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The Battle of Stamford Bridge, the second battle of 1066

Stamford Bridge Having won the Battle of Fulford, the Vikings took some time off. They did not burn the City of York as they had Scarborough but, as victors, they collected tribute in the form of goods and hostages. For late September, the weather was unseasonably hot. The Vikings made camp on the western and […]

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1066 and all ???? Prequel Battles to the Battle of Hastings

The Fulford Tapestry There are two years in history that changed the destiny of the western world.   One is 1944, when the the Allied Forces crossed the Channel to the coasts of Normandy and the other is 1066 when the Saxon armies fought the invasion by the Duke of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings. […]

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Remembrance Day: Lest We Forget

Today is Remembrance Day when we thank the millions of men and women who served in all the forces. We thank those who gave their lives so that our civilization would continue in the free world. We give thanks as countries and communities; we also remember and give thanks as individuals. The Overlord Embroidery It […]

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All’s well that ends well

It has been a long time since you have heard from me which deserves and explanation. In late 2014, I began to get sick. The months passed and I got sicker and sicker. After a number of admissions to hospital, this was diagnosed as an infection which had got into my blood, central nervous system, […]

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Summer Time; A time for some light hearted stitching.

While enjoying the summer weather, we all like to take life less seriously, even if we are a dedicated stitcher. Lets leave counting squares on cross stitch charts and stitching with wool threads for when the weather is inclement and we are stuck indoors. Instead, why not try Silk Flower Conversion just for the novelty […]

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Leather Application – a Tutorial

Stitch leather down securely and almost invisibly. This is not difficult – it just takes a bit of know-how. For leather without padding: Trace the shape onto the reverse side of the leather using a ball point pen or, preferably, a fine black ink marker. If it is white or a light colour, use a […]

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More Students’ Gold Work

The Gold Work class held in Guelph, Ontario last spring produced some varied pieces of work. This was an Intermediate class in that the participants had already learned how to handle the threads. These are their first attempts at designing and stitching their individual creations. The creations of the other students was posted previously in […]

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Gold Work Brag Time

Teachers have a tendency to be very proud of their students’ work and I am no exception. The pieces included here were stitched in the spring of this year. This was an Intermediate class. In a previous class students had learned the basics of handling metal threads and stitched two small set pieces. Some made […]

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Books, Books and More Books

You have not heard from me recently because I have been sick. An infection got into my blood stream and the results were not entertaining. I am now considerably better and, although I have not been stitchingly creative, I am trying to write a relevant posting for you. Over the years, I have collected stitching […]

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Golden Splash

It is nice to undertake a stitching project that it is entirely different to the spring and summer flowers that have dominated my stitching life for the last three or more years. Also, a semester away from teaching has given me the chance and opportunity to do some canvas work. It is many years since […]

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