Digital Downloads For Whitework

Hello Everyone

Hope you are having a good week?  We are experiencing a heat wave here in Cape Town 40 degrees today, so am shut up in my office with the air con on!

As promised to those of you who requested the digital downloads for Katarina The Cat and Chickadee, they are now available in the Etsy shop. 

I have received numerous emails asking when the fabric packs with pre-printed outlines for the projects in the new book Miniature Needlepainting Embroidery would be available.  I did promise these in the book for those of you who are nervous about tracing your own outlines onto fabric, and yes they are currently at the screen printers and will be available in the Etsy shop very soon.  The book has now been released in USA and the rest of the world and is available on Amazon or any good online bookshop.  Thanks to your support and lovely reviews it has reached the No 1 bestseller in embroidery this week!  (thankyou).

book cover

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

Katarina Is Here

Hello everyone

How are you?  Hope your week is going well.  Am thrilled to let you know that at last the 3 new Shades Of Whitework kits are available for sale in the Etsy Shop.  Katarina The Cat, Chickadee and the long awaited Complete Lesson in Whitework – flower mandala.  This is the ideal design for learning the technique as it features several shapes that are repeated in the design therefore good for practice.   All 3 techniques, Needlepainting, Miniature Needlepainting and Whitework are now available as Complete lessons, which means you can learn the technique in the comfort of your own home.

Kits with or without thread.

All the whitework kits are now available with or without thread.  Due to the fact that I have to import the threads into South Africa, it is much simpler for you to purchase the DMC stranded cotton in your own country and the only other threads which these projects use are DMC Cotton Floche.

Threads & DMC Cotton Floche

Floche is a lovely soft cotton thread that is ideal for surface embroidery and very forgiving for satin stitch.  One skein of floche has approx 150m of thread on it which will cover approx 4 whitework projects.   Floche is imported from France and it is not always easy to obtain so I have decided to make the two colours that I use most in these designs, available in the shop you can find them here.  You will find a list of the threads needed next to the product description – there are approx 6 shades of DMC stranded cotton and 2 colours of Floche, for each project.   If you purchase the kit only without thread you can purchase the threads from your local Needlework shop or online and one skein will do a couple of projects, so really it is far more cost effective. But should you require the full thread pack this is also available as an option, however stocks will be limited to availability.  Some of the thread packs are not available right now I am awaiting stock.

DMC Cotton Floche

DMC Cotton Floche

Kit contents

The whitework kits all include a generous size of beautiful, high quality Irish Linen cambric fabric with a pre-printed outline, so no tracing required, an full colour printed instruction booklet and 2 sharps needles size 10.

Gutermann Threads

The Gutermann threads used for outlining in the miniature projects and also in the new book Miniature Needle Painting are available for sale in the Etsy shop.  Those of you residing in the USA may find these difficult to source as the numbering system is different to that of Europe & Africa so Mary Corbet of Needle N Thread kindly offered to source US substitutes for me and these are now listed next to the Gutermann threads in the shop.  You can read her article here, and the previous post here, thank you Mary!

Again if you purchase one small cop of this sewing thread it will probably last you a lifetime or certainly numerous projects.

gutermann outline threads USA 2015

Fabric for Miniature Needlepainting

Southern belle 200 count muslin is used for all the miniature needlepainting projects.  This is available from the Etsy store, and I am pleased to let you know that it is now also available in the UK from Mace & Nairn.  Cotton satin which is used for needlepainting embroidery is also available from Mace & Nairn in the UK and can be purchased from Threads In Bloom in the USA.

That’s all for this week. Meanwhile, wherever you are in the world, remember “Embroidery forever, housework whenever!”  Keep smiling and happy stitching!  Trish

Design Inspiration

Hello Everyone

How are you?  This week I would like to introduce someone who has become a  great source of inspiration for my Whitework designs but before we start there are three things I need to chat to you about:

1.  New Whitework Kits

Firstly please accept my apologies for the delay in the release of the new whitework kits.  We have been having recurrent load shedding (power cuts) here in South Africa and this has resulted in the printers and screen printers having to work around these power cuts so everything has been delayed.  This also applies to re-stocking kits that have sold out in the Etsy shop, so please bear with me they should be back in stock by next week.  As a side note I have found a new use for my battery operated Purelite magnifying lamp – it is good for standing on the kitchen counter and lighting up the area when cooking chicken on a two plate gas stove!  Who says us embroiderers aren’t resourceful?

2.  Book Review

Secondly Mary Corbet kindly did a review on the new book Miniature Needle Painting yesterday. You can read about it here:   In the acknowledgement section I asked her to “be nice to me Mary” and she was very nice, so thanks for that Mary!  One of the concerns that came up from readers in the USA is that the Gutermann polyester sewing thread that I use for outlining on miniatures seems to have a different numbering system in the USA to the European ones.  Rest assured that we are working on a solution and Mary Corbet has kindly offered to take my list with her to the shops this week and find substitute colours.  I will share these with you in a future blog post but they will also be listed next to the Gutermann threads available for sale in the Etsy shop.  More on this later.

