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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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