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The very first type of embroidery – ever

Would you believe that the first type of embroidery that was ever created was……….wait for it………….Needle Weaving!!  It happened many centuries or even thousands of years BC.   Spinning and weaving had already been established of course. And this is how it happened. The weaver, having set up his/her loom with warp threads, then wove […]

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“Blocking Embroidery” to professional standards. A tutorial.

The process of “blocking” removes all the wrinkles, distortions, twists and unevenness’s making your stitching look amazing. This process is well worth the time and effort spent doing it. It is logical and easy. Especially when you follow the directions!!! I mean that. Omit all the shortcuts that you can think of. SUPPLIES A piece […]

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WW I Remembrance Altar Frontal. St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

November 11, 2018 is the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War l.  Every Remembrance Day is special to all those who cherish their freedom. It is the day when we remember and thank those who have gave their lives  to keep the freedoms formulated in the Magna Carta alive for us and for future […]

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The Making of the Bayeux Tapestry – the absolute latest news.

“The Making of the Bayeux Tapestry” is an extensive article on History Extra, the website for BBC History Magazine and BBC World Histories Magazine. The article, which is written in a question & answer format interviewing Alexandra Lester-Makin, PhD Medieval Embroidery and professional embroiderer, answers all kinds of questions about the tapestry, from how it […]

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The Magna Carta Quilts

The Magna Carta Quilts The Magna Carta Quilts are a series of eight quilts made to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215 A.D.  They celebrate the establishment of Human Rights and celebrate the birthplace of Democracy, worldwide. They were made in 2014/15 by the Magna Carta […]

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Stamford Bridge Tapestry is making progress.

There are three embroideries/tapestries that record the events in England  in 1066.  The first was the Battle of Fulford Gate which was won by the invading Vikings.  The second was the Battle of Stamford Bridge which the Saxons won and which ended the Viking’s career of invading and marauding communities in the northern hemisphere.  These […]

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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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