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Archie Brennan

29 June

Archie Brennan began his 60-year weaving career at Dovecot Studios in his home city, Edinburgh. From Australia to Papua New Guinea, he inspired weavers all over the world and became the undisputed master of modern tapestry, as well as a sharp and talented pop artist. Despite Archie’s huge influence in both the weaving and art […]

Father’s Day Ideas

18 June

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday 21st June and if your little ones are looking for an original idea to surprise Dad with, have a look at www.cleopatrasneedle.co.uk where they have affordable kits for kids and beginners – for cheeky monkeys, horse lovers who might be hinting something to dad, or racing drivers in the making! […]

British Flowers Week 15 – 21 June

14 June

If we can’t get to enjoy markets full of beautiful flowers in ‘British Flowers Week’ then this may be the next best thing. Chelsea Flower Show 2020 took delight in virtual events, so surely we can celebrate the beauty of the flowers in our needlework. Why not have a look at the handmade creations of […]

Back to School

04 June

As some children start to go back to school, time to start focusing on learning our letters. Emily Peacock has some great kits for novices and experienced stitchers – www.emilypeacock.squarespace.com for more details. As the weather has reverted to its usual British grey, what a great time to pick up the indoor activities!  

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  www.fernsbyhall.com  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 […]