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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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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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Tasmanian Tiger

When designing ‘Tasmania, after the fires’, I couldn’t resist creating this companion piece, based on my favourite Australian cryptid, the Tasmanian Tiger/Thylacine. Stitched in the same threads as ‘After the fires’, this little pincushion celebrates the enigmatic creature that still haunts the bushland. This beautiful colourised footage of the last Tasmanian Tiger in captivity from…

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