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  1. Well 2015 was an exciting year with the release of our first distance learning course and 3 teaching trips across the pond for two weeks in San Francisco, 4 days in Denver and 10 days onboard the RMS Queen Mary! Thank you to everyone who came to the classes, I hope you had as good a time as I did! Watch this space for future adventures onboard this beautiful ship...


    We have more items and kits in our mail order shop than ever, with a new crewel work kit released today! Work this cute little orange tree crewelwork kit in beautiful lana wool/acrylic blend threads. Look out for more fruit trees coming soon.

    orange tree on linen

    We are buildling up our stitch library on the 'how to' page/YouTube channel so subscribe to the channel to see them as they are uploaded. We have videos on how to transfer designs, frame up embroidery frames, chain stitch, stem stitch, French knots and colonial knots to mention a few, and don't forget the most comprehensive set of free goldwork embroidery tutorials on the internet! See them all here:

    Video Tutorials

    Check out the classes page to come and learn with me with more classes at Lincoln Castle and a new venue for this year, Nottingham University Museum! And I just thought I would mention that work has started on our next distance learning class, with a set of four projects. More on that soon, but that means there is only a few months to sign up for our current class, 'Love, Sin and Morality' (don't worry you still get video access for 12 months!) so don't delay, sign up today! Read all about it here.

  2. We are pleased to be able to release our new 'Blackwork Rose' kit today on Black(work) Friday! Taught for a class in Denver, Colorado, this beautiful shaded rose project is now available to purchase as a kit.

    blackwork rose detail edged

    PLUS! Today and all weekend, we are discounting prices on our blackwork kits, so get yours now! We have three levels so why not start with the Blackwork Bee, progress onto the Rose then test your new found skills on the Tiger Tiger project! Click here for more info and prices

  3. Well it's been a busy few months involving some very exciting classes!

    October saw a week teaching in the beautiful location of Denver Botanic Gardens in Colarado where we learnt the intricacies of blackwork shading with this Rose design (kit available soon on the website!) and in this stunning classroom!

    blackwork rose detail edged   dscn6044

    Then it was on to Los Angeles for a weeks retreat with Forever Embroidery Studio onboard the RMS Queen Mary now permanently docked in Long Beach:


    This ship still boasts many of it's original art deco features and is a real inspiration for embroiderers! We ran lots of classes from 1 to 4 days long and had fun using the ship to inspire designs:

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    It was back home to prepare for my class at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in conjunction with the 'Fabric of India' exhibition. We learnt how to work shisha mirrors along with some specific Indian embroidery stitches to make little Bushkiri bags:

      v&a   bushkiri bags 2

    We have just finished filming some more videos for our YouTube channel so look out for French knots and Colonial knot videos coming this week! You can see our current videos on the 'how to...' video page here

    'Bejewelled' - a new beetle wing kit is now available from the shop; learn the rare and ancient craft of sewing with beetle wing casings in this stunning mandala design. For more information and to get yours, visit the shop here


    Beetle wing embroidery


    The distance learning class is going very well, well done to all of you on the beautiful work done so far. We will have some finishers soon I think! There are still places available so if you are interested all of the information can be found here

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    Don't forget, you can keep up with everything that is happening as it happens on my Facebook page here!

  4. At long last we are pleased to be able to offer our first Distance learning class, 'Love, Sin and Morality'! All information on the class can be found here, but here are a few pictures to wet your appetite!

    lsm detail 4 acanthus     lsm detail 1 hare     lsm detail 3 pomegranate

    You will receive a very high quality set of all of the materials you need to work this piece as well as 9 HD video lessons brought to you by Sarah (split into 18 individual instructional videos, that's over 7 hours of tuition!). Booking opens on Monday 14th September; visit the home page on Monday to grab your place!

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