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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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A Pretty Little Treasure!


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Remember the goldwork & silk Tudor-style rose? I’ve not done anything with the sample I stitched, I suppose because it is “just” a sample. I’m using it for reference as I work on the Medallion project. Eventually, I will be stitching five more of those roses. (Yeeeeesh. What was I thinking?)

But I love seeing what other people do, when they embroider a project initiated here on Needle ‘n Thread, and here’s a great example of a beautiful finish!

Goldwork & Silk Tudor-style Rose Tape Measure Cover

Elena of Coeur de Freesia, a blog written in French that also focuses on needlework, sent me a photo of what she did with her Tudor rose, and I think it’s just gorgeous! She made the piece into a very attractive tape-measure cover.

Don’t you think it’s charming? Such a pretty little treasure!

It ties in with the Home Sweet Home giveawayCarolyn Pearce’s new book, Home Sweet Home: An Embroidered Workbox – and I’m currently giving away two copies of it over here. If you’d like a chance to win your own copy of the book, read the Home Sweet Home give-away article and follow the instructions before tomorrow morning!

Hope your Monday’s terrific! (even if it is Monday!)


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  1. Isn’t this a great idea? Such a talented lady! She published a list (English/French) on her site of stitch names, which really helped me when I began using embroidery patterns from magazines in France. Her English is great, too, if you have a question to ask of her.
    -Sharon in France

  2. What a great way to beautify a working tool! I love it! Never thought of adding gems & beads as a pulling dangle! How pretty!

  3. So sweet! So pretty! This site is my daily dose of beauty and delight. Thanks to everybody who actually 1)finishes their project; and 2)has their camera and charged battery handy to take a picture of it! Such organization to which I can aspire….

  4. It is such a nice way of presenting the work. Mary, I have been following your long-and short stitch lessons. And I see you also use it quite often in all your projects. My practice helped to improve a lot. But the color selection is as important as the stitching. If I use blues for LAS stitch, it doesn’t only matter if I use a light or lightest blue. But it also matters which blues I can mix together. Otherwise it sometimes ends up like a crayon painting. Can you give us some hints when choosing colors for LAS stitch shading.

  5. G’day Mary,
    This is precious. Thank you.
    I did a little wander around Elena’s blog too, and then saved it for later when I can do it justice. The translation tool is beaut (good for a smile too) and opens hallways of doors into rooms overflowing with wonderful creations and inspiration from such delightfully talented needleworkers and textile artists like Elena. Photos are of great interest and an essential visual aid but a few words of explanation in ones own language is the key to continued and focused interest and enjoyable learning for me.
    Blog hopping becomes a profitable ‘hobby’ in itself besides giving me a wonderful sense of belonging to a worldwide community otherwise closed to a non-traveller like myself!
    Thank you Mary for being the anchoring link in my chain of internet embroidery interests.
    Cheers, Kath.

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