My August update

Hello stitchers! Thank you to those of you who have been in touch this last month. I love hearing from you. So many of you picking up your needlepoint, some after many years, to help you get through this terrible pandemic. I believe that needlepoint has the potential to feel like a calming meditation and […]

Staying in the loop in July

Hello dear subscribers! I hope this finds you safe and healthy and madly stitching! Inspiration from the past We have been very lucky here in Australia. Watching world events has been sad, and worrying but it has also been a productive time for me and for many of you too, if the emails and photos […]

The Studio Stitches Flash Sale for February

Your reward Many of you who visit the Studio Stitches website will know that I heavily discount one kit every month in the Flash Sale. This allows you to stock up on favourite Studio Stitches #needlepoint kits at a fabulous price but at the end of the month the kit goes back to its regular […]

Buy less, buy better

My family and I have spent the last two Christmases in the magical town of HoiAn in central VietNam. We agreed not to buy presents and Christmas lunch was a roast pork baguette with a cold beer in our favourite cafe. It was heaven! We have tried to replicate the layback, no fuss feelings of […]

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 […]

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 […]

A needlepoint toilet seat? No thanks!!

 Needlepoint comedy? “Hillarious!” is not usually my reaction to a new needlepoint book however this one caused me to laugh out loud. Under the heading If it doesn’t move, Needlepoint it! is the weirdest list of projects I have ever read. Each one more bizarre than the next! Here are my highlights from the very strange Suggestions of Things to Make: […]

Mother’s Day in May

I can hardly believe that it is May in just a few days. Wasn’t it just Christmas the other day? The buckets of chrysanthemums outside every deli, supermarket and florist however, remind me Mother’s Day is only days away. Mother’s Day in May As I researched the origins of Mother’s Day I was cheered to […]

#Needlepoint rescues

Rescuing old needlepoint from the bottom drawer I recently came across SPUN the #Society of the Prevention of Unfinished Needlepoint and got very excited! I have previously written about possible projects for recycled needlepoints and this approach adds yet another interesting perspective.  SPUN was started by Mary Smell in 2009. It all began with the gift […]

Making vintage #needlepoints new again

I know many of you enjoy shopping in charity shops and markets and like me I’m sure you have seen beautifully stitched old needlepoints abandoned there. I always think about all the hours spent stitching and wondered how they have ended up in there? I  am often tempted to take these stitches treasures  home then ask myself what would […]