Tips and Techniques


(This section is a work in progress and we welcome your comments)

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Scroll down for some of our favourite tried and tested ideas to use and share. Take a look at our gallery to see some of the things that our members have made. We all have our own techniques, tricks and trusted patterns, and we are also always discovering new ideas, designs and creative ways to make lovely things.

Some of our creations are of practical use and some are purely decorative. Here you will find instructions for a whole range of items that we hope will inspire and encourage you, whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced stitcher looking for something new to try.


Practise different stitches and make a cosy headband
Blanket squares using the ‘corner to corner’ technique
Sparkly Christmas baubles
Ribbed hat
Scarf using oddments of wool
Twiddlemuff for Addenbrooke’s dementia patients




Pinafore dress using ‘magic’ yarn


Sew a simple fabric bag
Make a picture using machine applique
Owl doorstop

Catnip mouse
How to make a zipped lined purse
Annie’s lined shopping bag
Annie’s drawstring bags


The Granny Square – a classic component
Net bags for Home and Garden


Embroidery kits
Applique cards and pictures
Traditional embroidery stitches