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June 2017

peaceful stitching


I have been working on this meditation design over the last month and doing very little other work except what was necessary.  The reason for this is a shoulder that won't work properly, it's been months!  But this week I think the cause of the problem has been found and I can, very slowly, start to get the full use of my arm back and (more importantly) lose the pain!

So a calm meditative embroidery design seemed very fitting, especially coupled with everything else that is going on in the world right now.  

I can't help feeling that this quote from the Dalai Llama could be true

“If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” Dalai Lama

Perhaps we could teach them all quiet stitching at the same time.

My own meditation practice is taking place in a chair or lying down at the moment but I'm hoping to get back to cross legged soon.

Meditation main pic

And this is the finished pattern.  I've loved drawing and stitching this one, I've already made three versions I think I'm going to make a small buckwheat and lavender cushion with one which I will share here when I do it.  One of the others is going onto a tote bag (we never have enough shopping bags!!) and the last one will stay framed in the hoop I think.

I have included detailed notes for this colour way and then additional lists of colours for the other two.

It uses quite a few stitches but they are all simple ones.  You can get hold of my basic stitch guide here but it does also come with the pattern (or any of my patterns).

I will be listing a sampler for this one next month when print me pretty are back to print them.  I think I will also have kits in the autumn.

Natural colourway

This is the third colourway (with strange bendy flowers at the side (I think I stretched the fabric when I was tracing!) but I love these natural colours so I've included the colours in the pattern.

I used chain stitch for her hair.  It's not a stitch I use very often but I like the effect, a bit like braiding.

The pattern is available over in my Etsy shop

Meditation with instructions

I am hoping to be able to get back to more stitching and experimenting in July so that I have more to write about here but it's also a month of BIG birthdays and WOMAD and summer holidays with the whole family at home for a little while (even our recently graduated son before he goes out into the world!) so I will try but if the sun comes out and the sea looks inviting we may be on the beach!

I hope you are having a beautiful summer (or winter if you are in opposite lands) with lots of stitching



Stitching printed fabric panels

Flower gardener

Last week I finally managed to stock up on all of the printed fabric panels!  These panels are printed in light grey onto a white 195gsm (medium) weight cotton.  And at the moment I am stitching a flower gardener panel in soft peaches and pinks.

The panels that are available in my shop are

wonky shed


in the garden

night night


winter dream

flower gardener


I also have the unicorn panel hooped up ready for stitching.  I quite like flitting between projects sometimes for a change of colour.  I'm going to use this as a cushion panel and so I thought it might be nice to back it with something


I searched through my fabric stash and found some cotton batting for quilting which I thought would pad it out nicely.  I've been stitching since the photo above and it stitches nicely and gives a nice backing, especially for those naughty moments when a thread might get carried across the back because I'm feeling a little lazy!

Unicorn close up

This is the print for the panels, a nice fine line that is easy to see but also easy to cover with 2 strands of thread.

I do also have some lavender girl kits and friends kits in stock in the shop at the moment.

My own stitching is still limited due to this pesky shoulder!  but I have started working on a new design, and I may be able to show a sneaky peak next week...

Have a lovely stitchy weekend