09 Jan

quick embroidered tartan blanket

simple tartan embroidered blanket 1 - jemima schleesimple embroidered tartan blanket 2 - jemima schlee

… a classic tartan pattern in simple running stitch transforms a plain blanket  for cosy nights and story telling …

You will need

Wool blanket
Scraps of thick wool yarns (in 4 or 5 different colours)
Mattress needle

Measuring tape


Step 1
Lay out your blanket and decide the scale of your tartan; it is completely up to you what size you’d like it to be. Find the centre of two opposing edges of your blanket and mark with pins. Lay a length of yarn between these centre points to dissect your blanket in half. Mark this line using pins. With your first choice of yarn, cut a length the same measurement as the width of your blanket plus 25cm. Using the mattress needle, sew in running stitch across the centre of the blanket following your marker pins.
simple embroidered tartan blanket 3 - jemima schlee


Step 2

With a contrasting yarn, run a second row of stitching 1cm from the first.

Repeating steps 1 & 2, do the same with the length of your blanket, thus dividing it into quarters.


Step 3

At this point you can slowly build up your tartan stitching across the whole of your blanket by measuring away from the central rows of sewing.

simple embroidered tartan blanket 7 - jemima schlee


Step 4

Finish off your yarn ends by running your mattress needle through the blanket’s hem and cut flush.

simple embroidered tartan blanket 6 - jemima schlee


Use safety pins rather than sewing pins if you are going to leave this as an on-going project.

Finish your ends off only once you have completed the project, so that if your lines of running stitch have puckered the blanket, you can ease and loosen them off.


27 Oct

Delft tile biscuits

delft tile biscuits 1 - jemima schlee

…little hand-painted tiles of sugar biscuit…

You will need:

For the sugar biscuits (makes 20 biscuits 7cm square)

110g unsalted butter at room temperature

220g granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

300g plain flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt


For the royal icing

330g icing sugar, sifted

2 medium egg whites

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

To make your biscuits: Preheat oven to 170°C/gas mark 3. Line two baking trays with baking parchment.

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined. Roll into a ball and flatten slightly. Wrap in clingfilm and leave in the fridge for an hour.

Remove your dough from the fridge and leave to stand for ten minutes roll out on a floured surface to a thickness of 5mm, dusting your dough with flour as needed. Cut a 21cm x 14cm rectangle and transfer to your baking tray. Press the scraps together and cut a further two rectangles the same size, then finally use the remainder of the dough to make a 14cm x 7cm rectangles.

Bake for 15 minutes in a pre-heated oven. Turn the trays halfway through to ensure they bake evenly. Use a ruler to trim the edges and cut 7cm squares as quickly as you can before the biscuit hardens. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely before icing.

To ice your biscuits: use an electric mixer to combine all the icing ingredients. Then place the icing in a piping bag, fitted with a small plain tip, and pipe firstly around the edges of each biscuit, and then fill in the central area. The icing should be runny enough to find its own level. Let it dry completely before using the blue gel to paint images on your biscuits.

delft cookies 2


08 Aug

blue & white giant gingham blanket

… a bold, classic pattern in simple garter stitch …

giant blue gingham blanket 1 jemima schlee giant blue gingham blanket 2 jemima schlee

… one of my favourite blankets, cool to sleep under in the summer, warm to wrap up in by the fire on cooler nights…

You will need

Rowan all seasons cotton, 60% cotton, 40% acrylic (90m per 50g)
13 x 50g balls in shade 249 Denim (A) 10 x 50g balls in shade 251 Storm (B)
8 x 50g balls in shade 182 Bleached (C) 1 pair of 4mm knitting needles

1 x 4mm circular knitting needle (120cm long)
Note: yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate

Finished size: 125cm x 145cm

Tension: 18 sts and 38 rows to 10cm over g-st using 4mm needles
Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

Pattern note: this blanket is knitted in 9 long strips, which are then sewn together before the border is knitted.

