Going, Going…

I’m going to be discontinuing a bunch of badges at the end of the month, so they’re now reduced to just 50p each. I’m also clearing a forgotten stash of some cross stitch kits, prices from just £3.50. So, you know, you should really click over to the Sale section and pick up some bargains […]

Where To Shop Now

Now that it’s all over, I thought you might appreciate some tips on where to buy awesome needlework from now. Here are a few of my firm favourites. Kate Blandford Kate’s shop is small but perfectly formed with music-based banners and hoops, as well as these pretty ace skull brooches. I have one of those […]

Gift Guide

Image by Little Dot Creations Y’all know already that I am a very strident supporter of buying local, independent goods all year round, but this is even more important at Christmas time. Christmas for the little guys can totally make or break your whole year. Some years, I’ve taken more cash in November and December than […]

Will Steal Your Kidney

Another Christmas gift that Lee gave to me is this awesome cross stitch hobo sign by Alicia Watkins. It fits nicely into my house shelves from Dusseldorf, along with the tiny mountain Lee also gave me (told you I was spoiled). The tiny paper clay mountain is by Sweet Bestiary. Oh, and I also received […]

Polly Granville

Love these. The embroidered kitchen chairs made me say out loud “I could do that,”, the indie designer’s most cringed-at phrase, ever. I could, but I won’t. I do like them a lot though. Polly Granville‘s tapestry sofa is also an eye-catcher, though I don’t think I could justify that in my house with a […]

Makeshift Society

There are many reasons why I wish I lived in San Francisco, but here’s a new one – Makeshift Society. Makeshift Society is an organization for those who crave camaraderie to fuel their creativity. Our members are curious and creative. They make with their heads and think with their hands. We support collaborative projects and […]


  I’ve been working on a collaboration with Kim for a while now and we’re finally getting to having something to show for it (all my fault as I’ve struggled to find time to stitch them up). Here are the colours for part of it. We hope to unleash it at Renegade Craft Fair in […]

Licenced To Ill

One last comment from this post to examine: “I think the last thing that Glasgow needs is another market. I heard about a new one today, and I immediately rolled my eyes and made a joke about teacup candles and 90s vintage clothing. Yet I knew nothing about it at all. For all I knew […]

The Numbers Game

  Recently, I wrote a series of blog posts about why I’ve just about had it with the craft fair scene. You can read all about it here. Here’s another comment I received that deserves exploration: “Thank you so much for articulating the problem so well… as a ceramicist with large overheads and 20 years […]