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  1. See how I stitched the Jicarilla Apache silk shading from my new book, 'The Essential Stitch Guide to Silk Shading' in my new video! Go to the 'How to...' guides page here and click the play button...

    Jicarilla Apache Silk shading, 2010

     If you are interest in learning this technuique or you have already dabbled and want to perfect it, don't forget there are silk shading items in my shop, from signed copies of my book, to needles and sik shading kits. You can buy on-line here

  2. Whether you like it or not, that time of year is drawing ever closer! Why not get into the spirit and make you own Christmas angel peg doll?

    Christmas angel peg doll

    She is very simple to make and you can find free instructions on the 'Free stuff' page (Just click on the image to download a pdf file). She would make a lovely present or stocking filler! Don't forget, there are more free peg doll projects and loads of ideas for making your own dolls on my dolly peg blog. You can find it here, so pop by and get some ideas!

  3. This Christmas Mini Bunting kit is now available in my shop!

    Hang this bunting up with your tinsel this festive season or even decorate your Christmas tree with it! The bunting is simple to make, you can glue it or sew it together. Each kit makes 2m of bunting and comes with everything you need including pre-cut bunting triangles in 5 different Christmas designs (3 triangles of each).

    If you are feeling adventurous, why not decorate your bunting with sequins, glitter or beads?

    Buy you kit from my shop for just £4.95 (they would make great stocking fillers!)

    Christmas Bunting   Christmas bunting kit

  4. If you have read my latest newsletter, you will know that I have recently joined the Rochester Cathedral Embroiderers (If you haven't managed to read the November/December issue yet, you can read it here!). Last week we put the altar frontal and quire kneelers to one side and had a bit of a play day. We delved into our stash of fabrics and made quilted tote bags. Although mine currently doesn't resemble any kind of a bag at all, you can see the pieces I made and the colours I chose:

    Tote bag pieces   Tote bag pocket

    The smaller pieces and the image on the right are two pockets I made and hand embroidered while I was waiting to use the sewing machine. We made the bags by layering fabric, cutting through them along the length to make curved strips and then reassembled them in a different order to get curved stripes. Being a hand embroiderer rather than a machinist, I get impatient and hurry things and my pieces came out a little distorted to say the least! I am reliably informed they will flatten out with a good steam but I'm not convinced! They may get made into something else...

    In other news, I have been busy updating my Etsy shop. If you are across the pond and would like to buy in Dollars why not check out what's for sale here? As with my website shop, I will be adding more items, so check back regularly...

    Etsy shop 2011

    Talking about shop items, new in the shop this week:

    Bracing/spring needles, gift items, books and pre-printed designs. Check it all out here!

    Coming soon: Christmas peg doll kits and crochet brooches...

    Need to amuse the children or grandchildren? Why not print off my Christmas tree design to colour in (see below)? You can find the full size version of it on the 'Free stuff' page or by clicking here. You can always go back to your youth and colour it in yourself, I won't tell...

    Christmas tree pic