Thursday 25 June 2015

Monday 15 June 2015

Roses and peonies

I live in the middle of a city. I don't have the idyllic lifestyle of a studio in the garden or even in fact a garden! I have a tiny Tyneside back yard which is typical of the area where I live but I do make it as beautiful as I can by growing things in chimney pots, old tin baths and china Belfast sinks. Some birds visit, the cat can sit in the sun and it is a tiny paradise in the middle of the big smoke. However…… my climbing rose annoyingly seems to grow tall and strong but then do all its blooming into the next door yard. I also grow peonies on my allotment. I suppose all of this is in the way of introducing this textile collage which has a bit of this back story going on… 

Saturday 13 June 2015


I  have just finished reading this book and highly recommend it. John Craske was a Norfolk fisherman who became infirm and spent his life painting and embroidering what he knew best - life at sea and the North Norfolk coastline. Julia Blackburn can not find out a great deal about him but her discoveries lead us to learn more about the people who loved his work ( including 2 people whose work I love - Peter Pears and Sylvia Townsend Warner) and odd digressions and stories e.g. about Einstein's brief period of living in Norfolk. 

Tuesday 9 June 2015


Getting ready today for the Stitch course I am teaching at the weekend. Fully booked I am afraid! Just back from teaching at the delightful SewnotStrawberryJam in Kent. I was very much taken with the horse box they now have on the little farm, which you can rent for the night. Think it needs a stable boy quilt on that bed though don't you!

Monday 1 June 2015


One second hand cushion cover from Oxfam £2.99. Unpicked provides lots of lovely patterns and textures to work into with stitch. The backs often more interesting than the fronts. Looking out for more...