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.

Buckle Up, This One's A Belter!


Plastic Canvas Needlepoint Belt with multicoloured floral design, handmade by Bobbin and Fred

I've wanted to make a needlepoint belt ever since I saw them in a vintage pamphlet. My aim in life is to cover as many things as possible with hand stitch and being able to show off my beautiful needlework outside of the home in an easygoing way really appeals to me.

How To Join Two Pieces of Plastic Canvas Together and Finish Raw Edges with Overcast Stitch

two pieces of plastic canvas being joined together with cross stitch
Hello Plastic Canvas Enthusiast!

Are you puzzled about how to join two pieces of plastic canvas together on a right angle to build a box shape? Or perhaps you want to join two pieces of plastic canvas to make a larger piece of canvas? Not sure what to do with those naked edges? Then this blog post will get you on track to plastic canvas construction heaven.

Craft Book Review: Big Embroidery by Nancy Nicholson

Big Embroidery by Nancy Nicholson surrounded by Stylecraft Special DK

Welcome to my first ever book review!

I don't often embroider but Big Embroidery by Nancy Nicholson is all about plus-size crewel embroidery, using thicker yarns to embellish clothing and home accessories, so I couldn't resist! I have a lot of dk and chunky yarn in my stash so I figured this is a great way to use some up.

Hand Stitch SOS: How To Rhodes Stitch


Rhodes octagon needlepoint sampler
This post expresses my love of Rhodes Stitch and shows you how to stitch a Rhodes Octagon and Square in the hopes of passing the Rhodes love on...

Pattern: Turkish Jewel Scissor Pouch and Needle Book, and How To Make Tassels!!

Counted Canvas Needlepoint Scissor Pouch and Minders by Bobbin and Fred

Hello Thread Happy Crafters,

WARNING: This jam-packed post contains loads of stitchy goodness!
Today I'm sharing all the juicy gossip about my latest published pattern, there's info about a freebie especially for my subscribers, and a quick tutorial showing how to make tassels for everyone to enjoy!

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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 Designe...