Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Friday, 29 April 2016


Today I have been constructing some little collages around a few dog cigarette cards that I have been meaning to use for sometime. These will be made into handmade cards and will be available at our Open Studios event on 7/8 May.

Thursday, 28 April 2016


Using Winifred Nicholson's paintings as inspiration for a set of Still Life Flowers teaching examples( for a course at The Hearth end of July). I love the little flashes of colour so the insertion of the red strip is intentional .

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Wool Work

I teach several courses a week but often forget to photograph what the students are doing as I am busy trying to make the creative process happen. Today however I remembered. Here is the start of what will be wool embroidery  on to wool fabric cushions. Didn't they do well!
I f you want to do something similar then the next time I will be running this course is at Hope and Elvis on 1st October.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Inspiration from Kim Parker

The reason I don't quite get as much sewing done as I would like is that I work part time for an Arts Project in a secure setting for one of the biggest mental health and disability trusts in the UK.
The project works with service users  at the Trust’s Northgate Hospital in Morpeth and gives them an outlet for their creativity and imagination, resulting in a real sense of achievement and reward for their artistic endeavours.
Here is a piece created by one of our patients. I did the initial design work with him. We looked at  textile designer Kim Parker's book "Home" for inspiration and he drew simple flower shapes which we pulled into a design for a long footstool. I drew it up on to canvas and then left him to it and finally two years later he has finished! What a fine piece of work from one who originally had few sewing skills. Makes my job seem all the more worthwhile.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Happy Birthday!

Not you Elizabeth II…... but you my dear Charlotte Bronte. 200 years today since you were born! I have read Jane Eyre many times in my life and have never been disappointed. Here is my really lovely old Edwardian edition.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Someone has cancelled their place on my wool work course next Sunday 24th April. If you are interested in a place then full details are over on my web site and you can contact me there too. contact me through my web site  I am also running this course at Hope and Elvis in the Autumn if you live near Nottinghamshire and we will be doing stuff like below. I have just finished this piece embroidering with wool on to an old man's dressing gown.