Sunday, 21 December 2014

A Swedish Christmas

I bought a wonderful book second hand last week. Swedish Christmas was published in 1955 and has illustrations by Ake Gustavsson. 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Monday, 8 December 2014

Stoke Rochford

Just home from three days of teaching at Stoke Rochford Hall in Lincolnshire. Gorgeous and appropriate setting to teach an animal textile collage course. Lovely ladies and some stunning work. Couldn't include every piece of work produced but here is a little suggestion of what went on. Thank you to Nicola for organising it.  She will be organising more Stitch Retreats next year. Visit her web site HERE. This is my last teaching this year and am looking forward to some more time in January to produce some more work of my own rather than encouraging others to stitch!

Enchanted Forest

Lots of new pieces in my Enchanted Forest series have just gone on to Etsy. The link is HERE. I have been very busy teaching, going to work and caring for elderly parents so hope these are not too late for Christmas gifts if you are really stuck!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

My Etsy Shop

I have just put loads of new things into my Etsy shop. Whether it is worth it I just don't know. It has taken  4 hours at least to mount, wrap, photograph and list!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Winter fair and Open Studios

 The time has come for our annual Winter Fair and Open Studios  at The Hearth and the all of us artists  are preparing our studios to welcome  visitors.  We have a wonderful selection of stallholders coming to the Hearth this year, there will be live music in the church on both days and on Sunday, weather permitting, we will be graced with a visit from Horsley the lamb, the artists' mascot who made his first appearance at the Wool fair in August.
Our stallholders this year are...
Andrew Pentland Ceramics - We loved Andrew's simple but elegant hand-thrown bowls and vessels at last year's Winter Fair so we are delighted he will be here again this year.
Oakwood Soaperie - Ceri Aitman is a regular at our Winter Fair with her luxurious handmade soaps and cosmetics which make lovely gifts.
Veronica Bell - Veronica makes hand crafted bowls and spoons made from locally sourced wood, bringing beauty to everyday objects.
Kate Jackson - Kate will be selling her hand bound books, diaries and journals, each unique and handstitched.
The Capable Gardener - Philippa Hodkinson will be bringing her trunk full of British-made gardening tools, heritage seeds and accessories - winter is a great time to plan next year's garden!
The Store Hus -  family duo Meg Held and Jan Baxandall create hand printed items for the home -  cushions, tea towels, lampshades and more decorated with scandinavian-inspired strong patterns and colour combinations.
Mark Rowney  - Mark's exquisite leatherwork books and bookmarks are illustrated with local flora and fauna, and his paintings depict the myths and folklore of nature.
Sheila Walton (Saturday) and Paula Constantine (Sunday) are members of  the Northumbria Basketry Group and will be bringing their willow baskets, wreaths and decorations.
Hadrian's Wall Honey and beeswax candles.  Delicious local honey - let's hope Dorian Pritchards' bees have been busy this summer!