Happy Christmas.

Hello everyone

Its that time of year again and I would like to wish you all, my loyal customers and readers, a very Happy Christmas.  May Santa be kind to you whether you have been naughty or nice!


The Embroidery Shop closes tomorrow, Sunday 17th January and will re-open first week of January.  Last orders will be shipped this week and delivery may be delayed slightly with the Christmas rush, but rest assured we will get them to you.  The Digital Shop will remain open for the duration of the festive season.

My girls arrive today from the UK and I am looking forward to spending time with them, so know you will understand if I am away from my desk and unable to answer emails or queries during this time.

Till next year wherever you are in the world, Have a wonderful Festive season, enjoy this special time with your families and friends and if you get a chance happy stitching!



Christmas Holidays

Hello Everyone

Christmas is fast approaching and the shop will be closing this Sunday 17th December, till first week of January – last shipping on Monday 18th December.

You can find a few ideas for last minute Christmas gifts in the BOOKS & GIFTS section.  Embroidery Needle books, colouring books, project bags and gift cards would make the ideal gift for an embroiderer or non embroiderer.

There are a few new additions to the ORIGINAL EMBROIDERIES section, including the famous Iris Spartan and Rosa Gallica from the book Colour Confidence In Embroidery and Prancer the Reindeer from issue 88 of Inspirations Magazine.

All pre-Christmas orders will receive a free mini Calendar with Trish Burr images on ach page.



Till next time wherever you are in the world have a great week and enjoy your Christmas shopping.




Mounting Your Embroidery

Hello Everyone

Hope your week is going well and you have recovered from the excitement of Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Following on from the post on how to block your embroidery this week I am going to talk about how to mount your embroidery.  This is the method I use – it is quick and easy and can be removed from the board for cleaning if at any time it gets dusty over the years.

Why Choose Acid Free tape and boards?

The acid from standard materials may cause visible damage such as discoloration to your fabric & embroidery over a period of time. Unlike standard tape & mount board, the acid-free variety can be detached from the artwork years later and prevents damage to the embroidery fabric.

You will need:

Acid free foam board – I use Elmer’s Acid Free foam boards which can be purchased on Amazon .  The boards are 3/16 inch thick which is a perfect thickness.

2)  Acid free double sided tape.  I use Yarn Tree’s Stitchery Tape which can be purchased from Amazon, but any good acid free tape will do.


Step By Step Directions

  1.  Cut a piece of foam board slightly bigger then your embroidery.  I like to leave a good 3 inches all the way around to allow flexibility for size of frame and mount.   Ready Made Frames. (If using a ready made frame, cut the board to fit the frame).
  2. Center your embroidery & fabric on top of the board and place a few pins along the top edge to keep in place.
  3. Turn over and attach two pieces of double sided tape along the top and bottom edges.
  4. Pull the fabric over the tape and push down onto the adhesive to secure.  Remove the pins.
  5. Repeat on the other side.  You need to stretch & pull the fabric as you are doing this to ensure there are no creases on the front – it should be drum tight.
  6. Now attach another two pieces of double sided tape on either side and repeat the process.

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I like to secure a piece of card on the back (use some of the double sided tape) to give a nice neat appearance and then I place inside a clear cellophane bag to keep it clean.



Mounted Embroidery – not a wrinkle in sight, and the best part of it is that it takes 10 minutes at the most to do!


New In The Shop

La Redoute morning glory pattern is now available for sale in the shop.  It is available as a pattern kit without threads or there is an option to purchase a thread pack with 1m of each of the Au Ver A Soie silks used in the project.

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The same option is available for the Malachite Kingfisher.king 2

These are the last new designs for the foreseeable future,  I am working on a few new designs and hope to be able to share them with you early next year.


Please take note that we will be closed from 18th December to 2nd January.  Last orders on 17th December.

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



Happy Thanksgiving


I am grateful for my loyal customers, students, family & friends, and a wonderful, creative career that enables me to share what I love and makes me glad to get up in the morning!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!



Just a reminder that the Black Friday Sale in the Digital store starts 9am GMT tomorrow Friday 24th.  Have fun!

You can find details here.

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Black Friday Digital Sale

Hello everyone

Hope you are well and enjoyed your weekend.  Only 4 more days till Friday 24th – Black Friday!  Last year my daughter and I stood in a queue for about 5 hours to get 50% off a new television, won’t be doing that this year, but hoping to find a few bargains online from the comfort of my home.

I am excited to let you know that for one day only there will be 50% off all items in the DIGITAL STORE.   The sale starts at 9am GMT on Friday 24th November and closes 9am GMT on Saturday 25th November.  Without making myself very unpopular for either getting you up before the cock crows in the morning, or late at night when you should be tucked up in bed, I chose 9am as it seemed the fairest worldwide.  Here are some approximate time conversions from GMT to help – you will have to do the maths for your specific area.

Sale Starts:  8pm Australia:  10pm New Zealand:  4am USA/Canada:  10am UK & Europe:  2.30pm India:  7am Brazil.:  5pm Singapore.

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A minimum order of $25 applies there is no maximum.  To claim your 50% discount you will need to enter the discount code below at checkout.  Make a note of it or copy and paste into the space provided at checkout.


To recap please make a note
  • Black Friday sale in the DIGITAL STORE
  • Sale starts 9am GMT Friday 24th Nov 2017 – Closes 9am GMT Saturday 25th Nov.
  • Minimum order $25 applies for discount.
  • You will need to enter the discount code provided at checkout to claim the 50% discount.

Have fun stocking up on your favorite embroidery patterns & books and don’t forget you can purchase the embroidery fabric and iron on transfers for these patterns here in the Embroidery Shop.

