A New Year with ice skating, tidy hair and ribbon embroidery


Happy happy new year! In all honesty I am still struggling to get into the swing of ‘normal’ life after a lovely Christmas break.

We worked our bottoms off up to Christmas and spent the festivities in a light fug of exhaustion. We did manage to escape for a delightful break in the Lake District where we walked, ate, read and knitted (well, I did) in a gorgeous little hotel my friend discovered earlier in the year within Beaxtrix Potter’s old stomping ground.

I remember eating lots of chocolates, binge watching Killing Eve (oh my gosh, LOVED it), reading lots of books and knitting several rows of my little cotton blanket. An entire bottle of violet gin may have been consumed too.

I did spend a lot of time thinking about the year that was and the new year ahead of me. I love this time of year for exactly that; filling out empty planners, diaries and calendars. Considering the things I’d love to achieve this year and how to go about it… So much possibility and opportunity, it’s dizzying.

Over the last few years I have tried to make my new resolutions happy ones, or I at least phrase them positively. So this year as well as eating more vegetables and protein, having tidy hair, learning to ice skate and mastering calligraphy I am going to conquer ribbon embroidery.

I have dabbled with ribbons, reasonably successfully, but never gave it the time and focus to develop any skill in it. Having found the loveliest teacher I am filled with enthusiasm and she is coming to The Stitchery Studio in February to run a beginners class. If you fancy joining in, you can book here too. All I am going to say is: ribbons. Beautiful silk ribbons.

You can check out Tanya’s work here and the pictures in this post show my floral heart garland design that Tanya converted to ribbon embroidery. So gorgeous, delicate and so textural. Hope you can join us.

In the event of another Beast from the East then the workshop will be re-arranged for a mutually convenient date so please don’t let the potential weather put you off. We will be cosy and warm in my light and bright studio for the day.