Shop on vacation

Hello everyone

Hope this finds you well?

Just a reminder that the shop will be closing next week on 28th June, last orders will be processed on the 29th.  The shop will be closed for the month of July as I will be away in Europe, teaching and on vacation with my family.  I will have limited email access whilst I am away so unable to reply to correspondence until my return.

Till next time, enjoy your summer, keep smiling and happy stitching.  I will be in touch on my return.



Chloe the cat is here!

Hello everyone

Hope this week finds you well?  Cape town is in the midst of gale force winds and torrential rain at the moment so I am wrapped up warm in my studio with all the windows tightly closed.   Hopefully the power does not go off……….

This week I am delighted to tell you that, at last, Chloe the cat is here!  I know many of you have been waiting patiently since the beginning of the year for a mate for Katarina.  Katarina has attitude but Chloe is the sweeter, gentler of the two – she is a ginger cat in lovely shades of golden brown which blend beautifully together and provide a lovely contrast against the white.


She was designed and illustrated by Jill Buckley of The Quilt Rat and amended to make it suitable for embroidery.  She is available as a pattern pack with pre-printed fabric, instruction booklet and needles in Trish Burr Embroidery shop and will shortly be available as a download in the digital store.  Please note that pattern packs do not include thread, but the floche needed is available in the shop.

There is a new Lesson in Whitework with colour  available – Summer Butterfly. She is stitched in royal shades of blue, red, gold and white and will allow you to learn the basics of whitework with colour embroidery from the comfort of your own home and to work at your own pace.  Summer Butterfly is a full kit which includes everything you need to stitch the project:  pre-printed fabric, instruction booklet, needles and threads.

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New Fabric

In addition to the white cotton muslin available we now have a natural shade of cotton muslin available in the shop.   It is a lovely shade of light cream with slight speckling on, which creates a lovely vintage backdrop for your embroidery.

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Shop on vacation

I will be leaving for Italy at the end of this month  for a 3 week holiday with my family and daughters from the UK.  I will be teaching a class in Verona and will be attending the Embroidery association in Arco, Trentino, which I am looking forward to enormously and plan to tell you all about it when I get back!   The shop will be closed from the 29th June 2017 and will re-open on the 27th July 2017.  I will not have access to my online shop or email whilst traveling so please place your last orders in the next two weeks to ensure delivery before we close, thank you.

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




My Wishlist

Hello everyone

Hope you had a fantastic weekend?  This week I want to tell you about a new feature in the shopMY WISHLIST.

I have a cousin in the UK who is quite a character – she once told me that she spends hours adding items to the cart in an online Fabric shop, looks at the grand total and says “Well that was fun” and then hits the delete button!  She calls it her Retail therapy, because even if she can’t afford it she feels like she has had her shopping fun.

My WishList is similar, in that you can add items to your wish list and come back to them later.  There is no commitment to purchase anything you can just add items as and when you feel like it, and you will have your own private little wishlist.  Its so simple, here’s how it works:

Click on the heart next to the Add to cart button, to add an item to your wishlist.

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A lavender blue pop up will appear. If you change your mind click on it again and it will be removed from the wish list.

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Click on your WISHLIST on the top menu and it will open your wish list, showing the items you have saved.  You don’t have to register an account to use this feature it is optional.  Once you have items in your wish list you can share this list with others (send a big hint to your husband or family for the next birthday present?) or post it on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter – that way all your friends will get the hint!

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You can also remove an item or add it to the cart once you are ready to buy.

Gift Cards.

On the subject of birthdays, presents etc there is another feature in the shop which allows you to purchase a GIFT CARD.


You can choose the amount you want to spend and add to the cart.  You will receive an email notification like the one below and you can forward this to the recipient to use whenever they want.  These gift cards never expire.

