Monday, 25 June 2018

Thread and Thrift place on course

A place has come up for my THREAD AND THRIFT course at The Hearth, Horsley, Northumberland on Sun 8th July. It is £50 for the day including materials. If you are interested please contact me through my website. here is the course description
"I have great respect for the culture of thrift and make do and mend practiced by previous generations in domestic settings and I try to continue this tradition by using what I already have, buying only second hand or incorporating gifted fabrics. Every piece of old fabric or needlework has a story to tell, particularly those created and found through unpicking old pieces of quilt and I collage these little bits of preciousness together into new patchworks which are further embellished with carefully chosen and lovingly work hand stitching. In this workshop you will build up one beautiful collage using old and new materials but if you want to turn it into something more functional I will also show you how to turn it into a little keepsake bag."




Thursday, 14 June 2018

The whole story

You blog readers get to see every page of a little wallet book which I have just finished. It has been in progress for a couple of years because I find it difficult to work with green but I got there in the end and it is full of preciousness and tender detail.













Sunday, 10 June 2018

For sale!

Just restocked my Etsy shop. I have had little time to make things to sell recently as I have been teaching many many workshops, preparing for Open Studios and of course gardening.
 Link to my shop HERE 




Friday, 8 June 2018

A new display in my studio

This afternoon I have been putting up a display in my studio of a set of new work - appliqués of animals based on a study of staffordshireware china. My daughter did a set of drawings of these and has lent me some of her original cut outs and drawings which I am showing alongside.
I am showing these this weekend for our Open Studios event and then they will be taken down and will not appear again till 2019 when I am going to have an exhibition of them and I hope by then I will have added a few more!








Friday, 1 June 2018

Summer Open Studios, new work

I am sorry I haven't been blogging quite so much recently. The apps for Blogger on my phone and iPad seem to be no longer compatible with Blogger and there doesn't seem to be an update available which means I can only blog now when I sit down at a computer.  I haven't been sewing that much anyway as I have been on the road teaching away from home and in between gardening. After the terrible long winter it has been a perfect Spring to get seeds and the allotment going and it is looking the best I think it ever has. Next weekend we have out Open Studios event and I shall be showcasing my complete collection of appliqués based on Staffordshireware and also the piece below which I have been working on for three or four months on and off. The pictures are not wonderful but I hope it gives you some idea.





Friday, 11 May 2018

A bit Autumnal but one can't help noticing and hearing the birds at the moment. They are so BUSY!


Monday, 7 May 2018

Badger

A sample  for my forthcoming summer school ( fully booked for the last 6 months I am afraid!)