Summer 2021: Google has ended its email subscription service. I am searching for a replacement, but it might take a while given current demands on my time. I won't be posting again until I have a replacement. In the meantime, I will post occasionally on Instagram

30 June 2021

Keeping a Kitten in Stitches

Animals seem to be a popular embroidery subject. They are everywhere online. I know that the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) teaches 'pet portraits' to their certificate and diploma (C&D) students, but it's not been available as a day class until recently. I had the good fortune to participate in the first offering of this online version of the class to non-C&D students.

These are some of the bits and pieces that I had acquired by the end of the class:

Royal School of Needlework Pet Portrait Class: Threads, fabrics, drawings, samples used in embroidered animal potrait class from Royal School of Needlework

17 May 2021

A Spartan Past

More than ten years ago, I stitched the first challenging piece of thread painting in my embroidery life. It was a Trish Burr design called Iris Spartan.

Embroidered iris detail (design by  Trish Burr)

02 April 2021

Easter Were-Rabbit

Sometimes you just have to wonder what people are thinking. I bought a vintage stamped table runner a while ago. It has an Easter theme and I've always wanted to make an embroidered Easter runner or small tablecloth.

However, when it arrived and I got a good look at the design I was rather dismayed by the appearance of the rabbits. This is one of the pseudo-rabbit-things:

Easter rabbit on vintage table runner (to embroider)

Did the person who drew this ever see a rabbit in person? I don't know what this is, but it's definitely not a cute Easter bunny! It appears to have 'feathers' and cloven feet and it's seriously underfed. I think of it as a 'were-rabbit', poor thing. (There's a second rabbit design on the runner that is just as weird.) It required some remodelling.

01 March 2021

Time to Give it a Rest

I've come to the end of the 'challenging' hares on Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace embroidered accessories set. This should be the last critter with tricky areas to stitch. I'm also going to share how I'm working the hares' eyes which is different from the kit instructions.

This comparatively large embroidered panel is the front of a travel pouch. All the flower stalks--and there are many--were embroidered before starting on the hare.

Embroidered flower stems from Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace

19 February 2021

Hare on the Run

Another day, another hare. This is hare number three from Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace set of accessories. This might be my favourite of all the hares in the set. I also expected that it might be a bit tricky to stitch in places especially around the back leg.

I started with the ears:

Embroidered ears on hare from Jenny McWhinney's Queen Anne's Lace