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August 2019

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I think I have spent a large part of this summer trying to keep kits in stock.  In between the sea swimming and dog walking of course!  I have discovered that I love screen printing, I didn't expect it to be fun but it is so I'm thinking of creating more designs along the lines of the lavender girls.  There are more lavender girl kits in stock at the moment after a few days of printing and packing. 

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It's sometimes difficult to find a balance between all the admin, printing and packing that goes into the kits and actually designing new work but this September is going to be devoted to designing.  I have lots of rough sketches and ideas but haven't really had the time to work on them properly so next month is officially designated 'design month'.  

This is going to be made a little easier as my youngest is going away to university in early September and I will have no one to chat to over cups of tea in the afternoons!  So I will immerse myself in drawing and stitching until they all come home to roost at Christmas.  Before I make you all feel too sorry for me I will probably still go out testing vegan cake in the cafes of the area with my cafe testing accomplice as she is not going anywhere. 

And, of course, Ash the whippet will still need walking so I don't think I'll be fully hibernating, although he is refusing to walk in the rain (which is quite okay with me!)

So on rainy non coffee drinking days I will be found cosied up here drawing and stitching.  I'm quite looking forward to the autumn.

I hope you're enjoying whichever season you are in and getting a little bit of stitching done.




Pink mermaid colourway


It's been a while since I was last here but I have been working on a pink version of the mermaid pattern in order to create a kit so I thought I would add the colour guide here for anyone who has bought the mermaid pattern in the past and would like to stitch her in pink

The colours I used

DMC 3733 dark pink     DMC 3047 pale yellow

DMC 761 mid pink     DMC 945 pale orange

DMC 225 pale pink     DMC 922 burnt orange

DMC ecru     DMC 598 light blue

DMC 451 brown      DMC 3849 turquoise


Stitch the first six rows of the tail using 2 strands of DMC 3733 .  Back stitch the outline of the same area using the same thread.  Stitch the next seven rows using 2 strands of DMC 761.  Outline the same area of the tail using backstitch and the same thread.  Now stitch the last six rows using 2 strands of DMC 225 and outline the same area using back stitch and the same thread.

For the French knots on the tail use 3 strands of thread.  For the lowest six rows use ecru.  For the middle seven rows use DMC 225. For the top six rows use DMC 761.

For the tail fin use 2 strands of DMC 3733 and back stitch.  For the side fins use 2 strands of DMC 761 and backstitch.


For the hair I used chainstitch, but you could also use back stitch or stem stitch if you prefer.  The chains are very small, about 2mm long.

I used 2 strands of thread for the hair.  I alternated between

DMC 761, DMC 3047 and DMC 945.

Stitch the hair over the top of the tail where shown.  You can add French knots to her hair for embellishments I used 3 strands DMC 922.


The plants in her hand were stitched using 2 strands of backstitch.  The large leaves are DMC 922.  The smaller leaf in the middle is DMC 3733.  The stems are DMC 598.


The green blue plant stems are backstitched using 2 strands of DMC 3849.  The branches are backstitched using 2 strands of DMC 598.

The Pink plants are outlined using 2 strands of DMC 3733 and stem stitch.  Next fill the leaves with satin stitch using 2 strands of DMC 761.

Finally the star fish are stitched using 2 strands of DMC 922 and backstitch then filled with tiny seed stitches in the same thread.


If you haven't bought the pattern before it now includes the pink colourway.  There will be kits and printed panels available by the end of August.

I will be back next week