Friday, 26 August 2016

The Royal School of Needlework Certificate Course

I finally took the plunge and signed up for the RSN Certificate Course.  I am going to study at Durham under the very talented Tracy A Franklin, an RSN Tutor and embroiderer.

I start in September on Jacobean Crewel work and have an extensive list of books, which, fortunately for me I had quite a lot of.  There was about four or five that I needed and they started arriving this morning.

This is quite a book Betty Barnden The Embroidery Stitch Bible and it really does have all the stitches you will ever need.  It was listed under quite a few of the subjects so I bought a new copy as it will get well used.

This book, Crewel Embroidery by Erica Wilson. I managed to find this second hand on Amazon for the grand price of 0.38p plus 2.80 postage.  What was even more incredible was inside was the original receipt for the book from 1970.  I would love to know the story behind the purchase, making it across the water to the UK from Seattle.

I wouldn't normally put someone's personal information on the web however it is from 1970 so I hope it will be ok and someone might be able to tell me how it ended up here.

I will keep you updated on my RSN journey and hope you will share it with me over the next few years.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Fobbles Goodies

My order arrived today from Beverley at Fobbles, thanks Bev.

Inspirations Issue 91 - some beautiful work inside this magazine.

The last Frivols tin arrived, Blue Barn by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. This has to be my favourite out of all of them.

Rachael's regular subscription to colouring books.

If you would like any of the above, get in touch with Fobbles, they are online, have great prices on all stock as well as excellent customer services and fast posting.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Shepherd's Bush Scissor Fob & Gingher Scissors 2016

My 2016 Gingher Scissors and matching Shepherd's Bush Scissor Fob.  It won't be long until I get my 2017 scissors.  I am catching up on projects at the moment as I start going to RSN Durham in September.  I will be learning from Tracy A Franklin.  If you haven't heard of Tracy, have a look on the web as she does some incredible work.  I can't wait.  I have nearly finished my attic studio and it looks amazing.  Once finished I will post some pictures.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Fobbles Annual Exhibition 2016

The Fobbles Annual Exhibition 2016 

What an amazing weekend we have had.  Lots of talented and awe inspiring crafters of all kinds came together for a wonderful display. Thank you to Bev, owner of Fobbles in Holmrook for organising another beautiful display of craftmanship.  Enjoy the photographs and it was all in aid of charity, The North West Air Ambulance Service.  

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Fobbles Annual Exhibition July 22nd & July 23rd 2016

Fobbles Annual Exhibition of Needlework, Patchwork and Quilting

Tombola and Sales Table as well as Cake Stall

10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

All proceeds being donated to Great North Air Ambulance

Raffle tickets are on sale to win this beautiful quilt by Janet Edwards and quilted by Cath Brough of Cumbrian Longarm Quilting

Monday, 18 May 2015

Shepherd's Bush Cross Stitch Holly & Ivy

32 count linen and lots of one thread cross stitch

I made a few changes with some of the stitches and the shape of the letters, my grammar trying to get the better of me.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Shepherd's Bush Cross Stitch

Happy Stitching for 2015


The hearth in my parents house. I am so pleased with how these stockings turned out.

I started my Mum's stocking (sadie) the Sunday before Christmas and finished it Christmas Eve.  I wasn't intending to do them both this year as I had made other items for my Mum but I couldn't resist.

My Dad's stocking (Oliver) was started in October so I had plenty of time for this one.

I also did make up service for a lady that had completed the cross stitch but wasn't sure how to complete it.

Have a Happy 2015 and hopefully better health and lots more stitching.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Fobbles Christmas Shopping

A brilliant shopping day at Fobbles:

Gingher scissors
Moda jelly rolls
Moda layer cakes
Weeks Dye Works Perle threads
Crescent Colour Perle threads
Christmas fabric
Ground Nut shells
Shepherds Bush Kit
Lizzie Kate Charts and Charms
Moda Plum Sweet fat quarter bundle
Just Another Button Company
Bohin Beading Needles
Best Press
Hobbs Heirloom Batting

This replaces a lot of the stash that I have used over the last few months.  

We had a great time at Woodlands at Santon Bridge for Christmas dinner, good friends and good food.

Lots of inspiration for quilting and gifts for 2015.

Thank you Beverly :)

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Nancy Halvorsen Christmas card holder

One of my many handmade presents this year, a card holder for many of my mum and dad's cards. The tree is pockets that hold numerous cards. It is quilted and machine appliqued.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Hard at work

Busy finishing Christmas presents.  Jingle Bell Snowmen quilt. It is even more beautiful in real life.