New patterns

Hello everyone

Hope this finds you well and enjoying the start of a new week, at least Monday is done only 4 more days till the weekend!  As Dame Maggie Smith said in Downtown Abbey “what is a weekend?”


Giraffe With Barbara Streisand Eyes.

The long awaited Giraffe with Barbara Streisand eyes is now available as a pattern pack in the new store.  The pack includes a piece of fabric with printed outline, needles and instruction booklet.  I don’t normally say this but he is too gorgeous, every time I look into those eyes it makes me smile!  He/she was aptly named by a member at our Cape Town guild who commented “he has eyes like Barbara Streisand”!

You can find the Giraffe here.

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The pattern includes the usual step by step instructions.  There are only a few shades of DMC stranded cotton used to create this design.

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Full Kits

You will be pleased to know that I have increased the Full Kit section to include a few more kits which include thread.  Most of you know that I don’t include thread in the kits due to the fact that it is more cost effective for you to purchase them in your country of origin and also that when ordering thread for a kit there is often one that is not available, so it is difficult to keep stock of the required threads, but for those who prefer to have thread included here they are:  they include everything you need to stitch the project all you need to provide is your own hoop.

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An old favorite has been re-stitched and given a face lift – the Azure Butterfly in needlepainting is now available with thread here.


Spring in a teacup in whitework is  a new design  based on the larger Flowers in a teacup.  Full of fresh promise in lovely shades of teal, blue, lemon and gold, it is Now available here.

The complete lessons have also been given fresh packaging and updated instructions and are back in stock with thread included.


Lesson in miniature embroidery:  Vintage Robin and Pansy can be found here:


and Lesson in Miniature Needlepainting embroidery:  Little bird and flower can be found here.


I know shipping costs are a source of concern for many of you, there is nothing more discouraging than finding that your shipping costs more than the items you ordered? But you will be pleased to hear that I have established very reasonable shipping rates with a major International Courier company and this means you receive your parcel within 5 – 8 days instead of the delay of 2 – 4 weeks as was previously the case with International Airmail.  Depending on your country of origin the cost of International courier is only about $2 more than airmail post, or it can be the same price – see below.

The postal system has been proving more and more unreliable with parcels often getting lost en-route to the customer, and this is a source of frustration for both the customer and myself with many wasted hours (that could be spent in my happy place stitching new designs :)) searching for lost parcels.  Although I am currently still offering International airmail as an option at checkout, PLEASE consider choosing the courier option, it can be tracked online right to your door and your contents are insured, ensuring we all get a good nights sleep and you are happy with your order!


You can calculate the cost of your shipping before you go to checkout by using the Shipping Calculator in the basket.  Choose your country and put in your postal code and it will give you the options available:

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Meantime, wherever you are in the world, keep smiling, happy stitching and remember:

“Embroidery forever, Housework whenever.”  Trish



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