Book Review – The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing

Introduction…. The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing by Lucinda Ganderton and Christine Leech has a somewhat inviting cover, with its stroke-worthy fabric feel (a trademark of new Batsford publishing textile related books)  and bright pattern; can we judge this book by its….cover? Who is the book for? The introduction covers…

Pinning The Past – Smocking

Smocking, like so many textile techniques, has a rather secretive history. From what I can find out, the technique of smocking is often confused with the garment called a smock. For centuries, women’s main undergarment was a nightdress-like linen smock, which could be decorated, were she wealthy enough, but often…

Hawthorne and Heaney Out and About!

Regular followers of Hawthorne & Heaney will be familiar with our outings as we take our embroidery skills and showcase them for the public. We have been fortunate enough to have worked with many reputable names such as Topshop and Liberty  where we go into their stores and stitch live for the…