Category Archives: Textiles

Winter Moon

The inspiration for Winter Moon came from SEATA (our Embroidery Group) in December. We had a competition which was to produce a piece of work from a Christmas card. The lady who won had produced a beautiful piece of embroidery based on a moonscape so this is my take on that.

I used scraps of white fabric and hand stitching with beads and French knots. In the foreground I added fly stitch foliage. I also added a repurposed frame.

Close up of Winter Moon stitching

Rusting and Tea-staining

Spent yesterday experimenting with staining some fabric and papers with tea, and leaving them overnight in a tray with rusty nails and washers.  It was so exciting the next morning to find out what happened!!  The material is still a little bit creased, but I can’t wait to cut up and stitch.  See photos.

I’ve just been listening to a very interesting pod cast – I subscribe to Stitchery Stories ( – a lady called Yvonne Fuchs was talking about slow stitching and how relaxing it is – mindful and contemplative!  (I was busy painting the woodwork in our hall/stairs/landing at the time!).  She was so interesting I wanted to put down my paint brush and try it!  She said that in her classes after the initial chatter and getting started, she rings a bell, then everyone stitches in silence.  It reminded me of our Alice Fox workshop at the last Embroiderers Guild meeting – everyone was so engrossed that the class was really quiet!.


Alice Fox Workshop

Had a wonderful weekend at the Scunthorpe Embroiderer’s Guild – Saturday was stitch club and then a very interesting talk by Alice Fox about her “Findings” – how she uses the natural world around her as inspiration.   On the Sunday – the workshop was “Paper and Stitch” – and I thoroughly enjoyed stitching into lots of different paper – see photo below – not finished yet but work in progress!!