Sew, how are you?

Clare Hunter has researched a book (Sunday Times Bestseller and serialised on Radio 4 as Book of the Week) “Threads of the World Through the Eye of A Needle” and written a fascinating article in the Guardian newspaper – on how sewing can help with calming and coping with difficult life conditions, such as beingContinue reading “Sew, how are you?”

Animation: “Bernina Sings”

I just came across this textile animation, as part of my over-research into publicity for a charity button sale in September.  (Standby for a tsunami of button-related blog posts comin’ atcha in the next wee while.) When I say that “Bernina” is a make of sewing machine, you begin to get the picture.  This good-humouredContinue reading “Animation: “Bernina Sings””

Embroidery, Gentle work & words

There is lots to see and admire in the aptly named “Gentlework”.  Quiet colours, little patterns, delicate stitches and such quiet but positive thoughtful comments.  Find out more on her instagram posts.  Her blog (at has less frequent posts and seems to be on pause but, naturally, more space for writing – and herContinue reading “Embroidery, Gentle work & words”

Embroidery, #threaduary & light: Marna Lunt

Marna Lunt does applique the way Picasso worked with paint.  She has a joyous feel for embroidery, likes making lines higgledy-piggledy (what a lovely, freeing word that is) – and she does workshops.  Watch her at work in this video:   Inspiring others I first came across her work today, via @Hippystitch, who attended oneContinue reading “Embroidery, #threaduary & light: Marna Lunt”

Stitching as meditation

This conversation about stitching is itself slow, meditative and pondering, titled “Thinking Stitch” by Brenda Miller. In the conversation, the two women sewing discuss early memories of a mother sewing practical clothes, rhythms of machine and handsewing, practicing the craft as a meditative way of slowing down, and the importance of finding that creative timeContinue reading “Stitching as meditation”

Orla Kiely – Pattern Design

  You can see her draw her iconic Stem design if you have access to BBC i-Player in the UK, at For everyone else, here it is:   Creative Takeaway “Ditsy-Tulip” runs a sewing vlog – here she wears an Orla Kiely fabric dress, and runs through a good range of books on howContinue reading “Orla Kiely – Pattern Design”

Why is Haute Couture so cheap?

Working from a 2D flat 1939 Christian Dior Design, a skilfull dressmaker, Domenique Erb,  takes proportions, measurements, then drapes, pins and sews muslin on a dressmaker’s bodyform dummy to bring it to 3D life as a template for an evening gown. Why do Couture garments cost so much? Well, once you’ve viewed this video, youContinue reading “Why is Haute Couture so cheap?”

LifeBOOK: “Gee’s Bend: the Architecture of the Quilt”

  Some books are fictional, some are what I’m going to call LifeBOOKs – books which help you read life.  Books you remember because they open doors, open eyes, make you see and understand things you didn’t before you opened the covers.  I hope to pull some of these down off my shelves and reviewContinue reading “LifeBOOK: “Gee’s Bend: the Architecture of the Quilt””

Tapestry kits – sew there!

I have a few of these tapestry kits still to do – well, one nearly finished, and two to, em, completely start.  But as they are kits, all the material and the wool to cover it is there.  Right there, ready for me. So I really don’t need another kit.  Like this one I’ve justContinue reading “Tapestry kits – sew there!”