Stitching inspired by Famous Scots – part 1

I though I would show you a little piece of stitching that I made for a special occasion a few years ago.

One of my passions is the life and work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (see below)

This little piece was inspired by his work. It originally came from a kit and I made a few adaptions to personalise it. I intend to make some more variations soon and will show you as I progress.

Here it is

Charles Rennie Mackintosh — architect, designer and artist, was one of Scotland’s most influential creative figures. Celebrate his 150th anniversary in 2018 at special events in iconic Mackintosh buildings and partner venues in Glasgow and beyond.

The work of the Scottish architect, designer and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (7 June 1868 – 10 December 1928) is today celebrated internationally. His designs have connections with the Arts and Crafts, Glasgow Style, and progressive developments on the Continent. Glasgow Mackintosh introduces you to many of his world-famous buildings and interiors.

In the 1890s he was part of ‘The Four’ – an informal grouping with the English sisters Margaret and Frances Macdonald and James Herbert McNair – that produced some of the most inventive decorative art and graphic design of the period. His major achievements include his masterpiece The Glasgow School of Art, the villas Windyhill and The Hill House, Scotland Street School, and a series of city-centre tea room interiors. In common with many of his contemporaries he believed that the architect was responsible not just for the fabric of a building, but for every detail of its interior design. He was one of the most sophisticated exponents of the theory of the room as a work of art, and created highly distinctive furniture of great formal sophistication. He was also a highly gifted painter, producing exquisite flower paintings, and late in life, a series of striking landscapes of the South of France.

In Glasgow you will see the finest examples of his buildings and interiors, work by his Glasgow Style contemporaries, and examples of his creative collaborations with Margaret Macdonald, whom he married in 1900.

Find out more at:

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society

A Finish……….at last!

I finally got around to completing Noah by Carriage House Samplings.

That’s great you might say (until I tell you I started it in 2010!)

The original pattern was to be made into a stocking which I wasn’t too keen on. So I did a bit of fiddling around with the pattern and rearranged some of the motifs. I might add a few more bunnies though.

I used au ver a soie silk threads which I converted from DMC in the pattern.

I also didn’t want to put it in a frame, so I edged it using antique hem stitch.

Have a great day from the snowy Cotswolds.

Grace xxxx

Tidying up

Since coming back from Stirling a few months ago, I have been trying to get my ‘craft studio’ in some sort of order. (To be honest it’s really just a bedroom!) Craft studio sounds better I think but lovely and cosy.

Anyway, while sorting through some boxes, I found a little memory box I made some time ago and thought it turned out well.

What do you think?

I bought the box itself from a shop called Range in the UK and I think was sold as a jewellery box.

The crochet squares were made by me as a teenager, the little rose scrap was given to me by an auntie, the little dog the first ornament I gave to my Mum, the sixpence was hidden in my mother’s purse, the key from my father’s bureau, cross stitch heart made on the last holiday with my late husband.

Hope you like it as much as I do.

Have a great Saturday in your own craft studio.

Love Grace xxxx