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 […]

Inspiring stitchers:Myra Mogg of Mudgee

    On a recent visit to the Powerhouse Museum Sydney, I was thrilled to discover Myra Mogg, an inspiring stitcher and woman. Myra lived in Mudgee, rural NSW and produced exquisite examples of needlecraft through the 1930’s. Finding Myra It was as I wandered through the exhibition of the museum’s shoe collection, “Recollect: Shoes”  that I found three pairs […]

Reasons to stitch#2: learning about other cultures

Reason #2 This week I suggest that through embroidery we can learn about different cultures. This revelation came to me during a six week course (2 hours a week) in Iranian embroidery, at my local community centre. An introduction to Akhtar and Iranian embroidery I enrolled in the course because I wanted to replicate the beautiful paisley design […]