Wednesday, 15 February 2017


Red is my favourite colour.I often bring red stitching in to my work and bits of old turkey red fabric find their way in to nearly everything.
This is a companion piece to the little red jacket that is featured on the title page of my book "Textile Collage". I am working towards an exhibition of these pieces but they are taking me a long time.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Extra, Extra! Read all about it…...

Last summer I was lucky enough to be invited to teach, by Selvedge Magazine, at the atmospheric Chateau Dumas in the south of France. The students and I had a lovely time basking in the sun, being fed scrumptious food and working in the studio. They had 6 days of working with me cracking the whip but feed back was great and they all produced some lovely work in a textile collage style mixing in vintage French bits and having a day dyeing and over dyeing with the local woad.

I was asked back again this summer but the course filled up immediately and now Selvedge have asked me if I will do an EXTRA week, 5th - 12th August,  so that more of you have a chance to join us at this lovely venue.
Read all about the course HERE and please consider embarking on an adventure, even with a friend,   and joining me at Chateau  Dumas for a spot of textile indulgence in a beautiful location where all you need to think about is what delicious morsels will be served up on the terraced next  and whether you can thread your needle!
Places are expected to be snapped up quickly so contact Lizzie HERE for more information and booking.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

ReLoved and WellBeing

I am featured in a couple of magazines this month. In the UK there is a 7 page article in ReLoved, including a project on how to make a corsage  In Australia WellBeing have included me in their article about Wabi Sabi Craft. The pictures in the ReLoved magazine are courtesy of Batsford who are the publisher of my book Textile Collage.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

A new old appliquéd quilt

It is very rare to see an appliquéd quilt up in the north east as it wasn't particularly a tradition of this area. This one came my way today and I am so pleased to be its new owner. Love the wear and tear on it and the quirky naivety of it. Other women buy shoes I buy quilts!


Sunday, 29 January 2017

Swedish inspiration

In the summer I started this wool work cushion cover and at last I have finished it! I temporarily lost the bag of wool but found it and completed the stitching this weekend. It was inspired by seeing a lot of folk art in Sweden though not copied from anything directly, in fact I made it up as I went along which is my usual way of working. It will become a cushion cover though what possessed me to work on to a dark colour when I have a white cat I do not know. I had forgotten how nice it was to work with wool on wool and it has made me think I must definitely repeat my Wool Work course this Autumn.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Place available on Stitch course

Someone has cancelled their place on my Stitch course on Tuesday March 14th. Please contact me through my web site if you are interested.
This is for 4 people only in my studio so rather special

Many people have asked me to repeat this workshop where you will go back to basics and learn about 30 embroidery stitches in a day and will leave confident that you can apply them to other projects.
This day will be devoted to learning,exploring and revisiting common hand stitches. Each group of stitches will be demonstrated and you will build up a small sample collection which by the end of the day you will be able to make in to your own little "Stitch Bible". I will also show you examples of the way stitches can further be developed and stretched after the course. You will be able to choose do your samplers on to old starched table linen, or pieces of wool blanket and a small piece of quilt will be used as a cover for your book. This is for beginners or those who are a bit rusty and want to be reminded .