Gadgets · Sewing · Stitching · Tutorial

Clover Quick Yo-Yo Maker Tutorial

I confess I have a weakness for gadgets. They don't all live up to expectations and I won't name and shame, but one I've been using recently and really quite like, is the Clover Quick Yo-Yo Maker. Originally yo-yos (or Suffolk puffs as I know them) were a way of re-using old fabric to make quilts.… Continue reading Clover Quick Yo-Yo Maker Tutorial

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

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