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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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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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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Christmas 2021: Christmas hot & cold

Christmas is not all snowmen and reindeer for everyone. In Australia, Christmas Day is typically uncomfortably hot, spent under blazing blue skies with family and friends. The way we celebrate is different too: when I was little, I remember one of my grandmothers battling to create the traditional baked lunch, when it was too hot…

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