Ideas for mounting Embroidery

Hello everyone

Hope you are gently settling in to the New Year after the holidays?

Thank you to those who ordered a piece of original embroidery – they are on their way to you and I hope they make you smile!  Three new embroideries have been added to the art shop:

Provencal Landscape


Doodle Bug

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Miniature vintage pansies


You will see that the Provencal & Vintage pansies are mounted using a double mount of sorts – here is the process for the mounting to try on your own creations.

Here is the process summarized:

Cut two pieces of mount board:  a larger one for the back mount and another to fit the mini embroidery.  Cover the back mount with fabric of choice.   Glue a piece of felt/thin batting on to the card to be used for the embroidery and position it ensuring it is nicely centered – pin in place to hold before mounting.    You can read all about how to mount your embroidery here.   Secure the mounted embroidery on to the back card using stitchery tape.  Your mounted embroidery is now ready for framing.  Easy!

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Have fun with it and wherever you are in the world, keep smiling and happy stitching.




Happy New Year

Hello everyone

Happy New year and hope you had a wonderful Christmas!   2019 is going to be a wonderful creative year, I can “feel it in my bones”!

Online Shop

The online store is now open for business.  We have had a little tidy up over the festive season and you will find a clean new look that hopefully provides you with an easy and enjoyable shopping experience.  The online store now includes three main shops:

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Embroidery ShopPDF Patterns, Materials & a new PDF Help section.

Art ShopMiniatures and Embroidery art for sale.

Book Shop – Information on all my published books and where to buy them.  New information on books in Foreign languages is available.

Following that is a Gallery and Help & Support section.  The Help & Support includes FAQ, Resources, Video tutorials, and How To’s.  Please feel free to browse and familiarize yourself with the new layout and if you have any questions and can’t find the answer in the FAQ section you are welcome to email me.

Art Shop.

There are several new embroidery pieces available in the art shop.  I have divided this into two sections – Embroidery and miniatures.  Over the years I have stitched hundreds of embroidery designs, some of these now grace the homes of friends or loved ones but I have many others in storage and it is time that these were shared with the world. Each piece has been blocked and freshly mounted on to acid free card ready for framing/display.


The theme for 2019 is all about miniatures.  As mentioned last year I hope to pursue my career as an embroidery artist and to create more complex and unique pieces in a variety of threads.  Some of these are for commissions and others will be offered for sale as and when available.  The holiday gave me time to play around with different concepts and try out new ideas – although not all the ideas have come to fruition it was a lot of fun testing them out.  I looked to the masters such as Matisse, Van Gogh, Da Vinci and many more, and decided to try and recreate these masterpieces in a slightly more contemporary form,  in miniature – each piece is approx 2.5 x 3 inches.   I am still experimenting, and so this is still very much work in progress – my work space is littered  with threads of every description and colour and I am in a happy place doing my thing!

Here is one example of a painting by Matisse that I completed over the holiday.  I have included a photo of the original so you can see:


New Embroidery Patterns

Of course as promised I will continue to add new embroidery patterns to the PDF collection as and when time allows.  If you would like to see anything in particular such as miniatures, whitework or needlepainting please leave a comment.  What do you think about having some of the historical miniatures produced as patterns?

New To Embroidery

To those of you who would like to take up embroidery but are not sure where to start – there are plenty of tutorials, videos, beginner patterns and books to get you started.  You can find more information on the site here.

New Book

Last but definitely not least is completion of the new book for Kew Gardens.  I am working on the final stitching in the next few weeks and the manuscript is due for delivery by June 2019. The release date is uncertain but it should be before the end of this year, I will keep you posted on this.

Till next time, wherever you are in the world I hope 2019 brings peace, fulfillment and happiness.  Keep smiling and stitching (preferably both at the same time!)







Christmas Closure

Hello everyone

Just a reminder that the online shop will be closing on Monday 17th December and will re-open on Monday 7th January.


Once again a big thank you for your support in 2018.  I have some exciting new ideas in the pipeline for 2019 and look forward to sharing these with you in the New Year.  We are having a quiet Christmas this year and  hope to get on with some stitching for the new book and spend some time working on my own creations.  Hope you manage to sneak some quiet time  away from the festivities with your stitching!

Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas and all the very best for the New Year.  Till then, wherever you are in the world, keep smiling and happy stitching.



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.