Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday Links :: Compliments, toilets and embroidered helmets

Blake watching the world go by
This week's links are brought to you by Blake wondering what's happened to this world...

I think we can all use some silly random compliments at the moment.

Wondering where you can spend a penny when travelling on the Tube? TFL have a handy toilet map! Although in some places you have to spend up to 50p! ;-)

Urban Sketchers Sketchcrawl of Wren's London on July 24th. I wish I could go, it sounds like fun!

I stumbled upon this Little Architects Set. Fun!

Feelings. So many feelings this past week. Jar to put feelings in. {via}

Kinda obsessed with the Salladskål plant stand. I'm thinking it could be great caft storage too. Jars of buttons and ribbons for example!

Floral Elements Embroidered Directly on Antique Soldiers’ Helmets by Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė. Found this very moving...

A couple of years old, but a beautiful song.. Panic Cord by Gabrielle Aplin. I could really use a panic cord for the past week...

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Signed Bookplates - pre-order now

Romantic Motifs  stitcheries
Last month I received the advance copy of Romantic Motifs, my new book, and a couple of weeks ago, a box arrived with all the projects and stitched pages I made for it. Happy to be re-united with it all. I handed them over to the publisher at the end of November so it's been a while since I've seen them!

I actually wasn't expecting to have them back so soon, I thought maybe they wanted to use the projects at shows. But my editor told me they have stopped doing that because people walk off with stuff! Can you believe that?

According to Amazon (UK) the book will be released on August 8, so you can pre-order it and it may just arrive a wee bit sooner than that. On it's not released until October for some reason.

You can pre-order a signed copy from me until July 24th. Or, since shipping stuff when you're not Amazon et al. is so expensive, you can order a signed bookplate from me. Pretty handwriting not guaranteed. ;-)

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Links :: Waves, rolling pins, London

Cheap toy for Blake
This week's links are brought to you by Blake's new toy. Loo rolls. He says he likes them because they are cheap AND bio degradable.

Breathtaking night time aerial views of London.

I love the magazine called Chickpea - interesting post about why they started the magazine.

Ice lolly mosaics in pot holes. Love this.

Love these 'Modern Tragedies' illustrations by Siobhán Gallagher.

If I did a lot of baking, I'd be all over these cool laser engraved rolling pins. :-)

I love pizza, but I really fancy giving calzone a try soon. Looks delish.

No music this week, just the relaxing sound of waves. More from Johnnie Lawson, the artist behind it.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Flower Crown Reverie :: Pattern Throwback Thursday

Pattern Throwback Thursday

Flower Crown Reverie embroidery pattern
This pattern, it's quite simple. Not a lot going on, only a few colours, too. I like it. I sometimes have to remind myself that it's ok to make something simple. Something that is a pleasure to stitch. Which this is. Quite meditative.

The pattern feels sweet and romantic. And it is inspired by summer evening walks, picking flowers while the sun sets and putting them in your hair... Using different colours and adding names and dates, it would be a lovely embroidery for a wedding gift or a birthday.

Because it's so simple, it's great for beginner stitchers, you only need to know a few stitches - or learn them as you go - to make a pretty stitchery. I so love that about embroidery, you can make something beautiful even as a beginner. :-)

Flower Crown Reverie embroidery pattern

Find Flower Crown Reverie here: World//EU. Payhip. Etsy

Flower Crown Reverie - embroidery pattern

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Creative Embroidery in Edinburgh

Calystegia Improv Stitching
I am teaching at Stitch Gathering in Edinburgh in September! Yay! I'm so excited. :-)

Unfortunately, tickets are sold out already (although I think there may be a waiting list in case someone can't make it. Check on their site for info.)

Since I'm in Edinburgh already, I am also doing a full day class at myBearpaw - the shop owned by Jo who also arranges Stitch Gathering. So if you're in/near Edinburgh on September 24, and want to take a class with me, check out this link to find out all about it. We'll be making an embellished patchwork piece similar to the one in the photo above. Feel free to email me if you have questions about the class - or to tell me you're taking it, I'd love to hear from you. :-)

Eep!! Look, only 3 out of 9 places still available! I am beyond excited that people are interested in my class. I can't even! :-D


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