Saturday, December 30, 2006

Workshops for the New Year

There are a couple of new workshops to tell you all about.

Firstly, two more for Grayshott in Hampshire

1 Taster Day

Wednesday 31st January 2007
Another chance to try the different machines. There are currently 3 machines to try, decide which one you want to buy or just play and have fun. This is a good opportunity to compare machines, and you may be surprised.

2 Felted Bag

Wednesday 7th February
Make a bag in one day. Made from wool and an unusual technique. This will be fun, but you may need a couple of spare needles!

Friday - Sunday 16th -18th February 2007

This is advance notice of 2 x 2 hour workshops at Textiles in Focus at Cottenham near Cambridge. If you would like more information, send a large stamped addressed envelope to the following address. I suggest you do it quickly as the event is ALWAYS well attended and tickets for workshops are sold very quickly. There is plenty of accommodation in the area, so if you are thinking of travelling a distance and staying for more than one day it is worthwhile.

"Textiles in Focus"

There is also a competition, not aimed at 'embellishers', but....


Make a piece of Jewellery that will fit into an A4 padded envelope.

All techniques are valid, but there will be a prize of Sassa Lynne threads for 'Innovative Use of Hand-stitching'. For further information, and an entry form, send a stamped self-addressed envelope to the following address

"Textiles in Focus"

IMPORTANT If you are sending from abroad, enclose reply coupons from your post office to cover postage of the information, regretably you won't have a reply without these

Sunday, December 17, 2006


Not a very exciting rendition, but I am working under unusual conditions at the moment.

Glitzy yarns were meshed onto green hand-painted felt. A few stitches have been added by machine using metallic thread, a triangle cut and the shape glued onto a card.

Have a happy Christmas everyone.

Friday, December 08, 2006


Well, not very precise ones, but a sample for the current challenge. Yarns meshed onto white felt, cut into shape and remeshed onto black felt - alternating the top surface.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Do Something

A little late, but here is a response to the 'Do Something' challenge.

Carrier rods have been meshed onto yellow felt. Originally quite hard, the carrier rod has been transformed into something quite soft.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Life and things

I haven't been able to post much over the last short while as real life has been 'in the way'. However I have been busy and promise to put some pictures up shortly. I am not connected to the scanner or camera while I am away from home.

Next week is the Play Day for the Embellisher. I am really looking forward to it, I'm sure we'll have a good time.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Embellisher Taster Day

Well, the first of these was yesterday, and we really had fun.

We had 3 machines. The BabyLock, a Janome and a Bernina with an attachment. Everyone was able to try them for a decent amount of time, and make up their minds as to which one suited their needs.

We used a variety of materials, but mostly yarns and fibres.

I'm looking forward to the next time.

Pictures later

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A handy hint!

Sometimes working on the Embellisher with flyaway fibres is a real nuisance. They can move around and sometimes bounce right off the background. I thought I would tell you about 2 methods of dealing with this.

In both instances you need to lay the fibres where you want them to be.

1 Cover them with a piece of dress net and get meshing through the net. When you have finished you will be able to pull the net away, leaving just the fibres.

2 Work in the same way but substitute a piece of Saran Wrap (Cling Film) and you will find it just as easy.

I have used both these techniques in workshops and students have been amazed at how firmly fibres are held in place. I hope it helps you too.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Janome Xpression

Well I have finally had time to try the Janome. All in all I like it. It was only a quick tryout, another one later perhaps, but it handled felt and fibres famously!

Nothing too strenuous for me at the moment, my emotions are elswhere (

Good to hear that some of you are accepting the challenge. Keep me posted with how you are getting on Don't forget, it's open to owners of Babylock, Janome, Bernina - and any other machine etc

If you want a cautionary tale, have a look here. I can relate exactly to this story!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A challenge

I have to be honest, I have no idea how many people read this blog. However, I know that I get emails from all over the world, so they must generate from somewhere. Many of them confess to the fact that they have an Embellisher machine, but that they have never used it. Some of these machines have stayed in their boxes, still there after 2 years or so.

