Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Pink Flowers

 I have written a piece for TextileArtist.org about  exactly how I made this piece  including what inspired the work, the research phase, how and why I selected specific materials, the equipment I used and the stage-by-stage process of actually creating the piece. read about it HERE

Many of you ask me for online tutorials and this is the closest it will get I am afraid!

Saturday, 23 July 2016

All shall be well

 I was educated at a convent school in Norwich so could not help but be aware of Julian on Norwich  whose cell was only a stone throw from my school. Her script Revelations of Divine Love was a truly revolutionary text and there was no wonder she was reclaimed by feminists as her life and writings acknowledge women's place in the world. There was a really interesting documentary about her life on BBC4 the other night. Little is known of her but it followed the story of the remarkable body of women throughout the centuries who protected her manuscript and writings which were considered heretical.why am I putting it on my textile blog? There is a truly remarkable moment when the story is told of the English Benedictine nuns who escaped France wearing the clothes of their Carmelite sisters who had been guillotined. The reliquary of the Carmelite martyrs is rarely/ never seen and is in the safe keeping of the nuns of Standfast Abbey in Yorkshire and there is a spine tingling moment when the case of the reliquary is opened and there are those very clothes. Those of you who know that old fabric tells a story will feel the same as me and wish you had been there at that very moment. . Watch it HERE on the i-player in the UK for another 26 days.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

From Conception to Creation

Many of you ask me exactly how I make my work and hopefully this article I have written for TextileArtist.Org will give you an insight in to how I work. I write about this particular collage HERE

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Red Pot

Another Winifred piece. I am hoping to make ten altogether.

Monday, 27 June 2016


Seems like a long time since I have shown any of my own work but I have been teaching all over the place for the last 4 months and then have been on holiday in Sweden. The folk art there was truly inspirational and I am sure will influence future work when I have time to absorb what I have seen. I have been working on things for an exhibition at Christmas and also just making collages as I love to do. I found this Turkey Red peacock within another quilt, carefully unpicked it from its surface and have now mixed it up with a bit of an old Irish quilt and placed it in a flower bed. The design for the flowers were taken from an image of an American embroidered bed hanging of 1765.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Lots of you have enjoyed the Eugenie Alexander video I posted on May 22nd. I am now wondering whether this piece of work which my daughter sourced at a London market and gave me for my birthday is by Eugenie. Wish handsome men in suits still helped you try on shoes!