Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Here are the results of a great day's teaching at The Sewing Space in Hythe, Kent. We made bracelets out of felt, embellishing them with some simple but effective stitches. Great chatter was had and two of our company had travel at some unearthly hour from Holland to come to the course! The day , as always whizzed by and it was lovely for me to have a whole day to just sit making and completing a project calmly, just for pleasure! The photos are only taken with my iphone again as I always forget to take the camera.

Now ... I am turning this into a tutorial so watch this space for news when it is ready ... I still have not written about Berlin which I was captivated by but will do so soon.
Emboidery class, felt bracelets
Beginnings
Practice stitches
First we practise some of the stitches which will be used
The finished bracelets
The finished bracelets


The finished bracelets

The finished bracelets


felt bracelet being embroidered with chain stitch and spider's web stitch
felt bracelet being embroidered with chain stitch and spider's web stitch

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Sunday working in the garden

It has been beautiful, hot but a lovely breeze, all very well if it does blow all your newly packed label all over the garden ... but just to prove that all the kits are assembled if not by my own fair hand then by my much appreciated helpers ...

Here you can see what I have been doing today, making the needle cases and pulling thread for the new cushions. Some of these colours are for the yet to be assembled Stitch Cards (sorry they are taking so long but I am working on getting them die cut).

But the effort is worth it with an order going off to America tomorrow ... to The French Needle so if you are in US and want to buy a kit do go along to visit this lovely site. They will soon have the new cushion kits in stock.

Also some other news ... have a look at Creative Bloq for a little piece about some of the entrepreneurs on the School for Creative Start Ups course, including me.

So have a look at the the process ... it's not a bad place to work!
Thread colours all ready to be wound off for the New Cushion Kits
Gorgeous colours ... thread just arrived on the cones, ready to be pulled.

Thread colours all ready to be wound off for the New Cushion Kits
 Thread colours all ready to be wound off for the New Cushion Kits

Vanessa starting on LongTail Bird
Vanessa could not wait to start!

Pigeon Cushion Kit just freshly cut
Threads and first one off the roll ...

Labels and needle packs being produced for Pigeon and Long Tail Bird Cushion kits
Making Needle Holders and Labels for Cushion Kits

Thread Packs ready to go into bags for New Cushion kits
Thread packs ready to go into the bags


Cottage garden
The Cottage garden this late spring. A bit of a tangle ...



Wednesday, 18 June 2014

New Cushion kits

Nancy Nicholson new embroidery kit designs
The new Cushion kits, made up and photographed!

Nancy Nicholson new embroidery kit designs detail
Detail of above

Lovebirds panel made into cushion 50 cm x 30 cm
Lovebirds Panel (existing design) made into a cushion

Long Tail Bird Cushion kit by Nancy Nicholson
Long Tail Bird Cushion which I have made here into a cushion (60 cm x 40 cm), though the design will fit smaller 50 cm x 30 cm cushion also

Long Tail Bird Cushion kit by Nancy Nicholson Detail
Detail of Long Tail Bird

Pigeon Cushion kit by Nancy Nicholson
Pigeon cushion

Here are some first proper photographs of the new kits made up and photographed by William Lingwood from The Pixel Kitchen. The response so far has been really great! So glad they are well liked. A large order from Royal School of Needlework was so encouraging too. Now I am cooking up some more designs for later in the year. 

Thursday, 5 June 2014

A Group Gathering


Very excited to be taking part in this exhibition with such a wonderful group of artists. You may remember me talking about it in The Shirt Collar Project post a while back. Kathleen Murphy has really come up trumps organising the culmination of this project and I can't wait to see the collars created by the other contributors. All the artists will also be exhibiting other pieces of their own work so if you are in the area do go along and have a look! Also check out the Group Gathering blog for more information about the artist involved. My own collar is pictured below ...


