Friday, 10 April 2015

The last post

I'm very happy to tell you that my new-look website with integrated blog is now live, at

If you want to go straight to the blog, or update any links to it you may have, then go to

This version of the blog will remain live for a little while to give regular readers the chance to move over, but it will be shut down in due course, and it will not be updated - to see new posts, you'll need to read the new one.

I've been writing this blog since 2009 and it's been great fun to do, not least because of the kind, generous readers who say such nice things and are always unfailingly helpful and supportive.  If you didn't read it, I wouldn't write it, so I have you to thank!

I do hope you'll join me on the new blog - see you there soon!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The blog is moving VERY SOON

Sorry for not posting anything for ages, but there are some major developments underway for the blog.

Very soon - in the next day or two, all being well - it'll have a new home.  I'll post the link once it's up and running.

Watch this space!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Plantagenet Wreath - cutting out

With all the embroidery done, the next stage is to cut it out so that it can be applied to the background fabric.  I have to admit I haven't been looking forward to this much as it's such a fiddly shape, but I relieved to be able to tell you that it's now done and with no disasters.

While it was still on the frame and so taut, I painted the back of the embroidery with diluted PVA glue, to prevent any fraying.  Then, off the frame and with the fabric on the outside of the embroidery cut away:

Then the fabric in the centre:

And last and very definitely worst, the bits between the intertwined stems and the broom flowers:

After that, stitching it to the background should be the easy bit!