zodiac, capricorn

•October 20, 2014 • 20 Comments


I’m quite liking little capricorn here, even though he’s really quite similar to pisces.

I’m going to go all french with the famous capricorns and have jean d’arc and madame du pompadour. anyone here a capricorn?

oh, and it was john’s birthday yesterday and I made batcake!


completely unimpressive until you cut it open, but then kind of awesome. Of course then I got a lecture on the history of batman…

opusanglicanum article

•October 16, 2014 • 10 Comments

I have a tutorial for an opus anglicanum face in this month’s edition of “mary hickmott’s new stitches”. The print edition was late going to press this month, but you can buy the digital edition


The threads are bought ones (the article gives details), but I have some of the ramie ground fabric over at my folksy, and I’ll list some of the silk background velvet tomorrow incase anyone wants some.

Stitchalong Sorry

•October 12, 2014 • 6 Comments

The leopard with white highlights


I would love to tell you his appearance was delayed by me having to do busy and important things, but actually I as a disorganised cow and lost him. Oops!

stitchalong part two – leopard

•October 3, 2014 • 6 Comments

According to my medeival bestiary the leopard is a tame and gentle creature whose only known enemy is the dragon. It amuses me to put them on opposite sides of the purse. This leopard’s colouring is based on that illustrated in the ms harley bestiary, but his shape is taken from the one in my Noah’s ark hanging as the bestiary leopard is not such a pleasing shape

pdfsStitchalong scans-4 Stitchalong scans-5 Stitchalong scans-6 Stitchalong scans-7

We’re going for a bit of an experiment with the laid work on his body- a bit of a modern twist to get the mottled effect of the bestiary leopard with a patchwork of colour. If you have a it you’ll have an individual key for laying out the colours, but you can swap them round a bit if you want too.

leopard blend

Lay all the threads down for the body in one go, as we will be couching over everything with a single colour to blend it (so don’t worry if it looks a bit odd at this stage, it will all tie togehter in the end). Allow the colours to bite into each other rather creating a definate line between them as this will enhance the blended effect.

leopard tail (2)

His tail is quite long and whippy, so you can practice curves

leopard couched

all the couching is done in one colour to bind the whole thing together. As you can see I’m going to a negative space eye again, but you may do a filled one if you prefer.

leopard outlined

Next his outline and eye. I love the way medeival leopards always look terminally glum, it’s like they’re the eeyores of  medeival art.

leopard spots

Spots and ridiculously large claws. I love the way the claws make his feet look huge – it’s like he’s wearing those novelty monster feet slippers.

Right, I’m going to leave it there and I’ll come back and do an edit with the finishing white lines later this evening. I have to dash out now and I seem to have lost that photo off my phone, so I’ll have to re-take it later. I promise I will do it by bedtime

Zodiac, Taurus

•September 30, 2014 • 13 Comments

Don’t know why he ended up red, but I love the look on his face, and the way his horns balance on his head.


That’s my dad, that is.

( you might notice it’s wonkier than normal, that’s because I did the wet stretching – Gareth is better at it)


•September 27, 2014 • 8 Comments


Gareth took this, he says it’s what they do when were out. I assume he means that Hobbes watches telly and eats pizza whilst branston sips a cappuccino and reads the times culture section…

Actually they’re both little sods for licking out the cup when Gareth has cuppucino, and I’m not sure coffee is good for cats.

Branston made me stay in bed and cuddle him til quarter past nine this morning, because I’ve been up at half five every day. He’s now sulking because I got up and the chinnywubs stopped.

Freehand blackwork.

•September 26, 2014 • 4 Comments

I hadn’t realised this, but booking for the freehand blackwork day at the ashmolean has only just opened up, which doesn’t give anyone much of a chance because it’s next Friday, but it’s

http://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/ticketsoxford to book online, by phone its 01865 305305 or in person at the Oxford Playhouse box office.
http://www.ashmolean.org/assets/docs/WhatsOnSoon.pdf is the link to the What’s On where it is advertised on page 30 under workshops.


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