Till next time have a wonderful week, keep smiling and happy stitching.





Blocking Your Embroidery

Hello Everyone

This week I would like to talk about blocking your embroidery.  This is not something I have always done in the past but lately I have found that it is the only way to remove those pesky puckers, wrinkles and hoop marks from our completed embroidery.

Why does my fabric pucker?

Firstly, lets look at what causes puckering and the different types of fabric.  Linen is more resilient than cotton, the fibres tend to bounce back into shape more easily than cotton fibres, which are slightly more tense.  When choosing a cotton or linen for embroidery it is important that the weft and warp are evenly distributed – so when you pull it lengthways and widthways it does not stretch too much, this will help prevent puckering.

It is also important to choose a fabric with a very close weave (200 ct or more) as this tends to support your embroidery better.  Recommended linen and cotton fabric can be found in the shop.  If the fabric is too light or has a loose weave it may not support the embroidery adequately, so the fabric will crumple under the weight.

Tension in the hoop

Slack tension in the hoop is also one of the causes of puckering.  Your fabric should be stretched drum tight – horizontally and vertically whilst stitching.

Hoop Marks

Hoop marks are often caused by dust/dirt settling around the hoop edge whilst stitching, and also a deep crease/indent line can result from where it has been stretched in the hoop for long periods.   To prevent this you can make a cover for your embroidery, and bind the inner hoop which is explained more fully in my Handbook.  However, despite every effort to avoid this happening, there may still be a slight mark that is difficult to remove.

Blocking Your Embroidery

Please note that I have used this method for pure fibres like linen and cotton.  I don’t have experience with synthetci/silk fabrics, so perhaps do a test sample first.

Blocking your completed stitching will remove all these marks and creases.  I am going to show you how to do this step by step.  I have chosen a small piece of of embroidery stitched on cotton fabric, with quite bad puckering and a hoop mark as an example so you can see the results.


block1One of the reasons that this piece has puckers is because there are little gaps between elements of the stitching – these tend to cause the worst areas of puckering.  You can see in this close up here.

You will Need

A cork board/polystyrene board and Map pins

Step One

Wash the piece of embroidery in a mild soap powder in tepid/warm water.  I like to leave it to soak for a while and then get a soft toothbrush and scrub the areas where dirt/dust has marked the fabric.  Rinse thoroughly and wrap in a fluffy towel to remove excess moisture.

Please note

If you have used silk/rayon thread in your embroidery it is not recommended that you wash it as the colours may run.  Some good quality silks can be washed, be sure to read the manufacturers instructions to ensure they are colorfast.  If you are at all unsure about the threads you have used (sometimes the very dark reds can run in the DMC/Anchor range) then rather use this method:

Lightly spray the fabric around the embroidery (not on the embroidery itself) and block as outlined.

Step Two

Try to line up your embroidery fabric with the straight edge of your cork board.  Put a pin in the corner – stretch across the length and place another pin in the opposite corner.  Repeat this for each corner.

block3Step Three

Place pins along one side as shown.  Whilst stretching the fabric across place pins on the opposite side.  Repeat for all sides.



Adjust any areas that are not completely stretched.  The piece should look like this in the photo.

Step Four

Allow to dry.  You can hurry this up by placing in the sun for about an hour or using a hairdryer.  Remove the pins and give a light press on the back of the work if necessary. The result is a pucker/wrinkle free piece of embroidery.  The stitches tend to settle nicely into place and it is now ready to mount for framing or to make up into an item of your choice.  It really works – MAGIC!

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Before and After.

Blocking your fabric before you stitch

A picture framer on Instagram told me that she blocked her customer’s fabric before they stitched and it saved all sorts of problems when framing.  This makes total sense to me and I am going to adopt this idea in future.  However, I would not recommend blocking fabric that you purchase with a print on it – as the fabric may shrink and cause the image to distort.  If you are tracing your own outline or using one of my transfers it would be ideal.

New items in the shop

The mini project bags are now in stock and some new original embroideries are available for sale.


Next time we will discuss how to mount your finished embroidery.  Meanwhile, wherever you are in the world, have a wonderful weekend and happy stitching.






New In The Shop

Hello Everyone

Hope you have had a fantastic week and are looking forward to the weekend and lots of stitching?

After a rocky start the Malachite kingfisher is back in stock!  All orders have been fulfilled and are on their way.

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You will find a new section in the Online Shop called  GIFTS & BOOKS.  Here you will find embroidery items with a difference……….

I am so pleased to let you know that after many months of designing, planning and sourcing of  the best materials,  the new Needlebooks and Project bags are finally in stock, just in time for Christmas.


Pocket sized needlebook manufactured exclusively for Trish Burr Embroidery.  Features a beautiful hand drawn illustration, handprinted on a vintage letterpress, with a pop of teal green on inside cover.  They include 10 fine quality English, Sharps needles size 10.


The letter press image is engraved into the cotton paper and the inside cover has a linen texture, I can’t stop touching them 🙂  These gorgeous little needlebooks were designed in the style of vintage matchbooks and are bound to make you smile.  They would make super gifts – don’t forget to grab a couple for yourself!  You can find more info here.



The original bags have been given a face lift. We have added extra room and a double drawstring contrasting ribbon for more secure closure.  Handmade, cotton drawstring bag, featuring a beautiful screen printed illustration. Can be washed and ironed.  You can find more information here.

bag 5bag 4Packed in a lovely printed pocket for that extra special touch.  A great gift for anyone who does embroidery, craft, sewing, art, stationary and for packing things in when traveling.

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The colouring books are back in stock, you can find them here.

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