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…

Photo showing a line of stem stitch being worked.

How to stitch: Stem stitch

This is the first in a series of stitch tutorial posts I’ll be creating. As well as walking you through how to create each stitch, I’ll include tips that I’ve learnt along the way for easy and beautiful stitching. My…

My blackwork design transferred to my linen using the tissue paper transfer method

Transferring my blackwork design

If you’ve followed along with my previous posts (here and here), you’ll have seen that I did quite a bit of preparation work for my Royal School of Needlework blackwork module. Now I’m on the last step before starting to…

Pride flags embroidery inspiration for the blackwork rainbow pattern

Pride flags embroidery

It’s felt very fitting to be able to release my blackwork rainbow embroidery pattern during Pride Month. I hope that with the heart inside the rainbow, it can be seen as a fitting celebration of the LGBTQ+ rainbow Pride flag.…

Sampling of blackwork stitches using different thread thicknesses

Choosing blackwork stitches

In my last post I shared the first stages of the design process for my RSN Certificate Blackwork module. In this post I’m going to share with you another key part of my preparation – choosing the blackwork stitches. Blackwork…

Pencil drawing of Bracken, part of the preparation for my blackwork embroidery

Beginning Blackwork

Having finished my first module of the Royal School of Needlework certificate (you can see my Jacobean crewelwork here), I was eager to start on my second module – blackwork. For the second module you have the choice between canvas…

How to use embroidery to ease anxiety

In my last post I shared how embroidery has become an important part of my mental health management. Continuing with the mental health awareness theme, I wanted to share some tips for how embroidery can ease anxiety and generally boost…

cross stitch of a lady smelling roses

How Embroidery Has Helped My Mental Health

It’s mental health awareness week (or month, depending on where in the world you are!), so I wanted to share with you some of my personal experiences of how stitching and embroidery have helped my mental health. When I was…