Archive | May, 2020

Garden Wildlife Awareness Week

30 May

Next week (1-7 June) is Garden Wildlife Awareness Week. Those of us fortunate enough to have a garden, or who live near some green spaces will have seen the increase in animal activity over the last few months now that everywhere is quieter. Diana Fernsby  has a wonderful range of animal themed needlework kits […]

Maggie McBride

21 May

We wanted to bring you a few new images today from someone who is creating not from a commercial standpoint, but for the satisfaction and beauty they bring. Maggie McBride (Instagram: @MaggieMcBride546) studied fashion design and has worked in the clothing industry, but has recently taken up wool embroidery. In a particularly pertinent moment, she […]

Mental Health Awareness Week

20 May

This week is mental health awareness week and wow, does that feel appropriate right now! For all those of us who are feeling the pressure of lockdown, or who have anxieties of any kind, let’s remember that all crafts and creativity have been shown to have a positive effect on our mental health – keep […]

Phillipa Turnbull’s Crewel Work Corner

14 May

Each Wednesday the Crewel Work Corner features a question and answer session with Phillipa about Crewel Work and every Sunday there is a feature about the antique pieces in the Crewel Work Collection which have inspired many of the designs Phillipa has created. On the other five days, the Crewel Work Corner features videos following […]

NHS Embroidery Challenge

14 May

The latest incentive to show support for the NHS – ‘The NHS Embroidery Challenge’ – is underway thanks to Lucy Martin who has joined forces with @royalneedlework, @rsndegree and @UniCreativeArts to launch the #CreatorsAssemble NHS Embroidery Challenge. Lucy is asking you to show your love and appreciation for our incredible National Health Service by embroidering […]

The Flanders Tapestry Collection

11 May

For new stitchers and those who would like a refresher course – have a look at this online tutorial from the Flanders Tapestry Collection: We love their kits – have a look at their website:

VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations

08 May

What better time than to stitch some celebratory bunting – have a look for some Union Jack inspiration. Or if a larger challenge is more in keeping with the mood at present, how about the Union Jack tapestry kit Don’t forget to send us some photos of the results. We love seeing what […]

Designer – Anna Maria Horner

05 May

Have a look at one of the latest designers to start using Appletons Wool – Anna Maria Horner from Nashville, Tennessee: As you can see, Anna Maria’s use of colour is amazing and we love her tapestry kits – we obviously aren’t the only ones as they have currently all sold out. However, rumour […]