Christmas Special

Hello everyone

Christmas is approaching very quickly – am sure we say this every year but where has 2018 gone!!  The shop will close for the Festive season on 17th December and re-open on 8th January, last items will be shipped by Fedex courier on 18th December.

Christmas Special

For every purchase of $50 or more (excl shipping) between now and the 17th December you will receive a free copy of the discontinued DVD The Long & The Short Of it.  Offer valid whilst stocks last.  Your total purchase can include PDF patterns but must include at least one shippable item in order for us to include the DVD.


Gift Card

Not sure what to buy for a friend or loved one purchase a gift card. These can be used for either PDF patterns or physical goods.  They are delivered by email and do not require any shipping – the voucher will be emailed to you and you can simply forward it to the recipient.


Till next time, wherever you are in the world keep smiling and happy shopping!





Victoria Falls Donations

Hello everyone

Hope this finds you well and not too busy as the Festive season approaches?

At long last I am able to give you an update on the Victoria Falls  Embroidery group donations.  It has taken some time to process with delays in receiving the stock and then delays with the shipping and customs clearing in Zimbabwe, but it has finally been received.

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Packaging up items to ship.

As you know the intention was to give this group a head -start with their embroidery business, you can read all about it here:  Victoria Falls  Many of you kindly sent messages asking if you could donate and we decided to set up an online donation facility here.

Firstly, a BIG thank you to all of you who sent donations – there was an overwhelming response and we raised almost US$800.  Here is a message from the Victoria Falls Embroidery group:  “A HUGE thank you to all the wonderfully kind donors who have made this incredible pile of kindness possible”.

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A Christmas cornucopia!

The group were mainly in need of embroidery threads so we purchased 85 boxes of DMC floss at wholesale prices and together with some crewel wool and some needles were packaged up and sent to the group by Fedex courier.  Unfortunately they were charged almost 100% customs duties on the package but that is the way of it in Africa.

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A happy recipient.

Prior to this Christie Brookstein who is managing the group contacted me to discuss options for the designs and colours.  Between us we came up with some ideas if you would like to have a look at them you can access the PDF file here.Vic falls

Testing out samples of new embroidery designs

Since then the group have begun working on the new designs and testing out samples.  At present it is a work in progress but they hope to have the first items ready for sale early in 2019.  I will keep you posted.

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Artist drawing designs for embroidery items.

There are no words to express our gratitude.  Your kind gestures have not only provided a self fulfilling career but also enabled them to achieve a measure of independence  in their current economical climate.  A big hug to all of you.

Till next time wherever you are in the world, keep smiling and happy stitching!





Store Open

Hello everyone

Happy Thanksgiving!  I am grateful for each and every one of you, for your support, your kindness and most of all your continued enthusiasm for my work.


Thank you for your patience whilst we resolved the technical difficulty the online store is now open.  FYI  the shop will be closed from 17th December 2018 to 8th January 2019 for the Christmas period.

Till next time, wherever you are in the world keep smiling and happy stitching.