Tuesday, 4 December 2018

How I start

I don't have much time to do my own projects but when I do start something it is always exciting to choose a colour scheme. It is always fabric and colour led and basically I just chuck things on the table and see what happens!

Friday, 23 November 2018

Christmas Shopping

I understand it is Black Friday and the busiest day of the year for retailers. Spare a thought for those of us who make things that are handmade. It is not an easy way to make a living but the things we make are made with love and in our own studios and in my case using mostly preloved materials so are sustainable and eco friendly. I mostly sell directly to people who visit my studio so am able to have a personal conversation with them about the piece but in order to share with the rest of you then I have to do it online. It is harder to make much this way as card fees, processing fees, listing fees have gone up a little but our British Pound is so weak now that I guess it is attractive to those of you outside the UK! Anyway what this is all leading up to is that I have just restocked my Etsy shop HERE with loads of work and there probably won't be any more till after Christmas so if you are in the Black Friday mood for shopping take a look.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Mixing cultures

I love mixing things up in my work. This piece uses a piece of Victorian stroppy quilt with the back of a hand embroidered Indian fragment. I have echoed the circles of the Indian piece with my own embroidery. I have made this little piece for our Winter Open Studios event which takes place at The Hearth on 17th and 18th November. Information about the event HERE

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Bursary Opportunity

I was recently selected to be a member of the prestigious Textile Study Group so am very happy to share information about this bursary opportunity for someone who is just starting to teach and wants to develop  a skill or opportunity.
All the information is HERE

Saturday, 20 October 2018

A Book of Stars

Made this a while ago but have forgotten to blog it. I have had a tatty piece of star patchwork coverlet for a while. It was very raggy but I really liked the patterns of the fabric and the way the original maker had put the starts together so making a book seemed the most appropriate way to separate them and show them off individually. The great thing about using a blog is gives me the chance to show you every page which doesn't suit the whole Instagram/ Facebook format. Enjoy!

( Just realised my nails are filthy I had just been transplanting wallflowers and putting tulip bulbs in they are not usually so bad!)

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Variations on a theme

Four collages using the same colour palette and some lovely old materials including part of the front of an Edwardian costume, little pieces unpicked from antique quilts and mixed in with old French printed linen.
I have just put these on Etsy but you will have noticed my prices have gone up a bit. This is because Etsy is charging much more than it used to for commission and then there is the listing fee, the VAT on the fees and then the  bill is in dollars and the pound is weak. I have thought about giving up selling through Etsy altogether and just continuing to sell direct to customers in my studio and at workshops but you will see that I won't be stocking my shop quite so regularly. I know lots of people sell through Instagram without any fees but it kind of spoils Instagram when it all becomes about things for sale rather than visuals and lifestyle.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018