Saturday, 5 May 2018

DIY: Flower Power Half Cross Stitch Keyring

Carry a little flower power in your pocket wherever you go.

These super cute keyrings are fun, quick and cheap to make.
If you're new to needlepoint tapestry they're a great project to start with! If you're already a plastic canvas addict they're a great way to use up scraps of yarn and small pieces of plastic canvas leftover from other projects.

Hand Stitch SOS: Overcast Stitch Plastic Canvas

Banish raw edges and join two or more pieces of plastic canvas together with Overcast Stitch.
If you haven't tried this stitch yet it's really easy to do and essential to learn for 3D plastic canvas projects. I'm on hand to guide you through it and Fred's even got a top tip for you. With our help you'll be overcasting like a pro in no time.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

It's a Finish! Day of the Dead Tapestry Notebook Cover

Notebook Cover hand stitched with sugar skull design

It's been a long journey to the finish line for my tapestry needlepoint Sugar Skulls Notebook but I can finally take to the streets and tap my own danse macabre!

The best thing about this that I can't capture in a photo is the way it

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

New Pattern: T. Rex Needlepoint Purse

Dinosaur tapestry needlepoint coin purse by Bobbin and Fred

Rawr! I'm thrilled to announce my latest pattern the T.Rex Needlepoint Coin Purse has just been published in the current issue of Needlepoint Now which is on sale throughout March and April.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Tutorial: Easy Image Manipulation for Needlepoint Design using GIMP

Repeat pattern needlepoint flowers sampler in 6 different colourways

When I'm designing needlepoint I can find it tricky to visualize how the colours will work together once stitched into place. I spend a lot of time stitching little samples of different combinations and altering the weights of the colours when I find a combination I like, but what if there was an easier way to play with colour, get inspiration and make the mistakes in a few clicks rather than an afternoon and, better yet achieve a gorgeous result in a matter of minutes. Wouldn't that be satisfying?

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

DIY: Mother's Day Pop Up Embroidered Bunting Card

Floral and Sky Blue Embroidered Card by Bobbin and Fred

Every year I promise myself to prepare for occasions like Mother's Day well in advance. I dream of sailing through with the perfect handmade gift and card conjured from the drawer I've been keeping them in until the time comes to give them but the reality is every year I find myself with my hair tied back, sleeves rolled up, flinging glue, thread and needles all around as I rapidly craft away into the late hours of the night before. Does this sound familiar?