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How to wash your embroidery

Chloe is washing embroidery

Before we start discussing how to wash your embroidery, you need to figure out whether it is washable. Types of embroideries not suitable for regular washing are the following: –         Needlepoint– the main thread used is wool, and the canvas contains lots of starch keeping the weave together and will wash out […]

How to read needlepoint or cross stitch chart

This is a complex one, pre-printed canvas or pre-printed cross stitch have the colours or even the stitched marked on. These are relatively easy to follow, this issue is usually that the colours are not labelled, which means you have to guess which is light green, medium green and dark green. This can be easy […]

How to get the embroidery design on to fabric


We can all sometimes struggle to get our embroidery project ready to stitch. What transfer technique is the right one?  There are multiple ways to do this none are wrong, but some make it easier and other work better for specific designs and fabrics. Tracing This is a time old method and works better if […]

How to prepare your embroidery hoop

When I was thought embroidery, we weren’t thought these steps and then you can imagine bunch of 16-year-old girls in Art school complaining that the fabric is not tight enough and is slipping out of the frame. Also, we didn’t have a seat frame at the time. So, all the stitching had to be done […]

Case Study – American Bride

We were contacted during lockdown by a lovely American couple planning to get married at Leed’s castle in the summer of 2022. She had chosen her dress but was yet to find the accessories she wanted, so we set to work on a planning meeting on a wet day in September 2021. We worked on […]

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.