21 Feb

Brooklyn General Store Workshop 16 March 2017

I’m thrilled to have been invited to run a workshop at the wonderful

Brooklyn General Stores

on 16 March 

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I’ll be making a sewing machine cover from my first book ‘take a tea towel’ and am really looking forward to meeting and making with folk – Do check out the website at https://www.brooklyngeneral.com/store and come along if you’re going to be in NYC.



09 Jan

quick embroidered tartan blanket

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… 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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