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  1. My embroidery business has grown over the last 12 months, and I would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the year. There are bigger and better things coming next year so I look forward to seeing you all then! You can look forward to:

    More quality shop items including more goldwork materials and embroidery kits

    More videos, free projects, newsletters, classes and magazine articles

    Distance learning classes - learn to stitch from the comfort of your own home! New to Sarah Homfray, distance learning classes start in 2013 with beautiful designs to work, quality material packs and comprehensive instructions. More news on this soon!

    Wishing you all Season's Greetings and Happy Holidays!!!

    Robin xmas card

    Robin in winter, Charcaol and pastel on paper. 2012

  2. I spent a very happy few hours at the British Museum at the weekend visiting the 'Shakespeare: Staging the world Exhibition'. It's on until the 25th of November so you still have time to see, amongst other things, Guy Fawke's lantern, a coin cast by Brutus on the death of Caesar and a 1600's bed valance looking as good as the day it was woven!

    I also had the chance to look through a few of the rooms and came across these wonderful Egyptian painting objects:

    Egyptian paint

    Paint: Ancient samples of red ochre, Egyptian blue and green grit

    Egyptian paint brushes

    Paint brushes made from palm fibre, stained with ancient paint and bitumen

    Egyptian paint box

    Painter's pallette inscribed with the names of two royal scribes Amenotep and Minnakht.

     When you see these things and then look at Egyptian paintings, they are even more inspiring! These items are on permanent display in the Egyptian galleries at the museum. 

  3. There is a new video to view on my 'How to...' page! See how I created my latest silk shading piece, 'The Blue Columbine' for a 3 day class in the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens this autumn. You can view it right here

    The Blue Columbine

    Aquilegia, Silk shading. 2013

  4. If you live on, or are visiting the West coast of the USA, don't miss the amazing new exhibition, 'Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance' on at the De Young Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco. This is a must see for anyone interested in embroidery/costume/ballet with over 80 costumes on display, displayed magnificently as usual by the De Young.

    Nureyev Exhibition

    Read more about the exhibition by clicking here or on the image above. To read more about Rudolf Nureyev, visit the official website: Nureyev



  5. The long awaited Tiger blackwork kit is now available in the shop! Based on an original apprenticeship piece designed and stitched by myself, this Tiger is worked on 28 count Bantry (Quaker) linen and the kit comes with everything you need to work this piece including linen, needles, threads and very comprehensive instructions; consider it a lesson in a kit! Due to the complexity of the design, this kit is more suited to those with some experience of counted embroidery.

    If you need something a little simpler to get you going, cross stitch is a great place to start. You could try my new 'Red Rose' cross stitch kit or look out for some smaller cross stitch designs on their way soon!

    Blackwork Tiger kit