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Shortlisted for National Needlecraft Awards!

Yesterday I found out I have two of my landscapes shortlisted for the National Needlecraft Awards 2019, to be exhibited at the Knitting and Stitching Show in London in February. Absolutely delighted! One is in the miniature category and the other for best original embroidery design.

West Mains farm, embroidery
Barley Field, a view from West Mains Farm, Morham, East Lothian
Purple landscape embroidery
Purple miniature landscape
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Folk art goldwork elephant

Here’s some folk art stitching I completed this month. I read an article on goldwork in the summer and really wanted to try it. I made up this design using bright, cheerful pinks. When I started this work my daughter had become seriously ill and then needed months of recovery care, so it has taken a long time for me to complete it. I knew that goldwork would be perfect for the decorative festival head-dress and I am really pleased with how it turned out. I’ll be using the technique again in the future as it was really fun sewing in all the gold chips.

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Isle of May

I completed this embroidery thread painting in December and was delighted to sell it the very next day. A lovely lady at Haddington Christmas Fair was very complimentary about my work and her other half sneaked back to my stall to buy it for her for Christmas!

It shows the Isle of May as seen from Dunbar cliff tops and uses fabric painting, machine embroidery and hand stitching for the detail.

Embroidery of the Isle of May