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Holiday Crafts Magazine

Holiday Crafts Magazine

A nice package arrived in the post a few days ago - this lovely magazine which includes one of my designs!                                      Holiday Crafts is an annual publication from Better Homes and Gardens in the US. It's full of projects using fabrics, wood, paper and other materials, grouped in sections, each with its own style and colour theme. Each project has detailed instructions, and there's a pull-out pattern sheet. The section Christmas with a Twist uses turquoise and red as a variation on traditional Christmas colours, and I was...

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Everyday Angels

Everyday Angels

I recently finished a small batch of these girls. I call them Everyday Angels because they wear coats and skirts rather than long robes, their accessories are handbags rather than halos, and their wings are very light and subtle.   A friend of mine once met an old lady who seemed to know her and comforted her during a difficult time, then vanished without trace (impossible on a small island).  My friend was sure an angel had visited her, and I was thinking of this story and others like it when I created these little ornaments.          I had...

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Introducing Custom dogs...

Introducing Custom dogs...

                                                                                                                                            Every year, leading up to Christmas, I get messages asking if I can adapt my dog designs with different colours and features, and sometimes embroider a name, to make a special gift or ornament representing someone's much-loved dog. I decided to make the process easier by making a custom listing in the shop, so you can purchase a dog then contact me to discuss colours of the jacket and the coat (the dog's own fur coat!) and let me know if you want a name added to the jacket. I have fabrics in many different colours and prints for...

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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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