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’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 on my shelf of curiosity.
Big, bold colours and simple lines, my love for the work of, and the person, Emily Peacock knows no bounds. Emily is probably the most generous person I know in the craft world, with her time, her knowledge and her advice and you should check her work out because it, and she, is beautiful. One day I WILL finish my Kiss and Hugs.
If I am really honest, Jody’s work is basically everything I wish mine was. I never took the time to expand my range beyond typographic style works and that’s something that always rankled with me. People think of me as the slogan stitcher but in my head, I have so many more elaborate designs that may never see the light of day because I’ve never had time.
That aside, I think Satsuma Street is awesome – I have stitched up the New York design and it was super-easy but also super-effective. I’d definitely recommend her charts.
Another of the goodest of eggs, Genevieve from Floss + Mischief is a full-on dedicated purveyor and advocate of brilliant needlework. Those feathers have been on my to-stitch list for about as long as they’ve existed.
I don’t think my gal Julie Jackson would mind me calling her the grand doyenne of the modern cross stitch world, because it’s a) true and b) she’s fucking rad as all got out. Another person who is generous of spirit, with their time and always has good chat. Her kits and books (both cross stitch and Kitty Wig related) are where it all began and are worth checking out. Now.
This isn’t an exhaustive list but it’s a good place to start.