City & Guilds Stage 3 Hand Embroidery

I’m doing this qualification through distance learning with the School of Stitched Textiles based in Ormskirk, Lancashire. I’ve already completed a Patchwork & Quilting Stage 3 qualification with them about five years ago and find that on-line study works for me. I’ve reached Module 10 of a 12 module course in Hand Embroidery now and…Read more »


During the Coronavirus lockdown I’ve been using the spare time to make stuff for my house. I’ve been in my new home since August last year and had planned to make soft furnishings in colours that suit my new build rather than using what I’d already got from my previous 1960’s home. I have used…Read more »

Wooden Printing Blocks

Over time I have accumulated a stash of Indian wood printing blocks which I have shared with groups of crafters and quilters to enhance pieces of textile art. New blocks are becoming available all the time and they tempt me to add to my collection. My favourites are trees and hedgerow plants. So I decided…Read more »

Making Samples

Been a little slow with my course work over the last few weeks as I’ve concentrated on some crazy quilting I’m preparing for a coffee table runner to brighten the colour scheme in my new house. Not ready to put on here yet though. So slow progress on my Hand Embroidery course for the City…Read more »


Again I’m ploughing on with my counted thread samples for the City & Guilds Hand Embroidery course I’m doing. Although not enthusiastically I have to admit but determined to continue, determined to make progress and get onto the next phase of my course. Blackwork, another type of embroidery I’ve never been attracted to and therefore…Read more »

Counted Thread Embroidery

I’m learning various types of counted thread work as part of my City & Guilds Hand Embroidery course (doing it on-line and sending work to School of Stitched Textiles using Powerpoint) I’ve spent ages designing and stitching my first ever Cross Stitch pattern and found it took me so long that I never want to…Read more »


Sometimes it’s not about winning but just taking part. This embroidery in the hoop is just such a case. To support an Embroiderers’ Guild competition, and squeezed in between other demands such as course work for my City & Guilds, I have had a go and here it is finished. Now back to the counted…Read more »

2020 Vision

I can see clearly: a plan is made for the year and now I know what I want to do with my precious time: what items to make, what activities and interests to follow. The bright cushion above was made quickly with friends in the little embroidery group I had set up before my house…Read more »

Completer Finisher

That’s what I am. I really don’t like leaving projects unfinished. But sometimes the excitement of starting something new overtakes the desire to finish and stuff gets put ‘on hold’. So now I have to pick up my Cathedral Window quilted runner and start it again after it has languished in a box for several…Read more »


I decided to make a series of linen handbags as a medium to showcase a range of different embellishing techniques in textile art. It’s taking longer than I had hoped due to numerous other things to do but so far I’ve tried embroidered felt designs; printing on fabric then embellishing with hand embroidery; needleturn appliqued…Read more »