Saturday, 14 October 2017

Farm Weeds

Trying some new wildflower samples for a course I am planning to run in 2018. I want to incorporate my textile collage with fairly traditional hand embroidery 

Friday, 6 October 2017

Death has quicker wings than love

I know many of you have followed my stories about maidens garlands over the years and I was privileged to be asked for some of my art work to be used on Marry Waterson's new CD/LP and in fact my glove is actually PRINTED on the Cd as well as being used within the lyric booklet. Marry came to me as she has written a poignant song about the Maidens Garlands so go out and get it! It has received very favourable reviews everywhere.
Here is a link on You Tube to the garlands song. Hope it works!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Little Donkey

Since the summer when I saw donkeys in the south of France wearing old bits of quilt under their saddles I have been a little obsessed with donkeys and indeed am working up pieces to sell and show at Christmas. Made a start with this little stitched drawing today on the Tilleke Schwarz workshop at Hope and Elvis today. I can't quite bring myself to incorporate counted cross stitch in to my work as she does so well but there are three crosses there in the picture! It was an interesting experience to be there as a student today but I will be returning to Hope and Elvis next year as a tutor if you are interested in joining me there.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

X 4

4 new collages all using up bits left over from my French stay

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Sewing World

Thank you to this magazine for doing a big feature on me this month,

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Pot with orange spots

I have finished a piece based on Winifred Nicholson’s Flowers in a Pot with Orange Spots (1950). This was made for a special new friend in the United States. I don't usually let these go!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Pig Stretcher

Details from an old pig stretcher ( don't ask!) that I bought in France. Big decision is whether to risk washing it or accept the ingrained dirt as part of its story. There  are no blood stains you will be please to know. 

From conception to creation

For those of you who don't know about it republished a "how to do it" article about my work in their newsletter this week. Here is the link

Friday, 25 August 2017

Bank holiday project

My project this weekend is to unpick the pink floral surface of this quilt to get at what looks like a Victorian patchwork quilt inside. In my book I write about how I always weigh a quilt in my hands when I buy one as heaviness often means something is hidden inside. I have had this one for years and the scuffing on the surface was starting to reveal a blue under layer. Here is the beginning of the process. 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Alice Pattullo

Here is a You Tube video about one of my children, Alice Pattullo who is an illustrator based in London. In the film there is even an acknowledgement that her upbringing surrounded by books and quilts might have had a tiny bit of influence on her! So proud.... and if if you haven't been yet the show is on till September 17th at YSP.

Link HERE for the video.

Monday, 21 August 2017

French Fabrics

First day back in the studio and I have finished these three textile collages which were assembled as teaching aids and made along side the students last week They use pieces of quilt I bought in France, woad dyed toile de Joey and some pieces from the Chateau collection of fabrics.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Robin Hoods Bay

I am back in the North East and catching up on the BBC Radio 4 programmes I have missed while I was away. Many people texted me at Chateau Dumas to say there was a little mention of me on Open Country in the context of the research and exhibition I did in relation to the maidens garlands in Old St Stephens Robin Hoods Bay a few years ago. Many of you will have been to Bay so it is worth a listen and at the end Eliza McCarthy sings Stow Brow, a song I used and based some of my work on.

Sorry you folks outside the UK the link may not work for you but here is a picture of the garlands! If you want to read more about my work and the story then please link HERE. Scroll down  the title page and you will find info and there are loads more pics too.

Friday, 18 August 2017


I hope this gives you a flavour of what my students at Chateau Dumas have been doing this week. Lots of textile collage used in different ways. What talented students.

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....