Hello everyone

I have been busy as a bee on the new book and feel as though I have neglected you, but please understand there is a lot to do!  How would you like to follow along with one of the projects I am stitching for the book – next week I will begin to post pictures of the process so you can tag along?

I am excited to announce that at long last the new Shades Of Whitework projects are finally complete.  The first GATSBY is now available in the ETSY STORE here and the second will be available in a week or two, here is a sneak peak of Gatsby.



I got the idea for Gatsby from a New Year’s invitation to a Great Gatsby themed party, then re-drew the design, adapting it to make it suitable for embroidery.    She is stitched mainly in whites and creams with touches of peach and smokey teal.  There are sweet little details that add interest to the design such as the pearl clasp on her headband and a lacy edge over her forehead, as shown below.

The design uses DMC stranded cotton with some floche which is available for sale in the ETSY store, but the whole design can be stitched using DMC stranded alone – there are instructions in your kit for how to do this.   It is not a difficult project to stitch but some previous experience of the technique is recommended.  GATSBY is available in the Etsy store as a kit with pre-printed linen, needles and instruction booklet.



Some of my customers receive their kit and are disappointed that there are no threads included.  I do not include thread in most of the kits for the simple reason that due to the cost of importing thread into South Africa it is more cost effective for you to purchase DMC Stranded cotton in your country of origin.

The speciality threads such as DMC floche are available for sale in the store and can be purchased along with your kit but the PATTERN KITS do not include thread.  If a kit does have an option to purchase threads it will be listed as FULL KIT in the drop down list, and you can choose this option at checkout.   The starter lessons and some of the whitework kits do have an option to include threads.

Shopstar Interview.  Last week Shopstar kindly featured the new Shop South Africa on their blog,  if you would like to see the interview it can be viewed here.

Hope that you enjoy the new design – I will be in touch soon meantime wherever you are remember EMBROIDERY FOREVER, HOUSEWORK WHENEVER!  Keep smiling and happy stitching.




Books, Heat & Things

Hello everyone how are you?

Apologies for the silence in the last two weeks, we have been experiencing heat waves here in the Western Cape and I am trying to work on the looming deadline for my new book, Whitework with colour which is due for delivery next month.   I have already had this deadline extended so the Publishers are anxiously awaiting the manuscript, and I have such a lot to do……

I know most of you overseas are in the midst of a very cold winter and cannot imagine what extreme heat feels like at present, well it is hot very hot and therefore challenging to try and get any stitching done or spend any amount of time at the computer concentrating on a book manuscript!

I have not forgotten that I promised you some new designs in the Etsy Shop and also the sister kit to Provencal below, but this will of necessity be delayed slightly.  I appreciate your patience and look forward to sharing lots of new ideas with you when I get the book completed.

Till then wherever you are in the world, remember “Embroidery forever, housework whenever!”  Keep smiling, cool (or warm) and happy stitching!  Trish




HAPPY 2016!

Hello Everyone

Happy New Year!  I hope that you have had a wonderful Festive season and are ready to dive into 2016 with a spring in your step?  A new year is all about new resolutions and the prospect of exciting new adventures – my resolutions this year besides the normal ones which I tend not to keep, such as lose some weight, go to the gym, be kinder to others, do more housework (?) etc…  are:

ITS ALL ABOUT YOU – new products,  more designs, more tutorials and a simpler easier online shopping experience for you all.

ONLINE SHOPPING  – I have worked hard over the Christmas period to revamp the ETSY shop, create clearer descriptions  and added several new products and supplies related to needlepainting and whitework for your convenience.   New designs will be arriving shortly.

etsy shop

SOUTH AFRICA ONLINE SHOP – I am excited to announce that for the first time,  there is an online shop exclusively for South African customers.   The shop is now live and you can visit it here:  SHOP SOUTH AFRICA.

shopstar shopSTARTER KITS –  You will be pleased to know that you can now purchase starter kits with/without thread.

Flower basket kit

Flower basket starter kit

THREADS –  I would love to be able to offer threads with all my designs but due to the numerous threads needed for the needlepainting designs I believe it is more cost effective for you to purchase these in your country of origin or using your existing stash.   There is a list of threads included in each design.

BLOG – we will be addressing issues relating to Needlepainting & Whitework and we will be talking about colour.   If you would like to receive email notifications of a new blog post or product updates please sign up on my blog here.

signAs always I plan to find more shortcuts for housework and more time for embroidery – EMBROIDERY FOREVER, HOUSEWORK WHENEVER!  This is a resolution that I think I can keep!

