Monday, 1 June 2015

School of Needlework

Many, many years ago I used  to teach at the Woburn School of Needlework.  The School was housed in an old worker's cottage which was on the High Street of the lovely Georgian village of Woburn in Bedfordshire.  It was over the road from a wonderful cross stitch shop which was an Aladin's Cave of threads, beads, charts and fabrics.  Unfortunately, the shop and the school closed when the owner retired, but the idea of creating my own school of needlework has always remained, tucked away in the back of my mind.  My children are growing up so I decided that there was no better time like the present to set up my school of needlework.

Welcome to The Common Thread's 
School of Needlework

Keeping the Art of Hand Embroidery Alive

Classes are held at The Stable in the tiny village of Church End in Haynes, south of Bedford.  The Stables is an old converted stable block which used to be part of the Old Vicarage.  It is set within its own walled garden and is the perfect place to escape to; a place where you can learn something new in the company of friends. Here are some of the classes being held at The Stable:

Silk Ribbon Spring Border Box Top and Needle Book - Saturday 11th July 2015 10.00am - 4.00pm


Silk Ribbon Embroidered Monogram - Saturday 19th September 2015 10.00am - 4.00pm

Persian Slipper - Saturday 31st October 10.00am - 4.00pm

Casalguidi - Saturday 10th January 2016 10.00am - 4.00pm
For further details, or a registration form, please email me at  I look forward to meeting you at the School.


Monday, 11 May 2015

Makit Needlework Fair - Peterborough

I had a great day at the Makit Needlework Fair yesterday. I caught up with customers whom I haven't seen for a year and met some lovely new ones too. I did take my camera with me, but it would have helped if the memory card had been in my camera and not in my laptop! I did take a picture of my stand with my phone, but let's not go there as I can sometimes be a bit of a technophobe and downloading pictures from my camera is one thing, but downloading them from my phone is a whole new story!!!
So, instead, I will share with you a couple of pictures of some new silk ribbon embroidery projects which I will be teaching during the course of the year. I will also be kitting them up and selling them as kits, so watch this space.
Wherever you are this week, I hope you enjoy the sunshine and find time to do a little bit of what you like doing the best.