Hello everyone

I hope you are doing well and enjoyed your summer holidays. We are approaching Spring here in Cape Town, although we have had some very cold weather, with snow on our mountains, so I am sitting at my computer with a blanket wrapped over my knees!

As you know I took a break to spend some time with my family and catch up on the stitching for the new book. I can’t share much with you at this stage, but I can tell you that the projects are nature inspired and I am loving stitching them! The book manuscript is due for delivery at the end of this year but won’t be released till end of 2022.

I also got to play around a bit with different background fabrics such as stitching on organza which was fun, and I plan to share my findings with you soon. There are lots of future projects in the pipeline, when time allows, – so keep watching this space…..

New In The Shop

New in the shop is my Special Thread Collection. This is a limited edition, collection, available whilst stocks last. It includes 27 skeins of Cosmo Lecien stranded cotton.

At present DMC stranded cotton is the most widely used embroidery thread in the world, but there are some shades that are missing in the DMC range of colours, that I have to source from other ranges – especially those very pale, very dark and in between shades that link the colours together. These shades are essential to the success of my Needle painting embroidery, if I want to achieve a smooth, gradation of shading.

Many of you have collected DMC threads over the years, as have I, so rather then try to introduce a new brand of thread, into my embroidery patterns I have compiled a selection of Cosmo threads that can be used to fill in the gaps in the DMC colour families.

Cosmo is a high quality stranded cotton embroidery floss, made in Japan. It has 500 shades of colour which includes a stunning selection of light to dark shades and provides most of the missing shades in the DMC collection. At present it is only available from selected outlets but the company are working hard to make it readily available worldwide. You can find more information here.


The threads are packaged inside a beautiful, custom designed box and includes a printed colour chart and free pattern. The printed colour chart indicates where these 27 shades of Cosmo can be used in combination with DMC to provide a perfect balance of shades from light to dark.

You will also receive a free printed, butterfly pattern that utilizes the colours.

Till next time wherever you are in the world, keep smiling and happy stitching!


August 30, 2021 — trishburr
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