One Stitch at a Time

I’ve dabbled in needlepoint for the last thirty years, one stitch at a time. It’s always from a kit so is unlike the other crafts that I play with. Usually I make stuff based on my own ideas. But’s it’s great to have something on the go less taxing on the brain. I think that’s why this is my ‘go to’ craft in the motorhome. Perhaps I don’t want to think much on holidays. I also like the way that you can pick it up and put it down after just a few stitches if you have only a moment to spare.

Many of the kits that I’ve bought have been from Ehrman tapestries, the company that gave the wonderful Kaffe Fassett a break years ago. He’s the guy who inspired me to take up needlepoint years ago. His work was so different. Before that the subject matter was always very traditional, country cottages or bunches of flowers. They weren’t really to my taste The Ehrman kits are expensive but I’ve always bought them on sale. And pound for pound it’s a cheap craft. Each new one takes hours, sometimes years to complete.

This one is based on a Roman mosaic. There’s many marine inspired bits and pieces in my home. After all I live by the sea. It progressed quite quickly after I rescued it from the motorhome during the COVID-19 crisis. I may have been confined to barracks but my crafting took a turn for the better in 2020. The hardest part for me is making up the cushion. I can sew but I’m slow. It takes a good few days to cut the fabric, make the piping and sew it all together. How those talented people on the Great British Sewing Bee knock up a ballgown in five hours I’ll never know!

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