Nancy Nicholson embroidered shirt collar for A Group GatheringNancy Nicholson embroidered shirt collar for A Group Gathering


Nancy Nicholson embroidered shirt collar for A Group Gathering

Nancy Nicholson embroidered shirt collar for A Group Gathering

Nancy Nicholson embroidered shirt collar for A Group Gathering

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Makegood Festival

My stand at Makegood Festival 2014

My stand at Makegood Festival 2014

My stand at Makegood Festival 2014

My stand at Makegood Festival 2014


Well it's over ... but the best thing was to meet those who braved Oxford Street's weekend throng to come to the Festival and find my stand to say hello! Thank you so much, it was quite wonderful to meet and talk to such lovely ladies (and the odd gentleman, no not "odd", you know what I mean)

Putting faces to names was great for me as I work here quietly most of the time, as now, the blackbird and wood pigeons are singing outside and there is a lawn mower going somewhere, tractor going by on the lane. The contrast to last week is spectacular! But I am so encouraged to keep going because I had so many positive comments about the work I know now I am doing it right!
Anyway for those who could not make it here are some photos of the show.
Now I have to get on with sorting out the chaos that is my workplace and get on with the business of running a business!

Saturday, 24 May 2014

New Embroidery Kits sneek peak

The new embroidery kits, four of them, are not quite ready but can't resist showing a couple of details. These are just home photos and nothing flashy, but some flashy ones are one their way ... of all the new things. If you would like to order one of the new kits please email me so I am aware of you and can give you priority. Once they up loaded onto the website we'll be in business, but because of Makegood preparations we are a few days behind.

I will be doing some online tutorials on the cushion kits so look out for those. Right now, the van is packed and we will meet them in London to put up the show tomorrow. So time to relax for the first evening in weeks, some lovely bream and new potatoes, watercress salad, telly, no embroidery! Or crochet.
LongTail Bird Embroidery Cushion Kit Detail
Long Tail Bird Embroidery Cushion Kit Detail

Pigeon Embroidery Cushion Kit Detail
Pigeon Embroidery Cushion Kit Detail

Friday, 23 May 2014

Makegood Festival

I have neglected you all ... but it is only a week now till the Makegood festival

Please do come if you can as it is going to be quite brilliant! An amazing showcase for 200 creative businesses many who I can say are very cool people indeed as they have been my fellows on this journey we all have been taking at School for Creative Startups. This all reminds me so much of my degree show and I still have nightmares about that! The lists are everywhere, and today is the last day I have in the studio to get the last things packed and ready, then into the car ... on Sunday we will drive there to put it up (there will be photographic evidence) and then it starts on Thursday for us with Press and VIPs coming. Open to public on Friday! YIKES! As I have barely had time to look after myself this last two weeks or more ... I am a little worried about the bloodshot eyes and lack of smartness when meeting the press. I don't do "smart" very well, even when I try really hard.

The photos below are of the work in progress. New embroidery kits which came in huge great rolls which I can hardly lift, mad frantic stitching to complete samples for the show, the colour dilemma, choosing threads for the kits. Many early mornings and late nights.

And I still have inappropriate shoes to wear to this event! I long to wear my Birkenstocks but not sure it would be right. That will be worth a visit if nothing else, to see what I finally manage to cobble together to wear and whether I have had the mental where with all to brush my hair and not put mascara on only one eye. Seriously I would be chuffed to bits to meet anyone who reads this blog. And here I want to thank any of you who have helped with the frantic stitching of samples ... you know who you are ... THANK YOU SO MUCH!


New Kits choosing colours
New kit ... Little Bird No.2
New Kits stitching sample detail of Long Tail Bird Cushion kit
Detail Long Tail Bird Cushion kit



Little Bird No.2 detail
Little Bird No.2 new kit detail

New Kits choosing colours for Little Bird No. 2

Little Birds new kits on the roll
New Kits on the roll!

Cushion kits new kits on the roll
Long Tail Bird and Pigeon Cushion Kits on the roll