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  1. Well it's that time of year again and crikey does it come around fast; we have been in our 'new' house for almost a year! The studio is up and running well and is a lovely place to work. What this all means for you is that we are more efficient, more focused and are back on track to bring you the distance learning courses we promised last year. News on this to come but look out also for more free 'how to' videos, new embroidery kits (the stumpwork bee below is the next one and will be with you soon!) and new items in our specialist embroidery shop

    stumpwork bee angle

    If you haven't seen them yet, there are new goldwork videos up on the 'how to' page (you can also view these on my YouTube channel) completing the goldwork daisy design. There is also a materials pack available for this so you can now stitch along to the videos! Let me know what you think of the videos through my guestbook page.

    gold daisy cover two

    There are more classes to look forward to, and you can see these on my classes page here. The first class in Lincoln Castle went very well; there are still some places on the next one so why not come and join me in the beautiful city of Lincoln for a workshop in Elizabethan embroidery? Booking for the new Rufford Abbey classes will be up on the website in the new year where I will be catering for those of you taking your first steps in the embroidery with a beginners workshop then a morning introduction to goldwork. These will be very relaxed and informal so I hope to see some of you there.

    The shop will remain open throughout the festive period; as long as the postal services are open so are we! So pop along to the shop and see what we have; this is a great time to get those Christmas presents for your stitching friends! Visit the Christmas shop here.

    All that remains is for us to wish you the happiest of festive seasons and we look forward to seeing you next year for more stitching fun!


    Sarah and Jonathan

  2. If you are in the East Midlands area why not try out some traditional embroidery skills in my new series of workshops? Held at the newly built Heritage Skills Centre in the grounds of Lincoln Castle, we will kick off with embroidery samplers on Saturday 29th November. Classes are for complete beginners or if you already have some knowledge you can further your skills with some more advanced stitches! For more information and to book, visit the Heritage Skills centre website here

    Here is my sampler!

    sampler house1

  3. Well it's all been go, but we are now installed in the new studio and just unpacking the last of the boxes of 'stuff'; just in time to as the weather has turned and the rain is giving the new building a good test of how well we built it! So far so good....

    We took our stand to the Big Textile Show at the end of September in Leicester. It was lovely to meet everyone there. I held a workshop in goldwork embroidery and the beetlewings caused much conversation (see this months issue of Stitch magazine)! You can still get yours in the shop hereBeetle wing embroidery

    There are more classes on the way this month starting with a 2 day stumpwork class this coming weekend at Rufford Abbey on the edge of Sherwood Forest followed by blackwork in Rugby at the end of the month. Check out the classes page here. This is what we are making at Rufford:

    poppy stumpwork3

    We have new items in the shop with more to go in in the next few days. Check out these fantastic strawberry needle cleaners; Just run your needles and pins through the special filling to give them a good clean and prolong their lifespan!

    sept 05 075

    Look out for a new goldwork embroidery kit, and more strawberry items....

  4. Well that was it I guess, summer gone once more! A lot happening at in the coming months so here is a concise round-up of what's coming your way:

    Day classes: There are a new series of day classes starting up in the market town of Rugby where I will be teaching traditional embroidery techniques for beginners on behalf of the Royal School of Needlework. There is also one more class at Rufford Craft Centre in Nottinghamshire where we will make a beautiful 3-D poppy for you to wear (it's nearly done, image coming soon!); and I have classes starting up at a new venue in Lincoln. The first is in November learning some of the fundamental emrboidery stitches in the form of a historical sampler, and all these classes will be held in the lovely new Heritage Skills Centre in the grounds of Lincoln Castle! For details of all my classes, just visit the learning zone here.

    The Big Textile Show: We will be having a stand at this two day show; in it's second year and expanding rapidly! Come along and meet us and treat yourself to some specialist embroidery items including goldwork metals and threads, kits and equipment. Why not join me for a 2 hour workshop in goldwork on the Saturday? We will be stitching these sweet little Trio of Toadstools below. More info and workshop booking here

    mushroom trio

    New studio: It's nearly ready to move in to! This will put us in a position to expand the shop items and start on the youtube videos again so watch out for new goodies, more helpful how to tutorials and the re-start of the distance learning classes. More news on these as they happen; don't forget to like my facebook page for all the latest news!