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Valerie's Blog

The BBC World Cup Embroidered Animation

July 2nd, 2018

Whether you're watching it or avoiding it, you can't fail to have noticed that the 2018 Football World Cup is on at the moment. But, have you seen the BBC's trailers and opening sequence to its programmes? It is in fact a one-minute 'embroidered' animation made from over 600 individual stitched frames. Who'd have thought football could be so interesting!


The embroidery was done under the team at The London Embroidery Studio working with production company Blinkink and the idea was to create football’s version of the Bayeux Tapestry being produced by a fantastical futuristic embroidery machine. It shows a stitched history of iconic World Cup moments, starting with Maradona’s legendary and infamous goal against England in the 1986 Cup, and ending with a dramatic cosmic clash between two of the world’s best players: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In between, the film bursts with references that football fans the world over will recall and recognise including Gazza’s tears and Bobby Charlton lifting the cup.


(Picture courtesy of London Embroidery Studios)

The London Embroidery Studio embroidered 650 frames at 28cmx19cm, in just over three weeks, using more than 227,000 metres of thread.If all the frames were laid end to end there is enough to stretch the length of a football pitch!!! For this immense task, they hired 14 extra embroiderers to digitise and stitch the frames, running their machines for 23 hours a day!!! Each frame took between two to three hours to digitise, and another two to three hours to stitch using the studio’s state-of-the-art digital embroidery machines.


(Picture courtesy of London Embroidery Studios)


Picture courtesy of National Football Museum, Manchester

The idea has become a real life 7-metre long tapestry that includes two additional large-scale frames for the beginning and end sequences of the animation, which became the first and last parts of the tapestry. And you can see it on public display at the National Football Museum, Manchester, from 12 June - 1 September 2018 . Another 6 moments from this year’s competition will be added to the tapestry after the tournament’s completion, creating a historical record of the 2018 World Cup as well.


If you'd like to see more images of the embroidered frames, click here

You can watch how the animation was made here: and see the final BBC official trailer here:

If you've been inspired, you can have a go youself on your own machine;  take a look and see Paula Doyle use her similar, Thread Painting Portraits technique for her work on the Magna Carta quilts, click here.

Rectory Quilters Exhibition - New Milton, Hants

July 1st, 2018

What a lovely surprise this exhibition was;  a mixture of music, flowers and quilts, raising money for the RNLI and held in St Mary Magdalene Church and Hall, Church Lane, New Milton BH25 6QL.

Don't you just love the car!


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There was a concert on Friday 29th by Nova Foresta Classical Players and Saturday included "The Friday Girls"

You can see more and keep an eye on future exhibitions by checking out their webpage - Rectory Quilters Events

Wotton Poppy Appeal Update

May 16th, 2018


Kate Cropper in St Mary’s Church, Wotton-under-Edge, with some of the knitted, crocheted and stitched poppies.


The plan to cover the tower of St Mary’s Church in Wotton-under-Edge with poppies has received a world-wide boost following our appeal to the Community.

The 47-metre high tower of the Gloucestershire church will be covered with all manner of crafted poppies in November to mark the end of the First World War.

“We’ve had poppies from everywhere, not just the wonderful people of Wotton, but we’ve had them from Bristol, Glasgow, London, and promises of poppies from Melbourne, Australia!” said Kate Cropper, one of the appeal’s organisers.

“We’ve been really lucky to have the support of – 15,000 people have heard about the project, and people have even set up knitting circles to make poppies,” added Kate.

“We’re getting lots of poppies – one of organiser’s houses is filling up with them - but we still need more, we need thousands.

“The biggest logistical challenge is how we are going to get the poppies onto the tower – so we don’t damage the church and also don’t lose the poppies in the wind on a November day.

“Anyone with a background in structural engineering, or with ideas on how we can do it, please get in touch,” said Kate.

Donations of poppies can be posted to St Mary’s Church Parish Office, Culverhay, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 7LS, and Kate can be contacted via email,


The team are very keen to support this project.  So, we are making the full length workshop on “Knitting a Remembrance Poppy” by Rosee Woodland available for FREE for the next 8 months.

In this workshop, Rosee guides you through knitting the small petals, large petals and the centre sections of her poppy.  You will also be able to download her pattern from the shop for a donation of 50p. All proceeds from the sale will go directly to the Royal British Legion

Valerie helps in the poppy drive

May 2nd, 2018

We are fully behind the drive to cover the bell tower of St.Mary's church, Wootton-under-edge, with poppies - and here Valerie hands over a few felt versions - jumbo size!


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You can learn more by clicking here and maybe knit your own versions.

Fun at the Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton, Hants

April 9th, 2018

Brilliant day filming - despite the damp English weather;  we got to see the Jane Austen Coverlet which was sewn by Jane and her mother and sister and they used the EPP method;

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the Community sewing Project organised by Lucy Bailey, (that Valerie and she are standing in front of)  reimagines the Jane Austen quilt and commemorates her life and legacy,  and the Admiral's Quilt was created with the EPP blocks left over and is on the approppriate bed in the house, is quite stunning.

Keep an eye open for the release date!

Dave, Matt and Valerie enjoy a bit of light relief at the end of the day with the help of the dressing up box that's in the kitchen of the house/museum

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To learn more about the Jane Austen House - click here - and check out the Quilt Blog to learn more about why we were prompted to visit.


More Fruity Friends from Valerie

April 6th, 2018

I just loved this range of fabrics - they are so jolly - and in both colourways;  so  inspired by the cushion pattern from Lynne Goldsworthy - click here for the workshop - I worked on creating a fun quilt (wip)


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With my leftovers I quickly took my 40minute quilt idea to create this little charity quilt for a youngster (still to be quilted but now layered!)


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There is a bigger pink version too! (ready to go)

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