15 Jun 2024

Step back in Time to Tudor England.

 I think I spoke too soon last week when I said that summer was finally here.   I take it all back because this week has been wet and cold with temperatures around 14 to 15 degrees, when this time last year it was around the 26.     I need some sun!!

I’ve not done very much stitching over the last week because I have been on a very enjoyable three day stay at a historical estate in Wiltshire, with a group of extremely good friends. 

We call ourselves ‘The Golden Girls’ (& Boys) and all the girls except me have known each other for more than 60 years, since junior school. I met them because one of them is my cousin and I have known them almost as long.

It’s always a good laugh when we all get together and we are now

planning our next big adventure for next year, when four of the girls hit 70………..that’ scary to say, especially as I’m only a year behind them!!

Anyway, here’s few photos of Littlecote House, the Grade 1 listed Tudor House, that was built in the 1500’s and it’s 113 acre estate.  You can actually stay in the historical rooms if you don’t mind sharing them with the ghosts of a murdered baby boy and his mother, but we stayed in the newer part of the building.

There were a few tapestry’s but not many I could get close enough to take any decent photos of.

I took some stitching with me, but I’m limited to what I can do when traveling.  I need my big light and magnifier, so usually take a Mill Hill kit or very occasionally something stitched on a larger count Aida.

As I still had to start my 12 in 24 Christmas Ornament for June, I pulled out the ‘Gingerbread House Globe’ from Mill Hill and made a small start on that.

The week leading up to going away I was concentrating on my Cross Stitch Camp piece, Black Sampler 2021 from Whilst Iris Naps and was happy with the amount I got done,

and also got one evening in on my Chatelaine.

Happy Crafting!



Black Sampler 2021

Designer – Whilst Iris Naps

Fabric – 36ct Millstone – Legacy Fibre Artz Linen

Threads – Silky (Black) Roxy Floss Co (Fresh Cut & On Holiday) Classic Colorworks ( Weeping Willow) The Gentle Art (Cranberry)

Butterfly Lace Mandala

Started 9th September 2021

Designer -  Martina Rosenberg - Chatelaine

Fabric – 28ct Jobelan Evenweave – Antique White

Threads – Called for Silks, DMC and Petite Treasure Braid

Beads – Swarovski Crystals and Delica Beads


  1. How special to have a group of long time friends!!! I have a friend like that too, we've known each for65 years!!! Looks like a fantastic place to visit...hope you were spared any hauntings!

    1. I don't expect there are many people who have had friends that long, so definitely something to be cherished. we are so lucky that all the men seen to have the same (mad) sense of humour too and get on well together. Have a great week and Happy Stitching! Sue x

  2. Beautiful photos of your getaway destination, Sue. What a great group of friends :) I'll be 70 in January so I can relate :) Hope you get some warmth soon--it's been dreadfully hot here (35° C!!!) all week here. Not much to do but stay inside and stitch. Enjoy your weekend ♥

    1. We are so lucky Carol. We've so many shared memories over the years and the men men all get on so well together too! The weather has changed here now an we have a severe heat warning in place for the rest of this week.........what on earth is going on with the weather!! Have a good week xx