Her work is beautiful (check out her blackworked fish) and I love how she has not skimped on her web site. She obviously has put a lot of time and effort into developing a workable, useful and inspiring site that hand embroiderers will want to turn to time and again.
I just can't praise Mary and Needle 'n Thread enough. This site is generously chock a block with loads of information for the hand embroiderer. There are how to videos, tips and techniques, patterns plus a gallery of free patterns that is just wonderful. All manner of monograms can be found there.
I'm one of the embroiderers who has returned to this site many times over the years and I always find something new and inspiring. Her latest offering is a set of four patterns entitled Lavender Honey and Other Little Things.
But as I say there is lots on this site to use as a resource including the links to a wonderful list of other sites offering more free downloads.
Meanwhile, I keep stitching away on my little ornaments. I have started to complete the embellishments on the original pieces and I like how they are turning out. I am using buttons and small seed beads and a variety of ribbons for the hangers. I will post some photos of the finished products later on.