Remembrance Day 2021

With the memories of the world wars fading into history, the symbolic importance of the poppy is more relevant than ever to ensure that the lessons, sacrifices and tragedies are not forgotten.

To that end, Cleopatra’s Needle (https://www.cleopatrasneedle.co.uk/Poppies+Lavender+Heart) have this, and other, poppy themed kits which will provide a gentle reminder all year round.

However, it is also a time to remember how stitching played a part in the mental rehabilitation of many soldiers who returned from the Front in the First World War suffering from what we now recognise as PTSD, at a time where mental health concerns were virtually unrecognised. The Disabled Soldiers Embroidery Society, founded by Ernest Thesiger, provided employment for soldiers unable to return to work in previous trades, and thereby therapy at the same time. The ongoing use of handicrafts such as stitching and embroidery have had an important role to play in providing a focus for mindful, therapeutic activities ever since.

Our new Emily Peacock Kit – Jane Austen

Jane Austen Tapestry Kit

It is a truth universally acknowledged that every British author series must be in want of a Jane Austen. Well, we now have ours! She is absolutely stunning and on sale now on our website by clicking here.

Suitable for all ages and perfect for framing or turning into a cushion, Jane Austen evokes a calmer, more creative time where stitching was done by candlelight or firelight and social media was probably the town crier.

Jane Austen Tapestry Kit

Eppie Thompson

Eppie Thompson of The Fabled Thread designs tapestry and embroidery kits with storytelling at their core. Their tapestry kits enable you to create big, bold and beautiful cushions or joyful Christmas stockings inspired by the Just So stories by Rudyard Kipling.

The luxury tapestry kits combine high-quality materials and beautiful colour combinations, resulting in an heirloom piece to be enjoyed for years to come.

Self-confessed interiors obsessive Eppie Thompson first began playing around with a needle and thread while working in finance in London. The meditative process became an essential wellbeing tool, the perfect antidote to the stress of her day-to-day. She started The Fabled Thread to provide a contemporary twist on traditional needlepoint, with an aim to inspire others to take up sewing too!

Mindful Threads Company

Mindful Threads Company creates contemporary, positive affirmation needlepoint kits. Each unique design centres on a positive affirmation, that encourages mindfulness both through the art of sewing and after completion of the design.

Positive affirmations are quite simply, positive phrases or statements that you repeat to yourself in order to promote positive change. They help change old, unhelpful beliefs and negative thinking, and can provide many benefits including motivation, hope, increased self-confidence and greater-worth. Mindful Threads Company was started in November 2020, during the pandemic, as a way to support mental health during this difficult time.

Each design is colour-printed on Zweigart 12hpi canvas, making the kits perfect for beginners as well as those more experienced. Each kits contains plenty of Appletons Wool to complete the design, two needles, a reusable cotton canvas bag to keep all of your kit in one place, as well as easy-to-follow instructions. There are also videos available over on the Mindful Threads Company YouTube channel for further help and advice.

Website: www.mindfulthreadscompany.com

Emily Peacock
Emily Peacock

Hannah Bass

Hannah creates urban, contemporary needlepoint kits of city maps from around the globe which can be used for cushions or framed and are perfect for beginners as well as experienced stitchers.

Hannah has rediscovered the old fashioned principle of making something herself that is high quality, hand crafted and to be loved for many years. She took a leap of faith a year ago, after 10 years as an interior designer, to pursue her dream of supporting the ‘handmade’ movement. She wanted to design something to stitch that she could proudly show off in her own home.

Her 40 x 40cm graphic style designs, with blocks of colour are perfect for beginners & experienced stitchers alike. Having the design printed on to the canvas helps take any strain away. Kits contain plenty of Appleton’s tapestry wool, Zweigart 12hpi quality colour printed canvas, 3 tapestry needles & full colour illustration of the design with easy to follow stitch instructions.

Website: www.hannahbass.com

Emily Peacock

Emily Peacock

Emily is a British needlework designer who works mainly in wool and canvas. Her kits are sold through her website emilypeacock.com, in Liberty of London and in small independent shops around the world. Emily has worked with Fine Cell Work, Rob Ryan and appeared on C4’s cult TV series ‘Kirstie’s Homemade Home’. She has run workshops at the V&A, Charleston House, National Trust and various locations around the UK. Her first book, ‘Adventures in Needlework’, was written in collaboration with Jessica Aldred and published in 2011

Website: emilypeacock.com

Emily Peacock
Emily Peacock
Emily Peacock

The Great Tapestry of Scotland – now open in Galashiels

The Great Tapestry of Scotland – opening 26th August in Galashiels

With panels covering every aspect of Scottish history from the formation of the landscape itself, the finished article also draws on the lives of ordinary people as an ongoing backdrop against which the better known historical moments stand out.

We are so proud to have supplied the wool used – all 300 miles of it - to create this beautiful and awe-inspiring tapestry and wish everyone involved in it the best of luck for its opening on August 26th.

www.greattapestryofscotland.com

Beth Russell

Beth Russell

Beth Russell first developed her eye for matching colours to wool whilst working at the Royal School of Needlework in London. She formed Designers Forum (now over 20 years ago) and has built an international reputation for her interpretations of William Morris designs. Beth’s adaptations differ from the Morris originals in that they are to be stitched in needlepoint, whereas Morris’ were meant for a myriad of different purposes – wallpapers, fabrics, embroidery, tapestry, tiles and book decoration. However, in every other way she tries to be essentially true to the great man. The designs are first sketched or painted and then each part is worked many times on canvas before the final shapes and colours are decided. Beth hopes that her needlepoint kits and books might provide a means by which people can exercise their talents and find the contentment that Morris preached is the right of each and every one of us.

Website: www.bethrussellneedlepoint.com

Jacqui Pearce