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.




9 thoughts on “Gatsby”

  1. Hi Trish,
    I will be doing your white work cup and saucer at Ighali. I have looking at your site and am enchanted by the colourful owl. What threads does it use?
    And my granddaughte would love your Gatsby girl. I have the same question about threads. If they are difficult to access and different to the moth and entangle cat, please could you bring some down. I feel I should do s refresher course in needlepainting but can do it,h hopefully, some other time.
    I am busy doing the Christmas stocking from her new book.
    Sandra Kloppers

  2. Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Love your philosophy: EMBROIDERY FOREVER, HOUSEWORK WHENEVER!

  3. She’s just adorable Trish – I love the roaring twenties as they were known, and the fashion and dancing seemed to be so ‘alive’.

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