Did you know?

Following a conversation earlier today I realised that maybe some of you don’t know that I have a few views on the Embellishers currently available here.

These are a couple of things on which I’m currently working – the embellisher was in use and also the sewing machine.

These both include our hand-dyed Vegetarian Silk, and one is further embellised with our scrim. Both are machine stitched using Madeira Polyneon Astro threads.

I used the Janome FM725 to create the areas of texture

A bit of this…. a little of that….. and..

I’m sure you know the sort of thing I mean. Our workrooms are full of all sorts of fibres, materials, threads, etc. Mine definitely qualifies to be the MOST full, however,  and of that my DH is absolutely convinced! Whether or not it is true is beside the point, however, and I’m pleased to say that all requirements are on hand for my next little project.


You’ll have to wait a few days to see the results, but above are some silk fibres, a couple of chiffon scarves and, currently one of my favourite ‘ingredients’, Vegetarian Silk. I often use the latter with my embellisher machine, but this time I’m using it for something different.

What’s your current favourite ingredient? Is it something you return to time and time again? Is it the new ‘flavour of the month? I’m interested to know – so please either leave a comment, or if you are shy, you can always complete the comment form. No details are revealed to anyone except me!


A good start to the New Year.

I don’t know what the weather is like with you – here it is currently extremely dark and dingy. More like a late November day than the beginning of January. The rain has just started pouring – heavily and insistently. The forecast isn’t too bad here, and hopefully you will all escape the worst of it. Stay safe, wherever you are.

It isn’t too late to sign up to follow me through the year. I wrote a little about it here, but you can sign up at any point during the year. I know we are only a couple of days into the New Year, but so far I have been able to keep my schedule going. I’m starting the day with a rapid ‘design’ exercise and then later adding some drawing and stitching into the mix. I’ve had to start slowly, but as the year progresses and things get back to normal there will be more intensity. If you would like to follow the full story you can do so via this link. There will be details of my creative enterprises and also the occasional tutorial etc. The intention is to inspire you throughout the year, and I have already heard from one person that something has inspired a quick card. I hope you will decide to join me,  the more of you there are the more accountable I will be – and hopefully I will meet all my deadlines. As I also mentioned, the odd photograph will appear here, but there will be no details of what it is all about – just a picture.

As I briefly mentioned, I’m looking forward to 2014. We have new plans for the ‘shop’ which will unfold during the coming year, but now I need to make way for new stock, so here is the start of some very special offers. These are not ‘clearance’ or ‘special purchase’ offerings – but items that I currently don’t have time to package. They are also items that will continue in our range unless I otherwise comment.

Fabric/Thread Bonus Pack

Although they are all Sassa Lynne hand-dyed items I really don’t have time to package them at the moment – so this first collection will include:

2 pieces of vegetarian silk – normally £5.00 each = £10.00

1 piece of very fine scrim – normally £2.50

1 miscellaneous hand-dyed Sassa Lynne thread – normally £2.50

The value is therefore £15.00 but a limited quantity is available for just £5.95 plus £4.95 postage. If you also join the creative diary your postage for one package will be refunded in full making it an even better bargain.



The picture just shows some of the colours available. We will send our choice of colour combination and the quantity is limited although there is more than shown in the photograph. Once they have gone – that’s it, new stock will be dyed – but sold packaged and at full price! You can have more than one if you want, but you will be charged for postage with each paypal payment. Part of the multiple postage charges will be refunded depending on how many you buy. Click the picture or this link to buy.

Vegetarian silk is a very popular fabric. It is very soft and wonderful either as an upper stitching surface or for the embellisher. Isobel Hall uses it for vessels too. I will definitely be using it during the year – and more ideas for its use will appear then for subscribers to the Creative Diary.

There will be more offers over the next while. Watch this space.

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