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!

Afternoon in the Garden

An antique reproduction The mysterious origins of this sampler Some samplers are a mystery. This piece, reproduced from an original in my collection, tantalises with its enigmatic initials and charms with its details – that little dog hiding under the table laid out for refreshments in the garden, that rooster standing proudly, and that figure…

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Just Turning

Part of the @xstitchtherainbow2022 Autumn Garden SAL This little pin-pillow is my contribution to the Autumn Garden SAL – where 25 designers exhibiting at Needlework Expo this year all used the same palette of Cottage Garden Threads to create unique designs. Watching all the creativity shown in these 25 different designs has been so inspiring,…

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Twitching noses

An antique reproduction Sometimes you can be lucky enough to stumble across an antique piece of needlework that just makes you smile. The original of this design was done completely in petit-point – the tiny stitches creating such a lifelike image, I could almost see those ears turning and those noses twitching. I tried several…

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Cross-stitching with Cottage Garden Threads: Tips & Tricks

This is a long-promised post, and one that’s just a beginning. The more I work with Cottage Garden Threads in my designs, the more I discover about their potential for bringing new & exciting things into cross-stitch. The following are some tips & tricks that I’ve discovered so far, but I’d love to hear your…

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