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I have been working on an embroidered 8" square


of linen showing Rosa Canina. It makes a creative hour
most afternoons while listening to brass band or orchestral music. The hour is in good light. The length of time prevents eye strain.

The shades of each colour have to be carefully selected to get the best reproduction possible. A frame is not needed for this size. Lots of people have spare silks in the cupboard.

I would like to start this as a specialist craft . Now there are cameras that can post on line, the results could be shared eventually. The squares do take a long time.
Any kind of flower or photo can be used.
Can be kept safely for families to treasure, in a nice album.

Any members who would like to join please contact me
p.m. for my address. Tuition happily given email.

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you are keeping busy Diane and I totally agree that you need good light to select the correct threads. Please post a picture when you have finished it. I love sewing and have done lots over the years. but as you will know from my blogs I am currently bitten by the patchwork quilting bug. I have several sewing/embroideries on the go, some are crewel, others are cross stitch, Oh I also have 3 knitting projects awaiting completion.

27 Apr, 2018


Would love to see the finished result. Your unfinished projects sound so familiar Seaburn, or do we just say 'in progress' - now where is that in progress cross-stitch?

27 Apr, 2018


I once met a lady who said " I am having a week finishing everything I started." SB reminds me of her.

What I like about the 8" squares, is they cost next to nothing and use my Clarks Anchor threads to make something small but lovely to keep for future years.

27 Apr, 2018


Have been sewing this afternoon, listening to my Dad
playing the Banjo. Cold and grey here.

28 Apr, 2018


The original one I think was in Blair Atholl Castle on a Scottish cycle tour. It was just a small square, wonderful hand sewn embroidery, I never forgot it.
Wonder if it is still there ?
Hope mine will eventually be as good.
An interesting thing has happened because of it. I was getting swollen ankles in the evenings. My osteopath said they are caused because although my heart is still strong its getting tired because of my age. Been pumping the blood around my body for 90 years. I am dieting to lose weight to help it. Found putting my feet in a foot muff and keeping them warm helped.
Now the swelling has disappeared.
I realise my body is telling me to rest in the afternoons
which is better than getting chemicals from the GP to solve the problem.
That 2 hours listening to music whilst sewing is what my heart needed.

2 May, 2018


Had a mustard in hot water foot bath yesterday. This cured my Gout in February without GPs medication.
It has never come back.
Also cured my corns !

17 May, 2018

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