Today I decided that something must be done. The following link will send you to a new blog with a challenge

Anyone can take part, but I do hope that some of you will be the ones who have yet to discover the joy of taking the machine out of the box ;-)

An Embellisher - now, what else?

Well, anyone following my other blog will probably realise why I have been quiet, however, work must go on, so I thought I would offer these thoughts for you today.

I have an Embellisher, do I need anything else? I'm not suggesting that you go out and buy a new machine to play with, no, rather asking if there are any other pieces of 'kit' that would be of use. I thought I would tell you about 2 items that I find invaluable.

The first is a mini vacuum cleaner. I find this invaluable. It removes the last bit of dust from the machine, and is especially useful around the needle area. Sometimes it is difficult to remove all the fluff from inside the needles. I have a small battery operated machine, and this just does the job beautifully. The best part is that they are available all over and are very inexpensive.
The second piece of equipment I have is slightly more unusual. It is called a 'Hackle'. Here is a picture with some fibres that need conditioning, and with a sample just started
A hackle is an ancient tool for mixing and conditioning fibres prior to spinning. Of course there are other methods of doing this these days, but I find that for The Embellisher it is ideal to have one sitting on the table next to me. It looks a little like a block of wood with a number of nails sticking out! The fibres are gently stroked over the sharp points, and gradually smooth fibres are mixed. I use it a lot, especially when making Nuvo Felt. I don't sell them, but if you need one I suggest you contact Francesa Lawrence at Cae Gwydd, Moelfre, Conwy, LL22 9RL, Wales, UK.

While we are on the subject of Francesca, do try this recipe which I found quite by accident! It's delicious.

Friday, November 03, 2006

My postcard fabric

Well, the postcards for the swap are on their way and possibly already arrived. I thought you would like to see the fabric before the stitching.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Too much excitement?

I am awaiting delivery of the new Janome embellishing machine. I am really looking forward to trying it and comparing it with the BabyLock. I have a feeling that there will be things that can be done with one machine that are difficult on the other. I have been trying the felting attachment with the Bernina. It certainly is different from the BabyLock.

All I need is time. I've started the 2nd book, and am working on projects for it. Practice the techniques in the first book - you will need the skills for the second!

Ooh, yes! They've promised me an 11000 too. Just want to get going, so maybe tomorrow.......

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Embellishers at Missenden

It's a week ago now, but this is a quick shot of some of the students working on their machines during the last weekend course at Missenden Abbey. It was a good weekend and a lot was achieved.

More weekends to follow, and a summer school next August.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Postcard Swap

It was so exciting to arrive home from holiday and find the above postcard in the post. It was sent to me by Jenny, and is the first in our Embellisher Postcard Swap.

If you are interested in joining in for other swaps visit us at

We intend to have some fun.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

A handy bag

This is a simple bag that I have made on the Embellisher. I just love the texture.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Wednesday November 15th 2006

Embellisher 'Taster' Day

If you or someone you know is wondering about buying an Embellisher machine this is an ideal opportunity to try. The session will include hand needle felting, and each person will also get a good length of time using a machine.

Workshop to be held in Grayshott, Hampshire, UK, from 10am to 4pm.

Enquiries and information:

Wednesday December 6th

A chance to get started with your machine. We will look at some of the techniques from the book, but also introduce something new too. If there is room we can also accommodate a couple of 'Taster' students too.

Workshop to be held in Grayshott, Hampshire, UK, from 10am to 4pm.

Enquiries and information :

How small is my book?

Over recent months the book has been a fairly large part of our lives. Today we are sending a copy to the British Library This is a legal requirement for every published work in the UK, but follow the link to see just how insignificant my effort is going to be!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

As promised, here are scans of the cover of the book.

Here is the front

The image is a piece of Nuvo Felt

And here is the back. This shows lovely scrummy fibres just waiting to be used.....!

