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Straw Embroidery. A historical technique that has been revived and modernize.

It is a pleasure to introduce you to Natalia Lashko.  She uses straw as her creative medium and her pieces are dazzling.  Her website includes pictures of many pieces some of which are floral and others are religious. Snail by Natalia Lashko Straw was used in Russia since the 16th century (according to some sources […]

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One simple thing – done by one person at a time………

Sometimes it is difficult to understand the power of one person living in a world of billions of others. Here’s a little exercise to help. Take a moment to think about the breadth and depth of the environmental disasters we face today. Think about the air pollution and the health effects we experience when we […]

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More Summer Flowers – a Second Peek

 Lavender  Lavender is featured in Water Garden and Briarwood Garden. Lavender is a bushy plant with long, delicate stems and leaves. The blue/mauve flowers form long spikes with a knobby  texture. It looks to be related to Veronica but the structure and colour of the leaves are different. Stalks and Leaves: Green 988 (2). Flowers: […]

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Summer Garden Flowers – Take a Peek

Hello Friends and Fellow Stitchers, Lazy Daisy stitches and French Knots have been used forever for portraying flowers.  Using alternative but basic stitches was my mission when I developed and then published Hand Stitching Recognizable Summer Flowers.  After much experimentation and, many failures, here are the results.  You will not have to do what I […]

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Stamford Bridge Tapestry Project 1066- updated.

Here is a new video that updates us on the progress made to the Stamford Bridge Tapestry.  I wrote about this project a few months ago.  The video will tell you and show you the embroidery in progress. Here is a repeat of  the historical background. 1066 was a bad year for England.  Very bad […]

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Just 70 years young and ready to travel to a museum.

This glamorous young lady was made by myself in 1947/48 when I was about 14/15 years old.  She is 20″ tall/long.  She is sitting down in this photo and is able to sit unsupported. Yes she was a challenge to make as there was a lack of the necessary materials after the end of the […]

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Embroideries that Record History – San Diego continued.

We noted that the hillsides around San Diego were arid.  Trees and grass were only in the city as they are dependent on irrigation.  I am sure that the residential areas now spread up the hillsides and that they are no longer as arid as when we saw them.  In November, the weather was lovely.  […]

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Embroideries that Record History – San Diego

This is not a record of an historical event that includes people but rather a “Snapshot in Time” of the beautiful city of San Diego.  In 1983, my husband and I visited this most interesting city.  While there, I found a black and white line drawing poster designed by Chotre and dated 1979.  I knew […]

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Chloe, an older cousin, is now a University student.

I study Classics and Archaeology at school so the study of burial practices is really important to my field because they’re the best preserved form of material culture that remains for us of ancient peoples and their society. Burials are how people respect and remember their ancestors so studying how they chose to bury their […]

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Catching “The Itch to Stitch” at a very early age.

It is never too young to start a creative career: In the Northern Hemisphere, summer vacation time will shortly be here.  If you have the opportunity, this is a great time to stitch (thus starting the “itch to stitch”) with the younger members of your family. Grandma Marlene definitely had a great time introducing her […]

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