IMG_0800 Having given up waiting for this seasons leaves to reappear, I have decided to work with what I have,namely these sweet chestnut leaves which are the only viable varieties now left on the common. I have now tried them every which way on different fabrics with different mordants on different poles. I think I have made a decision which may or may not be altered further along the line. The sample above was achieved with an iron mordant and is on khadi cotton ( hand woven, organic, fairly traded from India). I feel this will work well with the sepia photography I have been playing around with recently. The cloth itself is beautiful, with a lovely weight and drape and ideal for what I have in mind. More later, although the grand reveal will have to wait for the exhibition.

Marks on the Ice


Am currently looking for interesting marks in nature and those in particular on the Common. I especially love these in the ice on the ornamental pond.

Fashion Embroidery Stitch

Was very busy yesterday, lots of talk and a few nice sales. Today has been much quieter in part at least due to the snow. Cannot believe it is nearly the end of March.

Time is my enemy

IMG_0788 Time has been a recurrent theme for me recently both in my work for my final exhibition and in preparations for the ICHF show in Birmingham. I think I am almost there now but only just.



P1010592 These were taken on Southampton Common this morning.

My tree fetish continues. I think I am just playing a waiting    game until the leaves return.


IMG_0788I am testing the water with a stand at the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch Show at the NEC, Birmingham next week.I will be exhibiting my new range of naturally dyed supplies for textiles alongside a small selection of eco printed items including journal covers and silk scarves plus some of my more recent work. My stand number is J06. Doors open at 9.30 am on Thursday 21st March and the show closes on Sunday 24th March at 5.00 pm.