Tuesday, 13 December 2011


An easy way to make fabric rose brooch:  


All you need is a long strip of fabric, the wider the strip the large the petals, and the longer the strip, the more petals or rounds you will have. These can be hand or machine stitched and overlocking (serging) is not essential. 

The best fabric to sue is a soft drapey one for small roses. Larger roses could be made with a stiffer fabric. 

Some felt for the backing and a safety pin.


For this rose I have used a strip of Georgette about 1 m long and 8 cm wide. This makes a 4 inch rose. The edges are not particularly straight, but that does not matter too much as it will add texture to the petals. 

There is no right or wrong way to do this, experiment for different effects. 

Fold along the long edge with right sides out, matching the raw edges as you go, you can either hand or machine stitch with a running stitch or overlock the edges. What you will have is a tube of fabric with stitching along one side. 

Using a long thread doubled for strength, secure and gather one short end. This will make the centre of the flower.  

Gather a short section, approx 5 cm and secure. Wrap around the mid section and secure to it. 

Repeat this varying the size of the gathered sections and as it gets bigger include some straight sections increasing in size as you go further along the strip.

Gathering and wrapping in sections makes a more realistic rose than one that is just gathered and wrapped. Which if course, is another way to do this - gather the whole length and wrap round itself.  

What you should end up with is a gathered rose which has petals that fold naturally. You might want to arrange them, by gently pulling into place, separating the double layer a bit until you have a pleasing shape. 


To make this into a brooch, sew a circle of felt onto the back which covers all raw or overlocked edges. Fold the final raw edge of the side under this felt piece so all raw edges are behind the felt. 
The size of the circle will vary with the size of the rose.  

Sew a small strip of felt to the back and place a safety pin underneath and sew the other side in place. It's easiest to use an overcasting stitch for this. Pull your brooch into shape again and pin on clothes, bags, anywhere you want a decoration. 

Made me a little something

I found time to make myself a little something, what do you think of them?

Peruvian cushions

This fabric was woven in Peru using traditional methods. The private client requested a pair of cushion covers to be made from it. 

Simply cut the fabric strip into 4, overlock and add a zip, then pipe all the way round and finally sew backs and fronts together.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011



Heres a lovely idea for a special memory keepsake. There's a photo guide on the blog on how to make it.

I found this on petitspuntpatch

Happy Chappies

I came accross these happy chappies pinatas- don't they make you smile? Find out more about them at Papelitos  and there is a handy translator on site for those that don't read Spanish.

Thursday, 1 September 2011


Present Perfect is tucked away just off the main street in Melrose. Its newly painted front gleams blue in the sunshine, inviting you in. Its open Tuesday to Saturday and is one of those shops your pleased you've found. Although tiny, it is packed full of household items, lighting, candles, gifts, local artist jewellery, cards and even a few teddy bears.

Here are some of the things you can find in Present Perfect:

Monday, 29 August 2011


These mice are absolutely adorable, so much detail to their faces and hats, and being 6 inches are not too tiny. I think these would look lovely as part of a halloween table display, with mini pumpkins and some black cats.

You can get them from www.handmadeartistsshop.com in the dolls and miniatures section. Please have a look at  the artist's own website too for more primitive products and classes, for those nearby. www.mylovi.com

Sunday, 28 August 2011


I've just updated my linked in page. Some quite detailed questions to answer. You will find it as Suzanne Kirk on


Crochet Flowers

Crochet flowers are special and these are no exception, picture has been taken from the following website.


Friday, 26 August 2011


Hello new followers. Its good to have you around and I hope that you will return from time to time to see whats going on at Studio Stitches.

Tartan Teddies

This is my latest project and is great fun. The studio is a chaos of velvet, tartan and lace. Available to buy from www.teddiesintartan.com These teddies in highland dancing dress are the newest in the range. (I only make the costumes). The waistcoats are finished with tiny silver buttons.


I don't know about you, but I find a white screen quite hard on mye eyes. I've tinted this one with a bit of pink to match in with the background.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

sewing tips

 If you are stuck on how to sew something, here's a great blog to help you out. http://artvani-vani.blogspot.com

ArtWhiz: Fish in the Sun Socks

ArtWhiz: Fish in the Sun Socks

Folksy Shop

I've started a Folksy shop because I have become bored with Etsy and Artfire. They have changed their emphasis from the crafters to their own commercialism. Both started out as sites for hand made items, with the crafter as their main focus. but clearly there are mass produced items for sale on both sites. Handmade should stand out in its own right. 

Its now time for me to support UK craft sites. The small team at Folksy are dedicated  to encouraging and keeping alive all types of craft forms from allover the world. 

Folksy's emphasis is on unique and small productions of items which really means that the buyer is getting something unique and handmade. In my opinion mass production and handmade do not sit well together. Handmade implies that time, skills and knowlege have been invested in the item. That the crafter is giving something of themselves to the item, a feature that mass production does not have, and as many crafters like to tell you, their item has been made with love. That makes it special. 

If you have never had a Folksy shop, then please give it a go, its inexpensive and you can sell as many items as you like.

If you would like to see some of my items for sale already posted please visit


Don't just stop at my shop, there are loads more to look at.