Strip A (make 4)

With yarn A, cast on 27 sts.
Work 46 rows in g-st (knit every row). Change to yarn B.
Work 46 rows in g-st.
Cont knitting alternate blocks of 46 rows in colours A and B until you have completed 9 blocks, finishing with a block in A.
Cast off loosely.

Strip B (make 5)

With yarn C, cast on 27 sts. Work 46 rows in g-st. Change to yarn A.
Work 46 rows in g-st.

Cont knitting alternate blocks of 46 rows
in colours C and A until you have completed 9 blocks, finishing with a block in C.
Cast off loosely.
Lay strips side-by-side, alternating strips A and B, starting and ending with a strip B. Stitch strips together using yarn A.


* Using the circular needle and yarn B,
pick up 243 sts along one edge of blanket. Work 10 rows in g-st, inc 1 st at each end of the first row and every foll alternate row. Cast off loosely.
Leave a 25cm tail of yarn.
Rep from * for each side of blanket.

To finish off

Use the tail of thread at each cast-off border edge to join the mitred corners.
Stitch the two diagonal edges neatly, finishing off the end by running it through the back of stitches.

Weave in all ends.

Resources: yarn: www.coatscrafts.co.uk

03 Aug

Take a Seat



…my latest book…

Take a Seat

an advance copy

has just arrived!


Be seated in style and comfort with this gorgeous book full of ideas to revamp the things you siton everyday. if your chairs are looking past their best, or in need of a makeover, you will find beautiful projects that can turn sorry-looking seats into stylish centrepieces. Jemima Schlee’s clever use of fabrics, textures, yarns and paint not only add personality and character to any interior, they are also an ideal way for thrifty types to create a new look on a budget. From homely armchairs and pouffes to eye-catching footstools and vintage-print stools, these are the personal touches that can transform a house into a home.

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26 Jul

boho floral summer screen

…versatile for use both inside and outside, this screen project adds a wonderful splash of colour with its eclectic, clashing fabrics…

summer fabric screen 1 jemima schlee copy

I picked up this four panelled screen at a car boot sale. The the best kind of screen for this project, it is fairly light and has a wooden frame. You need to remove the hinges and strip the panel frames down – removing and nails and staples – before starting this project. This can be quite time consuming and rather dusty, so is best done on a large dustsheet.

(beautiful illustrations by Kellie Black)

you will need:

4-panel wooden-framed screen

cotton fabrics – enough of each fabric to cover both sides of one panel

grosgrain ribbon – just narrower than the edges of your panels (in this case 18mm) x the circumference of all panels plus 20cm

copydex or fabric glue

staple gun and staples

eight 50mm x 28mm hinges



drill and fine drill bit

hammer and fine panel pins (optional)

step 1

Lay one panel of your screen flat on a strip of brown paper and draw around it and add an extra 5cm all round (image 1). Use this paper pattern to cut two pieces from each of your fabrics.

summer fabric screen 2

step 2

Using a staple gun, attach the centre of the top of your fabric to the centre top of one of the panels with three staples spaced about 3cm apart. Do the same at the bottom, pulling the fabric taught as you do so.

Do the same with the centres of the sides.

Working away from the centre of each
side methodically, and at the same time keeping the tension of the fabric taught, work outwards towards the corners of the frame stapling every 3–5cm until the panel is covered. Trim off any excess fabric with sharp scissors.

summer fabric screen 3

step 3

Turn the panel over and repeat steps 1 – 4 with the matching piece of fabric. Cover the remaining panels in the same way.

summer fabric screen 4

step 4
Using Copydex and starting at the centre bottom of each panel, glue your ribbon around all four edges.

summer fabric screen 5

step 5

Lay two panels together and position your hinges. You may want to drill pilot holes for the screws before fixing on the hinges. Make sure the hinges are positioned to create a zig zag fold in the screen when it is opened out.

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If you have a concave bend as with the top of this ‘serpentine’ screen, you may want to use very small panel pins or drawing pins to hold the ribbon in place whilst the glue dries.


fabrics: paisley jungle tangerine, millefiore tomato, paperweight pumpkin, asian circles chartreuse: www.fancymoon.co.uk

grosgrain ribbons: www.fantasticribbons.com