New Book – Kids Learn to Stitch!

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I’m really pleased to tell you that Francois Hall and I have teamed up once again to bring you a brand new book – Kids Learn to Stitch! We have combined my crafting skills and Francois’s witty, instructive illustrations to create another inspiring and delightful how-to book for children and adults.
Kids Learn to Stitch builds on our highly successful Kids Learn to series, which includes the much loved Kids Learn to Knit and Kids Learn to Crochet – and it is coming soon to somewhere near you!

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We have made sure that learning how to stitch has never been so fun – or so easy! With a winning combination of step-by-step instructions and fabulous illustrations, children (and adults!) will learn all about the basics of making straight stitches and loop stitches, cutting out fun felt shapes, and stitching things together with simple seams.
Best of all, with the help of the two clever little mice Peg and Pip, newfound skills can be practised along the way with fantastic, easy to work projects like a big bad bug, a handy pincushion mouse, a friendly dog and even a sparkly, hot headed dragon.

Over the next few weeks and months I will be bringing you more Kids Learn To Stitch news, special book offers, tips for project ideas and lots more besides – so watch this space…

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Knitting, Stitching And Doing

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This summer has been a bit different as not only have I been knitting (and knit travelling – the photos show coastline and sheep from these travels), I’ve also been stitching and generally doing a lot of sorting out.

Earlier in the summer I made the finishing touches to a brand new book – of which there will be much more very soon and you can click here to receive my newsletter with the latest updates. I also started to research and photograph ideas for some new work – for products and collections – and there will be more on this too…

I’ve also been doing a huge amount of sorting through years of accumulated yarn, fabric and ‘stuff’ in my attic to make way for lovely new studio space (for all the knitting and stitching there is to do).
Brighton is a vibrant, arty place and while there are new studios popping up – Tutton & Young’s lovely Atelier51 is one very fine example – affordable, accessible and acceptable studio space gets harder and harder to find. Over the years of living in Brighton I’ve had several studios, and have slowly gravitated from being in and around the North Laines to working from home (about a 10 minute cycle ride from the centre). I know I’m lucky enough to have my own home – which albeit relatively small, does have an attic to expand into, so for now I’m ok. But for lots of artists, makers and designers it is tough and can be really expensive – and not only in Brighton.
I thought this article in May and Junes issue of Crafts Magazine by Rosy Greenlees from the Crafts Council was pertinent and made interesting reading…

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Workshops

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West Dean’s new winter workshops programme is now available and I’m really pleased to be teaching three workshops – Northern Knits: folk knitting techniques for garments in November and Swedish crochet nålbindning and smygmask virkning and Swedish nålbindning for woollen textiles in February.

It is always a pleasure to teach at West Dean and I’m really looking forward to them.
Find out more and book a place here.

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Danish Art Tapestries

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Wool, texture and tapestry – inspirational pieces by the Dansk Gobelinkunst group.
Details of  work by Annette Graae.

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Spring flowers

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Wild wood anemones – also know as windflower, grandmother’s nightcap and moggie (mouse!) nightgown. They are one of the earliest spring flowers and are a good indicator of ancient woodland, hedge-banks and meadowland.

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