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The Embroiderers' Guild had a class - 97 Group where we learnt how to do Applique and I made these two Christmas hangings

The cushion was started in a "Crewel and Unusual" day school with Fay Maxwell. Blanket felt is appliquéd onto a silk background using wool and perle threads with various different embroidery stitches. Then Kantha style  running stitches combine all the layers of silk, cotton backing and wadding together. The embroidery was then used as a front for a cushion.

Various gold threads used in the making of my Goldwork fish, as well as long and short stitches, satin stitch, couching and French knots.
The embroidery was designed by Melissa Cheesman 2014.

This is a piece of Shadow Quilting I did at the 97 Group. It was a technique of embrodiery that I had never come across and enjoyed working it. Something else I have learnt at North Kent Embrodierers' Guild


Midnight Meander, a monochromatic beaded Jacobean design. The design and kit came from Hazel Blomkamp and was found in her book called " Crewel Twists." The embroidery is on black dupoin silk and used 10 different types of beads and 9 different threads.


City & Guilds level 2 Hand Embroidery

These are 2 photographs of my work completed for the City and Guilds accreditation - level 2 Hand Embroidery.

The 3 flower designs were inspired by the work of William Morris who is a designer I really like.

The background is a blue silk dupion stretched over a frame.
Each of the flower heads has been completed using different techniques. Some of the techniques and stitches used are wiring organza, couching down purl purl, French
knots, split stitch, buttonhole stitch, picot stitch and many more!

We were asked to keep a record, for our portfolio, of how long this piece of work took to complete and mine took 90 hours, much longer than I expected!


This is my first attempt at Hardanger embroidery and was completed during sessions at the 97 group 'classes'. Working white on white is particularly challenging!

The embroidery is worked on evenweave fabric using a perle thread. Blocks of stitches called Klosterblocks are worked and then threads are cut away and the threads left are woven together to create bars. The design and idea was taken from 'Stitch' magazine - an Embroiderers' Guild publication.