All posts by John Skilleter

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 ( 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 –

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.