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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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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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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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“Take a Peek Inside” Stitching Idyllic Spring Flowers Second Edition

When available, I always like to “Take a Peek Inside” a stitching book that I am contemplating purchasing.  Then I know if the information duplicates what I already know or if it new for me.  This book is technically relevant for new stitchers in that it includes basic information that I have not seen in […]

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These daffodils bring you good wishes for Easter

It is almost Easter weekend when I, and many other people in our northern climate, think that Spring really should be here or, appear very soon.  The Spring Equinox has happened and we hope that Mother Nature will cooperate. To help you feel ‘springlike’, here are the instructions for stitching daffodils.  They are easy to […]

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Introducing free-style, creative Contemporary Embroidery

My thanks to the multitude of you who read the series of 12 blog entries on Embroideries That Record History. Your response has been most gratifying. Doing the research was both interesting and fun though I find the computer technicalities to be extremely challenging. My thanks to Beth and Alexis without whom I would still […]

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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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From Lace Back to Stockings

The last posting on Lace triggered some interesting responses. Among them was the fact that a wedding dress was made of Nottingham Lace. Another reader wondered where one finds pieces of chunky old lace with which to play creatively. A third observed that the only place in the UK where lace continues to be manufactured […]

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Some History of Lace

It is a long time since you have heard from me. Life got in the way. I would like to introduce you to Janet Sunderani. Reading this Blog brought back her memories of growing up in the Nottingham area of England and the stories she heard from her grandparents and neighbours who worked in the […]

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