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. […]

Creatively crafting

The idea of creativity has been much in the news of late not least because Elizabeth Gilbert author of Eat, Pray Love and my favourite book of 2014 The Signature of all Things has just released a book about it called Big Magic. Gilbert suggests that ideas are “out there” we just need to be […]

Inspiring stitchers:Myra Mogg of Mudgee

    On a recent visit to the Powerhouse Museum Sydney, I was thrilled to discover Myra Mogg, an inspiring stitcher and woman. Myra lived in Mudgee, rural NSW and produced exquisite examples of needlecraft through the 1930’s. Finding Myra It was as I wandered through the exhibition of the museum’s shoe collection, “Recollect: Shoes”  that I found three pairs […]

World War 1 Soldier’s needlepoint

Needlepoint and World War 1 history If I think of World War 1 soldiers I don’t immediately think of needlepoint and embroidery. I found this pair of Weldon’s Antique tapestry (needlepoint) magazines and as I read the brown and crumbling pages it took me a while to realise that the needlepoint featured had all been stitched by disabled British World War […]

Mother’s Day Downunder

With buckets of chrysanthemums of all colours and sizes outside every deli, supermarket and florist, Mother’s Day can’t be too far away. Well, for those of us in Australia and the United States anyway. Did you know? I know Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days in different parts of the world but when researching the origins of […]

Reasons to stitch#2: learning about other cultures

Reason #2 This week I suggest that through embroidery we can learn about different cultures. This revelation came to me during a six week course (2 hours a week) in Iranian embroidery, at my local community centre. An introduction to Akhtar and Iranian embroidery I enrolled in the course because I wanted to replicate the beautiful paisley design […]

#Needlepoint rescues

Rescuing old needlepoint from the bottom drawer I recently came across SPUN the #Society of the Prevention of Unfinished Needlepoint and got very excited! I have previously written about possible projects for recycled needlepoints and this approach adds yet another interesting perspective.  SPUN was started by Mary Smell in 2009. It all began with the gift […]

Making vintage #needlepoints new again

I know many of you enjoy shopping in charity shops and markets and like me I’m sure you have seen beautifully stitched old needlepoints abandoned there. I always think about all the hours spent stitching and wondered how they have ended up in there? I  am often tempted to take these stitches treasures  home then ask myself what would […]