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 accessories: Pincushions-Part 4

I was so inspired by my research on pincushions that I decided to offer a free pattern so that you can make your own. And this is not any old pincushion, but rather one that sharpens every time you use it! Some interesting facts about pincushions: Pincushions or pin pillows date back to the Middle […]

Scissors, the cutting edge: needlepoint accessories Part 2

    It is rare that a sewing project does not require a pair of scissors. The earliest scissors are were made in ancient Egypt in about 1500 BCE. The metal used was bronze and shaped like a U with sharpened ends. In  about 100 AD the Romans designed cutting tools which looked more like […]

Baskets, boxes and bags: the accessories of needlepoint-Part 1

Sewing baskets have been an important part of women’s lives for hundreds of years. It is easy to forget that before the industrial revolution all clothes, underwear, bedding, tea towels and washing cloths were all made by hand. Many of these day to day objects were decorated with beautiful stitches, and a flourish of highly […]

Stitching men: needlepoint inspiration

Many of us know men who enjoy stitching of some kind, but I think we should be encouraging more of them to join us. Bill (not his real name) a civil engineer in the USA, has stitched both colour ways of the Autumn cushion. He commented that  it was the perfect wind down after work with […]