Danielle's Diary

Happy New Year - Happy New Stitching Projects

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Happy New Year - Happy New Stitching Projects

Happy New Year!  New for 2022, we have a range of quirky cross stitch kits designed by by Eva Moulton and manufactured by Vervaco. This range of chunky printed cross stitch cushion kits features a cloud, a croissant, a lemon, a crab, a cheetah, a cat and a penguin. Each kit is stitched using hand painted 4.5 count canvas, thick acrylic yarn and comes with backing fabric. These fun, easy, cross stitch kits are the perfect introduction for beginners to the cross stitching craft.    

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Blackwork Kit - The Shipping Forecast

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Blackwork Kit - The Shipping Forecast

Blackwork Kit - The Shipping Forecast I am very pleased to say that I have finally finished this blackwork Shipping Forecast map design by Classic Embroidery, it's only taken 2 years! I love blackwork, it is one of my favourite needlework projects, however, I found stitch this piece very trying, I just could not get the normally easy and relaxing repetitive infill patterns into my head, so it involved a lot of chart reading and picking up and putting down. However, it is done and will be off to the framers very shortly.  

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Appletons Tapestry Kits

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Appletons Tapestry Kits

Today I am reviewing the colourful tapestry kits in the Best of British range by Emily Peacock for Appleton's. This range of printed tapestry kits currently has four famous faces, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare and the latest addition, Grayson Perry. Each tapestry kit is packed in a sturdy box with a full colour image on the lid, on opening the box, the printed tapestry canvas is rolled and secured with an elastic band rather than folded and the Appleton's tapestry wool is packed in an organza drawstring bag. The presentation makes for a fantastic gift for any tapestry lover.

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Sashiko Embroidery

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Sashiko Embroidery

Sashiko Embroidery Kits Embroidery Kits have long been my nemesis, all those detailed embroidery designs with their intricate stitches making things look lifelike are beyond me, I am in awe of true embroiderers, my skills are somewhat limited, borderline childlike! So imagine my delight when I was introduced to Sashiko Embroidery at my local WI. At last, embroidery that I can manage. Sashiko Embroidery uses running stitch to create a design, usually using white thread on navy fabric but you can use any colour. Sashiko means "little stabs" and refers to the small stitches used to create the embroidery design....

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas

Well it has certainly been a strange and testing year but I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you all for your patience and understanding, kind words and cards, chocolate and gifts and especially for the Gin, thank you for the gin, you know who you are! I know it will be very different this year but I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and let's hope for a better year next year. keep smiling, keep stitching, stay safe Danielle xx

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