What Are You Stitching?

18th August 2023

Inspired by Colleen Goy we thought we would look to see what other ‘Nature’s Delights’ we could find in our What Are You Stitching? files…

Sheila Southwell

‘During lockdown, to fill in the time I decided to finish embroidering a tablecloth that I hadn’t touched for 35 years!! When I had finished, I found some hoops that I thought could be used as frames.

Since then, I haven’t stopped and I spend at least an hour every day, usually more, trying to improve my stitching.

Looking through various types of embroidery, I decided on threadpainting as I am an artist in watercolour and on porcelain, and this technique appealed to me. With the help of Trish Burr’s books (and many others I have bought) I think I am making progress.’

‘These are some of my earliest attempts using my own design with my favourite blanket stitch for the flowers. I think my favourite stitch is blanket stitch as it is so versatile.

Not only do I find embroidery a challenge but also very relaxing. I even love unpicking things when they do not go my way.

For the last six months I have been a little immobile recovering from ankle surgery and even managed to do some stitching in bed, how keen is that?’

Wow, Shelia! Reintroducing yourself to stitching has taken you on a wonderful journey. The colours you have used and the stitches in your hoops are stunning. With an hour a day, you will be a master of all the stitches in no time!

Jacqueline Weemaels-Michiels

‘I’m from Brussels in Belgium. I entered your needlework competition Stitch Your Heart Out, won the first prize and received this beautiful gift, Gumnut Yarns threads.’

‘It’s a real pleasure to embroider with these threads. Here’s a little work I did for a round robin.’

We love that you’ve used the spoils of your win to create such a fantastic result Jacqueline! We’re looking forward to seeing what else you stitch with your fabulous threads.

Nea Helder

‘I completed a sampler for World Embroidery Day 2022 with lots of flowers in beautiful Amsterdam.’

‘Our pink cockatoo Pom is also on it. I hope everyone who loves embroidery can stitch a few extra threads on this day each year!’

Nea, what a lovely way to commemorate World Embroidery Day! You have created a delightful sampler with wonderfully bright pink cockatoos. 

Have you finished a project in a hoop? Won any stitching supplies you have put to good use? Or did you get any stitches in for World Embroidery Day this year?

Whatever you are stitching, we’d love to see it! Email photos of what you’ve created with needle and thread along with a few details about your stitching journey to news@inspirationsstudios.com

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