My Activities

I am a textile artist living in Somerset, South West England. I love everything to do with fabric, threads, yarn and mixed media. I'm a member of the newly formed TextileSet, a group of enthusiastic stitchers from Dorset & Somerset, the online group Near & Far, West Country Embroiderers and Quirky Quilters.
I love the county of Somerset and enjoy walking my dog, Indie. I travel with her around England and France at every opportunity and we both have fun in our 'cottage garden'

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Craft for Care Week 1 - 6 April 2019

I am pleased to announce that I shall be supporting this event by running a kantha workshop on 3 April, between 10 to 12 at the
Dorset Centre for Creative Arts Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 3AR

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened

Michel de Montaigne

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Busy January, New and Old Activities

I made a New Year's resolution to spend less time using the internet and social media and more time in my studio. As I've given up organising my own craft fairs, I've found a few to do this year as a trader and I now feel so relaxed about my sewing.  My other resolution was to be more creative - by this I mean to make more things from scratch, rather than rely on the Pfaff embroidery unit!

I've been caught by the bag making bug and joined the Bag of the Month Club - the January pattern was the 'Ring Sling' by Samantha Hussey - Mrs H - I loved this pattern and this was my first real attempt at bag making and I was pretty impressed with my effort, even though I do say it myself.

This bag has been very closely followed by these:

Absolutely Blooming

The Lily Bag by Quilting Antics

And today, the Sedgeford by Charlie's Aunt, Emma Brennan

The snow caused TextSet to cancel our meeting this month but I've been working on one of my pieces which I've called 

'Flowers for Bees'

This is a positive approach to man's impact and I view it as a 'preventative' approach to the decline of bees.  I cut strips of fabric, stitched them together again and then cut out decreasing circles and stitched those back together with sari silk waste couched over the seams - these will form large, stylized flowers.  I plan to pleat and pad them but need to experiment more.  I've created a patched background for these flowers and have stenciled bees and flowers onto it (but haven't taken a photo of that.) The added advantage of this piece of work is that it recycles fabrics that have been found in charity shops or are samples from upholstery books.

Lastly, this is just for fun and how much have I been enjoying this - just like being a little girl and doing a jigsaw - a rooster collage with a Facebook group - Collage Quilt along with Emily Taylor - there's a lot of tracing and cutting out to do but it's strangely relaxing and comforting - he is pinned ready for securing before stitch and quilting.

Till next time - Carry On Stitching!

The future depends on what we do in the present
Mahatma Ghandi

Monday, 31 December 2018

More Travel than Blogging - Part Four

To finish off this series and the year I have some photos from my last two trips; a long weekend travelling through South Wales, Hereford, Worcestershire and Shropshire and finally a week in Yorkshire with my friend for a sewing sabbatical and a visit to the Knit & Stitch Show at Harrogate.
I wish you all a peaceful 2019 with all you could hope for.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

More Travel than Blogging - Part Three

France! How I love this country - the beautiful, dynamic countryside, majestic rivers and gorges and the historic villages, towns and buildings.  This year I made the trip with my family and dog; the only downside was that I was persuaded to go in the Channel Tunnel - never again, I'm claustrophobic and the journey really made feel bad, and worst of all, I had to do it alone on the way home - fortunately there was a very kind assistant on board who could sense my distress and he came to talk to me during the crossing.  My journey took me across 2500 miles with stops in the Loire region, the beautiful, magical Dordogne, the beach area of Languedoc Rousillon, the Jura and finally Luxembourg - where it was just myself and the dog.  I'm sharing some of the views here: