Samplers & Stitching - Works in Progress

2022 Samplers | Fettle those Finishes Updates |

Embroidery projects | Luna Lapin & Friends | The Mouse House

Older Projects: 2021 Samplers | 12 Days of Christmas

All images of textile work on this website are my own designs from my personal collection, unless otherwise attributed.

For 2022, I am presenting my work differently from last year. This is to help stop procrastination on older projects and starting too many new projects (unless they are really necessary). However, by mid February, naughty Penelope had already been on a spending spree, gathering projects from other lovely stitchers, crafters and textile artists, getting excited by new/different techniques... Guess what, she got overwhelmed and very stressed at having too many things on the list to do... Write out 100 times: I must prioritise the works on my list either by due date or importance. Work the big goals for this year: Finish a large embroidered panel for a community project; Finish module 3 of the Distant Stitch Diploma; Finish botanical eco-dyeing project.

Most of my 2022 intended projects are hiding in the cupboard of chaos. My initial list was quite small, then a very kind friend said "but what about TAS and RLCS and Green Stitch projects....", they were added. Then naughty Penelope fell into the rabbit hole of Stitch-A-Long's for Blackwork in Colour she got sucked into the weekly freebies and added more projects to the list... Oh the evil of the internet.

'Fettle those Finishes' inspired by Archie the Wonder Dog's Furtle around the Blogosphere, has come to rescue me. I have given MA (Mini Archie) and BC (Biscuit Controller) permission to send *Tuts* *Pokes* *Prods* to update my progress at the end of each month.

This is Mini Archie with his Fettle those Finishes Prodding Stick - used judiciously when I have been slacking!

Archie The Wonder Dog

April update: (Click on Mini Archie's image to see the crafting chums who are part of the link party this month)

*Thrilled Face* Mini Archie, April was far more productive than I could have thought!. Since getting over the latest bout of PVF, I am getting much stronger and my enthusiasm for creativity and getting out and about to wild spaces is returning... I can't watch telly and stitch, so I potter about in the seweing room until about 8.00pm then watch a bit of stuff with Mr Hubbykins.

**Big Fanfare** the Blackwork in Colour Sampler is finished, framed and on display at Tennant's of Leyburn for the RLCS exhibition (Richmond & Leyburn Creative Stitchers) until 15th May.

Those of you who know Miss Lizzie and Professor Julius Cheeser on Instagram have seen the latest addtions and antics in their family, I managed to do a little bit of stitching for new outfits... and put a little bit more of the story on their webpage...

*Sneaked in items* I do an international collage art postcard swap in spring (click on mixed media collage button above). Ten cards are required, so this person starts to makes 20, geli plate printing is so addictive... The ten are finished are ready to post off as soon I get the addresses, the other ten just need a few phaffing about bits to finished them.

I'm now in research and thinking mode for my next big piece of textile art; this will be an embroidered/stitched panel approx 100cm x 60cm. I'm attending a summer school at the end of July, so a deadline beckons for this one.

I've done a tiny bit of stitching on the Methodist Panel, but not so much that is worth showing off...

Roger the rhino and Luna with her chums have decided to stay fast asleep in the cupboard until I finish the MTP.

Aim for next month: Working on MTP panel sky, hills and ship. More sampling for the embroidered panel design board. Re-mount my pieces for the Take a Sttch 2 Durham Exhibition. Another *sneaked in* project, my neice is getting married in August and I have promised her a little silk hand stitched bag for hanky etc for the big day... Start eco-printing project. Pace myself, don't load too many things onto my plate for such a short period of time (it's the beginning of May as I write this update...), and have to include a holiday..... Mr Hubbykins persuaded me to renew the passport and we have booked a river cruise in France departing very shortly.... I is trying to be good MA!

If you would like to comment on my works, progress or send encouraging words when I am slacking, please message me through Instagram, or by my email - see contacts button.

2022 My list of Contemporary Stitch & Mixed Media Projects:

  • RLCS - Blackwork in Colour (Inspired by Peppermint Purple's stitch along) - (FINISHED!!! see images below)
  • TAS-2 - Round 5 postcards (January '22) completed and posted
  • TAS-2 - Round 6 postcards (due March '22) completed and posted
  • TAS-2 (Feb) Fabric Collage on Domestic linen (due April '22) in progress
  • TAS-2 (Mar) Blackwork in Colour Pincushion - completed April 22
  • Green Stitch - Stitching on Ticking - completed (16-02-22)
  • TAS-2 (Sep) Stumpwork Rose (Me to lead) Prepare samples and kits - samples etc by Mid August
  • Green Stitch - 4 x 4" metallic samplers (by end of year)
  • RLCS Group - 4 x 4" canvas work samples
  • Draw string wedding bag for Rachel (to be finished by mid July)
  • Toned Down Decorated Felt Circles (Inspired by Sue Spargo's sampler) - on hold since June 2021
  • Elizabethan Sweetie Bag in Red work (Inspirations magazine) on hold since 2021
  • Chloe Redfern - 4 x 6" hoops birds (hanging around since 2019)
  • 100 days, 100 circles (The Steady Thread) - on hold until 1st September
  • 25 hand stitched Christmas Cards(maybe, maybe not??)
  • 25 hand stitched Greetings Cards(maybe, maybe not??)
  • More Elizabeth Almond Blackwork in Colour Projects....(naughty Penelope!- stop looking at her website)
  • More The Steady Thread Blackwork in Colour Projects....(naughty Penelope! - stop looking at her website)

Fettle those finishes: 2022 projects completed so far. Click on any image to see more detail...

