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Case study – Haig Banner

Clifton college Chapel banner Clifton College Bristol approached us to assess the banners which hang in the Chapel and, whilst other works were going on, give them a good clean and some tic. On first inspection, we found many years of hanging in bright sunlight, under candles and 100 years of teenagers. Time had taken […]

Case Study – King fisher

Hand embroidered king fisher in blue leather sequins. this is discusseed in this embroidery and stitching blog

Metallic sequin Kingfisher In the spring of 2022, a long-standing client approached us for a gift for his brother, who is part of the Fortnum and Mason family. He wanted us to use the Eau de Nil blue synonymous with Fortnum’s. So, we carefully selected the Backing fabric, getting a piece custom dyed to get […]

What does Count mean ?

A warp and weft diagram show what count means

What does count mean in embroidery? This means one thing but calculated in two ways, which is why we have confusion. Firstly, one for general textiles, for example sheets, and upholstery textiles and that’s let’s say 300 count.   This is calculated by the number of threads in the warp + number of threads in the weft […]

5 top tips for Needlepointers, how to jazz up your needlepoint

So some top tips for needlepointers or if in uk tapestry canvases are usually designed for just a single half cross stitch (it can be described at continental or basket weave) to be honest from the front they are all the same, the back varies. The rule really is if you start in one finish […]

Sequins the Biological and Social Nasty!

pile of pink, blue and white pearleascent sequins on a white background

Sequins – all for their aesthetic appeal are terrible for the environment, most are made from petroleum plastics and synthetic resins, that are not bad for the environment, but the workers tasked with sewing them on, but also the wearer as emit carcinogens and hormone blockers. We do note that chemicals used in the fashion industry amount to 25% of all chemical output according to green peace.

Guide To Embroidery Thread

selection of embroidery threads in a wooden storage box

Embroidery thread can be classified in several ways, firstly material then we come to types as each material has a variety of types cotton threads come in a range of weights (thicknesses) and for different uses. Stranded cotton embroidery thread – This type of thread is the most commonly used and  threads are a 100% […]

Stumpwork Embroidery

Stumpwork cabinet from the 17th century from the Oxford ashmolean collection

The precise origins of raised embroidery (stumpwork) are lost in time. So one can only look back to a period when even earlier embroiderers were working in the narrative style. Using two layers of linen fabric , a cotton wadding sandwich, and white as well as light brown linen threads. Sicilian embroiderers created the narrative […]

A Guide to Embroidery Fabric

a pile of embroidery cottons in a range of colours

To be honest there really aren’t any fabrics you can’t embellish, but some fabrics are more suited to specific techniques or just make the whole process less complex.