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.
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.