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? 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Flapping About: Plastic Canvas Book Sleeve WiP

Fairisle tent stitch in mustard and red for a plastic canvas book cover

I’ve been seaming ahead with my plastic canvas book sleeve and now I'm finally attaching the flaps! It’s a very exciting moment for any first time book sleeve maker so I'm crazy excited to share my progress with you.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Frame Busting Your Cross Stitch

Cross stitch cushion with snowflake and lettered design

It’s been an exciting week so I’m going to do a brief newsy roundup and then chat about getting out of my colour rut...surely I’m not alone in choosing the same colours again and again? After that I'm going to look at breaking cross stitch out of the frame and moving it back into contemporary interiors.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Needlepointers and My Needlepoint Jewellery

Collage of valentine's day themed handmade products that make ideal gifts for needlepointers

Valentine’s Day is approaching and it’ll soon be time to treat your special human or if you’re single like me, I think it’s a great time to celebrate our love of needlepoint!

This year Cupid has given me my best match yet, a project to sew, and I’ll be stitching away and chomping chocolates come the 14th.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Let’s Meet: Cassandra Madge, Quilt Designer

Cassandra Madge and Tula Pink holding up Cassandra's Quilt
Cassandra (right) and Tula (left) with Cassandra's Epic Quatro Tula Quilt

This week I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Cassandra Madge and finding out more about where creativity comes from and what the quilting process is like for her.

I know quilting is a bit of a departure from hand stitch but I've always been interested in the process and l
earning about other disciplines can inform our own design practice and help develop our own unique creative voices. There's something so enticing

Monday, 15 January 2018

DIY: Cross Stitch Star Trek Insignia

Cross stitch star trek next generation insignia badge

Star Trek Discovery returns to our screens after a mid-season break and I'm so pleased it's back! When I first heard about the new series I was reminded of joyful Sunday afternoons spent watching reruns of Star Trek Next Generation and couldn't wait to get stuck into Discovery.

It’s brought my fellow Trekkie friends out of the woodwork, or should that be the neutronium alloy? and paved the way