Theresa met the Portrait Challenge

Self Portrait

FROM THERESA: This portrait was from a photograph which was changed by the stamp filter in Photoshop and printed out on a cotton sheet. The hair and glasses were stitched free form on a sewing machine and the other stitches were added by hand. The background is made up of bits of colored fabric which have been glued and sewn down onto the cotton. The piece was stretched around an 8″ x 10″ canvas. 


Chris B. Met the Challenge

Chris Booth met the Tree Challenge. The color and detail are wonderfully suited to the subject at hand. An especially nice touch is the running stitch between the leaves which gives the piece a narrative. Well done Chris!


FROM CHRIS: This is my tree challenge using the satin stitch by hand. It is also hand quilted. I used variegated threads for everything to see if they gave it a shaded look, mainly the sulky thread on spools. It is 11 inches by 11 1/2. I purchased the background fabric recently from akonye kena and was curious to see suitability for stitching, the texture works well.

Chris met the Heart Challenge

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Chris Booth

Chris Booth Heart Challenge

 From Chris: I used freezer paper to cut hearts and adhered them to muslin to serve as masks. I used fabric paint to apply random brush strokes over it all to set the colour scheme and create a background. I removed the freezer paper revealing blank heart shapes in which to use stitchery. It was interesting to use the one stitch in different groupings to create different patterns. Chris Booth

This challenge runs to the end of February.  Please send in your photos to:


Melinda met the challenge!

Melinda stumbled across the Needle Thread Cloth blog and incorporated our latest Heart Challenge into her project.

Love Seat

Love Seat

Love Seat

Love Seat

Love Seat

Love Seat

Hi! I’m Melinda Phillips, a keen embroiderer who just stumbled upon your challenges…  I Became very enthusiastic about the possibilities of including some of the challenges into my next project.

I love three dimensional embroidery, have made a gypsy wagon, a French dressing screen, jeep and caravan, three story Christmas cottage all from cardboard, felt and embroidered with many threads on linen. These are all under twelve inches high!!

Currently I am doing an English cottage with lights and a lot of floral flourishes. This is also embroidered with oven, hutch and wardrobe on the walls. I was trying to find crafted furniture for it, but nothing was to scale. So I designed the love seat.. Red running stitch the main contender on linen wrapped around  cardboard. It will fit on the bottom floor of my cottage, on the romantic daisy rug. It is about ten cm tall by fifteen cm… Just right for any new courtship!!