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Crafts


Sophie Simpson


Secret Garden Embroidery


Stitch and knit Craft ideas for gift shops


The revival of traditional crafts has introduced new generations to age old skills that only a short while ago looked like being lost forever. And with that revival comes a


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valuable source of new customers keen to learn and be inspired by new faces in the crafting world. Among them is Sophie Simpson whose new book, Secret Garden Embroidery features bees, bugs, butterflies and flowers. This delightful book is part storybook


and part counted embroidery pattern book containing 15 botanical-themed projects. The style is light and folky with plenty of beautiful and modern floral motifs while still retaining a signature, pared down and stylish aesthetic. Projects include lacewing butterflies,


a super-sweet milk and honey bee and a naughty little early bird called Gerald, interwoven with the adventures of Delilah at Miss Merriweather’s Thistledown Farmhouse. Project chapters are split into sections


for beginner, improver and advanced stitching levels so that anyone can benefit from the book and re-create a little piece


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of magic for themselves. Ideas can be used as a launchpad, designed to be mixed and matched for unique finished products. Sophie is the creator behind the


embroidery business, What Delilah Did. She runs a successful blog and online shop where she sells her distinctive embroidery designs to customers all over the world. When she is not making up books and


dreaming up things for her own business, she designs projects for the likes of Mollie


Makes and Cross Stitcher magazines. Her designs continue to be a modern take on traditional crafts and appeal to a new generation keen to discover age-old crafts. The resurgence of interest in knitting has been big news


for a while now with hand-knitted garments reaching a new level of ‘cool’. The absence of wool shops on the high street has increasingly made gift shops a natural home for knitting kits and accessories. New from In the Wool Shed are these kits for Spring and


Summer with all the yarns being hand dyed using only natural ingredients. The pretty, Daisy May hand warmers (left) are knitted in


soft and luscious merino and silk yarn with the easy to knit Beti cropped waistcoat and the hooded crafter jumper (right) both made from wholesome Lleyn yarn produced from the Woolshed’s own flock. Each kit contains limited edition yarn, bamboo needles


and a pattern.


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