Friday, 19 July 2019

French Finds

I have just taught for a week at Crafty Retreats at Mallety about 20km from Limoges. Some fantastic high quality work form a friendly bunch of students working with vintage materials and old bits of quilts. there were a couple of short trips to local brocantes and I thought I would share with you some of the lovely things I found.

a very old cotton net mosquito net

a piece of ragged damask curtain and a piece of needlepoint which matches perfectly

a little suitcase of fine sewing samples by Arlene Guinot

funky embroidered wood egg cup and cosy

bobbles from the curtain

embroidered bits

hand embroidered in wool belt

cute dog

the usual red and white linen

more linen and lace

old gold thread and alligator skin wallet

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Free Style Patchwork

I think I do patchwork all the time, (though some of you might disagree!) as I join different shapes and elements together. I use the traditional patchwork building blocks but instead of building up a quilt top I use them to embellish garments. I want them to appear as having a patchwork element without being too heavy handed and I like that this free style approach allows me to let the shapes float away from each other a little. This week I have been working on a new piece incorporating these yellow triangles. I have also included pictures of some older work where I have used this approach.

Monday, 8 July 2019

Returning to Chateau Dumas

Lizzie Hulme who offers workshops from her beautiful Chateau Dumas in France gifted me a small tattered quilt in May and pieces of it have crept into this little book which will be following me to France this week when I board the plane for Limoges and teach for Crafty Retreats.
I will be returning to Chateau Dumas again next summer to run a week's worth of workshops if you would like to join me there. Full information about the course HERE

Thursday, 6 June 2019


I have has some old work on display in my studio for the past few weeks and it is a good time to reintroduce it. This is a wallet book I made more than 10 years ago called " Beloved".

Monday, 20 May 2019

Revisiting Cowslip

Every other year I teach at Cowslip Workshops in Launceston, Cornwall. It is a beautiful, warm and friendly place and I will be travelling down there on Thursday to run 4 workshops ( all full I am afraid) over the bank holiday weekend. I was very happy to be asked by Jo to do a pop up exhibition for four days ( Friday 24 - Mon 27 May) in the barns I could just imagine how good my big wall art pieces would look in this setting. I have shown these a couple of times before but mostly they reside in a suitcase in the loft so if you are passing near Cornwall at the weekend please come and see! Here they are, all  at least I.5 metre square so much bigger than anything I usually do.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Memento Mori

This weekend I will be having a little exhibition in my studio of work I did 10-15 years ago inspired by my research into my  local cemetery and the maiden's garlands of St Stephens Fylingdales.  I don't often get this work out so this might be your only chance to see it if you haven't done so before.
Its part of our Spring Art Fair Event at The Hearth. Information  HERE  I will be there both days...
These photos were taken this week as I started to stage the work.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Blue Book

I am teaching a fabric books workshop this weekend so it has given me the opportunity to seek out some from the past to show the students. This one was done for a drawing exhibition a few years ago. It is a concertina and it was suspended from the ceiling in the original exhibition with the blue sewn line going all the way through it.