Friday, September 30, 2011

Quilting Arts - Gifts Edition

I've written a little article for Quilting Arts on Floral Brooch making, i think it's a christmas edition....they just sent me a copy...quite pleased.

Here's a nice bunch of flowers from my garden!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


One of my friends Nick Trigg is a multitalented musician guitar teacher mushroom forager...well many things really but one of his jobs is working at Posterity Architectural Antiques and reclamation Lower Mitchell Barn, Nr Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1EG : 01531 636380. Nick contacted me to see if i knew anyone who wanted a sewing i thought of you.

Nick's message....Just got in the most enourmous fabric/work table. Its Ten feet long and Four foot Ten wide and has a Nine foot wooden rule let into the side length of it for measuring fabric etc, know anybody who is looking for one?

here are a few pictures

it looks like a fantastic table wish i had the room. please share this post with anyone you think may be interested.

Marcus who helps me with computer and web related stuff plays in a band with Nick and they are playing in my local tomorrow evening. (obviously if you're in Australia this whole post is entirely useless to you) but if you're local pop in and see them as you can see by the poster, they don't take themselves too seriously. Starts at 8 not 8.30....................

Sunday, September 25, 2011

More Birds...

My friend Denise Curtis volounteered to be a guinea pig for the bird workshop i've been planning she sent me a few pics....just wanted to share...

this one she made while we worked together

then she made him a little friend

finally she had been experimenting there a touch of Abigail Brown about this one don't you think??

Terry Grant was the original bird designer you can download the pattern on the Quilting Arts website.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Inspired by Klimt

Last week i did an Inspired by Klimt workshop at Bramble Patch, Weedon. Feather brained a usual state of mine i forgot my samples and had to knock one up quickly before the students arrived. This inspired a selection of the Klimtiest looking samples ever made during a workshop...

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Workshop at Bramble Patch yesterday with my 'one day a month' girls brilliant fun...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Things, New Things!

I've been living in my new pad for 5 months now and maybe it's due to the fact that i've been travelling around so much but i haven't settled in properly. I have many still unpacked boxes pushed into corners most of my pictures and bits and bobs still wrapped in bubbles. Crucially i haven't actually made anything of note in the art department. While i was on my travels in Scotland i tried to analyse the problem. I began to realise what i needed was a workspace, a bench, an area to lay out and stand back..... I was missing my old studio tables, i did try to squeeze them in to my minutant studio but it just wouldn't work....heck what to do. Using my hard earned interior design qualifications i got the tape measure out, hopped into the car and went to Ikea (by the way never visit Ikea on Sunday utter madness!)

I know it don't look much but it's fits perfectly into my bijou workspace, it's light as a feather too so i can move it around for the light when i'm doing my photo workshops.

I got a bunch of new stencils from Crafty Notions to help with A Study of Spanish Colour in Stitch and Collage at Castanea

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hamilton Embroiderers Guild

Blimey i'm just loading up me piccies and we've had a massive hailstorm. All over in a minute...

Well.. my last weekend in Scotland was a workshop for Hamilton EG Altered Books.

2 lectures, 7 different workshops and 1132 miles later back in ledders....

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Kelso and the borders

I headed out after Stirling to the Scottish borders and visited Traqauir House the oldest inhabited house in Scotland full of history....

this little sitooterie was tweeting with small rodents!!

I spent a few days at Burnbrae Mill near Kelso with Pat and Sam Lewis where i did a Bejewelled bags workshop... they didn't quite finish but they worked really hard and variety of colour was lovely.