Anna Scott Embroidery

Anna Scott Embroidery

Anna, based in South Australia, claims that she didn’t choose to become an embroiderer – it chose her! After starting a course in garment design, one of her first modules was hand embroidery, which she very quickly adopted as her major. Now, she designs kits and teaches workshops; she is also currently producing a new book containing 12 new crewel work design, all of which were inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. William Morris is obviously a large influence, but May Morris and her contemporaries are also inspirations.

Anna Scott Embroidery
PO Box 80
Kangarilla SA 5157
AUSTRALIA

Website: https://annascottembroidery.com.au/
E mail: annascottembroidery@bigpond.com

Spider Spun

Sarah Neal Simpson of Spider Spun designs heirloom needlework projects for the Instagram era. Her designs are inspired by vintage images, updated with fresh illustrations and a bright color palette. The range includes everything from Christmas stockings to pillow cushions to picture frames. Spider Spun also offers custom design commissions.

Spider Spun kits are made of only the finest materials so you will enjoy the time spent making and adore the stunning end result. A library of how-to guides and video tutorials will help everyone from beginners to needlepoint experts start stitching and answer any questions that come up along the way.

Though all of the women in her family were talented needlewomen, Sarah Neal didn’t pick it up until later in life. She began to experiment with a needle and thread and couldn't stop. She hopes to inspire the next generation of needleworkers to create heirlooms that will be passed down for generations.

Telephone: +1-704-467-4328
Website: www.spider-spun.com
E mail: info@spider-spun.com

Liz Smith
Spider Sun Tapestry Kit
Spider Sun Tapestry Kit
Spider Sun Tapestry Kit

The Stitchsmith (Liz Smith)

Focusing on contemporary design, most of her work celebrates the wonderful flora and fauna in New Zealand. Flowers and birds abound with bright colours and a modern interpretation.

Liz’s work has been featured in several magazines and books and she also teaches needlework classes from her home in Auckland, New Zealand.

Designs are printed onto the canvas for easy stitching - all kits come with Appletons tapestry wool, needle, quality Zweigart 12hpi canvas, full colour instructions and illustrations.

Liz sells her designs through her website and through independent needlework stores.

Website: http://www.thestitchsmith.co.nz/

www.instagram.com/thestitchsmithneedlepoint

Liz Smith
Liz Smith
Liz Smith
Liz Smith

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

Appleton’s wools & kits are utterly fabulous. Service is amazing. Will be ordering again very soon!
Hannah Bass

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

I have used Appleton wools in my designs since 2007. I use both the crewel and tapestry weight and have sold thousands of kits around the World using their wonderful products. Although I tend to veer towards their brightest colours in my designs, the quality of dye never looks cheap. With such a huge range of shades, I never tire of discovering wonderful combinations in their ever-growing palette of colours. The team at Appleton wools hold a genuine passion for their brand and are always keen to collaborate with designers, businesses and institutions to showcase this wonderful British product further. They are always a delight to work with and their service and customer loyalty is hard to beat.
Emily Peacock
Emily Peacock
Emily Peacock
Emily Peacock

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

The best range of embroidery wool available plus prompt and efficient service.
Beth Russell, Designers Forum
Jacqui Pearce

Phillipa Turnbull

Based in the English Lake District, designer, tutor, and owner of ‘The Crewel Work Company’, Phillipa Turnbull is a British crewel work specialist.

Phillipa’s crewel work combines the designs, colours, stitches, materials and techniques from historic British crewel work. Only the finest materials make up her kits and she goes to great lengths so ensure that the quality of her materials faithfully replicates that seen in the best crewel work pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries: ‘Z’ twist linen twill is woven exclusively for Phillipa’s kits from flax grown in the Scottish highlands far enough away from pollution to produce the natural ‘oatmeal and honey’ colour, providing the perfect medium for Phillipa’s gold-plated crewel needles, which glide effortlessly through the linen, preserving both the material and wool and producing a satisfying ‘popping’ sound as the eye draws the thick wool through. Finally Appleton’s wool rounds off the experience. Only Appleton’s wools can provide the quality of thread to withstand multiple stitches through the heavy linen and the richness of colour to create the truest representation of the historic pieces that inspire Phillipa’s designs. All this combines to ensure that the final piece will become an heirloom itself in generations to come.

Phillipa’s kits can be purchased through her website below, where you can also find information about her luxury embroidery retreats in castles and country houses in the UK.

Website: www.crewelwork.com

Jacqui Pearce

Jacqui Pearce

Jacqui is an award winning designer who has been at the forefront of the crafting revolution for the last 10 years. With a degree in fashion and business, Jacqui worked in the Fashion industry for many years, until she founded a product consultancy and own her brand ‘Granny Knits’ in 2005, selling supersized knitwear into Selfridges. When a buyer chanced upon one of her innovative woolly cross stitch cushions at a trade show in 2008, her professional cross stitch journey began. Jacqui’s signature style showcases a love of pattern and colour with a sprinkling of wit and humour. Her designs are quick to stitch and her supersized ‘Tuck Shop collection’ remain some of her signature makes and customer favourites. Jacqui has always used Appletons Wool in her designs and kits, which are sold from her site: JacquiP.com

Jacqui contributed to the No. 1 selling ‘Shape Up Your Business’ Not On The High Street Book, is featured in ‘Material World – The Craft Bible’, alongside Cath Kidston and Tracey Emin and also founded lifestyle brand Pearl and Earl. She has completed custom designs for Dame Jacqueline Willson and for the Royal Wedding in 2011. Her first Craft book ‘Supersize Stitches’ was published in 2012 and is currently in the midst of writing her 5th Craft Book.

In 2015 Jacqui set up a monthly craft subscription service called the ‘Crafteratti Stitch Club’, sending out a monthly themed stitching fix to her regular customers and fans of her bold, colourful cross stitching style. From their supersize Tuck Shop to modern samplers and colour take on traditional pattern, the kits are shipped all over the world. Each of the eco boxes is packed with a stitching bag, instructions and components including Appletons Wool and all of them are 100% British. For more information, please click on the following website: Crafteratti.com

Jacqui is a passionate organic grower and gardener and lives on a farm with her family on the Wild Welsh Borders (with a few sheep) near the book town of Hay on Wye, living a life of making, mud and mayhem!

Website: JacquiP.com

Jacqui Pearce
Jacqui Pearce
Jacqui Pearce