3.  Whitework Book

Thirdly further to my announcement that I would be working on a book Needle Painting Birds Of The World – it has been decided by the publishers that this will require more time to produce as the projects are slightly larger and more time consuming and so will be delayed slightly and follow on from a book on “Shades Of Whitework.  I call it this to distinguish from pure white on white embroidery as I add touches of colour.   I am very excited about this one, it is quite diverse to needle painting but very freeing and the projects are great fun to work on.  This will hopefully be released late 2016.  To those of you who have written with requests for birds, your suggestions have been noted, thank you.

Which brings me to Jill Buckley.  Jill is a Canadian quilter, designer and artist you can read all about her here and in an interview for the Canadian Quilters Blog.  Jill designs the most stunning doodles, some of which have been built into the library of Janome Embroidery machines, and published in books to name a few of her achievements.  Like me she came into her own later in life and finally found her niche so we have a lot in common.  Her artwork has a lovely flowing composition which caught my eye whilst browsing for ideas on Pinterest and I soon got in touch with her to request the use of some of her designs for whitework projects.

Now you are probably not aware of the potential battle that goes on to gain permission from artists/photographers to use their artwork?  Not all artists are forthcoming some just say a flat NO, some ask for unrealistic licensing fees, and in one case I received this reply from the agent of a prominent nature artist in the USA:   “We are not interested its just too small a deal…”  there was no dear Trish or yours sincerely, just that, then of course there are those lovely, generous artists who are only too willing to share their work and Jill was one of those.  When I first approached Jill she was a little apprehensive but eventually agreed to let me use the outline of her cat, the result of which you can see below.

Having seen the completed embroidery of Katarina The Cat she agreed to let me use more of her designs and since then has actually been designing exclusive doodles for me to use in the new book, how lucky am I?  Of course I have to re-draw and adapt the original to make it suitable for whitework embroidery but the idea source is there and it allows me to spend more time on the designing and stitching, and less time on sourcing images.  I am in heaven!   I wish I could share them with you but of necessity they have to remain secret till the book release, but I am sure you are going to love them – there are lots of different, gorgeous designs, which have inspired me with all sorts of wonderful ideas for the final projects.

If you have a specific idea that you would like to see in shades of whitework let me know and I will certainly consider it.  Next time I hope to share with you how to overcome some challenges that people experience with needle painting, specifically long & short stitch.  Meanwhile, wherever you are in the world, remember “Embroidery forever, housework whenever!”  Keep smiling and happy stitching!  Trish

London Classes Registration

Hello everyone

Hope you have had a wonderful week and sure you are looking forward to the weekend?  Thank you for the wonderful response to the the London classes, they are now fully booked and registration is closed.  If you would like to put your name down on a waiting list please contact me.  If you have registered you will be receiving further class details and the agenda shortly – can’t wait to meet you all in July!

Advanced copies of the new book Miniature Needle Painting arrived last week and are available in the Etsy store.  I have received some lovely feedback – thank you to those of you who took the trouble to let me know what you think it is much appreciated!  South African customers can purchase a copy online, or contact me for eft details.

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

Miniature Book Is Here!

Hello everyone

Hope you had a great weekend.  At long last the new Miniature book has arrived and is available for sale in the Etsy shop here!

South African customers can pay either online through the shop (it will convert the price to SA Rand when you are billed) or you can email me for eft details.  The price is R375 plus postage.

Have a wonderful week.  Trish

London Classes

Hello everyone

Hope the start of the New Year has begun well for you, and that you are re-energized after the Christmas break?  The year has certainly taken off with a bang here and I have two exciting things to share with you this week!


Firstly I am thrilled to let you know that I have managed to secure a venue, dates and times for the London Classes in July 2015.  My family and I are visiting my daughter in London for 9 days and I have had to fit the workshops into this limited time, so unfortunately am only able to offer 2 days of classes on this occasion.   See info below or click here for a PDF including full details.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

There are 2 x one day classes on offer, Class one on Wed 1st July and Class two on 2nd July.  Class two is a repeat of class one which is Needle painting and we will be working on the Nuthatch In Spring as shown below.  Full details of the class are included in the PDF.

Class One Nuthatch In Spring

Class One & Two  Nuthatch In Spring

The classes will be held in the light, airy and spacious Trevelyan Hall at St Matthews Conference Centre in Westminster, close to Westminster Abbey, St James Park and several other London Landmarks.

london 2The classes will begin at 9.30am and end at 4pm.  Tea & lunches are provided and a full kit included.  There are numerous hotels in the area should you want to stay overnight.  The centre is easily accessible from 3 main underground stations, St James Park, Victoria and Westminster and taxis are easy to obtain from outside.  Have I covered everything?  Any questions please contact me by email or via the contact form on this site.

Online registration will open in the Etsy store on Monday 26th January 2015 at 8am UK time.  Places are limited to available class numbers and when the class is sold out will no longer be viewable in the Etsy store.  Payment of the class fee is required at time of registration, the kit and tea/lunch fee can be paid on the day.  Please note that as I have had to pay for the hire fees in advance the registration fee is not refundable if you are unable to attend.


book cover

I am DELIGHTED to let you know that advanced copies of the book Miniature Needle Painting Embroidery, are on their way and will be available for sale in the ETSY shop shortly!  I can’t give you a definate date but keep an eye out in the next few days.  You can read all about it here.  I am very excited as this will be the first time I have seen a copy.  If you prefer to wait and order a copy from Amazon they will be available in Australia and UK in February and thereafter in USA/rest of the world in March.

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


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