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.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Sleeve Notes

I have just been to Italy for a week and whenever I go abroad I seek out the textiles like a ferret! There was a display of costumes from the Cavalieri di Casala in a room behind the Tourist Information in Arezzo which I found inspiring, particularly the embellishment of the sleeves. They are worn every year at an age old pageant that takes place in the town square. I am going to make something similar to that red belt!

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Joe the Quilter

For those of you who might have heard the story of Joe the Quilter, the British quilt stamper who was murdered for his quilt money in 1826. Here are some pictures of his cottage which was rebuilt at Beamish, an open air museum not far from where I live. The heather rush roof was particularly beautiful.Beamish also have examples of his beautiful whole cloth quilt designs in their stores. Here is a link to the whole story

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

MY studio

My studio today. Lots of new projects on the go....

Tuesday, 26 February 2019


I double page spread pinned and ready to be put in a wallet book.

Sunday, 24 February 2019


A space has come up on my Winifred Nicholson course on Saturday 16th March. The course costs £50 including materials and takes place at the Hearth, Horsley, Northumberland 10-4

Winifred Nicholson is one of my favourite painters and I especially love her still lives of vases and pots of flowers in domestic settings or on sills with a landscape outside. In this workshop you will work from one of Winifred’s still lives ( chosen by you) and build up a textile collage which does not copy the painting exactly but does capture the the colour, composition and mood. This is a challenge, so you will be working quite small, but I have taught this class several times and the students always produce beautiful and interesting work. I will guide you all the way!
If you want to take up this place please contact me through my website

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Cats and Dogs

Someone has just cancelled their place on my Cats and Dogs appliqué course next Sunday 17th February at The Hearth. Please contact me through my website if you are interested. The course costs £50 and includes all materials.
We won't be using the diamond quilt illustrated but you will be working on a wool scraps crazy quilt which will be great to stitch on.
Here is a link to the full description

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Artist's studio available

ARTIST’S STUDIO AVAILABLEat The Hearth Centre, Horsley, From 1st April 2019
We are looking for an artist to join us at The Hearth.
The Paddock studio will be available to rent from 1st April. We are inviting applications from artists seeking a creative space in which to work and display their work to the public.
  • The Hearth Café which is open 7 days a week and draws in visitors to the studios
  • Two Open Studios events per year which attract many hundreds of visitors
  • The opportunity to show your work in the café and hall.
  • A reduced rate for hall-hire if you wish to run classes.
    Artists are asked to attend their studios and welcome visitors at least 3 days a week, this creates a supportive environment among the resident artists and provides an opportunity for visitors to see creative processes at work.
RENT £149.20 per month.VISITS If you would like to see the studio, please email to
arrange a suitable time.
APPLICATIONby email to post to; The Administrator, The Hearth Centre, Main Road, Horsley, NE15 0NT
  • Send a letter of application outlining why you wish to be based at The Hearth,
  • Attach a CV detailing your professional practice and exhibitions
  • Attach up to 4 images of your work.
  • Provide the names of 2 character references.
    The Hearth is a charity, managed by a board of voluntary
The Hearth Arts Centre is situated in Horsley, between Newcastle and Hexham, just off the A69. There are 8 artists’ studios shared by 9 artists, a very popular café open 7 days a week, and a community hall for classes and events.