We struck gold when we were on holiday in Tideswell (in beautiful Derbyshire) the other week. Not only is it set in the most glorious countryside, it also has a deli, numerous lovely tea shops, a couple of pubs, 2 chippies (my boys were delighted), and a fantastic second hand book shop – Peak Volumes. So no concerns about what to do on a rainy afternoon… eat cake, buy books, and plan which chip shop you are going to frequent, of course. Amongst other brilliant bits and bobs, I brought home this little bit of retro goodness from the book shop. I couldn’t resist trying my own mini-version of the front cover to make another Artist Trading Card.

Retro embroidery inspiration

You notice the ATC obsession continues. It’s so nice to settle down to little bit of late night sewing – little being the significant word. The great thing about this kind of hand-sewing is you can pick it up, do a few stitches, and feel like you have made some progress, especially if they are stitches you *don’t* change your mind about and unpick later.

Bizarrely, there’s no instructions for this little house embroidery inside the book, so I just made it up as I went along, using loads of basic backstitch, a few French knots and a bit of couching and cross stitch here and there.

Our House ATC

I think you can probably see that I really enjoyed making this! The Very Berry ATC swap is fast coming to its thrilling conclusion, and the Flickr group is looking more and more fabulous…  it has been SUCH fun.

31 thoughts on “Retrinspiration…

  1. Fantastic! Makes me wish I had joined up even more, but it just couldn’t happen this time round. Win some loose some. Sounds as though you had the perfect holiday! The book and your version of it are great, love it.

  2. Funnily enough I’ve seen that in other older craft books – why on earth show off a project that you can’t actually make?! Weird…

  3. Isn’t it amazing where we get inspiration? Your houses are really lovely. Thank you very much for organising the ATC swap, I can’t wait for the next one.

  4. Love the tiny houses, they’re so cute! I found a book like this at a local fair, it has some great stuff in it and sparked my interest in sewing. Thanks for hosting the ATC have really enjoyed taking part and discovered a new love for embroidery. Excited to see what I receive now!

    1. Di, my OH and I are absolute suckers for second hand shops of any kind… our house is getting more and more full of vinyl records and books…. Glad you like my little houses!

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