Don’t leave it until the last minute though….the last Royal Mail postage date before Christmas will be Thursday 21st of December.
Only a few weeks to go until the next exciting Craft Sanctuary event at the lovely Cranage Hall in Holmes Chapel.
These friendly, informal groups full of happy stitchers and creative energy are a great way to have some me time.
Developing Japanese embroidery skills need not be a lifelong pursuit.
Join us on 27th – 29th October at the October Craft Sanctuary Retreat, Cranage Hall in Cheshire for an introduction to Japanese embroidery.
This year Hand & Lock celebrate 250 years of embroidery excellence.
You can join them for a once in a lifetime opportunity at the London Embroidery Conference which will be held at the Bishopsgate Institute on 12th and 13th July 2017.
Expert embroiderers, speakers and teachers from around the world will meet over the two days to discuss embroidery past and future.
We have created a new ‘pen style’ pricking tool for our popular Prick & Pounce kits.
Our source of small silver handles for our pricking tools ran dry so it was back to the drawing board.
We needed something that was easy on the hands and with a fine enough point to create the small holes needed for effective pounce techniques.
It is not always convenient to attend workshops on a given date and some people prefer to study at their own pace.
With this in mind, we are developing our courses to allow distance learning at a very reasonable cost.
Our first two courses: Introduction to Embroidery and Essential Goldwork are now available for booking through our secure online store.
Our lovely soft metallic faux leather has become very popular and now we have three stunning new colours. Fantastic for goldwork embroidery or other crafts, these fine fabric backed faux leathers are available single or in mixed packs. We now have a range of ten colours including the new Ruby, Emerald and Sapphire. Available in… Read More »
It looks as though 2017 is going to be a busy year for our embroidery workshops and we have added more courses to the calendar. Our day embroidery courses at Fun2Do in Carlisle have been extended to included Blackwork, Hardanger and specialist embroidery techniques. You can also join us on a Craft Sanctuary weekend retreat… Read More »
Here at the Maire Curtis Bespoke Embroidery studio we have been busy creating a wonderful new project for a Craft Sanctuary “Add a Little Sparkle” workshop in February 2017. Picture yourself in a historic manor house, stitching beautiful shiny things, guided by expert tutors… Traditionally, garments embroidered with Goldwork and Irish Lace were reserved for… Read More »
This week we have been trailling the hand dyed mercerised cotton from Paintbox Threads. Always on the look out for something new to add to the repertoire, I discovered this wonderful collection of hand dyed cotton and silk threads manufactured in Britain by Paintbox Threads. Available as single 100m or 50m skeins or in packs… Read More »
The A-Z of Thread Painting by Search Press focuses on creating embroideries using long and short stitch as the main feature. Technically referred to as silk shading, this technique can create almost photographic rendition of an object using embroidery cotton or silk. The A-Z of Thread Painting contains twenty six embroidery projects, eight of which… Read More »
We have been working on some new designs for our goldwork course. These two designs are compact to avoid overwhelming the embroiderer and include all the elements needed for introduction to goldwork embroidery. Each design offers, couching of special threads, applique of leather, cutwork, spangles and beads. Goldwork embroidery can often seem intimidating but it… Read More »