In Bloom

Pattern by Jess Wariorka for DMC.

Sneak peek – WIP

I know it doesn’t look like it but I tidied my desk recently. I normally keep WIP hoops in a craft bag but this one is so big, I’m keeping it out on my desk. You can find the pattern in the DMC pattern library.

Party Panda

This was meant to be a Christmas present but it was a last minute craft and disaster struck even more last minute because when I washed off the Sulky Solvy on Christmas Eve, the black embroidery floss ran! Luckily though, a trip around the washing machine with a colour catcher and a scoop of stain…

Christmas crafted gifts

I was crafting gifts right up to the last minute this Christmas Eve, finishing the blanket, a rainbow version of Wool and the Gang’s Good Times Blanket. I also ‘finished’ two embroideries as gifts that evening, I say ‘finished’ as one of them the colour ran 😱 when I washed off the Sulky Solvy so…

Embroidered patchwork cushion

My final tutorial for 20 Embroidered Flowers is a patchwork cushion using two repeating patterns that you can find in the ebook; Camassia and Elderflower (I altered the elderflower pattern for this slightly, changing the suggested white to black). The cushion pad that I used for this 50cm x 30cm, each patchwork square (not including…

Dragon Hot Water Bottle Tutorial and Free Pattern

A hot water bottle cover I made for my dad years ago, is finally wearing thin, so he asked for a new one for Christmas. Whenever I think of crafts for my dad, I think of dragons, as he lives in Wales and well dragons breath fire – hot water bottles, kinda loosely connected. I…

Meet Me Under The Mistletoe

I couldn’t resist doing Dropcloth’s Christmas pattern (sorry, no link, Rebecca’s shop is currently closed as she’s on maternity leave). Yes, I used to work as a biologist and yes, I did just embroider mistletoe berries red 😳.

Embroidering on washable paper

This week’s 20 Flower Embroideries tutorial is more of an experiment. I had been really intrigued by washable paper*, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’d seen pictures of a few things made with washable paper, but I had yet to see anybody embroider on it, so that got me thinking, “is there…