Last year I decided I really needed to get to grips with all my ‘to do’ projects including hand embroidery, knitting, crochet, patchwork and anything that falls between. It was amazing what I managed to finish but still a few things on the list.


Working on the Game of Thrones Tapestry a few years ago

Along with a team of ladies we finished the Game of Thrones tapestry this month which is on display in the Ulster museum until the 28th July before it goes to visit Bayeux.

I am working on a cardigan I am sure I started 15+ years ago. It has been some time since I knit as crochet had become more popular.


Despite the need to finish things we always need something new for a boost of creativity. A little wedding sampler to start.


There has also been time to get out and about and not always when the sun is shining.

Patchwork and embroidery classes continue so keep an eye on events. One space left for July. It is great to meet-up with like minded people. Check out School of stitched textiles








IrishMinidoe on Facebook comes to an end

Hi folks

I have decided to close my Facebook page as it’s not very reliable so hopefully everyone will come and follow my blog instead. Check out events tab for classes which are predominantly on a Saturday morning once a month. Classes are kept small so you need to book a head. Payments taken by cheque, cash or bank transfer.

Hand embroidery and machine and hand patchwork so a mix of a class staying at the skill level appropriate to each persons needs. This makes for a very interesting class with everyone learning and getting ideas from each other.

New quilt design available during classes coming up soon.


This will involve some flying geese.



For those interested in embroidery both modern and traditional techniques taught.


Sewing machine just back from service which was well overdue, really need to do this yearly.

Lace Guild of N.Ireland

8EE15728-2E95-43D7-AE49-59659E3A9A0EIn September I decided to go along to the N.Ireland lace guild. I had worked with some lovely ladies on the Game of thrones tapestry who were part of the guild and they encouraged me to come along. With my first love being embroidery which I feel is very closely connected, I decided to try my hand at lace making.

Regarding embroidery I like to design my own pieces so after a trial piece of Carrickmacross lace I decided I would make up my own design. Most of my work is influenced by my volunteering at MountStewart house   so of course it was likely to influence the lace as well. I decided on the initials of Lady Londonderry and felt they worked well with the stitches required for Carrickmacross without losing the fact they were initials. I am not sure if she had any personalised lace so maybe this is the first, better late than never!


I thoroughly enjoyed the Montmellick workshop as well by a wonderful lady from Cork, an excellent teacher, Veronica Stuart.

Many of the members are very much involved in bobbin lace making. Although it is beautiful it is so far removed from my other interests I really do not have time at present to attempt. However I was very impressed by some of the work by one of their younger members Zandra Williams (seen above).

I am looking forward to the new season in September to possibly try other forms of lace.

Getting time for relaxation


I have never been so busy but at the same time have such organised relaxation time. Smudge is starting to get into the new routine of me being an early bird and not so much a night owl. I left my sewing machine in for service in preparation for a new quilt I wish to start and just finished a daisy ripple in alpaca I started a while ago.


Plenty of time to get out and about and patchwork ladies producing lovely work learning many new skills. The before and after, the messy study, ready for new projects.

This is little bit of warm weather spurring us on to get out more which can be a dilemma between that and getting some projects finished.



Social Life

For many years I worked evenings which was my choice and I loved it but time for a change and I am embracing my new work life balance. I have found myself free for more things in one way and extra busy in other ways as I study and prepare myself for new work roles. It’s empowering and freeing.

More time to socialise with friends and I will have been to the theatre three times in May alone. Not home when this one expects me to be so she does her best to make me feel guilty.

A few outings locally.

And a few projects completed