Busy weekend … and some free vintage transfers for you

My entry for the colour “White”

What a busy few days!! Sunny Devon really has been living up to its name – gloriously hot and sunny, just like the rest of the country as far as I can tell. So, instead of finishing my entry for the Feeling Stitchy Rainbow of Stitches contest (that’s it above), I decided to take the newfies to the beach …

the sands at Mill Bay (read about our expedition on Notes from a Devon Village)

I did manage to finish and list my own original design (only my 3rd knitting pattern ever!) for Mimi and Pierre, the little mice. The pattern is available to download in my Etsy shop.

Then we visited a beautiful National Trust property called Cothele, just the other side of the Tamar. The gardens were glorious ….

The house stunningly beautiful …..

And there was even a cushion where a royal backside once rested – yes George III way back in 1789. I am sure he would have liked one of my applique ones even better!!

Then it was back to the gazebo to carry on with the little polar bear mentioned at the top of this post. I am taking this competition very seriously. After all, I have not won anything since I scooped Highly Commended for my miniature garden back in (ahem!) 1967! I do not for a moment really expect to win anything now … the standard of work is so high …. do take a look but the thought of getting my paws on EVERY SINGLE COLOUR of dmc floss sustained me as I worked the twenty millionth French knot!!

Yes, he is worked entirely in French knots – somehow this seemed a good idea at the beginning … and at the end it seemed worth it too. But I nearly didn’t make it through the middle!

And finally, as this has been a weekend of embroidery, I thought you might enjoy this little booklet. It has been languishing at the bottom of an old box for too long, and deserves to see the light of day. Who knows .. the designs may even have featured on some of my baby garments?!

Just click here here for your free pdf – and, as always, if it takes a while to load, please be patient as I can’t afford loads of bandwidth for speedy downloads on the patterns I share with others.

Sew till next time …..



Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [24 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

The WoodLand School

The french knot bear is just … spectacular! I'm so impressed with the million french knots — the texture, the subtle color, the final product. Great, wonderful, amazing work!


Lovely post. And thank you for the help of the knitting pattern the other day.
Julie xxxxx


I love your blog! Thank you so much for sharing your transfers! They're so dear! And your stitchery is absolutely beautiful, I'd sure vote for you!


The little bear is so sweet. I am not sure I could make it through with him!!

Twyla and Lindsey

Hi! I am new to your blog and I am so happy I found you! Your work is beautiful and I love everything you share. I am following you and look forward to getting to know you better. Have a great day! Twyla


Your bear is amazing! So many french knots!
I am glad to read your furry friend is doing better, they can just enjoy the moment….
Your beach looks beautiful, I grew up on St Malo's beaches, on the other side, I miss them!


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