Image showing a ring of split stitch.

How to stitch: Split stitch

I think split stitch looks like a mini chain stitch. So I thought it would be a good one to follow on from the chain stitch tutorial. Below you can see split stitch on the left, chain stitch (using the…

Crewelwork embroidery of a green and purple hummingbird in flight around pink flowers.

Learning how to get out of my own way

Let me take you back to July 2019. I’d just posted my first commission off to Stitch magazine and was feeling super pumped. I jumped straight into designing my next pattern. After years of dreaming of starting a creative business,…

A line of chain stitch.

How to stitch: Chain stitch

Looking back over some of my first embroideries as a young child, it looks like chain stitch was one of the first stitches I ever learnt. Perhaps that’s why it’s still one of my favourites to stitch! I think chain…

The text "Shop Independent" below a row of Christmas baubles.

Why I’ll be shopping indie this Christmas

It’s the start of November, so my thoughts are inevitably turning towards Christmas. In previous years I’ve often left things to the last minute and had to rely on the convenience of large retailers. This year I want to be…

An example of trellis stitch using blue threads.

How to stitch: Trellis stitch

Next up in my series of stitch tutorials is trellis stitch. This is a great stitch for filling larger areas quickly. It’s also got massive creative potential! At it’s core, trellis stitch is a lattice like grid. In fact, you…

Photo showing a blue embroidered sphere.

How to stitch: Seeding stitch

I think seeding stitch can be a bit overlooked. I certainly didn’t pay it much attention for quite a while. But actually, it’s a pretty useful filling stitch. Especially when you want to fill an area quickly. In its simplest…