Cross stitch bluetit bookmark

Feeling on a bit of a roll with my homemade stitched gifts, I recently attempted another cross-stitched bookmark, this time for my mum’s birthday. I say homemade, but as with the puffin bookmark I made for my sister’s birthday, there was a certain manufactured element to it – I bought the pattern for it from…

Puffin bookmark

Now I’ve re-acquainted myself with cross-stitch, for my sister’s birthday present I decided to move on from stitching owls to sewing a puffin. I bought a pattern for a bookmark from Samuel Taylors at Embsay Mills, which included all the threads, needle, 14-point aida, felt backing and a tassle. The first thing I did once…

Pride and Prejudice cross stitch bookmark

We’ve just a week to go before the show opens, and the cast and crew of One Off Productions’ Pride and Prejudice is busy preparing to tread the boards at the Kings Theatre in Southsea. We’ve had a few cast birthdays throughout the run-up to the show, including mine today and Leigh aka Jane Bennet’s…

Individu-Owl cross stitch

The faint scraping sound of thread being pulled through aida is a familiar and comforting memory from my childhood. My mum and grandma were cross stitch crazy, forever separating threads, threading needles and working up delightful masterpieces. I tried my hand at this craft, notoriously popular with ladies of a certain age, but didn’t seem…