Free Love Heart Necklace and Earring Project

For full details of this beautiful jewellery project, in turquoise beads, click here.

Posted on the 20/02/2021

Helen M Stevens’ Zoom talk now available on YouTube PLUS discount offer!

Helen M. Stevens’ Zoom talk is now available on YouTube! So, if you weren’t able to make it live you can still join us. Simply Stitched from Nature Flora, fauna, birds and butterflies – they are at the heart of Helen’s embroideries, and yet practically every subject is captured by the use of a single,… Read more »

Posted on the 18/02/2021

Latest news on reading our ebooks and playing video

Adobe have released a new version of Adobe Reader Acrobat (free) which DOES play the embedded video in our ebooks. So there is no more trouble with error messages regarding Flash player. Phew! This is for desktop computers and laptops. The version you need is 2021.001.20135 To use our ebooks on iPad and iOS we… Read more »

Posted on the 17/02/2021

Join our live Zoom with Helen M Stevens!

Simply Stitched from Nature A ZOOM EVENT! Click the link below to receive your pass. Flora, fauna, birds and butterflies – they are at the heart of Helen’s embroideries, and yet practically every subject is captured by the use of a single, simple stitching technique. Join Helen, and Vivienne of Vivebooks, to discuss this and… Read more »

Posted on the 16/02/2021

Karen Laker Wag & Tone demonstration now on YouTube

Go to YouTube to see the Zoom conversation with Karen Laker about Wag & Tone. Loads of great ideas for fun exercises to do at home with your dog. Ideal for lockdown and bad weather!

Posted on the 03/02/2021

Join Karen Laker Live on Zoom. Dog training at home with Wag & Tone

UPDATE: This zoom conversation is now available on YouTube. Click here. Join Karen Laker LIVE on Zoom at 4pm (GMT) on 2 February 2021! Are you running out of ideas to entertain yourself and your dog during lockdown? Fancy trying Wag & Tone? Then join this Zoom conversation to find out more from Karen Laker,… Read more »

Posted on the 29/01/2021

January 2021: Problems playing videos.

Since Adobe removed Flash player from Adobe Reader a few days ago, some people may have problems playing the embedded video in our ebooks. Our videos are not Flash content and Adobe had assured us they would be adding a new video player to Reader, but so far they have not done so. If you… Read more »

Posted on the 16/01/2021

Flash Player Alerts

If you are using a Windows PC and Acrobat Reader DC you may be getting alarming messages about Flash Player from Adobe. For the moment, please enable and continue to use Flash Player – it won’t damage anything. Tick the boxes under: Edit>Preferences>3D & Multimedia: Use Flash Player  . . . AND Enable 3D content.… Read more »

Posted on the 29/12/2020

Katie Dean in conversation – live zoom interview

Join Katie Dean LIVE on Zoom at 4pm (GMT) on 19 November 2020! UPDATE: If you were not able to join this event live, you can see this interview on youTube. Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a full-time beading designer? Where do the ideas come from? Or perhaps you’re just starting… Read more »

Posted on the 14/11/2020

SALE! 20% off

SALE!! Get 20% off our books (downloads or CD roms) until the 16th of November with the code: VIVESALE Note: books are excluded from the sale.

Posted on the 31/10/2020

Free Christmas Card pattern

Free Christmas Card Pattern from 3D Cross Stitch Cards, by Meg Evershed Meg Evershed of The Nutmeg Company, is the queen of constructional cross stitch. So the 40 cross stitch card designs in her ebook 3D Cross Stitch Cards, are clever and imaginative projects that you will love to stitch. And they are all on… Read more »

Posted on the 06/10/2020

NEW Important Update Adobe Acrobat

22 JUNE 2020 Adobe Acrobat Update May 21 2020, Adobe released an update to Acrobat Reader, which addresses problems that have recently affected reading the videos in PDFs, including our ebooks. PLEASE UPDATE Adobe Acrobat Reader to version 20.009.20065. More details from Adobe with links to download the update. If you are on Windows 10,… Read more »

Posted on the 22/06/2020

Fast, Fun, Waste-free Quilting in video workshops

Looking for fun quilting projects to keep you busy at home? Then try Fast, Fun, Waste-free Quilting, our new series of video workshops. This series is an exciting collaboration between us and It’s perfect for quilters at home, and during lockdown, because the three titles in the series are downloadable from our website (or you… Read more »

Posted on the 04/05/2020

Wag & Tone: Lockdown sale price

SALE! Wag & Tone lockdown price – just £5 (reduced from £19). Many of us dog owners are struggling to exercise our dogs in lockdown. Our Wag & Tone ebook gives some ideal strategies, and lots of work for body and brain so we have slashed the price to make it available to as many… Read more »

Posted on the 11/04/2020

Beaded Boxes are Hot!

Well that’s according to Bead & Button magazine, which has just written a glowing review for How to Make Beaded Boxes by Katie Dean. The review describes Katie’s collection of projects ‘brilliant’, and we agree!

Posted on the 02/03/2020

Thanks Monica Hall!

What an outstanding company! Gorgeous products and the best customer service I’ve ever experienced. So glad I found this site! Posted by Monica Hall on our Facebook page!

Posted on the 26/01/2020