My first Noël

A quiet Christmas.

I’m not one for Santas, snowmen or flashing lights. Christmas is hot where I live, and much of the traditional iconography just doesn’t make much sense.

I was asked to create some simple Christmas designs, and really enjoyed using simple Algerian Eyelet stitches to add texture to these motifs. They really are so quick and easy to stitch, and can be made up into ornaments as well.

See my “No sewing machine finish” tutorial for instructions.

This design is available in my Etsy store in full-colour pdf. Merry Christmas!

The Humble Sampler: Harriett Turner 1868

An antique adaptation with heart. Sometimes a little piece of history comes your way and just captures your heart. From the moment I saw Harriett’s needlepoint sampler, I knew she was a kindred soul. While the beautiful, almost abstract flowers first caught my eye, it was the sentiment that really drew me to the piece.…

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All my red threads…

A new stashbuster design. When I was working on ‘LT 1909’, it struck me how many red threads I keep returning to, as well as how many I had waiting for me to pick up. An idea sparked with me, and the result is this pin pillow: a homage to one of my favourite colours…

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LT 1909

An antique reproduction and a mini design. When I’m especially busy (or, let’s be honest, a bit frazzled), I find I reach for monochrome stitching. Working with a single colour is particularly restful, as you can just focus on the calming repetition of thread flowing through linen. And, more often than not, it’s a redwork…

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Christmas Bells – Bookshelf colour conversion

As much as I can, I love to make my Christmas gifts – there’s nothing quite like giving a loved one something handmade. In the run-up to the busyness of the season, it’s a good excuse to take some quiet moments for yourself. In my gift-giving this year, I wanted to re-stitch my ‘Christmas Bells’…

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