Stitching Spotlight - Ivanna Gibbard
Long-time Elizabeth Bradley enthusiast Ivanna Gibbard first developed a love for our kits in the early 1990s. When asked which of her completed projects is her favourite, she cleverly replied that it was like asking her to choose a favourite child! However, if she were made to choose, she would pick the Evergreen Magnolia.
Ivanna has stitched many Elizabeth Bradley kits over the decades, spanning the range of designs from various collections. She has also worked from the charts in our books, and stitched selections such as the Harvest Field & A Bunch of Spring Flowers pictured below. Currently, she is completing the Exotic Odontoglossum on a duck egg blue background. She enjoys sharing her work with loved ones and has given away more pieces than she’s kept for herself.
Ivanna loves everything about the Elizabeth Bradley brand and stitches it almost exclusively because of the relaxing & zen-like feeling she gets from stitching with the Victorian Cross Stitch. She finds the designs wonderful & the results perfect. She even commented that our updated printing process is "spot on & fabulous".
Because Ivanna is such a well-seasoned stitcher, we thought it would be fitting to get some advice from her for those new to needlework. She highly recommends joining the EB Stitching Circle group on Facebook, where she regularly converses with other EB enthusiasts around the world. She enjoys meeting other wonderful stitchers and acts as a mentor to “newbies” who need help with their projects.
Like you, my first kit was made in 1990. It was a Mother’s Day gift. Love all your pillows.
I started sewing your kits after my husband died in 1990. Bought my first one from your shop in Beaumaris,Anglesey.
I have made four cushions , just working on The fifth and a couple of small kits.
I do have a break in between and then get tempted once again by your lovely design.
Now Wimbledon is starting I sew when there are breaks for games and sets, it’s my favourite time of the year