On sale! The Cuppa collection

It’s week two of the studio stitches October sale The feature design this week is Cuppa which includes: the Cuppa cushion and Cuppa tea cosy The Cuppa design was one of my earliest kits and still one of the most popular. Tea or coffee? Whether a tea or coffee drinker, this design is perfect for those […]

Cleaning up!

Here in Adelaide it is definitely Spring! The sun is shinning and the smell of blossoms is in the air. And after a wonderful three months travelling it is also time to get back into the studio, tidy up, clean out and get ready for the new designs I’ve been working on while I’ve been […]

Homespun tales for needlepoint

The February issue If like me you delight in the pages of crafty magazines you may have already grabbed the latest copy of #Homespun magazine. I have been eagerly waiting for the February issue because this month it features a Studio Stitches project that I enjoyed designing and hope you will enjoy making. The project […]

What to do with your scraps of tapestry wool?

A wooly nest is best I am currently working on a new needlepoint design and a couple of commissions so my scraps basket is overflowing with lovely bits of brightly coloured wool. As I sat outside stitching in the winter sun today, I watched fascinated as birds flitted around me picking up straw and bits of twigs ready […]

The remarkable stitching of Phoebe Hart

Remarkable Rugs, The Inspirational Art of Phoebe Hart  I buy a lot of needlework books but it has been a long time since one inspired me like this one about the remarkable stitcher Phoebe Hart. Who was Phoebe Hart? Born in America in 1917 Phoebe was brought up in England. In 1929 she attended the newly established Stage Decoration and Design […]

A needlepoint toilet seat? No thanks!!

 Needlepoint comedy? “Hillarious!” is not usually my reaction to a new needlepoint book however this one caused me to laugh out loud. Under the heading If it doesn’t move, Needlepoint it! is the weirdest list of projects I have ever read. Each one more bizarre than the next! Here are my highlights from the very strange Suggestions of Things to Make: […]

Mother’s Day in May

I can hardly believe that it is May in just a few days. Wasn’t it just Christmas the other day? The buckets of chrysanthemums outside every deli, supermarket and florist however, remind me Mother’s Day is only days away. Mother’s Day in May As I researched the origins of Mother’s Day I was cheered to […]

Making a house a home with needlepoint

Needlework in every room On a recent visit to Carrick Hill in Adelaide, I was struck by the homeliness of this historic house. As I walked through the rooms I was immediately struck by the needlework in each room. Needlepoint cushions are featured on dinning room chairs and on lounges and chairs. Screens are exquisitely embroidered in bedrooms […]

Simple materials complex construction

Crafting ideas On a recent visit to The Sydney Festival there were two visual art exhibitions that stood out for me. Grayson Perry at MOCA  (a real treat to see so many works in one place!) and El Anatsui at The Carriageworks, Newtown. Both exhibitions were beautifully crafted in their own way but the work by […]

Reasons to stitch: the joy of learning

  There are many reasons to stitch and at different times in our lives we have all probably stitched for a range of reasons including: wanting to make something original making a gift enjoyment and relaxation and in days gone by, to save money. but recently I have added a fifth reason to my list and that is stitching to learn. […]