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For those of you who have been patiently waiting for Chloe the cat – the sister design to Katarina, the good news is the stitching is complete and I am working hard to get the instructions done.  She should be ready for sale by next week so keep an eye out in the shop.  For those who don’t know we have moved from ETSY to a new shop:


Till next time, keep smiling, happy stitching and remember “Stitching forever, housework whenever”.





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




Embroidery News

Hello everyone

Hope your week is going well?  My beautiful daughter Stacey in London has given the blog a face lift, hope you love the new look?

The new shop opened with a bang last Friday – thank you to those of you who took the time to email or post a comment on the blog it is much appreciated.  I have to share a funny story with you – perhaps this is not something I should be sharing with the world, but I do think its important to be able to laugh at ourselves?  Before opening the new shop, I checked and double checked that everything was in place and ready to go – then pressed the GO LIVE button on the shop and walked away.  After a few days a customer emailed me to say Trish your products must be selling like hot cakes, they are all sold out?  It was only then that I noticed that I had forgotten to add in the stock…………!!

So now I am back on planet earth you can find stock in the shop here.

This week I would like to share with you Embroidery News issue 86 April 2017 by the worlds most beautiful embroidery magazine – Inspirations, Australia.  They very kindly shared some of my work and included projects that customers had stitched.  I would like to reach out and give you all a big cyberspace hug and tell you how beautiful your stitching is, it really made me smile!

I love the Inspirations articles and newsletters, they are so colorful,  informative and inspiring.  I particularly loved the story about the knits for jumbos if you haven’t heard of this it is worth a read.

You can access the article here or click on the image.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, keep smiling and happy stitching.






New Shop Opening

Hello everyone

I appreciate your patience during the period that the Etsy store has been closed and we have moved across to the new store.  We are just putting the finishing touches in place, (there always seems to be something that causes a delay) but I am pleased to let you know that the new store will open this Friday 12th May.

For those of you who are on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter please put out the word on my behalf as it is not always possible to reach everyone through the blog! Thank you.

You can access the new store here:  TRISH BURR EMBROIDERY SHOP

Whats new in the store?

The new store is an embroidery haven with a shopping and information experience all wrapped up in one.  It is configured to be accessible from your PC, tablet or phone and for those who are not so tech savvy shopping online is easier than ever!  Here are a few features you will find when visiting the site:



All items for sale are easy to navigate under one menu and includes:  Needle painting and Whitework with colour pattern packs, iron on transfers, more full kits and lessons, fabric, floche and needles, book projects, handbook, DVD,  gift cards and other supplies.


Here you can find out more about Needle painting & Whitework embroidery, lessons, free tutorials and how to care for your embroidery.


There is a new section with information on all my published books and where to find them.


Short video tutorials on aspects of Needle Painting and Whitework with colour/


Help topics such as where to start if you are new to embroidery,  information on fabric, threads, needles, how to use the iron on transfers, shipping, payments etc.  If you have a question the answer will be there.  (if its not you can shout at me!)


I have spent the last few weeks researching, pricing and negotiating new shipping options so that you can receive your parcel quickly and reliably.  You will now have the option of Airmail post and express courier.  I am pleased to let you know that we are able to offer a flat rate for express courier up to 2kg so this will make it a lot more affordable.


There is a google translate function that will translate the site into 14 different languages. Although the translation is not always 100% accurate it will make it easier to understand.


No more guess work, you will be able to see the prices displayed in your own currency. Although checkout will display in the default currency which is US$, your payment will of course be processed in your own currency.


No more wondering what has happened to your order.  You will receive regular notifications on the status of your order and real time tracking so that you can track your order with the click of a button.


The new store is linked to the Digital store for easy access to patterns that can instantly be downloaded to your PC, tablet or phone.


You can access the Blog anytime from inside the store, so you can keep up to date with new posts and articles.

Meantime wherever you are in the world keep smiling and happy stitching.  I look forward to welcoming new and returning customers to the new store and please feel free to give me feedback would love to hear what you think!