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5-ply Guernsey wool. Worsted spun in the UK from 100% pure British wool. Hand-dyed using professional dyes that are unharmful to the environment. 

Gradient shades from raspberry to light pink and natural white. 

100g skein each.
yardage: 240 yards/ 220 metres

Approx. tension: 32 stitches x 36 rows = 10 cm (4 ins) square using 2.5 needles

Washing instructions:
Hand wash only at 40 degrees max. Use a mild detergent. 
Reshape garments whilst damp. Dry flat away from direct sunlight and heat. Can be steam press.

This stitch is commonly sewn separate from the main embroidery motif. As its name indicates, the stitch is reminiscent of a wheat sheaf.

First work three straight stitches (tutorial for the straight stitch is available here) ...

... Bring the thread in 7, between the three straight stitch, towards the middle of the second stitch. Do not let the needle go through the straight stitches.

Put the needle behind straight stitch 1on the left ...

...  then under straight stitch 3 on the right.

Pull the thread through in 7 again.

Take the needle to the back of the fabric and secure the stitch.

5-ply guernsey for sale.

Worsted spun in Yorkshire from 100% pure British wool. Hand-dyed using non-toxic dyes. Rich and complex shades of earthy greens and natural darks.

£14.00 per 100g skein - To benefit from the 10% discount (excl. postage), email me directly (

Approx. tension: 32 stitches x 36 rows = 10 cm (4 ins) square using 2.5 needles

Washing instructions:
Hand wash only at 40 degrees max. Use a mild detergent.
Reshape garments whilst damp. Dry flat away from direct sunlight and heat. Can be steam press.

Sustainable type of wool, meaning that the farms must ensure animals are well kept (e.g. no mulesing system) and the farming methods help protect the environment in the best possible manners.

Le Stitch, Mr B. and the p'tit Bout went to visit Bruges, Belgium, last weekend. In-between beer and chips breaks, we managed to stroll around the beautiful city that has been made famous in the world for its delicate hand-made lace crochet.

This traditional art originated in the 16th century. It was passed from mother to daughter and was taught orally. The delicacy of the lace crochet grew in popularity and contributed to increase the wealth of the city.

Here is an incredible Youtube video showing you a lace-maker in action.  The speed is absolutely mind-blowing !!

You will find more details on the Kent Centrum website (the official museum of lace crocher in Bruges).

I warmly recommend that you visit the city. It is stunning despite the truck load of tourists coming round the clock and the Flemish welcome is not that warm.

Recently, I have participated in a wool exchange on instagram (#fibershare), which made me discover weaving.

Let me explain.

I dye yarn, and the lot I sent to my wool pal (@sarahelizabethsphere based in Canada) only included wool hand dyed by me.

In my (relatively conventional) mind, I thought she was going to knit or crochet the yarn. Well I was pretty mistaken. Sarah used my wool to weave wall hangings and mobile baby (available in her Etsy shop).

Here are some pictures of her work (my wool is the chunky indigo / dark blue).

For some time, I have seen more and more weaved art on instagram. It seems that there is a new craze for this textile art that comes from the United States of the 1970s. When we see the bobo / hipster mood of the 2010s, it does not come as a surprise that this art has resurfaced.

Personally, I find it amazingly pretty but, having a practical mind and an allergic companion, I imagine the dust that must amalgamate and, just for that, I do not see myself weaving or putting a weaved wall hanging at my house. What about you?

This variation of the blanket stitch is useful for creating loops and for adding texture to dimensional embroidery. it is worked from one side to another on a foundation made up of straight stitches. The blanket stitches do not got through the fabric.

1) Bring the thread to the front of the fabric in A. Take the needle to the side at B. Pull the thread through to form a straight stitch.

2) Repeat step 1 to build a double-threaded foundation stitch that will support the weight of the blanket stitches.

3) Bring the needle to the front just under A. Pull the thread.

4) Take the needle from top to bottom behind the foundation stitches. Do not go through the fabric.

5) Position the thread under the tip of the needle and begin pulling the thread through.

6) Continue pulling the thread towards you until the stitch is wrapped snuggly around the foundation stitches.

7) Repeat steps 4-6 until the foundation stitches are completely covered.

8) To secure the final blanket stitch, take the needle to the back of the fabric in B. Pull the thread and secure it at the back of the fabric.

My favourite winter jacket has suffered this season. The button at the right shoulder has popped out. No wonder here though as I was always caring my gigantic handbag on the same shoulder. 

My handbag is so big that I use it to carry my personal stuff, my toddler's stuff and my daily shopping. The button couldn't carry all the weight. Here was my look before the repair. That wasn't really glamorous. 

Here is the material you'll need: thread, needle, scissors, button. the ripped fabric is clearly visible on the left. 

First, you'll need to repair the torn fabric by sewing it back.

The end result is not the best looking but it's very hard to get a needle through parka fabric. It feels like a tent fabric covered in polymer.

But then when you fold the flap back you don't see it.

Then, it's time to get on with the button...

... that you'll sew on the area that has been sown back.

When you've done with sewing the button, don't forget to fold the thread between the button and the fabric in order to reinforce the thread. 

Finally, you should have something that looks like this (again not glamorous looking but it will be hidden by the flap).

and there it goes !