Embroidery · Mixed Media · Workshops & Courses

Hen’s Teeth – A Secret Garden

In spring, I posted how much I enjoyed making this needlecase on a workshop with Viv Sliwka from Hens Teeth Art. I completed it back at home that weekend with a crocheted edge and tie fastening and now it's in constant use as part of my sewing kit. Being larger than usual and in a book style… Continue reading Hen’s Teeth – A Secret Garden

Food & Drink · Garden · Tutorial

Celebrating the Season – Elderflower Cordial

Gloriously sunny weather continues in the UK and the garden is giving back. Elderflowers are in full bloom but they aren't around for long and there's just a small window of opportunity to pick them at their best. I'm ashamed to admit when I planted mine, I didn't realise it was an elder. Only after… Continue reading Celebrating the Season – Elderflower Cordial

Willow Weaving · Workshops & Courses

Weaving Magic

It maybe almost Midsummer but a couple of weeks ago I received my Christmas present! Last December, (after dropping not-very-subtle hints) I was delighted to unwrap a gift card for a Creative With Nature workshop. A friend had been to learn foraged basketry, thoroughly enjoyed herself and highly recommended Joevanka Gregory's teaching. I'd booked the willow pea… Continue reading Weaving Magic

Needlepoint · Tutorial

Needlepoint Tutorial

Following on from my previous post, A Spine Tingle, I've written some beginner-friendly instructions explaining how to make the stitch used in my needlepoint cushion. Firstly, choice of needlepoint canvas is pretty important. What you're after is a good quality interlocking mono canvas mesh. That's not as complicated as it sounds! It's just two thin lengthwise… Continue reading Needlepoint Tutorial