I hope that by expressing myself through my embroidery I give you the courage to express yourself to?  May it be a wonderful year for you all.



Merry Christmas

Hello Everyone

This will be the last blog post this year.  The Etsy shop closes on Monday 30th November and I will be back bright and early first week of January 2016 with lots of exciting new products and ideas for the New Year.  The Download store on Etsy will remain open for your convenience throughout the Festive season.

As a thank you to my loyal customers and readers, for your support this year I have a little gift for you.  A set of Christmas gift tags that you can print out and use for your friends and relatives.  You can punch a hole in the corner and thread a little ribbon through as shown or just use them as they are.  You can access the PDF download here.

christmas 5

Christmas tagsWishing you all a very Merry Christmas and once again a big THANK YOU!  See you in 2016, till then wherever you are in the world, remember “Embroidery forever, housework whenever!”  Keep smiling and happy stitching!  Trish


South African Shop Opening Soon

Hello everyone

This week I am thrilled to announce that on 1st January 2016 the new South African online shop will be opening.  No more emailing me for prices, and banking details you will now be able to buy direct and make payment by PAYFAST or EFT.  It is a simple streamlined process which I think you will find a lot more convenient.

All products are listed in local South African Rand currency and there will also be some additional products available in the shop that are not readily obtainable in South Africa such as speciality threads, whitework supplies and fabric etc.

Here is a preview of the shop home page – you can click on it to go direct to the shop.

shop frontInternational Customers can still order as before through the ETSY STORE, and the good news is that in early January when the store re-opens there will be some exciting new products in stock for you.  I will reveal all in my first post of 2016!  Please remember that the store closes on 30th November 2015 and will not re-open till first week of January 2016.

Meantime, wherever you are in the world, remember “Embroidery forever, housework whenever!”  Keep smiling and happy stitching!  Trish


Iron On Pens & Things

Hello everyone

How are you this bright and sunny Monday morning?  It is beautiful weather here in Cape Town, although I know it is probably a little more chilly in your part of the world.

I know I say this every year but cant believe that Christmas is upon us once again!  There are a few things I want to discuss with you before the year end – firstly I have been meaning to do a blog post on our classes in Johannesburg but life has been hectic and just have not had the time.  Please forgive me my lovely  Joburg ladies I will get round to it early in the new year.

Christmas Shut Down

The Etsy shop will close on the 30th November 2015 and re-open first week of January 2016.  There will be some new kits in the store in January along with some exciting new additions to the store in the New Year.

Digital Downloads

The digital download store will remain open throughout the festive season so if you have a yen to do some stitching over Christmas or New Year (or need to take some time out from the hoards of relatives:)) you can download a PDF file of any pattern available in the store.  The digital section in the Etsy store provides access to any of my patterns in digital form.  This means you can instantly download a pattern to your computer/tablet and either print it out or store it.

Also just to let you know that the Provencal Landscape design is now available as a digital download in the Etsy store.



Iron On Transfer Pens

One of the challenges some of you face with a digital pattern is tracing the outline onto your fabric – it can appear wobbly or inaccurate but I have come across a wonderful iron on transfer pen at Sublime Stitching which does the job beautifully, no more wobbly, uneven lines a beautiful crisp print on your fabric.

iron on transfer pen Sublime Stitching

I bought a few for myself and they work perfectly on both linen and cotton fabrics.  It performs better then any pen I have tried in the past because it has a fine line tip so the lines are not too thick.   I recommend the black as it comes out a dark blue on the fabric.  There are clear instructions on how to use it – All you need to do is:

  1.  print out a copy of your outline as provided in the instructions, you will need to reverse the image so that it comes out the right way on the fabric.  It may be helpful to take it to a photocopy store who will do this for you, or if you have an illustration programe you can do it yourself.  Alternatively you can turn the printed page over and trace on the wrong side.
  2. Trace over the all the image lines with the pen.
  3. Place the image face down on the center of your fabric and place a hot iron on top of this.  Don’t move the iron around or it will distort the image, just hold it in place and count to ten slowly.  If you have a heat press this works even better.
  4.   The image will be transferred onto your fabric.

The pens can be purchased from Sublime Stitching online here.

One of the main reasons I am closing slightly earlier this year is that the postal service slows down considerably at this time of year and I know there is no point in posting anything after end November as it will not reach you till the New Year.  I am also taking a bit of time out to complete my new book on Whitework deadline February 2016.

I will be back in the next week or two to give you your Christmas gift, meantime, wherever you are in the world, remember “Embroidery forever, housework whenever!”  Keep smiling and happy stitching!  Trish


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