Let me know if you have a go at making Nuvo Felt. I'm just about to embark upon a piece large enough to make a waistcoat, but probably won't finish it until we are back from France next month.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Embellisher Course

The course at Missenden Abbey is now full to overflowing. However, due to the waiting list another will probably be organised shortly, although not advertised in the brochure. If you would like to receive information or details send me an email

Monday, August 28, 2006

Knit one .....

Now that the book is out of my hands and well on its way (due at the end of this week) I can finally get on with some new work. I am about to start making some small bags, and this picture shows the basic fabric.

I have knitted the basic shape to my own pattern. That took about an hour, to get it to this stage on the Embellisher took about 45 mins. It just need stitching together now, but that will take a day or two as I want to mesh some more bag fabrics first. If anyone is coming to the Knitting and Stitching Show at the NEC Birmingham UK next month I will have patterns and the yarn for sale. Look for us on stand H39, Winifred Cottage. (We will have the book there too.)

Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Embellisher! Let's Get Started!

Title The Embellisher! Let’s Get Started!

Techniques for needle felting using
The Embellisher machine, suitable
sewing machine attachments,
hand-felting equipment, and introducing
Nuvo Felt

Author Myfanwy Hart

ISBN 0-9553932-0-5

Published by M & J Enterprises

Price £10.95

UK Postage £2.00
Please enquire about overseas postage

Publication date 1st September 2006

Advance orders now being taken. Please email for information

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Nuvo Felt

I have had a request to explain about Nuvo Felt.

Nuvo felt is a fabric which is made from scratch on the Embellisher. It is a technique that I developed while trying to create a specific effect.

Instructions for making it will be in my book called 'The Embellisher: Let's Get Started!' which is due to be published at the end of August. Details, including cost and ISBN number will be posted here as soon as I have them.

If you have any further queries, send me an email to

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Postcard Swap

If anyone is interested in swapping postcards made using the Embellisher this new group may be of interest.

The image above is that of a postcard due to be sent in the post today.

Friday, July 21, 2006

If you would like details

If you would like details of the book when it is published, please email

Thursday, July 20, 2006

An image from the book!

At long last I can post an image that will appear shortly in the book. It is currently on schedule for the end of August/beginning of September.

It is a piece of Nuvo Felt, and approximately 46cm (18 ins) square.

Nuvo Felt is made using viscose fibres. The name derives from the fact that the technique is new and made from viscose.

Further details of the book, which will cover several other techniques for using the Embellisher machine too., will appear here as soon as they are available.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

An evening with the Embellisher

If you would like a talk with a difference for your group you may like to consider this.

After an introductory talk and demonstration there is a chance for everyone (depending on numbers) to have a go! It is a fun evening (or morning or afternoon) and has so far been enjoyed by all who have taken part.

Send me an email if you would like forther information.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Hard going

Why is it that 'life' just gets in the way? I am pleased to say that my book is finally finished and is just about off to the Editor. Hopefully I will now have more time for posts, too!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

UK Courses

I have taught several courses for the Embellisher at various groups around the country. I'm pleased to announce the following course to be held at Missenden Abbey in Buckinghamshire later this year.

The Embellisher. Let's Get Started!

Friday 13th - Sunday 15th October
The course will cover various techniques, including Nuvo Felt. You will need to bring your own machine.

Missenden Abbey's new brochure will be out in May. Telephone 0845 040 40 40 to be added to the list toreceive one, or email me for furher information.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

I can't make up my mind.

I am always amazed at the different effects created by my wonderful machine. These 2 photographs are of the same piece of work. The top shows the back of the work

and the next one shows the front, both scanned at the same point of working.

The lower scan shows all the threads that I have laid down and then embellished. The back is grey felt, there is none visible in either picture. I think I am drawn to the more sublte upper picture, but then .............!

Which one do you prefer?

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Just a sample

This is just to whet your appetites! It is a small sample of Nuvo Felt, just waiting to be further embellished with stitching. I'm a bit disappointed with the depth of colour in the picture, if I can improve it I will replace it at a later date.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

The Embellisher

My life as a textile artist changed completely when I discovered this machine. Hopefully you too will enjoy the journey as I discover still more things to do on the machine.