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Blue & Moon weaving kit

Links to all instructions for Blue Moon weaving kit:

NB. Many of these links will require the password supplied with the kit at the time of purchase. Don’t forget to turn your sound on!
  1. Blue Moon kit contents
  2. Preparing your table-top frame
  3. Warping up your frame
  4. Twining (or twisted header)
  5. Transferring your design
  6. Make your moon
  7. Insert the shed stick
  8. Shuttle or needle?
  9. Interlacing colours
  10. Knocking down
  11. Shaping hack
  12. Making knots
  13. Making tassels
  14. Adding tassels
  15. Using fancy yarns, ribbons etc.
  16. Joining strips of fabric
  17. Is your work wonky?
  18. Finishing touches

Special offers

Pre-Christmas sale 2021!
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Folk style houses cross-stitch pattern

Folk houses — for medium level stitchers

Downloadable PDF cross-stitch pattern & colour chart

Description:
A simple cross-stitch pattern suitable for novices and youngsters, (for the latter, preferably with some help from an adult or capable stitcher), this downloadable PDF file includes a simple chart with colour key to create a single design or border strip of folk style houses in yellow, red and green.

The chart includes a DMC colour chart, but of course you can use any brand of embroidery floss, perhaps already available in your own stash at home.

Once you have completed your work, you can use it in various ways — as a wall hanging, as a border for tea-towels or bath linen, table runners or for items of clothing. Please note that you can lengthen the pattern or just use single units of it according to your sewing project. This is a continuous pattern for extended lengths of braid if you wish.

Have fun!

Follow this link to my Etsy store to purchase the Folk Houses chart

Christmas elf cross-stitch pattern

Christmas elf in traditional red & green [easy level]

Downloadable PDF cross-stitch pattern & colour chart

Description:
A simple cross-stitch pattern suitable for novices and youngsters, this downloadable PDF file includes a simple chart with colour key to create a Christmas elf in the traditionally festive colours, red and green.The chart includes a DMC colour chart, but of course you can use any brand of embroidery floss, perhaps already available in your own stash at home.

Once you have completed your work, you can use it in various ways — as a wall hanging, as a special Christmas card, or perhaps even attached to Santa’s sack or a Christmas table runner.

Have fun!

Follow this link to my Etsy store to purchase the Christmas Elf

Miss Pumpkin cross-stitch pattern

Miss Pumpkin in orange & black [easy level]

Downloadable PDF cross-stitch pattern & colour chart

Description:
A simple cross-stitch pattern suitable for novices and youngsters, this downloadable PDF file includes a simple chart with colour key to create a cute Halloween witch in the traditional spooky colours, black and orange.

The chart includes a thread named colour chart, but of course you can use any brand of embroidery floss, perhaps already available in your own stash at home.

Once you have completed your work, you can use it in various ways — as a wall hanging, as a special card, or perhaps even attached to trick-or-treat sack.

Have fun!

Follow this link to my Etsy store to purchase Miss Pumpkin!

Patchwork table centre

This year seems to have been my ‘patchwork’ year — probably as a result of the restrictions imposed on us by the Covid pandemic, I have found more time and patience to dedicate some of my sewing time to patchwork and simple quilting. My efforts have covered a number of projects, including a doggy coat (which I hope to have pictures for soon if only my four-legged model will stay still long enough to be photographed), placemats, bags and decorative household linen like this Christmas themed centre-piece in traditional reds and greens.

You can read more about (and purchase) it by clicking on the image which links to my Etsy store.

Recycled kraft paper for Cards


In recent years I have fallen in love with the honest, rustic appeal of recycled cardstock for the Christmas cards (and not only) that I make. This year I have added some other recycled materials to my cards — scraps of fabric, and in the case of the Christmas cards — the scraps have a festive theme and were happy to be rescued from landfill!

You can pick up sets of my cards by clicking on the small image and following the link to my Etsy store.

Bags for Baubles

Bags for baubles


I’m sure I’m not the only one, but for years I have used plastic bags or tattered boxes to keep my Christmas baubles in order between one year and the next. This year I decided it was time to break the habit by making some dedicated cotton ‘sacks’ to hold them all neatly together at the end of the festive season.

So here they are, and you can purchase a couple of your own if you are interested. They are washable at 30°C in your washing machine, and can be ironed too. There is even a small version with the larger bag to keep all that stray tinsel in place — another way to avoid purchasing new every year!
Click on the image to visit my Etsy site.

Choose between a bright contemporary pink or traditional reds and greens.

Mamma Cool

As something a bit different, I have created this sweet little Afro-theme ornament. I just love her beaded dreadlocks and bright multi-strand bead necklace.

I have prepared about a dozen kits for anyone who might be interested in a simple sewing and crafting project. All the textiles used are original African printed cotton fabrics which have been recycled for these kits. Personally I associate black people with a vibrant and colourful cultural background, so I hope I have managed to capture this in this little doll.

Click to find listing on Etsy

Made by Hand

When you buy something from an artist, you are buying more than an object. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experiments. You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are not only buying a thing, but a piece of heart, a part of the soul, a moment in the life of someone.

by Giacomo Cinque
'La Sartoria Antica'
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