Look on her FaceBook page for more info – is teaching Bayeux stitch at Norwich Castle Museum to school children and college students, as well as working with stitchers involved with the Norwich Castle Friends Tapestry. These designs were taken from the borders of the Bayeux Tapestry and we love them.
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.
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.
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.
Take a look at these unique new kits from ‘Mindful Threads’
Mindful Threads produces beautiful, contemporary needlepoint kits, designed and made in the UK, that support mental wellbeing through the mindfulness of sewing and the power of positive affirmations.
‘Mindful Threads’ came about during lockdown, when founder Nicola, sent a positive affirmation to a friend who had just been made redundant. As she sent the affirmation she thought “that would make a beautiful needlepoint kit”, having been sewing herself since the age of eight.
Nicola, who is a functional medicine nutritionist specialising in mental health, believes needlepoint acts as a catalyst to incredible mindful positivity….and the threads part speaks for themselves whether physical or cognitive.
Each individual design encourages one of the following: hope for the future, encouraging focus, remind us not to forget, appreciate what we have or simply tells us today is a good day, all of which couldn’t be more appropriate for 2020.
Hazel Winfield has realised her lifelong dream and has recently launched ‘The Quiltery’. Hazel has designed her first two collections of tapestry kits aimed at both beginners and more proficient crafters. In the first collection there are five kits to choose from including ‘Frenchie The Giraffe’, ‘Zig The Bumblebee’ and ‘Tyrone The Lobster’
The second collection features vintage pieces including Keys, Scissors and a Phone.
Take a look at Hazel’s beautiful kits:: www.thequiltery.co.uk
Eppie Thompson @thefabledthread has the perfect way to fill up those dark winter evenings, whilst creating a cushion to last a lifetime. Eppie’s Just So tapestry kits will launch at the end of November 2020 and start shipping at the beginning of December in time for some festive sewing!
As with all ‘The Fabled Thread’ kits, storytelling is at the heart of these stunning kits which depict the ridiculous and wonderful ‘Just So’ stories by Rudyard Kipling.
‘How The Leopard Got His Spots’ and ‘The Crab Who Played With The Sea’ will be available in two sizes and packaged beautifully in bespoke sewing bags.
For a sustainable and long-lasting poppy, have a look this beautiful Poppy Lavender Heart Tapestry Kit and this Wild Poppy Herb Pillow Kit, both from Cleopatra’s Needle:
Today is National Stress Awareness Day. Many stitchers will know of the benefits of any kind of craft that engages the hands, while satisfying the creative spark in our minds. What is not so well known is that stitching has been used as a form of therapy since the end of the First World War, when Ernest Thesiger, an actor who had served and been wounded in France, founded the ‘Disabled Soldiers Embroidery Society’ in order to help soldiers to augment their pensions. The additional benefits of stitching were a bonus – but of significant value to the individuals.
The charity ‘Fine Cell Work ‘works in prisons around the UK www.finecellwork.co.uk, teaching prisoners to stitch and create gifts that can be sold through the Fine Cell Work website. The benefits of stitching go far beyond the additional income for the individuals and provide a mental respite for the stitchers which is highly valued. Fine Cell Work supply completed cushions, glasses cases and other gifts, or kits for stitching at home.