshop. It has been a craft that has been on my list for ages but as most things it’s where to start. The lovely Sarah Humphreys of Edward and the White Bear led it and I was soon hooked…

The brief was to do an sampler for a needlebook case- as the class was only an hour long we took it home to finish and finally last night I got to the stage where I was happy with it.


I always seem to like trying to complicate things…. I wanted to do a scene with a river, fields and the sky. My attempt at ploughed fields let’s not even go there so I stuck with the vines and yes I did intentionally do a wormhole in the sky instead of the sun…


Et.. voila the finished needlebook. Matthew commented on the poor fish but overall I like it and I’m sure once I’ve practiced a few more I look back and see how far I’ve become..


Straightaway I traced my next project onto linen and started stitching, altho now I kinda wished I used Kona Snow instead of linen but next time…  I need to find some variegated brown thread as the kitties seem to be crying out for that! But now I need to choose between variegated black or some vintage style cosmos. Decisions.. decisions…

Is anyone else thinking of going to the West Country Quilt Show in Bristol in November? Sarah is teaching the hand embroidery class there… and also a free motion quilting one which I can’t wait to try as my skills are non existent. And I’m waiting to see what class Alicia Merrett is doing as I loved her satellite map quilts from the Festival.

Hope you are all having a lovely bank holiday. Very wet and dark here today I best stay in and try to catch up on one of my million projects 🙂



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  1. Well done on trying something new! Actually, linen is a much better choice than Kona Snow, especially for a beginner. Linen really holds up to stitches being pulled out and restitched, cotton wouldn’t hold up so well and might also require some stabiliser behind it.

  2. The important thing is you had fun doing it- Alex is always pointing out the flaws too grrr men- just cheerlead, ok?!


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