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How to choose the correct needle for the right job

Needles are so easy and cheap to come by these days, but, once upon a time needles were hand-made and regarded as precious and so, great care was taken to look after embroidery needles. Hand embroidery needles were regarded as precious commodities, often they were made of precious metals, and at a time when money was difficult to come by and … [Read More...]

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Spring chickens! caring for your chickens in spring

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Homespun/Tilda Competition- Last Day.

      I have four prizes to give-away in this fabulous Competition. Four lucky people can each win a prize! In the prize pack is this gorgeous 2015 diary from the lovely … [Read More...]

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Felt Ladybug purse pattern

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Cinnamon and cranberry fruit scrolls

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The Family Sampler.

    I received this e-mail from Isabel the other day: "Hi, just a few lines to tell you how much I like your work. I am a follower of your blog. I LOVE your Christmas stitcheries I … [Read More...]

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How to transfer your embroidery design onto fabric

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Things we love |Spring market tote bag patterns

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Simple screenprinting with self-adhesive paper

  Ever wanted to do some screen printing onto a bag, or print a design onto some napkins or placemats or even print a design for a wall hanging? Screen printing is a wonderful medium and a … [Read More...]

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Ice-cream cone cupcakes for the cake stall

Awwww....pretty! These "cupcakes" were a hit. They were extremely popular and very easy for little hands to grab a hold of and eat. Looking at them you would think that they are a bit fiddly and … [Read More...]

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Chocolate Walnut Beer cake

Curious about this cake? Looking for something a little different to make for Father's Day this Sunday (in Australia)? This beautifully rich, moist chocolate cake might just be the perfect table … [Read More...]