It’s all about Mothers in May

Did you know the tradition of giving gifts on the second Sunday in May began here in Australia in 1924? Mrs Janet Heyden began visiting patients at the Newington Home for Women in Sydney and was struck by the number of lonely women at the home. Mrs Heyden was so moved by these women she […]

February flash sale

As a special reward to my loyal customers, I am offering a super duper special discount on a feature design every month. After the month is up, the kit will go back to the normal retail price, so be quick! The first flash sale features the Doris Handbag kit. The normal price for Doris is […]

Textile trails and tales

Textile travels When you have an interest in textiles and you’re lucky enough to travel, combining the two is the very best of holidays. The joy of finding the fabric shop, embroidery supplies, yarns, and learning about local textile traditions and history is an important part of my holiday wherever I go, near or far.  Sometimes […]

Greetings from studio stitches in Laos

Thanks for a great year I couldn’t finish the year without wishing you all the very best for the festive season and thanking you for your support during 2018. A special thank you to those of you who have taken the time to send me your comments and give such positive feedback over the year. […]

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 […]