Monday, 14 August 2017

Quilts and Donkeys

CI have managed to purchase two french quilts since I have been here at Chateau Dumas and am busy unpicking them in spare moments as I can't get them in to my suitcases in their current state. 
On Sunday I also spotted a donkey wearing a very similar piece of the yellow quilt under his saddle. Must be the fashion round here!! I also like his accompanying blue headscarf and am going to try this colour scheme myself.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

French Tapestries

Beautiful  tapestries at Montpezat-de-Quercy near to Chateau Dumas where I am teaching for two weeks.


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Kittiwake- part oft series of sea and shore birds. I live a stone's throw from the largest inland colony in the world , around 800 pairs nest near the Tyne Bridge . 

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Sunny Evenings

The reason you are not seeing so much new work on here is that in the summer I do not sit and sew in front of the TV but spend the evenings on our allotment. When I go off to Chateau Dumas in a couple of weeks my husband is going to have to live off courgettes, runner and French beans , blackberries and raspberries. To keep my garden looking pretty I deadhead every single day and don't know if he can be persuaded to do this but you never know....

Monday, 17 July 2017

Wee Woad Bag

On the final day of the courses I will be teaching at Chateau Dumas the students will make a little bag to use up accumulated scraps and fabric that they will have dyed with woad. Here is a teaching sample....
Those of you are coming to join me in France , I am getting excited and hope you are too!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Little Ship

Tattered old flag spotted in a tiny museum in Deal. Think it had something to do with the "Little Ships" and the D Day landings but whatever it is just a lovely design. Can't find any info on the internet...

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Great Dixter inspired

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Great Dixter in Kent and was blown away by the colour combinations in the garden. Here are two small pieces I have made in response to my own photographs. they are not quite finished yet but nearly there...
Not sure about them as they are much brighter than I usually work!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Stitch - Illo

I feel privileged to have been selected for inclusion in Stitch-Illo, a new publication from Uppercase magazine. 46 artists from all around the world are featured in separate chapters. It is a beautiful book and if you are interested in Textile Art or want to be introduced to some makers you have not heard of then this book is for you. Here is a link with info

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Shore Birds

have been on  holiday this last week staying  in a shack on the beach. It's been a good place to birdwatch and we even remembered the binoculars! 
Here are a Little Tern, Godwit and Sanderling - all made this week.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Garland Flowers

Last week I was teaching near Scarborough and drove home the coast way through Robin Hoods Bay. It is always special to drive past Old St Stephens and be reminded of the Maidens Garlands and how I had a happy time making my own for the long forgotten dead girls in the Victorian grave yard.
read more about it HERE
I am absolutely DISGUSTED that you can now do "Champing" in this beautiful old church with its painted wooden pews and special history. No respect............

Tuesday, 13 June 2017


 Little collages for cards

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Two new collages

Plan to start selling work like this on Etsy soon. I find pieces like this difficult to let go of as every bit of fabric within has some special meaning but a time will come when I have to let go!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Wallet Wonders

I have been teaching a wallet workshop today. Here is some early stage work from the students using all my precious stuff!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Gardening Skirt

Old skirt, new location.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017