Embroidery

If you love embroidery, needlecraft or modern stitchery then read on… We have a huge selection of free embroidery patterns and contemporary needlework for you to get stuck into as well as tips, tricks and inspiration on how to use an embroidery hoop and frame.

5 Reasons Why You Need To Learn Japanese Embroidery

Japanese embroidery is a collection of embroidery techniques that developed over 1600 years ago. According to historians, from the early Heian Period Japanese embroidery was primarily used for decorating the costumes of the Ladies of the Imperial Court. Techniques were often passed down through generations and some techniques, such as Sashiko, were more commonly used…

Maire Curtis talks Japanese Embroidery

We are getting really excited for our next Craft Sanctuary retreat at the end of October. Maire Curtis will be teaching traditional Sashiko, Kojin and Silk Embroidery skills in a truly accessible way. Maire Curtis has written a guest post for us about the Craft Sanctuary and what she will be teaching while there. Only…

Have You Heard The Hype Around Chicken Scratch Embroidery?

When you hear the phrase Chicken Scratch, embroidery probably isn’t the first thing that will come to your mind! But this mesmerising embroidery technique worked on gingham is everywhere right now and it’s awesome. Even the quickest search on Pinterest will result in some truly wonderful Chicken Scratch embroidery projects. From pillows to table runners, ornaments…

Meet the Designer | Stephanie from Hawthorn Handmade

We have something really fun and exciting to share with you. Hawthorn Handmade embroidery kits are now in store. *Insert happy face here* If you have been to any of the major craft shows such as the Handmade Fair or watched Create and Craft TV you will have seen these designs. We caught up with…

D-Day Museum

Overlord Embroidery | The Centrepiece of the D-Day Museum

Overlord Embroidery was built to commemorate the successful Allied Invasion of Normandy on this day, June 6th, in 1944. This inspiring exhibition of 34 panels of embroidery are permanently housed at the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth which is currently undergoing a huge renovation. Each stunning panel is 8 feet long and 3 feet long and when…

Ribbon Embroidery Tips & Tricks by Sophie Long

When it comes to ribbon embroidery, Sophie Long is a real authority in the craft. She regularly teaches the skill for the Royal School of needlework, having graduated from there herself in 2008 and has taught at our Craft Sanctuary events. Ribbon work embroidery is such a fun technique, technically it is simple to work and…

Mindful cross stitch

Mindfulness Monday Love List

The 1st April marks the start of National Stress Awareness Month. Relaxing activities such as cross stitch can help reduce stress and improve well-being. To kick off this month of awareness we wanted to share our favourite mindful cross stitch kits, (and a few embroidery kits) that will not only bring some zen while stitching, but also…