Jenny Wren….

I was super excited this week when a parcel arrived through the post for me – and in the corner, on the front of the box, was a little address sticker from the amazing Jenny Adin-Christie. I had seen her little stumpwork Wren quite some time ago and then watched the progress of  Sally from Stitched Up with Thread  with great envy – and have been coveting it ever since.

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I have already used a number of Jenny’s kits to make three lovely goldwork brooches – and have not only been very pleased with the results, but also with the quality of the kits and the fact that Jenny is always on hand to help out, should a problem arise. But the little Wren has, as a kit, always alluded me.  But after waiting patiently (well not very patiently at all) all the elements of the kit were gathered (many are hand made especially, including the wooden base, bronze feet and beak) and it finally arrived!

The little Wren doubles up as a needlework Etui. It’s wings hide needlebooks, there is storage space for a thimble along the birds back and it’s bronze beak doubles as a thread cutter. It stands on a mossy hillock providing an emery filled pincushion and space for embroidery scissors. The whole ensemble sits on a wooden base that hides a little tape measure.

I am planning to take a lot of time over this piece of work as it involves lots of new techniques for me including, needle lace, ribbon work, goldwork on tweeds and many different surface stitches.

Here’s to a new stitching adventure……

You can find Jenny’s kits here.


About wybrow1966

My name is Deborah, and my earliest recollection of being creative is learning how to smock at primary school. We had a wonderful, white-haired lady who came in once a week to teach the 'girls' how to sew. I am not sure what the boys got up to during this time - but I never once felt as though I was missing out on anything. Now, as a primary teacher, I often give up evenings to teach enthusiastic children how to embroider. I am now just about to embarked into the world of blogging. Who knows if anyone will be interested, or if I can even keep it up. But here goes....
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14 Responses to Jenny Wren….

  1. Jen says:

    This caught my eye when I first saw it in the Beating Around the Bush catalogue. I can’t wait to follow your adventures in making it! I looked at Jenny’s webpage but I didn’t see this kit there…how did you order yours?

    • wybrow1966 says:

      I just contacted Jenny via her web site and asked. The kit is not advertised and as many of the parts are specially made, Jenny waits until she has a number of requests and then puts the kits together. So my advice would be to drop her an e-mail.

  2. Wow, that’s amazing. Just off to look at her website…

  3. Kim says:

    That is seriously cute!

  4. Sally says:

    This is a wonderful kit and I am sure you will love making up your own Jenny Wren. I eventually managed to find the perfect sized gold coloured thimble to fit on her back through Au Ver a Soie.

  5. Dima says:

    This is such a pretty piece. I’m going to look forward to your start on this.

  6. claire93 says:

    oooh don’t forget to show us when you’ve made it!

  7. this looks like an interesting project! i don’t think I’d dare tackle something like this!

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