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NEW KIT!!! Stumpwork Swan April 24, 2019 21:38

The sample has been stitched, the instruction booklet has been written and now the materials have been measured and packed...my Stumpwork Swan design is now available to purchase as an embroidery kit!
This elegant design will teach you a range of techniques including creating a 3-D wired wing with raised embroidery stitches, silk shading over felt padding, decorative embroidery stitches and beading.

Remembrance Raised Work Poppy October 19, 2018 10:10

In honour of remembrance day I have developed a new hand embroidery kit, Raised Work Poppy, which is now available to buy from the Bluebird Embroidery online shop. £5 from each kit sale will be donated to the Royal British Legion.

I will also be teaching this design as a class at the Royal School of Needlework on the 4th November
https://www.royal-needlework.org.uk/…/5026-raised-embroide…/

This simple design will introduce you to creating realistic shading using tent stitch in wool alongside couching and french knots. These are combined with raised work techniques to create a 3-dimensional wired petal which brings the beautiful poppy to life.

This kit includes all of the threads, fabrics and needles required to complete the design and the clear instruction booklet with step by step photographs will guide you easily through your project. The black aida background fabric is provided with the design already transferred on for you.

So why not give Raised Work embroidery a go while also donating towards this wonderful charity!


NEW KIT!!!! Stumpwork Goldfish September 1, 2018 18:18

This vibrant three-dimensional Goldfish design on a background of shimmering beaded needlelace is another one of the projects from my Stumpwork Embroidery book and is now available to purchase as a full kit from The Bluebird Embroidery shop.
This design combines several stumpwork stitches and techniques including: wire edged elements, fabric painting onto organza, beading, needlelace, creating padded embroidered shapes and using layered decorative embroidery stitches.
The kit includes all of the threads, fabrics, needles and templates required to complete the design, along with a detailed instruction booklet with step by step photographs.

Have fun!


Garden Birds Original Artworks August 6, 2018 14:43

Introducing 'Garden Birds' my new collection of original hand embroidered artworks. Goldfinch, Nuthatch, Coal Tit and Robin are the first four to be released and will soon be on display in the Wells gallery of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen, of which I am a member.
These little birds on their needle and thread perches were such fun to stitch! I created them using a combination of the hand embroidery techniques of stumpwork and silk shading worked directly onto a background of aida fabric, these were then displayed within a 4 inch ring frame and mounted onto coloured card within a wooden box frame.

For more information about how these pieces were created or if you wish to purchase one for yourself, click here

 


New Stumpwork Embroidery Kits March 15, 2018 16:41

Three of the projects from the book Stumpwork Embroidery: Techniques And Projects are now available to purchase from the Bluebird Embroidery shop.
These include the beginner project Watering Can Pin Cushion, along with the two progression projects: Little Secret Garden and Secret Garden.  Have fun creating them!

New Stumpwork Kits Coming Soon! March 7, 2018 15:41


NEW KIT! Crewel Work Chaffinch January 30, 2018 17:59

The beautiful Chaffinch Garden Bird design is now available to buy as a kit from the Bluebird Embroidery online shop!

Whitework And Goldwork Flowers January 15, 2018 13:24


Crewelwork Chaffinch Sample January 7, 2018 21:18


Review of Stumpwork Embroidery: Techniques and Projects January 7, 2018 21:16


Silk Shading Fox embroidery kit back in stock! November 17, 2017 16:34

The very popular silk shading Fox embroidery kit is back in stock! Go to the shop page of the website for more information...


Now in stock! Stumpwork Embroidery: Techniques And Projects November 10, 2017 17:10


New Embroidery Kit! October 19, 2017 13:22


Stumpwork embroidery book coming soon! October 5, 2017 17:20


Fallow Deer Silk Shading June 16, 2017 20:20

Inspirations magazine recently featured my silk shaded Fallow Deer on their facebook page! This design was created as part of a collection of eight embroidered pieces based on British Wildlife. To have a closer look click on the link below:
https://www.bluebirdembroidery.co.uk/colle…/original-artwork

Or if you are in Somerset you can find this piece, along with my Grey Squirrel design, in the Shakespear Glass and Arts gallery in Langport.
www.shakspeareglass.co.uk/

 


3D Goldwork Bird May 29, 2017 16:44

The 3D Goldwork Bird embroidery kit is now back in stock and available to purchase through the online shop.

