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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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Stitching Idyllic: Hand Stitch Recognizable Summer Flowers

Dear Readers, It is with great pleasure that this blog posting launches my second book: Stitching Idyllic: Hand Stitch Recognizable Summer Flowers I send my profound thanks to the contributing stitchers and to the reviewers. You are all part of the process of creating and publishing and, without you, this launch would be like a […]

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Gold Work Stitching Class – Fall 2014

It is teacher’s brag time. I am always delighted to have an opportunity to work with gold threads and to teach another generation of stitchers how to handle these specialized threads. This was an intermediate class in that all had learned the basics earlier this year. Many of the projects are unfinished but I thought […]

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From Clogs to Education, by Janet Sunderani

And the clogs? Well, my father had an expression – From Clogs to Clogs in Three Generations. It was a dire warning to remember that clogs , a mark of poverty and of hard work, were worn by people who, through hard work, industry and thrift, made a good future for their children. If we […]

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Silk, Stockings and Clogs, by Janet Sunderani

1980s Britain was a difficult time to graduate from university. With a degree in English and no discernible job skills apart from a willing heart and an urgent need to earn my keep I felt very lucky to land a job with a textile company in the Midlands. Filigree Textiles made knitted voile, Jacquard lace, […]

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