The Stitchsmith shop will be closed until Friday 28 July. Orders will be despatched on Monday 31 July. Apologies for any inconvenience.
I've been stitching and crafting forever - my mother was a dab hand at trying all sorts of crafts and she did a fantastic job of making sure my sisters and I could all sew, knit and stitch. I remember us all sitting around cross stitching a tablecloth - each of us on a corner! And knitting a few home made sweaters that I would rather forget.....!
After a few years of travelling and giving up a career in the corporate world I was looking for my next adventure. While waiting for something to turn up I started stitching again. Looking around online and in my local embroidery stores there seemed to be a lack of contemporary New Zealand designs. So I started designing my own patterns and before I knew it I had a new adventure underway - a website, a bunch of lovely retailers and lovely customers!
Most of my designs are drawn from the wonderful scenery in New Zealand where I live and I am constantly inspired by the local flora and fauna here. I love birds and a lot of my designs feature the gorgous native birds that live in my garden and in the forest nearby.
Stitching is such a relaxing and fulfilling pasttime and I hope that you find a design here that will take your fancy! A kit is a good place to start if you are a beginner as all the bits and pieces and instructions are included. If you need some help getting started, come to a class.