selfie mermaid

•April 16, 2021 • 2 Comments

The selfie mermaid. She is for a joint conference at Leeds and York universities on the medieval self.

she’s also available on the shop as a kit, which will include links to the video tutorials

I had a lot of fun with her because she’s quite similar to the luttrell mermaid, and when I did her I regretted not giving her a selfie stick, so I was delighted when Kayla wanted to go for modified medieval rather than an exact rendition of the ms. I think mermaids would take to selfies like, er…mermaids to water


•April 14, 2021 • 8 Comments

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This one is based on the madonna from the Jesse cope. I worked on her last week as a tutorial for lady annes needlework festival with the crewelworkcompany . I faffed a bit with her halo to give her more teachable stuff, but otherwise she’s pretty faithful.

I would encourage you to sign up but apparently they sold out of the class days ago (I only really finsihed her on Saturday)


So anyway, she’s the reaosn there’s been no update on the three living and the three dead

and seriously, I’ve treid three different sized versions of this photo, but wordpress’ shitty new editor won’t let me show the full picture.


•April 11, 2021 • 8 Comments

Normally I create things purely for my own amusement, but lately I’ve done a lot of small projects for classes and such, and there are only so many examples of opusanglicanum faces and small dragons one needs as teaching examples, so I’m considering putting a few originals for sale on my webshop. I have a few smaller things which would be around the £80 mark, but the average opus anglicanum face runs from £200 – 500 due to the time involved. I’m not anticipating a huge rush of sales, but selling one now and then would be nice
but the question is, how to mount them for sale?

Hoops are not an option, because I have a deeply held aversion to displaying embroidery on a tool, it’s like serving chips on a roofing slate. PLus, I think they just make the work look cheap (I don’t care how nicely you package a hoop, it’s still a £3 hoop).


so, do I mount things on cards ready for the buyer to frame as they wish,(and then never get round to framing it) or do I frame them myself – I universally go for a simple solid oak or ash frame with wide cream mount – it would add about £40 to the price of most thiings, which isn’t bad for a really nice frame, plus I can have them supplied with plexiglass so they’re fine to post

silk chelles finished

•April 9, 2021 • 2 Comments

chelles silk

I actaully finished this a few weeks ago, but I hung onto it in case I had a week where I was too busy to have something new to post. This week I’ve been filming an opus face tutorial for lady annes needlework festival, so I haven’t done a single stitch on the three living and the three dead – hopefully next week, fingers crossed!

Any way, this is the silk side of the experiment. I delayed finishing because tbh the tiny dog was a bit intimidating because he is very very wee indeed, but he was slightly less intimidating in silk than he was in gold.

In the end I had to finish because I needed the frame for the lady ann project, but I suspect it will be a while before I assemble the two sides into a purse because I’m still thinking about how to do the knobs.

And is it just me, or does the dog look like it’s trying to hump the guy’s leg?

profile angel

•April 6, 2021 • 2 Comments

the rpofile face from clas got a silk underside couched halo, which I rather like

Three living and three dead – first skeleton

•April 2, 2021 • 8 Comments

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Can’t decide if he’s cheery or just plain gormless, tbh


and theres the usual video update as well, if you like to hear me blathering on

green man again

•March 31, 2021 • 9 Comments

Oh ffs, they changed wordpress again – and oh, look, surprise surprise, it’s crapper and harder to use.

I pay for this blog, it’s a lot of money and I should be able to post easily.

Anyway, I needed to do a sampler of copper underside passing for the three living and the three dead, because gold doesn’t feel right for that project, so used this. I want to do counterpoint couching but in a brick pattern. but for a classic brick pattern never to have to identicals touching you need four textures, so I’ve done vertical basic brick, horizontal basic brick, triple brick and twill.


And now I can’t use my categories, which make it easier to find things when I want them. fucking shitty arseing wordpress bastards, they’re claiming this is classic editor. it isn’t

vermin update

•March 26, 2021 • 1 Comment

I keep thinking of those “buy me a coffee” buttons people used to have on thier blogs

I don’t drink coffee, but I wasn’t littering.

starbuks logos are much harder than mc donalds

And there a video as well


rat and chips

•March 24, 2021 • 5 Comments

for all the times gareth is never impressed with my work, he’s bowled over by the sodding rat.

I treid some silks from midori matsushima for the first time (the red) which I liked a lot.

Just the phrase rat and chips is making me want to watch demolition man though

teeny rat, he’s only an inch long, the camera will not be kind

crowned heads

•March 22, 2021 • 1 Comment

The king got a simple surface couched crown, nice and shiny

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