Back to the drawing board


I just had a lovely 4-day Easter break. We ate, we slept, we did the traditional bank-holiday-Monday trip to Ikea with the whole world and their children. Good stuff. The best part was I got a new chair! Are you excited? I can tell that you are. No seriously, I was starting to get back and shoulder (and neck and hand) problems from sitting on my sofa for 8 hours at a stretch sewing, and really in the interests of wanting to keep on doing that for the next 40 years, I thought I’d better get a good chair. 

Here’s what I’m doing right now:

Little magpie in bullion knots.

Mini stumpwork toadstool. This is worked in aplique, french knots, tiny bullion knots, chain stitch and satin stitch.

Following the Death Cap I wanted to get back to making more miniatures for the jewellery collection. My mum had donated to the cause once again with a perfect-size roller frame and also a stack of very old (1950s) and very soft heavy cotton pillowcases. The perfect thing to be soaked in Yorkshire tea and covered in little art works. This is truly wonderful fabric to work on actually. Heavy and even and smooth and with a story to tell. Of many sleeping heads over 70 years. If pillowcases could talk.

4 thoughts on “Back to the drawing board

  1. I can’t wait for the Mother eagle jewellery collection to arrive! Your work is beautiful and you’re so talented! Now then, though, how about a spotted woodpecker for a birds collection?

    Also, reading your blog, is a bit like watching strictly and learning all that pas de double criteria things, I’m definitely learning what stitched you talk about then. Soon I’ll do a Len and give you a ten for your stumpwork!


    1. Thanks girl! Great suggestion, there’s defo more birds in the Mother Eagle jewellery future! Um, I have no idea about anything to do with Strictly, but glad you’re learning in any case! X

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