Friday, 29 August 2014

Holiday Stitching - Winter Reflections Hardanger

I have just spent the last 10 days on Ile de Re, a beautiful island off the west coast of France, just over the bridge from la Rochelle.  What a beautiful place, full of sunshine and the most beautiful light in which to stitch.

Last month I designed a little hardanger pincushion ...

Winter Reflections Pincushion
... so over the course of the holiday I decided to design a piece to go with it.  I had origially thought of turning it into a needle book, but when it was finished I decided it would look just perfect mounted on the lid of a hand-painted box.

Winter Reflections Box Top
Now I have a box for my pincushion and other stitching bits and pieces.  Both designs were stitched on 28 count Antique White evenweave using DMC perle #8 no 712.

And here is what I did with the inside of the box - I lined it with some scrummy chocolate coloured silk fabric.

Inside of the box
The Pincushion and Box Top designs (chart only) are available to purchase from my Etsy shop

Monday, 11 August 2014

It's a Dog's Life

Whilst I was photographing my latest piece of work-in-progress this is what Millie, my lovely labrador, was doing:

And here is a sneak peak of what I was photographing - the design will be released at the beginning of September.

Lavender and Daisies .....

Friday, 8 August 2014

The Common Thread

I am on a bit of a roll here!!   The Common Thread is now on Facebook.  You can follow me there on

The Common Thread

My new Etsy Shop

I have finally got my Etsy shop up and running.  I have listed lots of beautiful Chameleon Threads; some counted thread work kits and some silk ribbons.  There is also a beautiful silk ribbon garland called "les Fleurs".  It is fully kitted with full packs of ribbon and all the needles and fabric, plus a very good set of instructions with colour photographs.  If you are interested and would like to visit my shop this is the link

These are some of the Chameleon Thread Collections I have listed for sale:

Cottage Garden - Perle #8 collection

Lilac Border - Perle #8 collection

Vintage Elegance - Perle #8 Collection

... and this is les Fleurs