Saturday, 24 January 2015

Grow Your Blog Party 2015

Hello to everyone who visits us because of the wonderful Grow Your Blog Party organised by Vicki of Two Bags Full; thanks to her for the hard work. We are two friends, Maria, living in Dorset and Gilli, from Somerset - both counties in South West England.  We both have a passion for textiles and everything around them.

This is still a very young blog and Maria and I set it up last year but have only just got back to it recently.  Maria is still new to 'blogging' but is getting to grips with it pretty quickly (I'm not surprised - she had a good tutor!)

We are both members of various groups and have been friends for about five years I guess, but really, really good friends for about three to four years; who knows, time just flies!

We meet whenever we can, outside of planned gatherings at the Embroiderers' Guild and West Country Embroiderers, to have P L A Y days.

We have a Facebook Group, which we have called Revise, Refresh, Review and we use it to take another look at various techniques in our vast collection of textile/embroidery/painting/printing/dyeing books. It's good to have a 'second' or maybe 'third' look at various techniques and to try them out again.  An excellent way of stopping yourself from getting stale in your approach to embroidery. There are various plans for this year, but nothing finalised yet except for two holidays booked at Kingcombe, Dorset, using the embellishing machine with Sandra Coleridge - Fantasy Follies and machine embroidery with Alison Holt, Rivers and Waterfalls at Barnstaple, Devon!

We would love to get some followers, so far we have none - we are interesting really you know. Let's hope we make some new friends.


  1. Now girls, I know you're interesting and produce some lovely work and although you say you have no followers I've been following you on bloglovin but have now joined as a "follower" now you will have to look at my face sitting at the top of your blog!!!!! One way of increasing your followers is to find like minded blogs, become a follower and leave comments and you will find that they will reciprocate.

    Karen x

  2. Hello Gilli and Maria. On behalf of Vicki and the Grow Your Blog Party, welcome aboard! I'm one of Vicki's helpers, checking to be sure everyone has posted their "party post". You've done a lovely job giving us an overview of your blog focus. I hope you are swamped with visitors! Have fun with the party, I'm sure you'll find lots of like-minded new friends and blogs to follow. Your previous commenter is correct - I have found the best/quickest way to "gather followers" is to visit their blogs, follow them and leave comments; most will reciprocate. Good Luck! Let the good times roll!

  3. Hello ladies, nice to e-meet you! I've added your blog to my reader. =)

  4. I can't wait to see what you two get up to!

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog. Good luck with your endeavours.

  6. It is nice to meet you. Your textile work is beautiful. Enjoy the blog hop. Jennifer

  7. You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

    So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

    What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

    Happy crafting!

  8. Lovely blog! I'm looking forward to visiting often.

  9. Looking forward to reading your blog.

  10. Visiting from St. John's, NL Canada via GYB. Nice to meet you. I joined your blog via email. Think about adding bloglovin to your blog as another way of joining. I have a giveaway on my blog. Pop on over to have a look.

  11. What fun to hear that there are two of you blogging here. I really like that concept and it must be such fun for the two of you. Thank you so much for having us over for a visit!

  12. New follower - I'm already following your other blog!

  13. Good morning, ladies! Thank you for visiting my blog ... I am looking forward to spending time with your blog and a hot cup of coffee.

  14. Hi, I'm your latest G+ follower, found you though the Grow Your Blog party. Have a wonderful weekend!


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