Thursday, 25 September 2014

Patterns a' Brewing

I've been working on a couple of new patterns for release next month, one is in the sewing stage aka 'on the frame', of which I'll share a few pics, another is still in the design phase on the mac.  You will all know it's never a quick process!

I've been inspired of late by the intricate beauty of Blackwork.  It gained great popularity in 16th Centry England after the then Queen of England, Catherine of Aragon brought blackwork embroidered garments with her from Spain, the country of her birth. 

Traditionally sewn with black silk on linen or cotton, the stitch used is called 'reverse running stitch' or Holbein stitch after the court painter of the day, Hans Holbein (c.1497-1543).  He painted this 'Spanish Work' as it was often called, in immense detail, it is easy to imagine this cuff in real life:

And so, on to the sneek peek of my next design, 'Old Oktober'...

Partly inspired by illustrated old manuscripts, partly by old samplers, and partly by what I spy on my daily walks in nature.  I've used lush autumnal colours here, burnt orange, (or, as we say here in Scotland, 'Irn-bru' orange, hehe), espresso browns, charcoal greys and tarnished golds.  I'm working on my usual 32 count linen in Antique White by Zweigart and enjoying how it's all coming together.

Here's another pause in the work:

You can see above a tiny piece of blackwork has sneaked in, I'm just using it for variety here and there, it's fun to change it up a bit.

And finally, little sheep has become a pillow! Now hanging up and able to keep watch over the stitching area with ease.

Okay! Just left to say a big THANKYOU to all the lovely ladies who have faved and purchased from the shop, I'm inspired to go on creating and appreciate your custom and interest very much.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Hardy Highland Sheep all set to Roam

I've created a little prim sheep who has been eye-ing up the interwebs for a while now and is all set to go a-wandering.  She is presently munching on some nearby blooms, unruffled at her task of trotting into unknown cozy stitching corners in homes right across the globe and checking out what's in your fridge.  

innocent beady eyes...

Below is a link to this downloadable PDF freebie I've stored on Dropbox which includes two charts, one with the word 'spring' tangled up in her wool coat as shown in the model, and for an alternative, one with the word, 'prim'.  I think my sheep will become a hanging pillow ornie once I sew her up.

When you click the link below, a new tab will open with the 4 page PDF, you will see a button there to download this file to your computer hard drive if you'd like a wooly visitor from Scotland. 

 Enjoy and feel free to share with your friends  :-)

Click for Prim Sheep Freebie PDF Download

Your comments and feedback are welcome, any glitches let me know as I'm still checking out this blogger terrain!


 ~ Goodflora 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

A beginning

The little spindly wheels of the blog uncertainly start to turn now and move forward.  Out of the dark shed, into the indian summer light, the rusty squeaks give way to a more machine like mometum, turning turning rolling, and off we go to explore this stitching shire with wind assisted gentle speed.

This blog will be a cool shady spot to update you with new cross stitch releases, what's currently 'on the frame' and of course, the 'f' word... freebies!  I daresay I will muse about tools, creativity, inspiration and the 'how to's' as I learn myself along the way.

The shop goodes are laid bare on the right there, for your discerning stitching eye.  Comments are welcome, errata discovered will be humbly tooted from here, maybe poetry.

We will see where we go!