What’s different?

Rinsing takes an age. Hot, cold, hot, cold. In truth more cold than hot. Icy fingers, even in summer, but it’s worth it to remove all the dye from the threads. I had a break from threads this week, though, by dyeing a few select knitting yarns and some fabrics.


The picture above shows one of the knitting yarns. Delicious shades of dark blues and purples amongst others.


Autumn colours for another skein of the same yarn. It’s a lovely soft chenille with an attractive sheen – and a good drape once knitted. If you are interested in buying either of these let me know and I’ll send you a Paypal invoice – or give me a ring if you have bought from us before and pay with your credit or debit card.g

The price? £14.50 each for 100g plus p+p.

So, what’s different? Well, if you visited to read my last post you will know. What do you think? Do you like the new arrangement? You can let me know in the main comments at the end – or as before, if you are shy, you can send me a private note here. All comments get a reply, spam excepted.

I know that you are out there…….

Yes, it’s true. I know that you are there, because when I write a post there is activity on the blog – and my statistics jump up high.

But you are all so quiet! Hardly any comments or interaction!

Now why is that?

I have plans for this blog – and you will notice a difference, but in the meantime – talk to me. Tell me what you would like to see here. I’d really like to know – I’m sure it will fit in with my plans because I know that we are interested in similar things.

You can leave a comment below – or if you are too shy to say anything in public you can complete the comment form. I don’t bite, in fact, I’m very user friendly – ask anyone who has been on a course or met me at a show. I’ll respond to every comment – unless it’s just spam.


Are you near Devizes, Wiltshire?

This Saturday we will be in Devizes with our mobile shop. If you would like to drop in and see us you are welcome to do so. We are only there for about an hour or so between 11.00 and 12.00. We will have most of our mobile stock with us – but if you are coming for something specific let us know so that we can ensure we have it to hand.

We will have the latest colours of hand-dyed felt with us, and also the Jumbo Perle in various colours with other hand-dyed items too. The new Polyneon colours are back in stock, and destined to sell out as quickly this time as before. We will be re-ordering before Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta. More about that another day.


Heather Quilters Part 2

A slideshow of just some of the lovely quilts that were on display. No time to photograph them all – and many of the pictures don’t do them justice. It was a lovely day – and there was even a visit from the Mayor who arrived in a state vehicle……

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There might be more in another post at a later date.

Be Creative – The Results!

Last weekend was the third Be Creative weekend. The number of participants is growing, and the results of the prompts continued to amaze and delight me. You can see the first few results of one of the prompts here. Worth taking a look – and make sure you keep returning to the page because there is more to come.

You are welcome to join us for future events. There is more in store than even the group know ;)

No chatting?

Do you like a formal class atmosphere – sit still – back straight – no chatting? Or do you prefer a more informal setting with lots of information, inspiration and stimulation? I prefer to teach in the latter style, and the forthcoming course Paper Fun will be no exception.

Amongst other things we will be looking at recycling, but not in the ways that you might expect. For instance:


the above might convert to something like this







or even



but not all will be suited to each technique. The above is just a small part of the course. Interested? There is still time to enrol.

Subtle Neutrals and more

Introducing new colours in my favourite machine thread!

If you have spoken to me about machine embroidery threads at a show, or been to one of my machine embroidery workshops, you will know that my favourite thread is Polyneon by Madeira. It has a strength and sheen that makes it perfect for all techniques, and is especially good for beginners. This week we received our first delivery of a new range of multicolours. Pictured above you will see that they are all beautiful combinations and I can already see many uses for them in my own work. One of the best things about this thread is that it is also ideal for DECORATIVE SEAMS. In other words – it is strong enough to hold a garment together AND to decorate it too, so once again it will be perfect for a project that I have in mind. They were viewed by the public this week for the first time, and the concensus of opinion was that they are BEAUTIFUL! The photographs don’t fully show the subtelties of the colourways – but if you click them you will start a slideshow that will better illustrate the variation.

I have photographed them in no particular order, but the colour numbers are underneath. They retail at £5.50 each for 1000m.

Next weekend, 28th, 29th and 30th of March, will be the third Be Creative Weekend. Initial details are here, and if you subscribe to that blog you will receive each prompt as it is published. The community on Facebook has grown and we have seen some lovely creations both as a result of the prompts (which are optional) and also of ongoing work. The emphasis is on doing SOMETHING each day. On many days I can manage no more than 15 minutes – but it is surprising what you can achieve if you just get on with it. No excuses – just DO IT!

Finally, the next online workshop is due to begin on 1st April. Details are here, but I can assure you that it will cover far more than just the basics outlined in the description. It even contains more than I have been able to share over a week’s residential course, so as you can see, £75 is actually very good value.

Special Offer



Offer valid until midnight on Sunday 16th March

2 packs of our delicious fine scrim for £6.00 including UK postage. You can have as many multiples as you like. Give me an idea of the types of colour you would like – no guarantees that they are still available when you order, but at the moment I have many combinations available. Below are some pictures of both packaged and unpackaged to give you an idea. Packs contain the same overall quantity but are either in one piece or 5 smaller.

The packets show some reflection, sorry, it’s the best I can do.

Still time to sign up for the Paper Fun online Workshop. Amongst other things I will be sharing my ‘Non-Gelli’ Printing technique – no gelli plate needed and effects that you just can’t get with one of those. I know – I’ve tried! Ridiculously simple, and you’ve probably already got most of what you need……… The workshops start on 1st April.


Announcing a new online workshop!

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Enjoy the delights of working with paper. Whether you want to move on in your stitching life or develop your journaling skills in new ways this is the course for you.

Further details are here.