How to choose your basting method | English Paper Piecing

English paper piecing (EPP) is a very old quilting method that is still used today to create traditionally styled sewing projects as well as modern makes. The technique involves wrapping fabric around shaped pieces of paper or card and then hand stitching the fabric together. One of the early stages of an EPP project, afterContinue reading “How to choose your basting method | English Paper Piecing”

Thimbles | My favourite

Can’t put your finger on which type of thimble to use? To be honest, I always hated thimbles and couldn’t get on with any of the styles I tried, despite how much not using one hurt my finger. Then I found one type that really stuck for me! Read on to find out all aboutContinue reading “Thimbles | My favourite”

Spring Vibes hand embroidery | Tutorial

Celebrate the changing seasons with this hand embroidery design, inspired by the blooms and growth of Spring. I love small embroidery projects at this time of year as they are so portable…stitch outside in the garden when the weather is fine or work on it inside, snuggled on the sofa. This pattern uses simple handContinue reading “Spring Vibes hand embroidery | Tutorial”

Aurifil Artisan Challenge #2 | Cross Stitch

It’s time for another Aurifil Artisan challenge. Each month the challenges have a different theme and it’s a great chance to play around with techniques and thread weights you don’t always use. The theme for August was “cross stitch and embroidery”. I have done quite a few cross stitch projects over the last couple ofContinue reading “Aurifil Artisan Challenge #2 | Cross Stitch”

A Helping Hand for Hand Quilting

Do you get hand quilting anxiety like I used to? Are you trying to channel the Amish and achieve 10 stitches per inch?! Have you thrown in the towel (needle!) and concluded that hand quilting “just isn’t for you”? Read on for my thoughts, theories and a simple tip… OK, so I used to hateContinue reading “A Helping Hand for Hand Quilting”