Tailored tapestry treasures

I’m sure many of you have shared my urge to rescue those discarded needlepoint canvases at the back of the charity shop. All that work and only $10?! But the question is always, what do I do with them once I get them home?           Jenny Ramos  has turned her eccentric finds  […]

Needlepoint design with men in mind

Men too At every market and trade show I’ve chatted with men who enjoy the experience of needlepoint. Many of them complain they can’t find designs they’d like to stitch for themselves. With Father’s Day next month, I thought it might be time to remind us all that men like to stitch too! Indeed they have […]

Needlepoint sleep mask

Small needlepoint projects are always popular and for good reason as they are: ideal for those who are not quite sure they want to commit the time or money to a larger project perfectly portable for travel either on your daily commute or for longer holiday projects quick to stitch so are ideal for a […]

From a 1960’s silk swatch a needlepoint grows

Collins Street The latest studio stitches design has a particularly interesting story which started in the 196o’s. Uncle Dean My friend D had an uncle who was a wholesaler of high quality silks in the 1960’s. He sourced fabrics from all over Europe and his clients included Georges of Melbourne and David Jones in the […]

When is a cushion a chair?

A new year, a new stitching challenge I recently received this beautiful image of a needlepoint chair. It was photographed in City Needlework in San Mateo California and apparently stitched by the owner. This stunning chair got me thinking about needlepoint chairs and how you might go about putting one together.  I soon realised it would […]

A Christmas gift from Studio Stitches

Especially for you Last year I did a magazine commission using the image of wooden cotton spools. When I was thinking about a Christmas present to say Thank you to my lovely customers the cotton spools immediately came to mind as a image for a crafty Christmas ornament. An easy peasy project This little needlepoint […]

On sale! The Cuppa collection

It’s week two of the studio stitches October sale The feature design this week is Cuppa which includes: the Cuppa cushion and Cuppa tea cosy The Cuppa design was one of my earliest kits and still one of the most popular. Tea or coffee? Whether a tea or coffee drinker, this design is perfect for those […]

Cleaning up!

Here in Adelaide it is definitely Spring! The sun is shinning and the smell of blossoms is in the air. And after a wonderful three months travelling it is also time to get back into the studio, tidy up, clean out and get ready for the new designs I’ve been working on while I’ve been […]

Homespun tales for needlepoint

The February issue If like me you delight in the pages of crafty magazines you may have already grabbed the latest copy of #Homespun magazine. I have been eagerly waiting for the February issue because this month it features a Studio Stitches project that I enjoyed designing and hope you will enjoy making. The project […]

What to do with your scraps of tapestry wool?

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 […]