A bit of slow stitching

I have been very lucky recently, going to a lampshade making course and then meeting Heather Everitt at an embroidery class yesterday. The lampshade is now in use in my bedroom. I really enjoyed making it and can’t capture how lovely it looks.


I really want to make a Marna Lunt inspired one but that can wait until I have some time at Christmas. I want t be able to spend time on that project and leave it out to finish over a few days.

Today I managed to finish my embroidered bee I started yesterday with Heather. I have always adored her beautiful Liberty fabric butterflies and when I saw the workshop advertised locally, I knew I had to go. And it was brilliant. All of us had a pattern to follow and off we went. Three hours later and my bee looked like this :


A little unfinished but a good start. So today I was determined to continue him so that it didn’t become another unfinished WIP. And here he is now :


I have embroidered since I was a teen and it’s great for forgetting the stresses of life. This is definately one for me to keep.



Long time no sew

Although, that is not entirely true. I have had less making time but also l haven’t felt the need to post here. Life has been busy and the day job time consuming and so any me time has been limited. Here are just a few makes since May.


As you can see, it’s been a range of items using various mediums including my sons old school shirt in one. I love up cycling objects and so have also used up some fabric scraps, used up odd buttons, repurposed vintage doilies and decorated a box using mixed media. I loved sewing the animals for a retelling of Farmer Duck at work out of felt scraps. The hat was for my mad hatter costume in which I also took part in interviews at work!!

I have also made a few books since I attended a course in January. There is just one pictured here which I made from scratch. My next project is a swimming costume as I haven’t seen a garment since my Christmas dress. I am also determined to de stash over the holidays and finish some WIPs, including a junk journal for me.  Well that’s  the plan …………………..

I have linked my FB page below if you would like to se more of my makes.


Wuthering Heights Inspired Embroidery

All the way back in December I posted about some wool, vintage doilies and paints. The colour of my wool made me think of moor land and I am a huge Wuthering Heights fan. And so now in the depths of spring I bring you my creation. A wintery, desolate scene, ready to burst into life at any moment. I ended up couching my tree and love the bark like effect. It now hangs next to my dress makers dummy ready to go to a new home if sold, although I think I love it too much to part with it.

It signifies a dark patch in my life that I have survived through hanging on in a desolate place. I am the tree and the tree is me. Remember change is around the corner, just hang on in there.

Dandelion wishes

Here is a little embroidery I finished today. image

The lace fabric top I was putting in recycling, made me think of dandelion clocks and so I recycled it and made this small embroidered piece. I think it would make a lovely book cover or framed picture. What do you think? If you head over to my Facebook  page, your idea could win this piece to keep. Good luck.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I have been very busy making over the last few weeks. My wire hearts were very popular . Here’s one custom order I made:image

And then there was my two Secret Santas to make and buy for. I really liked making these but it is quiet nerve racking to wait to see if they like their presents. I have one of mine so far and can’t wait to open them on Christmas Day. Thank you Sewchet for organising this. Photos to follow.

I also thought I would share with you my Poppies picture that I blogged about previously. A friend bought it and has framed it making it look amazing. image

It has convinced me to make more and to frame my finished art pieces. It really boosted my confidence too.

Now time to decorate my tree. Yes it’s the 22nd and my tree is bare! We had essential work to our son’s room and that meant all their stuff was moved to any spare space. So no room for a tree until yesterday. Now it’s returning to normal, I can get on with making my house a bit more festive and enjoying Christmas with my family.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas x

New found love

I attempted my second textile embroidery art today and I think I am in love! It’s like I have been waiting for this craft to come into my life for ever.

May sound extreme but it really does tick lots of boxes; art, sewing, embroidery, fabrics and complete freedom for where to stitch and how. I   can’t believe I waited so long to make this,

My blackberries and spider web textile art. I have enough hessian to make another one and then I thought I might try a sunflower next.

Available to purchase here


Textile Art my first try

I recently discovered the work of Richard Box through an article in Creative Workbox Magazine. There was a step by step guide in an issue and I have always wanted to try free style machine embroidery.  This was the perfect chance for me to try mixing machine and hand embroidery.

The first step was to stick fabric in selected places as the base of the flowers. I used normal dabs of pva glue to hold it all in place. This is then layered up with shades of pink red fabric and the background is added. You also add the centre of the flowers before gluing wool on for stems.

The whole piece is zig zag stitched over the top in appropriate colours. Drop the dog feed, add your free motion foot and go for it. I loved this part and be warned – don’t zig zag too much!

I then hand stitched over the flowers in colours that were tonal and radiated the stitches out from the centres of the flowers. I also added moderne running stitch detail on the background, adding some blue and purple to the green stitches in wool and variegated threads.

The final step was to straight stitch over the hand stitching to enhance it not hide your stitches. Again less is more and know when to stop.

I really enjoyed producing this and using Richard Box’s step by step guide helped me to finally try free style embroidery on my machine. I have another project I bought from Richard’s website, a blackberry picture to try next. Can’t wait!

The beginning of a new hobby?

I began sewing along time ago with cross stitch and over the years have self taught myself to embroider using different techniques – beads, ribbon, black work, stump work and drawn thread work to name a few – and also conquered using a sewing machine to quilt, patchwork and make a dress or two. I recently discovered a brilliant creative magazine called Be Creative with Workbox. I have always loved learning new crafts and sell some of my makes now and then, but never had the nerve to try free style embroidery on my sewing machine. Crazy considering my love of sewing, crafting and using sewing machines!

Richard Box has an article in the latest edition of  Be Creative with Workbox  and takes you step by step – see here http://www.creativewithworkbox.com, to make your own textile art Poppies picture. I have to say I am hooked! Why did I wait so long? I love the fact I get to combine machine and hand sewing in such a free way. Don’t get me wrong, I will continue to dress make and embroider boxes using lots of different media to produce 3D pieces but free style textile art has definitely found away to draw me in.

Now how do I fit my new hobby in with my existing hobbies, cocktails at my favourite bar, work, kids, a husband, a cat and a dog? At least my fabric stash may decrease a little!

Step one - first material pieces
Step one – first material pieces
Step two - second material
Step two – second material
Step three - Background materials
Step three – Background materials
Step 4-5 - machine stitched over the materials and beginning to add hand stitching
Step 4-5 – machine stitched over the materials and beginning to add hand stitching

Here is my project step by step so far. What do you think? I will post the finished article soon – hopefully…….

If you would like a look at what else I make please visit https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SewingNikki .