TAS-2 Spring Postcards
Stitching on Ticking
TAS-2 Winter postcards
TAS-2 Blackwork in Colour

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2022 My list of Larger Embroidery & Mixed Media Projects:

  • The Methodist Tapestry Project Panel - sampling & stitching in progress
  • Distant Stitch Module 3 - working on samples, towards large embroidered panel
  • Distant Stitch - Embroidered Panel (by end of 2022)
  • Roger the Rhino - arrived 17-02-22 (locked in the cupbord, on hold until significant progress on MTP)
  • Botanical Printing Course (Paper Cloth Printing) (procrastinating...)

Fettle those finishes: Monthly progress images update for projects...

Blackwork in Colour

Sampler (inspired by a Stitch-A-Long from Peppermint Purple) for RLCS Exhibition at Leyburn, worked on 22 count Aida, started 22 January, finished 15th April. The display mount boards were professionally cut, the frame is a standard 30 x 30cm from Wilko (£5.00)

Click on first image for larger image and click through for more images to see details of progress.

Methodist Tapestry Project
Artist's Impression of the panel with suggested colour. Some progress with the lettering, and trying out ideas for the sky, hills and ship.

Roger the Rhino

A kit designed and supplied by Hazel Blomkamp

How the finished work should look!! I'm not allowed to start this project until theMTP panel is finished. Roger is safely locked away in the cupboard.

Distant Stitch 3


Working on samples for DS Diploma. Working with paper templates and stencils for printing on papers and fabrics.

Paper, Cloth, Studio

Botanical eco-printing

Still procrastinating... Mordanting the papers seems to be a long and very messy job...

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Luna Lapin & Friends: Fettle those finishes: Progress update... Hiding in the cupboard of chaos until MTP panel finished

  • Luna Lapin and an outfit
  • Clementine Cat and an outfit
  • Erik the Polar Bear and an outfit
  • Three seater sofa for the chums

The Mouse House:

The full story of my #wooliamgangmice, Lizzie and Julius with their extended family can be read on the 'Mouse House' web page (follow link on menu bar). Our family now includes Pip and Squeak the seven year old twins, and their mummy and daddy Cdr Phillipa McSqueak and Cdr Peter McSqueak. I am enormousely thankful to Mama Sue ( on Instagram) for lovingly creating the mice and helping bring this story to fruition. For 2022 the grand plan is to create a larger Mouse House, with as much hand made furniture and accessories as possible. Some things will be purchased to support small specialist businesses. 'The Mouse House' web page describes how each new room was made. I am only allowed to work on (play with) the Mouse House if I have done 2 hours of stitching....

  • Ground Floor - Sewing Room & Garden (wallpaper & flooring; outside - fire pit and seating; planting borders; patio)
  • First Floor - The Kitchen and Dining Room (wall cupboards & large island; dining table & 6 chairs; wall units);
  • Second Floor - The Sitting Room and Study (wallpaper and dado rail; fire place; recover sofa; large desk; book & shelves; TV)
  • Third Floor - The Master bedroom - Completed January
  • Fourth Floor - The Children's Room - Completed February
  • Accessories and new outfits - Ongoing, always more to do
  • The Mouse House story web pages - Live; story updated & images added monthly
The images below show some of the rooms and accessories that have been completed so far. You can follow Miss Lizzie and Prof Julius on their instagram account

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2021 Contemporary Stitch Samplers: A selection of contemporary samplers completed up to an including 2021. Various stitch techniques, or tones and tints of a colour (click on the first image to view a larger version).

Composite Band Stitches
Seeding Stitch Variations
Contemporary Goldwork
Contemporary White work
Canvas work variations

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The 12 Days of Christmas (inspired by Corinne Lapierre)

A friend at RLCS stitched several versions of the three French Hens which inspired me to buy Corinne Lapierre's 12 Days of Christmas book to have the patterns for the bases. Corinne also sells the wool felt in the lovely colours used for these ornaments. The book recommends using a stranded cotton floss, but I found a No.12 perle produced a nice stitch as well. With two sets of grandchildren it seemed only right that I stitched two sets of ornaments. Hubby then suggested adding a few sequins and beads to make them sparkle while hanging on the Christmas tree. So here we go: On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me ...

A Partridge in a Pear Tree
Two Turtle Doves
Three French Hens
Four Calling Birds
Five Gold Rings
Six Geese are Laying
Seven Swans a-swimming
Eight Maids a-milking
Nine Ladies Dancing
Ten Lords a-leaping
Eleven Pipers Piping
Twelve Drummers Drumming

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