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Miniature landscape embroideries

Miniature landscape embroideries

At this time of year I always want to make textile landscapes, inspired by the generous swathes of flowers in exuberant colours that line all the hedgerows and roadsides around the Dingle Peninsula. The red Fuchsia, orange Montbretia, yellow ragwort and purple heather create colour schemes to rival the most boldly planted garden border. Together with fields of sheep with creamy fleeces and farm buildings with rust-red roofs, as well as the sea and sky in all their different moods, there is a rich palette of colours to work with.                            To make...

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How to organise embroidery threads - a complete system

How to organise embroidery threads - a complete system

What’s the best way to store embroidery threads? Having organised and accessible threads makes all the difference to an embroiderer’s life. You can easily find the colour you need, and see when you have run out and need to replace one. A selection of neatly stored threads is satisfying and inspiring, whereas a messy tangle of jumbled colours would put you off even starting a project. I use my threads every day and go through two or three hundred skeins in a year. My most often-used colours are old friends and I know all their shade numbers! I really need...

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Christmas in July and the arrival of Angels

Christmas in July and the arrival of Angels

Each year I use the Christmas-in-July promotion on Etsy and elsewhere as a useful deadline for myself, to get my new designs completed, photographed and launched for the coming season. I'm not suggesting anyone else should think about Christmas yet unless they want to, but after my first overwhelming Christmas season in 2014, when I had to close the shop on December 1st and work 16 hour days to get all the orders done by the final posting dates, I got my head around the concept of Christmas-All-Year-Round, never mind July, and now the first half of the year is...

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Make your own Puffin Patchworks with Patterns and Kits!

Make your own Puffin Patchworks with Patterns and Kits!

People have been asking me if I sell patterns of my designs, and it seemed like a good idea, so after a few months of creating samples, writing instructions, taking step-by-step photos and climbing up some steep learning curves of a technical nature, here are the first batch. The Scottie, Patchwork owls, Elephant and Vintage caravan are available as PDF patterns for instant download here on the website, on Etsy and on Craftsy. I also have kits available of the elephant, Scottie and owls. The vintage caravan will be available as a kit as soon as the wheels arrive! (I...

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