Banksia, an Aussie wildflower icon

Happy New Year and thank you for your support in 2020!

To celebrate the new year here’s the first hand painted Studio Stitches needlepoint kit for 2021, the Banksia cushion. The second in my wildflower series of floral Aussie icons and just in time for Australia Day.

This design has been months in the making as I experimented with various versions of the flower cone. I’ve used the same background blue as in the Wattle so that even though the colours for each flower will be distinctive, the cushions will be united by their background blue.

New designs for ’21

I love this time of year when the new year stretches out in front of you with all its possibilities.

I have been busy over the holidays, painting furniture in the studio and generally cleaning up after the busy Christmas season. The studio calendar has lots of new designs scheduled over the coming months, including:

  • two geometric mid-century inspired cushion designs
  • a drawstring craft bag inspired by Japanese fabrics
  • a couple of small projects
  • a third Aussie wildflower and lots more.

As subscribers to the blog, you’ll be the first to know when new designs are ready.

Threads of Life

One of the wonderful things about this time of year is the pile of Christmas books beside the bed. #The Threads of Life, by Clare Hunter, has been a real treat and I highly recommend it to those of you interested in the social history of needlework. From political propaganda in medieval France to secret treason in Tudor England, First World War soldiers, POW’s in Singapore camps,  it is a global chronicle of identity, protest, memory and politics.

It is a moving book so full of wonderful references I’ve started keeping notes as I read. I already have long list of places to visit when one day, travel is again a possibility.

I hope you find time in your day, week and year to pick up the threads of life and enjoy each moment and stitch.

Happy stitching and stay safe!



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