Textile Tuesday Number One!

needelpoint experiments and designsHelloo! Happy New Year – Happy New Decade – Happy New Photo Challenge!

I am really looking forward to sharing 12 glorious months of Textile Tuesdays.

Textiles of all sorts are my first love in the land of Creativity, so I’m starting off with a bumper crop of archive makes that I have just excavated from my many and various boxes in the loft – it is like a museum of my life up there.

The archaeology was prompted by a photo by Sheila on The Great House Exmoor on Instagram  of a doll’s house she had found.

Sheila and her family have bought a fabulous Georgian house on Exmoor which they will be renovating ready for Bed and Breakfast guests. My goodness what a task, but I am SO looking forward to watching the transformation of the rooms as I know they will be fabulous.

About 25 – 30 years ago I had a crush on needlepoint – I had seen someone making a cushion cover and had to have a go – so I bought a kit

This was my first

Then this one

As you can see I liked more subtle colours in those days – it was all terracotta and soft greens – very grown up!

After a trip to Turkey, I was interested in kilim designs

but I didn’t love this one and could not find the patterns I wanted to make so I started designing my own. Following a visit to a Doll’s House Fair I started designing and making doll’s house carpets – a perfect craft for travelling. They are all to the 1:12 scale. 1 inch = 1 foot.  They were wonderful little projects to pack in a backpackIMG_7512

I made this one on a canal boat in Shropshiredolls house carpet

and this one has crossed the Equator twice –  travelling right round the world with me in 1994. I designed it as I was travelling, adding in motifs I came across.needlepoint

The bright colours soon burst forth IMG_7509IMG_7504I became fascinated by how the same colours and the same design could create such different patterns.basketweave-1

daffodil, Warhol style

A computer programme helped me design these ‘Andy Warhol’ daffodils. WdaffI made them as cushion covers but then wondered if they would be better frames as pictures needlepoint daffodiland my indecision consigned them to a box in the loft.


Some need a bit of cleaning. But – what to do with them – having unearthed them from their box, I realise they should not stay there, something needs to be done with them.

These could be cushion coversneedlepoint


I think some could be framed, even in their unfinished state – but what do you think – are they art one would want hanging on the wall?

Food for thought.


That is a long post from me! Some months I will most probably post just one Textile Photo – do you have any textiles to share – one piece or many – current or archive. You are welcome to dig deep into your blog archive and revisit old posts – anything goes so long as the photos are your own.

I’m really excited to see your very own Textile Tuesday.

Just leave a link in the Comments.




40 responses to “Textile Tuesday Number One!

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  3. My first thought when I saw the piece up against the ruler was “bookmark!” Or would that be too bulky? You’re right, they absolutely need to be on display one way or another.

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  4. I think they would look fabulous as a wall hanging – especially all the vibrant ones :-)Here’s my offering of textile photos ; https://thecraftycreek.com/2020/01/08/textiles-photo-challenge-playtime/

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  6. Absolutely wonderful. I loved seeing how the colours got brighter, and clearly you have always been drawn to patterns. Here is the link to mine

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  7. This post surely deserves a Maine wowsah!

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  8. I have done a post to join in – https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/2020/01/08/tapestry-roses/
    Your collection is very impressive and it certainly seems a shame to just keep them hidden. Still you have been given lots of suggestions of things to do with them.

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  9. A fascinating range of creativity Sandra, much like my house, the space left for the other stuff is secondary.

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  10. all gorgeous!
    I can imagine some of the recangular pièces being finished off as notebook covers or made into small bags..

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  11. I’m with Kate – piece them together to make something extraordinary – perhaps there’s enough for a door curtain or hanging panel, or a few bags. Something you can see and use on damp, dark days. They are gorgeous.

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  12. I love these – especially the dolls’ house rugs and the piece that has been on a world trip. I suppose it depends on your wall space but those daffodil variations would make an excellent tryptych.

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  13. Agreeing with Pauline and TextileRanger. These are fabulous and should be seen.
    My entry for this month is over here: https://curlsnskirls.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/textile-tuesday%e2%9d%a3%ef%b8%8f/

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  14. They are so amazing! I especially love the one that has crossed the Equator twice, you definitely need to frame that one! Submit it to a magazine, enter it in a show! Each motif is so interesting and yet the whole piece is balanced. Just a perfect colorburst of composition!

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    • Thanks so much TR. I have never thought of submitting anything to a magazine – that would be a fun thing to do. I’m often wondering about entering crochet in local shows, but never thought of this piece as a candidate … hmmm … you have got me thinking.

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      • We used to have a commercial here in the States for one of the discount stores, and it showed an eager shopper waiting outside in the early morning, chanting, “Open! Open! Open!” and I am chanting to you like that, “Enter! Enter! Enter!” Your designs are so original PLUS your craftsmanship is great, a very difficult combination to find.

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  15. Beautiful, I love them all! 🙂

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  16. These are all so beautiful and I remember them all being created! So talented. The three daffodils could make their way to a certain house with a penchant for daffodils if you can’t think of anything else that you’d really like to do with them. 😉😁

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  17. Well, when you said you had a lot, you certainly meant it! What a superb collection, and such a shame they’ve been hidden away for so long with all that hard work and glorious colour! A large framed piece on a multi aperture mount, or a wall hanging maybe?
    I am facing a similar issue of what to do with hundreds of vintage handkerchiefs!

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    • My creative obsessions produce a lot of stuff!! It never feels like work though – it is all joy and discovery. There are only a few pieces I would want to see every day, so I’m going to have to try to distribute them in some way that feels right.


  18. If they were mine, I’d find a way to piece them all together into one magnificent, lavish symphony of pattern and colour, as a tribute to your love of needlepoint. How gorgeous they’d look, joined by narrow black strips, like stained glass….

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  19. I’m pretty sure all of them would be fabulous made either into wall hangings or framed. But I also think as a history of your journey they could be carefully curated and displayed in one or two pieces with accompanying notes. Now that would be a fabulous wall of interest!

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