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  1. Well term has finished once again (doesn't the year go quickly?) and there has been some fantastic pieces of work. But don't take my word for it, go along and have a look for yourself! Certificate and Diploma students work will be on display in the studios of the Royal School of Needlework, at Hampton Court Palace. Admission is free (enter through the East Front Gardens). For dates and opening times visit my events page here.

    Alice box detail

    Alice in Wonderland box, detail. By Kei Shinano

    I have taught this course at Hampton Court Palace since 2006 and have had a great time, but things must move on and it's time to leave the mothership! I'm now off to start up the classes in Rugby alongside Nicola Jarvis, so I hope to see some of you in the Midlands this September. We also have a stand at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham (more details on the 'Events' page) where we hope to entice more unsuspecting future embroiderers! If you are in the area come and say hello (Stand I24)

    I just want to thank all my students for a great year, it's been a pleasure. I may be the one standing at the front of the class, but it's a two way dialogue: the environment is very inspiring and I have lots of ideas I want to try too! Watch this space...

    Basket of goodies

    Basket of end of term goodies!

  2. Had a very enjoyable day in lovely Winchester (see picture of the door!) at the weekend teaching Indian embroidery - Shisha mirror work. Outside, It rained for most of the day, but inside the mirrors were shining!

    WInchester door         Shisha sample         shisha samples 2

    There will be another class in this beautiful technique in November at the Royal School of Needlework. I have added more class dates also for this year so for more information on these, visit my classes page.

    I have also posted a new video! See a quick guide to the silk shading long and short stitch on the 'How to...' page here. Don't forget, there is everything you need to know about the silk shading technique in my new book which is available now from my shop.

    video images

  3. Add some sparkle to your work! Why not join me for a class in shisha mirror work in Winchester?

    For this one day class, I will teach you the basics of applying shisha mirrors alongside some simple stitches to create an Indian inspired design. Why not make one of these funky little elephants?

    Shisha shirt   Shisha elephant   Shisha mirror sample

    Where and when: Saturday 18th June, Friends Meeting house, Winchester

    For more details and to book visit www.embroiderynow.co.uk