"There is an Indian proverb that says that everyone is a house with four rooms. A physical, an emotional, a mental and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room everyday, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person."

Rumer Godden 1907 - 1998

About me

My Early Stitching History
In common with many stitchers, I learnt the basics of sewing and making things from my mum. I did dressmaking as a subject as school and as a young adult I took a few evening classes and learnt how to make a quilt.

Once I got married and had a family there was less time for classes, so I taught myself some more stitching skills and took my ideas for projects from books and magazines. I joined a local quilting group and went to quilt shows, piecing the current "in" project in up to the minute fabrics. To try and break away from making the same project as everyone else in the group I took an another set of evening classes and gained new embroidery skills. Between 1996 and 2002, I completed a City and Guilds course in Creative Embroidery, which further expanded my stitching knowledge and really helped me improve my design and drawing skills.

Over the last 10 years the internet with its many and varied opportunities for sharing has brought so many ways of joining in with creative activities, learning new techniques and finding ideas for projects that's its been easy to add further skills by watching or reading tutorials online. I've learnt lots of techniques ranging from stitching, to bookmaking and painting.

Today's Stitching
Two recent house moves in as many years (2010-2012) made anything other than knitting difficult, now (2015) we're settled in what will be a permanent home for at least the next 10 years, I need to find the impetus to expand my interests and start some stitching projects. 

I set up my new craft room as I want it, my sewing machine is out most of the time, my books, stashes, supplies and tools are all within easy reach, I've sorted out my projects and decided which ones I'll work on will complete and which I won't. 

There's a new sketchbook I want to start working in. My collection of found objects discovered whilst creating my garden continues to inspire me, my books inform my thinking as do many of the blogs I read regularly. 

Claire, April 2015

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