Whenever I finish a sewing project, I always have lots of end bits of embroidery threads left over. Because I’m a complete magpie and unable to throw anything away, I hoard these in my ‘sewing kit’ (an old first aid kit box – always gets a few raised eyebrows when I’m stitching in public!), and use them up on my practice samplers. This is my current sampler, I’m all about filling stitches this time round.

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And here’s a close-up of what I tried out this weekend – the fine and delicate art of picking any colour and doing lots of straight stitches in a marked space. Really tricky. Not.

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This doesn’t seem to have reduced the volume of my thread stash in any way, but I’ll keep working on it!

This week’s offering – I discovered free motion stitching on my sewing machine! Working out your second-hand machine by yourself is fun (read: vexing), but with a little bit of YouTube, it’s amazing what you can learn.

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My next project is to find out what all the other bits that came with the machine do. Life is a constant learning curve, y’all.

Here, have a sleepy fox I stitched last night. I want to be her today – it’s always harder to wake up when it’s grey outside.

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A recent commission. I was given the words, and a free rein. I decided to go with a Victorian style sampler, the likes of which may well have graced the walls of Dickens’ Mr Gradgrind, as a kind of moral ‘encouragement’ to wayward children.

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Recent commission:

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This piece is about 50cm square. A quote from Anya, to Xander, rendered in pretty autumnal colours and delicate Victoriana styling. Because of course it is. Please get in touch if you’d like to commission a stitching – I can do free embroidery, cross stitch samplers, quotes or pictures or anything you like really.

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It’s laid against the back of my sofa (one day I’ll have a studio, filled with indirect sunlight and inspirational artworks, and I’ll put pictures of it on Instagram looking all tidy, and make everyone bitter), so it looks wonky, but it does actually have straight sides!

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This is stitched on fairly thin cotton, because it was the only thing I could find in the right colour.  Next time, I’ll take more time and invest in good calico, as the heavier embroidery has caused slight puckering in places. I want my work to be perfect!

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I think it’s time I reminded people that I do parties! That’s right, why have a boring party, when you and your friends can learn to make sock monsters instead? I can do children’s parties (generally over 9’s only, but I can be flexible, so get in touch) and grown up parties.  They’re much the same, but I’ve found the grown up parties tend to involve more wine :)  Also hen parties, stag parties (you know you want to), and whatever-other-parties. Parties!  I will bring all the materials, including worksheets, and remain on hand to teach and talk you through every stage of making your very own sock monster. It’s amazing fun, and your guests will love you for it.

Creativity with socks - the best party fun ever

Creativity with socks – the best party fun ever

I also run workshops, for schools, community groups, festivals, anything you like really.  I can teach monster-making, or other sewing skills, or a creative tie-in with something you’re already doing (an example of this was a ‘Make Do and Mend’ workshop I ran with a class of Y4s, to complement their studies of life on the ‘home front’ during WWII). Please see my Workshops page for further details, and/or get in touch via the contact page.

Sock-monster-making workshop at 'Festival at the Edge' storytelling festival

Sock-monster-making workshop at ‘Festival at the Edge’ storytelling festival

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