What to do with your scraps of tapestry wool?


A gift for the birds

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 to make their nests. I suddenly had an idea for my scraps of wool! Put them in the garden and help the birds make a colourful wooly nest.


Stitching my newest cushion design

 A gift for the birds

As it’s almost Spring you might like to tidy up your wool supply and join me in providing a wooly nest for our wonderful feathered friends.

Happy stitching!



  1. I have just watched your utube and thanks for the instruction. I have been gifted a needlepoint chicken hand painted in the canvas. This got me thinking are there such things as needlepoint samplers. When I finish my chicken already named LouLou, makes it more personal. I would love to try a sampler. Any ideas?🐣

    • Barbara says:

      Sorry for the delay in replying Larain, I am actually on holidays, currently I am in Iceland.
      Your chicken design has obviously enthused you to do more needlepoint. I think the problem with a sampler is that cross stitch uses a difference stitch which does not easily translate to needlepoint. But I guess you could try a combination of stitches? Give it a try! Enjoy your stitching, whatever you decide to stitch.
      Best wishes, Barbara

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