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Whitework finished and a New Adventure

I have just realised that I have not shown the finished Whitework sampler – so here it is – it was actually finished back in July. The four sides have been hemmed and then it has been “sewn” to some mount board to give it some protection and to also allow me to carry it around easily. The finished piece is about the size of an A2 sheet of paper.

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First the Saxophone, then the Whitework  sampler –  what am I going to do next?

The answer is that from 12th September I am going to be very busy learning lots of new techniques for the next three years. A couple of months ago I heard that I had been accepted onto the Future Tutor course run by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court.  I am very excited about the opportunity I have been given and know I am very lucky to be taught so many techniques by some of the best embroiderers around, and at the end to be able to pass this knowledge onto others. My time table for the first term has me learning seven different embroidery techniques!!

What does this mean for Needlework by Nikki? There are unlikely to be any new designs while I am studying – I think I might be a bit busy with other stitching!! But my existing designs will still be available for sale via my website and wherever possible I will continue to take my “shop” to the local Lace Fairs that I have attended previously.

I will try to keep you all updated on my new adventure and when possible post some pictures of my work.

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Pente

There is a new addition to the Little Ones series – Pente has arrived. This makes a total of six designs in the series and seven different colourways.

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The instructions are available from my website – on the Little Ones page.

Southwark – another new colour

Southwark now has a new colourway available – meaning there are now a total of 5 versions. This new version is at the request of Lesley P. – one of my regular customers. She asked  me to arrange a list of threads replacing the Sea Blue with the Jade colour which was used to stitch one of the Zephyr designs. Here is the result of her work.

Jade and Sand - Lesley stitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have previously bought the instructions for Southwark and would like the details of the threads used in this version, then get in touch with me via the contact page on my website.

Lesley has also stitched the Magic Carpet design replacing the dark peach thread with a brown thread. The two photos below show the difference that can be achieved by changing just one thread. My version is on the left and Lesley’s on the right.

Magic carpet Lesley's colour

Zephyr

At last!!

The instructions for Zephyr are now ready and available for sale. Included in the instructions are the lists of the threads needed to stitch it in four different colourways.

Peaches and Cream

Zephyr Peaches and Cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black and White

Zephyr Black and White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It can also be stitched in Bronze/Green and Jade/Grey. Here are pictures of Storm at Sea stitched in these two colourways to give an impression of what Zephyr might look like.

green bronze jade grey

Apology number 2!!

All I seem to do at the moment is apologise, but I must do it again!

Due to a very slow recovery after a recent procedure on my back I am unable to attend  the Lacemakers and Needlecraft Fair at the Havant Leisure Centre on Saturday 21st November. I am sorry that I will not be here to meet up with all of you who have become “stitching friends” over the years, but I am doing my best to be back to normal as soon as possible.

I am finding that doing any one thing, whether sitting or standing, for any length of time causes me problems, so at the moment I am flitting between different things and basically getting nowhere fast!! I do think things are getting better slowly. My husband is proving to be a very good taxi service as I am still unable to drive.

In the meantime I have been able to do a little bit of sewing. I have completed some of the background music on my Goldwork Saxophone.

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Those of you who can read music should now be able to work out the etching on the bell of the Saxophone.

I have also completed another colourway of Southwark – this time it is in Peach and Cream threads on cream Mono canvas. Hopefully an alternative for those of you that do not like stitching on black canvas.

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This now means that Southwark is available in four colourways – two stitched on black canvas and two on a light canvas.

For my next project I have gone completely mad!! I have wanted to stitch Nova, a design by Genny Morrow, for several years, but have always taken it out of the “to do” pile, had a look at the thread list and size and then put it back in the pile for another day. The design uses nearly 120 colours of stranded floss and is made up of 396 different squares – a big project. I recently had the oportunity to do some minature stitching with my Goldwork tutor Shelley and thought – Why don’t I stitch Nova in minature?

So —— Nova is being stitched on 40 count silk gauze instead of the 18 count listed in the design, with one strand of floss instead of four, and using a ball-point beading needle (the only one that will go through the gauze). It is fun and, surprisingly, I am not finding it too difficult to work on such a small scale. Sometimes you have to complete the stitches in an unusual order, especially when couching threads – the holes in the canvas are difficult to find when the thread to be couched has been put in place, but on the other hand I do not have to lay multiple strands in place. I also have to think again when the instruction ask for two different colours of floss to be blended in the needle – not exactly possible if you are only using one strand to start with! To get some idea of the size, each square in the photo below is about 0.25 inches wide!! I find that on a good night I can complete between 3 and 4 squares.

Nova 1

 

 

 

 

 

Pente

Hi again – this should be the last time today!! I am now going to do some stitching.

There is a new design to be added to the Little Ones series. This is in response to a request by a lady called Barbara at the Havant show last November. She asked if I could work out the threads to do one of the Little Ones but in peach. Hopefully I have gone one better and come up with a new design as well – this one is called Pente. The instructions are not quite ready yet but if any one wants the thread list to use for one of the other Little One designs they have already bought then get in touch with me via the contact button on my website. There are now seven different colourways for this series.

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The goldwork Saxophone is progressing very slowly, mainly due to a problem I have developed with my back for which I am having treatment. I does mean I have had difficulty working on the large slate frame that it is being stitched on. I should be getting my new trestles to support the frame properly for stitching sometime in the next couple of weeks – a birthday present from Paul my husband.

Southwark – new colour

Hi again – twice in one day!

Here is a new colour variation of one of my older designs – Southwark. Many of you have mentioned at the shows that you love the design but are put off by stitching on black canvas. This option is stitched on Sandstone coloured canvas. If any of you have previously bought the instructions of Southwark and would like the list for the threads for this colourway then get in touch with me via the contact button on my website and I will email the list to you. There is another version on its way soon – this time on cream canvas.

Southwork - Sea Blue and Sand option

Southwork – Sea Blue and Sand option