Swedish Embroidery from my visit to Stockholm

I was lucky enough to visit my friend Lina in Stockholm last year and was amazed at the beautiful city with open spaces and water. While there I went to study the Folk art at the Nordiska museet where I spent a pleasant afternoon sketching and taking notes. 

Some of my favourite pieces included this appliqued bag with pom-poms.

Traditional white and red patterns and designs

And a piece with this woven bird on Using my sketches and photographs I worked on an embroidered wool design of flowers 

and an appliquéd and hand embroidered composition of iconic Swedish images including the flowers, birds, horse and hearts . 

I then made a winter seasonal bucket bag which I love. 

I enjoyed using the soft felts and bold colours I had bought in Stockholm and enhancing the design with a variety of hand stitches and beads. 

If you would like to learn more please get in touch . 


Durham quilting

The Quilters Guild Collection

I recently spent a wonderful day sketching and studying 3 of the Guilds North country quilts (somtimes called Durham quilting ), a whole cloth quilt kit , a framed whole cloth and a Sanderson Star quilt . Examining the patterns and working out the intricate details was an absorbing exercise. I hope to study in depth these quilts and make samples to help pass on our cultural quilting heritage. So watch out for next years blogs . 

The beautiful Sanderson Star – so much work , with tiny stitchwork .

Detail showing the feather design and diamonds typical of the North country quilts.

Detail showing the tiny running stitches.

Explore the quilts online at http://Www.quiltmuseum.org.uk

Look out for workshops in 2019 if you would like to  make a cushion using the North country patterns.

Dutton’s Heritage Workshops

I have been working with Duttons for Buttons in York to create a historical programme of workshops covering Medieval appliqué to Victorian cross stitch samplers . Workshops are once a month and can be attended on an indiviual basis . Vouchers can be bought as a present for a loved one so they can choose  the workshop they would like to do . 

The first three are 

January 9th -Chunky Yorkshire Knits

Learn about the medieval wool trade of York and use wool to knit a unique designer scarf.

February 6th -Bronte Needle Roll

Sew a needle roll just like Charlotte Bronte’s and study Regency embroidery patterns and designs .

March 20th – Old English Patchwork 

Try the addictive craft of paper piecing patchwork creating an English rose pin cushion – the perfect Mothers Day gift.

Price £50 including materials 

Book early by emailing York Duttons for Buttons york@@duttonsforbuttons.co.uk or ring 01904632042



Hand Embroidery Liberty flowers

Liberty Florals workshop

A lovely day was had by everyone that was on the Liberty Florals workshop. The Liberty hand embroideries are being finished off into cushions or mats and look fabulous.








We will be running a second day workshop on Saturday Jan 26th in Ilkley at Jenni’s studio. Please get in touch for details .


“I knew nothing about Vietnamese textiles before today; and I enjoyed seeing your collection. I enjoyed exploring the motifs and interpreting them with different stitches and threads.  Thank you Helen “ Stephanie M _ Nidderdale Embroiderers Guild 

Vietnamese textiles in Nidderdale

I had a lovely day teaching a wonderful group of ladies all about Vietnamese textiles  (see workshops for details of day ) . Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a relaxing time hand sewing the traditional patterns.


Members of the Nidderdale Embroiderers Guild 

Detail of embroidery patterns 

Work in progress

These are some of the patterns for you to use in your own work . Click on the picture to view it full size so that you can print it or download it . 

Enjoy stitching 


Liberty workshop-Jenni’s studio -Ilkley

Jenni’s Studio recently had their 2nd birthday party, a warm inviting event on a Friday night with a glass of wine and lots of chat, and of course lots of delightful textiles. This studio in Ilkley Yorkshire runs a variety of exciting courses in dressmaking, quilting and textile art.

On Saturday November 10th 10am-5pm I will be a guest tutor doing a hand embroidery workshop on Liberty floral designs, to be used with patchwork to make a mat or cushion cover.

We will be embroidering the floral designs ,then creating your composition with your own Liberty fabrics.

The course is for all abilities and is £50 for the full day which includes the background fabric.

If you would like anymore information or to book contact Kay at the studio 


I hope to see you there or at a workshop soon.


Yarndale 2018

A treat awaited us at the Skipton Auction Mart, everything colourful, textured and woolly.

Displays included hand dyed fibres, hand spun yarns and woven wonders.
Highlights for me included:

  • Experience Ukraine with their traditional handmade wool, embroidery and clothes from the heart of the Carpathian Mountain region (www.experienceukraine.co.uk) I am of course very tempted to visit the Ukraine with Nataliya on one of her tours.

  • Finally I was amazed at the stunning collection of knitted and crocheted butterflies made from visitors to support a Yorkshire charity which runs creative arts sessions for people living with dementia.

If you like beautiful wools and felts and a great day out put Yarndale 2019 on your calendar.

Traditional Greek Embroidery

Summer memories of sun and sea in Skiathos brighten up a rainy day, as does the colourful patterns and embroidery of its textiles. Greek embroidery is rich in motifs and patterns from the east and west. The Sporades Islands as a trading point was influenced by the Venetians and the Ottomans, the Christians and the Islamic empires. The resulting patterns contain human figures, ships (naturalistic and fantastic), birds and floral images.

This image if from the Embroiderers’ Guild collection – https://embroiderersguild.com/

A photo from the Skopelos Folklore Museum with a floral cross stitch design.

My holiday embroidery using chain-stich. I love the floral arrangement and tiny birds

This proud cockerel is a design that you can use in an applique or just embroider in your favourite stitches.

Click on the picture to view it full size so that you can print it or download it.