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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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Announcing: Stitching in the Mountains

A brand-new retreat! October 20-22, 2023 Quick! Run! Just kidding – but you can register your interest now (click here – you will be sent to a Google Form). I am so thrilled to be working with the lovely Lisa Lane from Paddock Lane Designs, who is a wonderful Australian designer, dyer and Flosstuber -…

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Christmas 2022

Living somewhere that has hot-weather Christmas, it can be a struggle to find Christmas decor that fits my experience. Growing up, all our Christmas decorations were jolly snowmen, playing among snow-laden trees, and snowflakes… in the snow. All while we’re sweating and longing for a breeze! So in my Christmas designs, I’d like to cover…

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In the library

My happy place is a bookstore, a library or a comfy couch for reading. This design is my recreation of these happy places, and I hope stitching it brings you some comfort too… It is also one of the first designs to feature the new Bookshelf range – my collaboration with Cottage Garden Threads and…

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Too many legs: A trio of spider smalls

First, an apology to the arachnophobes – feel free to run to the next page! I’m not exactly enamored of spiders myself, but I do find them fascinating. But overall, I think they have just too many legs! I designed the Redback Biscornu first – last year in fact – when I was thinking about…

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Among the roses

An antique reproduction I must confess – I have a real love for Victorian needlepoints and have been collecting them for some time. When I reproduced “Mary Barton’s Work” last year, I wasn’t sure anyone else would want to stitch it – and I’m thrilled that Mary’s weird little bird found so many homes with…

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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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