Friday, 3 February 2012

Tast Cheat! and some retro stitching....

First of all, thank you so much to all those lovely people who took the time and trouble  to respond to my last post with  such kind  and positive comments and e-mails, I really appreciated all your kindness and support.  It means  a great  deal to  me.
I was really  pleased that my last tutorial  on making the slip got picked up by the nice folk at Craft Gossip again bringing  new visitors and followers - hello and welcome to you all!
I am  feeling a lot more positive and optimistic,  and I am  going to carry on wandering about on my Adventure, seeing where things lead us!

Now,  a confession - I have completely cheated on TAST this week,  I've had a horrible cold all week and have not felt very  creative! So here is a very old example of how I used herring bone to make the tiny wing feathers on my long tailed tits design. You'll  have to peer hard!

This is the actual  picture, sorry it's  poor quality, but it was designed for a friend's engagement and had been up on  her wall for quite a while before it was photographed.

I promised ages ago to share some old work. Looking through my keepsake box I found a couple of embroideries I did for my mum's birthday cards. I always made her a handmade card. She absolutely loved pretty, old fashioned cottages and flowers - as you see!

The first design  was a transfer from the UK 'Woman's Weekly' magazine! Any British readers remember that one? Is it still going? It was always full of cooking, gardening and crafts.I  remember there were 4 cottages and this one I think  was called 'Cornish Poppies'. It's from the early 80's.

This tiny card is the first real embroidery design I ever created -in about 1983 or 4 I think! I'd quite forgotten about it, it was based on an old tumbledown Tudor cottage. It had my first ever Ghiordes Knot (turkey) work!

Finally,  here is some needlework news  Needleprint ; a really  interesting site full of information about historic and heirloom needlework, is running 'A Mirror To my Art' competition. The objective is to design and stitch a cover for a handheld mirror - the sort of mirror that's a size you might pop in a handbag. Pop over and take a look!


  1. Great use of Turkey work in that last piece - well done!

  2. I haven't done true embroidery in years. you are making me want to set my beads aside and get the silk threads out again. Lovely. The cottage is so fun looking

  3. Those tiny herringbone stitches are difficult to spot but work beautifully for the overall plumage of the tit. Well done!
    I love your cottage cards, too.
    I hope you get well soon and are ready for TAST week 6. Isn't this project fun?

  4. I hope that you are getting over your cold. Your work is so beautiful.

    Wishing you a good weekend.

  5. it's absolutely gorgeous. and so cute !

  6. Well, I'm pleased you cheated, otherwise we wouldn't have seen the lovely Long Tailed Tits, with their Herring Bone stitches!
    I remember the magazine, but don't know if it is still around - delightful little Cottages! Connie, UK

  7. Your stitching is beautiful - I especially love the little bird. It is a treat to see these older projects too!

  8. Lovely work again Jules. Both the stitching are delightful

  9. Woman's Weekly, I remember it well. I think I may well have tried out a similar transfer but without your success.

    I hope you are feeling better.

  10. That's the most beautiful cheating I have ever seen! Gorgeous Jules!


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