• Woven wheels, ribbed spider webs and sheaf stitches.

    I love this piece of embroidery I am working on, it’s not named as it is a sample, I was feeling to work with purples and so glad I worked with the navy blue for the ribbed spiders web in the middle of the piece. I quite like the purple, blue and pink as a colour combination, I have more stitches to work into this sample as this piece is for module 5 for my embroidery diploma course with Centre of Excellence.

  • A great way to design with applique.

    The above are stages of development with fabric and stitch of composing a design for an inspiration from a historical pocket. I had the privilege of working with IllunimatedArtsPeckham on a project to teach vulnerable adults in residential care homes how to stitch, we were able to invite three residential care homes onto the project to reach out to their residents to give them the opportunity to learn remotely online and help them through this season of isolation that we have all experienced and they have experienced more acutely with not seeing loved ones.I was the main lead in teaching, the areas covered was telling your story through art work…

  • Development of Crewel work sample

    Lynn and I have been working on our samples for our embroidery diploma we are completing online at Centre of Excellence. This piece comes under module 3 and I thought it was a great idea to record our progress with our stitches especially for crewel work. The development of my piece is over on the right side and you can see I have worked my crewel piece with spilt, satin and seed stitches, along with lazy daisy stitches and creating the above design. Lynn has used the same stitches and in addition she has worked the french knot and long and short stitch into her piece. The reason why this…

  • Technical Issues

    Tuesday 9th March I was trying to figure out why the video was freezing with the webcam, that’s my concentrated look and I can say I was becoming a little nervous as I was running out of time to deliver my online embroidery lesson teaching vulnerable adults in care homes across Southwark. I wanted to add further screenshots from the videos into my presentation of Applique. During this online learning gig, I along with many others have been propelled out of our comfort zones to tackle a whole range of issues that need solving and on this occasion you will be happy to read that I did, as I phoned…

  • Embroidery Diploma

    Over this past week, my study partner, (Lynn) and I have been working on a sample of Assis embroidery, we are studying for our embroidery diploma with Centre of Excellence. Module three is not a practical module, but we decided to work samples of the various topics of embroidery covered in this module, so we can learn from the process of creating a piece of embroidery. When choosing the butterfly design we decided it would be best to follow the picture on the topic of Assis embroidery that was shown on part 1, module 3, the information was unclear on how to work the stitches, but we figured it out.…

  • The Star Fascinator

    The Star Fascinator was created as the client had a wedding to attend and fitted in with the dress that was made for the occasion. Below is the link to Samines shop of other fascinators that can be purchased. https://folksy.com/items/7532090-The-Peacock

  • Festive Girl Pink

    I know you maybe thinking, why should I even contemplate thinking about purchasing Festive Girl Pink especially in this weather, but I would say to you dear friend, why not? Things will pick up, at the moment with the current situation of going into autumn, the world is locking down, jobs are being lost, sometimes we need a little bit of colour to come into our lives to give us hope that the world and everything is going to change. x

  • Festive Girl Pink

    How to wear Festive Girl Pink? I created this flower crown while sitting at my stall in Greenwich Market, I knew flowers had come to the forefront in fashion with all types of flowers growns seemed to be emerging. As I was researching through Pinterest and other stalls, Etsy and Amazon I came across the plastic flowers, (which I had purchased), just working with the plastic didn’t feel right, the texture of the plastic through my hands and trying to incorporate that into a flower crown wasn’t working for me. I decided to stick with what I know and that is making fabric flowers and adding embellishment through buttons and…

  • Leaf Miner

    So you have decided you want to wear The Leaf Miner, but where and with what colours? So you have finally plucked up the courage to get a ticket to the gala, charity event or decided that you want to go to the theatre, (these are all suggestions to give you ideas of where to go) and of course my dear reader you will have many ideas and options of where you want to wear this fascinator, …….. you may even be wearing it at home while doing the cleaning. Sometimes when I am even bold enough I would be wearing it shopping, to give me the added encouragement and…