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  • My needlework heritage

      I reeeeally need to get better at taking photos, I know, I know. These are all on one piece (top photo) of freestyle hand embroidered insects, by my Mum. This is the piece my Mum is most proud of. It’s counted cross stitch from a pattern (I don’t know who by) on black Aida of a stone bust of the Virgin Mary. Super kitsch classic counted cross stitch. This was in my bedroom when I was little and I still LOVE it now. A doll’s house. The bottom reads ‘To Kate with love from Mummy 19th April 1989 xx’....

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  • Candy Skull

    I guess you could call this one ‘second in a series’. Somewhere around the millionth stitch of the black and grey skull I began fantasising about all the delicious juicy colours in my bag of threads. Being still Death’s head-obsessed, the Mexican candy skull was an easy choice. Basically I approached this one in exactly the same one as the first; found the image, traced it onto graph paper, this time more consciously thinking about the size I wanted the finished cushion to be (bigger), then coloured the pattern. Hooray colouring with colours! And so to work…MUCH quicker to complete...

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