Inspired by Darning Samplers

Inspired by Darning Samplers

I do not know how many of you still darn socks – I don’t. Like so many of us, I can be wasteful with clothing and throw away items that perhaps could be mended. Maybe it was my time as a nurse that put me off. I can still remember darning my black stockings that I...
I dreamt of visiting Colonial Williamsburg

I dreamt of visiting Colonial Williamsburg

The imposing Williamsburg Inn Over our years in the needlework industry, I had heard of Colonial Willamsburg Historic District, but was not really sure what it was but wanted to visit if I had the chance. In the end Bill and I have been lucky enough to visit this...
Jacquard weaving in Perugia

Jacquard weaving in Perugia

I was working on a sampler project recently, which made me consider how lucky we are to be able to buy beautiful fabrics at the click of a button. Some early sampler makers had to weave their own fabrics before they could contemplate a single stitch, which goes some...
A visit for my birthday

A visit for my birthday

The beautiful Dutch Yard, part of Sarah Raven’s inspirational garden After having to curtail the treats for my 70th birthday last year, I was determined to do something special this time around. Bill came up with the perfect treat – we went away for one night...
A taste of South America

A taste of South America

An unexpected treat at Rio airport. Over the years we have enjoyed escorted tours from Voyage Jules Verne. Our taste of South America was certainly one of the most memorable. Our trip included Chile, Argentina and Brazil so you can imagine we were visiting the most...
The poppy field

The poppy field

I expect I have told you already about my cutting garden and how I love having home-grown flowers in the house. Over the past three years, I have doubled the number of flower beds and some are planted in cottage garden style with traditional plants like corncockle,...