Let's Meet: Emma of The Makers Marks

Emma of The Makers Marks, Needlepoint Designer
Emma of The Makers Marks

It’s with great pleasure that I introduce to you this week’s indie needlepoint designer, Emma of The Makers Marks! Emma is based on home soil, she works and designs in London and is the first British designer we’re meeting as part of this series.

Emma's spent her lifetime exploring her creativity. From sewing and crafting at her mother's knee, she went on to become a trained photographer and now runs a busy Creative Consultancy. Emma even helps manage events for her local textiles group! Today she is turning her hand to needlepoint, a craft she's had a lifelong love affair with, and
is creating her own designs for you to have a stitch at.

Is Stylecraft Special DK a Good Affordable Alternative Needlepoint Yarn?

Tapestry needlepoint pillow with a river fishing boat design

Needlepoint can be an expensive hobby. With this in mind, last year I began a quest to find an affordable needlepoint yarn to make this addictive craft more accessible for all. Join me now to find out if Stylecraft Special DK yarn is a good, affordable alternative to use on your needlepoint when me and Jacky of Willow and Twist put it to the test on our collaboration, the River Fishing pillow.

This story begins last year when Stylecraft very kindly gifted me some of their Special DK and Chunky to add to my ever-increasing stash! I choose the three new shades of chunky and some shades in the DK. I'd been using the Special Chunky to stitch designs with for a little while and I was excited to expand my colour palette.

I wanted to try the DK after learning Kaffe Fassett's favourite way to stitch is with two strands, giving him more colour flexibility and texture. This really appealed to me, partly because colour's a very important aspect to my designs but also because there's only 88 shades to choose from in the Special DK range and a mere 39 in the Chunky. 

Let's Meet: Anne Fisher Needlepoint

Headshot of Anne Fisher Needlepoint Designer
Anne of Anne Fisher Needlepoint

This week we're heading all the way to Pennsylvania to meet Anne of Anne Fisher Needlepoint!

Anne's worked in the needlepoint industry for over 20 years. Starting out as a custom painter for her local needlepoint shop, she's now stocked in needlepoint shops all over the USA! Anne's style is one of timeless elegance and she's designed many breathtaking custom pieces.

Let's Meet: Brooke of Thörn Alexander

Brooke of Thorn Alexander, Needlepoint Designer
Brooke of Thörn Alexander

It's time to meet Brooke of Thörn Alexander! If you haven't heard of Brooke, you're in for a treat, and if you have then you already know it's going to be ace.

Brooke hand-paints needlepoint canvases that can be turned into pillows, belts, passport holders and much more. Thörn Alexander's fresh and fun collection celebrates Brooke's love for colour, texture, animals and popular culture icons.

DIY: Upcycle Ikea Moppe Drawers

Colourful Picasso inspired upcycled desk top drawers for sewing supplies

Is embroidery thread storage a problem in your creative space? I don't have a dedicated sewing studio so my floss is in an ottoman at the foot of my bed, in plastic takeaway boxes on my shelves, wound onto bobbins kept in plastic thread boxes, and they're even lining the bottom of my wardrobe. Needless to say, it's everywhere!

Let's Meet: Jenny Henry Designs

Jenny and her daughter at Bexhill on Sea
Jenny and her daughter in Bexhill on Sea

A little while ago Jenny got in touch asking if I'd like to join a Needlepoint Designers Challenge group. Intrigued I said yes and eagerly awaited more info.

As things unfolded I learned Jenny of Jenny Henry Designs and Brooke of Thorn Alexander have brought together 13 of us to work on a Top Secret Design Challenge!

Trend Report: Eye, Caramba!

A selection of hand embroidered, needlepoint and beaded evil eye talismans
Clockwise from the top left: Maria Steinbock, A Mordel Sur Shop, Wildflower and Company, By Paige, Made For Her, Hello Tangle, Thread Honey

If you haven't seen an eye on a piece of clothing, print, or accessory you may've had your eyes wide shut.

Eyes are everywhere!

They're on bags, dresses, jumpers and even shoes.

This post explores how the eye has been popularised on the catwalk as a motif, their symbolism throughout history and how indie designers and makers are embracing the eye and adding it to their collections.

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