For centuries women have used cloth as a tool of comfort and as an expression of beauty within their homes. Creating cloth for warmth, cloth for shelter, our female predecessors embellished these linens with hand stitch using laborious and time consuming techniques thereby enhancing the functional beauty of objects which enveloped and protected their families. Inspired by these women I hope my creations pay tribute to and recognise the devotion expressed in cloth by our female ancestors .

''the use of traditional often time consuming process alludes to the devotion of a mother''. c K. A. Ruane 2007

Monday, January 6, 2014

almost a year

It's almost a whole year since I popped back here. I miss this place, it's got a lot of my life attached to it. Anyway, just in case you didn't know and thought I was being idle...I live here now. Stop by when you have a would be good to see you.

Monday, March 11, 2013


boy I haven't been here for a long time...I miss over here sometimes. Don't forget that I now live here..come on over. It's quite nice!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

it's been a while....


I just wanted to stop by to remind you that my topsy turvy life now takes place over here....just in case you were wondering where I had gone!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012



Didn't you know? I moved ages ago. Where have you been?
I am now here

Monday, October 8, 2012


some of this going on over here at my NEW place

Saturday, September 29, 2012

please continue to browse....

Whilst you are here please continue to look around. There is an awful lot of work on here, a mass of chit chat and hundreds of links dotted throughout the posts. However....I now live over here and would be more than happy for you to visit me there now. Thank you.

Monday, July 23, 2012

the lower edge

The lower edge of 'cameos' now has an edge. Lace and scrim have been added and secured with bullion knots. It is so white, so soft but it isn't finished. I have placed these images on my new blog by way of a first post. Nothing is official yet, that will come in my newsletter but meantime you can go have a look over here. Remember I only just moved in so things are a little disorganised...I will get there in the end but for now, the next day or so this is still home.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

the removal men are booked....

I have been a technological sense. I am working on the typepad blog. I have signed up and I have had a good look round my new place. I still can't find where they keep the coffee and I am having trouble deciding which wallpaper I want but that's all part of it isn't it. Actually I am in danger of becoming so confused that I will never recover but I want to do it, I am determined, I will not be beaten. It will be at least two days before I actually say goodbye and don't worry...I will leave a forwarding address....
An Embroiderers Ledger finished today....allegedly. You will not be surprised to hear that one person is holding everything I get so carried away, want to do extra, more complicated stuff so on we go for another few days. I really must learn the art of restraint.
Last night I was on the computer until around 9 pm visiting my new place...I just about lost the will to live. Solution? ....embroidery of course. So I picked up my 'cameo' piece and gave it a little edge which I will show you tomorrow if I manage to get it damp stretched.

***a little update***
To answer a few queries I have been getting...I feel Typepad would give me a better platform in terms of things I may wish to add to my blog. That may not happen at first as it could take me some time to ''feel my way'' but for the long term I think it would be a good move.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

same old same old.....

I showed you this spread the other day with full layout I have so many images on my computer and was going to add others today but you have already seen those had to look back and check. I am on a bit of an organisation, sorting out mission and don't quite know what you have and haven't seen for sure but my best guess is that these actual images are new to you. Again these are practising pictures, getting into the swing of things after a long time away.
(to my ledger girls...I talk a little about these pages in one of tomorrows videos)
I am planning changes...for some time I have wanted a Typepad blog but couldn't seem to export this over there. This blog is now such a part of me that I didn't want to leave it behind but now I'm thinking..''it will always be here'' and it also seems that if I have patience and time a lot of the stuff from here can actually be copied and pasted over there so that's half a plan. I am in the early stages of composing my latest newsletter and any changes will be on there so watch out for that dropping into your inbox over the next few days. If you want to receive my newsletter when it's ready then please just drop me a mail to contemporaryembroidery(at)hotmail(dot)com then you will be certain not to miss anything.

Friday, July 20, 2012


My sofa this morning after a relaxing evening watching back to back NYPD Blue and embroidering. I have added mirrors to cameos and partly created another swatch of bullion knots. I have nearly worked my way through four series.....I need another, I sense withdrawals when I have watched them all.