 


New! Crewelwork Bird Of Paradise Kit May 23, 2017 14:55


Silk Shaded Labrador April 10, 2017 00:00


An interview with Zone One Arts March 6, 2017 14:45


Silk Shading class at the Royal School Of Needlework February 13, 2017 15:39


NEW! Silk Shading Fox Kit February 3, 2017 12:02


Christening Robe Embroidery Commission February 3, 2017 12:00


Stumpwork Embroidery Book February 3, 2017 11:58


Somerset Guild Of Craftsmen February 3, 2017 11:56


New Kit! November 7, 2016 12:24

This blackwork embroidery kit featuring a design in the style of the Mackintosh Rose is now ready and available to purchase from my online shop or you could try out the new Shop Now button on the facebook page.
This design is very similar in style to a commission I created a few years ago; a triptych of three stylised Mackintosh Roses created using blackwork stitches and shading combined with coloured stranded cotton threads and silver metal threads.


Embroidery kits now back in stock! October 24, 2016 18:03

The Bluebird Embroidery online shop is now back up to full stock on all embroidery kits!
To get 10% off your order just type TAKE10% in to the discount option when purchasing your items. This offer is available until the 14th November.

British Wildlife greetings cards and prints now back in stock! October 16, 2016 19:35

All eight designs from the British Wildlife collection are now back in stock in high quality giclee prints and greetings cards. Visit the online store for more information!

 


Ribbonwork Dahlia Flower October 4, 2016 09:45

Today I am getting everything ready for my Introduction to Ribbonwork class which will be held at The Royal School Of Needlework on Sunday 9th October.
I love using this delicate embroidery technique and in the class each student will create their own pretty Dahlia Flower design. They will learn a range of ribbonwork stitches using buttercup yellow, moss green and leaf green silk ribbons on a background of hessian and calico fabrics. The day will then be finished by learning how to carefully apply silk paints to add definition and relief to their flowers.
It's going to be a really fun day - I'm looking forward to it!


Stumpwork Book October 4, 2016 09:42

It's finally finished! After almost two years of work, I have now submitted my book on Stumpwork Embroidery to my publishers The Crowood Press. It will probably be released the middle of next year. I can't show you much of what will be going in to the book yet but here are a few teasers....


Ely Motif Goldwork and Silk Shading kits are now back in stock! July 29, 2016 17:51

The Goldwork and Silk Shading Ely Motif kits are now back in stock and available to purchase from the shop on my website. This kit includes step by step instructions along with progress photographs on how to use and apply a variety of gilt metal threads along with the very popular technique of silk shading. All of this is created into the Ely Motif design which has been pre-drawn on to a piece of ivory silk dupion fabric.


Silk Shaded Wood Mouse May 31, 2016 14:20

Inspirations Magazine have featured my silk shaded Wood Mouse on their facebook page! Cards and prints of the design, along with the 7 other pieces in the British Wildlife collection, are available to purchase through the online shop.

Silk Shading Harvest Mouse kits are now back in stock! May 25, 2016 17:21

By very popular demand, these hand embroidery kits featuring the technique known as silk shading are now back in stock and available to purchase from the shop section of the website.


Day Classes in Toronto, May 2016 May 25, 2016 17:15

I would like to say a huge thank you to all of my students who attended my Royal School of Needlework day classes in Toronto. I had a lovely two weeks teaching at the beautiful venue of the Toronto Botanical Gardens. It was a pleasure to teach such enthusiastic stitchers and I hope you all learnt lots of new stitches and techniques!


Metalwork Feathers at WCE Barnstaple April 18, 2016 14:30

Really looking forward to my Metalwork Feathers class on Wednesday with the West Country Embroiderers group in Barnstaple!
The students will have the choice between a silver Swan feather, gold Tawny Owl feather and a blue Jay feather.
Its going to be a full day including tuition on the following stitches and techniques: applying various metal threads such as pearl purl, bright check and smooth purl, cutwork, chipping, couching, using felt as padding, split stitch and long and short stitch.


Combining fabric painting with embroidery April 5, 2016 17:47

Today has been spent getting ready for next weeks workshop 'combining fabric painting with hand embroidery' with the Salisbury branch of the Embroiderers Guild. The students will learn how to use and blend fabric paints before creating simple decorative embroidery stitches to build up texture and colour.
Looks like its going to be a fun class!


Fulham Palace Kneelers March 12, 2016 10:33

Fulham Palace in London have written a wonderful article on their website about the kneelers I designed for them on behalf of the Royal School of Needlework. I have been running classes with the Fulham Palace Sewing Bee, who are producing the kneelers, and everyone is progressing very well. Hopefully everyone will be able to enjoy the completed kneelers this summer. The article can be seen here.