Sunday, 24 March 2019

Joe the Quilter

For those of you who might have heard the story of Joe the Quilter, the British quilt stamper who was murdered for his quilt money in 1826. Here are some pictures of his cottage which was rebuilt at Beamish, an open air museum not far from where I live. The heather rush roof was particularly beautiful.Beamish also have examples of his beautiful whole cloth quilt designs in their stores. Here is a link to the whole story

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

MY studio

My studio today. Lots of new projects on the go....

Tuesday, 26 February 2019


I double page spread pinned and ready to be put in a wallet book.

Sunday, 24 February 2019


A space has come up on my Winifred Nicholson course on Saturday 16th March. The course costs £50 including materials and takes place at the Hearth, Horsley, Northumberland 10-4

Winifred Nicholson is one of my favourite painters and I especially love her still lives of vases and pots of flowers in domestic settings or on sills with a landscape outside. In this workshop you will work from one of Winifred’s still lives ( chosen by you) and build up a textile collage which does not copy the painting exactly but does capture the the colour, composition and mood. This is a challenge, so you will be working quite small, but I have taught this class several times and the students always produce beautiful and interesting work. I will guide you all the way!
If you want to take up this place please contact me through my website

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Cats and Dogs

Someone has just cancelled their place on my Cats and Dogs appliqué course next Sunday 17th February at The Hearth. Please contact me through my website if you are interested. The course costs £50 and includes all materials.
We won't be using the diamond quilt illustrated but you will be working on a wool scraps crazy quilt which will be great to stitch on.
Here is a link to the full description

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Artist's studio available

ARTIST’S STUDIO AVAILABLEat The Hearth Centre, Horsley, From 1st April 2019
We are looking for an artist to join us at The Hearth.
The Paddock studio will be available to rent from 1st April. We are inviting applications from artists seeking a creative space in which to work and display their work to the public.
  • The Hearth Café which is open 7 days a week and draws in visitors to the studios
  • Two Open Studios events per year which attract many hundreds of visitors
  • The opportunity to show your work in the café and hall.
  • A reduced rate for hall-hire if you wish to run classes.
    Artists are asked to attend their studios and welcome visitors at least 3 days a week, this creates a supportive environment among the resident artists and provides an opportunity for visitors to see creative processes at work.
RENT £149.20 per month.VISITS If you would like to see the studio, please email to
arrange a suitable time.
APPLICATIONby email to post to; The Administrator, The Hearth Centre, Main Road, Horsley, NE15 0NT
  • Send a letter of application outlining why you wish to be based at The Hearth,
  • Attach a CV detailing your professional practice and exhibitions
  • Attach up to 4 images of your work.
  • Provide the names of 2 character references.
    The Hearth is a charity, managed by a board of voluntary
The Hearth Arts Centre is situated in Horsley, between Newcastle and Hexham, just off the A69. There are 8 artists’ studios shared by 9 artists, a very popular café open 7 days a week, and a community hall for classes and events.

Monday, 14 January 2019

New Forest Retreat

There has been a cancellation on the highlight of my year, the New Forest Retreat Thursday 25th April - Saturday 4th May. I teach this course with Anna Corba at a beautiful country house in the New Forest. The price includes
- 2 nights accommodation at the beginning and end at The Petersham hotel in Richmond-upon-Thames (in southwest London) overlooking the river Thames
- Shopping locally plus a visit to a 17th century house in Richmond, Ham House
- 7 nights luxury accommodation at Heathfield House in the New Forest
- 2.5 days of artful crafting classes with paper artist and author Anna Corba
- 4 full days of textile collage classes with Mandy
- All materials included
- Transport (airport transfers not included)
- Delicious homemade meals provided by our private chef (1 lunch and 1 dinner at guests’ cost)
- Visits to local antique shops
- Visit to 13th century abbey, Mottisfont Abbey
For the prices and  further details please contact Lizzie

Hope you might join me and if you are living abroad this an ideal escorted luxury break with workshops with me and Anna to keep you out of mischief!