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  1. This is the next offering from my peg doll kit collection...embroider your own! This one escaped into the garden before I could stop her, I found her taking a walk amongst the flowers...

    Peggy in the garden      Pansy Peggie

    The kits will include everything you need to make this little doll including printed cotton fabric, Zweigart 25ct fabric, embroidery threads, felt, pipecleaner, waterslide decal face, beads and sequins and full instructions. They are suitable for beginners and are available in various colour ways from my shop.

  2. Lots of new stuff in the shop!

    Poppy kit contents

    Silk shaded poppy kit (see left)

    More needle sizes



    Shisha mirrors in various shapes and sizes

    Tracing paper packs for 'Prick and Pounce' design transfer method



    By the way, the alien plant life question has been answered; not infact alien at all, but Cyclamen seed heads!

  3. This post is nothing to do with art or embroidery (unless, of course I wanted to paint or stitch this!), but we found these weird plants in the garden the other day. They are disguised as stones! Keeping an eye on them to see what they do, but if anyone has any ideas as to what they might be, do let me know.

    Alien plants

    Having said that, the stones are great colours, this would make a good canvaswork or applique piece. You never know where inspiration will spring up from...

  4. So our first RSN Certificate programme classes started this week in Rugby and it feels great to be up and running!

    RugbyTown     Arnold House

    Rugby town centre and Arnold house

    The classes for this session are being held at Arnold house, right in the heart of Rugby town. As you can see from the picture above, it has lovely large windows! Nikki Jarvis is teaching the first two weeks and I popped along to help launch the new classes on Monday.

    Kathy and Nikki

     We had three new starters for Jacobean, with other students popping in and out over the next two weeks to work on other projects. Both Nikki and I are especially interested in the design aspect of embroidery and it was fabulous to see all three new students diving straight into the unknown and designing their own embroidery designs. Well done Kathy, Suzanne and Jane; what a great start!!



    Nikki (right) giving Kathy some pointers on her design.

    We already have students signed up for weekly classes in September but there are still places available. If you are interested in joining us you can find more information on the course including dates and venues at the Royal School of Needlework website. If you would like to see what we do, come along to the festival of Quilts at the NEC (August 11th-14th) and visit us on stand I24!

    Why come to Rugby?

    Rugby is a small market town situated in the heart of England. It is of course, the birth place of Rugby football so why not take the 'Pathway of Fame' tour around the town and learn all about the history of the game (just follow the bronze Rugby balls in the pavement!). What you may not know is that nearby in Dunchurch, the conspiritors of the gun powder plot waited at Guy Fawkes's house for news that Westminster had been destroyed. Rugby is also where in 1937, the first jet engine ran (courtesy of the Midlands' very own Frank Whittle) and where the hologram was invented by Hungarian scientist Dennis Gabor.

    Rugby has great transport links: it's 50 minutes from London and 40 minutes from Birmingham on the train, and is situated on the hub of the Midlands' motorway network with good access to the M1, M6, M40 and M42. Both Venues we will be teaching from are in the heart of Rugby town centre and the train station is within walking distance.

    We have lots of exciting things planned included a day class programme and visits out (we may be able to get you where no one else can! More on this later!) so come and learn some new skills, meet some new friends and join us on our creative adventure!


    Guy Fawkes is discovered under the house of Lords