Home from the Far North

I have just returned from the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show where I was again showing my final body of work from the summer. I had an extremely enjoyable if somewhat chilly time there. I have to say that aside from being a part of it, the work of the other graduates was some of the best I have seen in all the years I have been going to the show and this was supported by comments from many of the visitors I met. Here are some of the highlights – sorry anyone I have missed outP1020268

Faith Wray took her inspiration from Portuguese Architecture, combining ceramic with hand embroidery more info


Susan Sydall focusses on everyday objects in the landscape. Her final body of work was concerned with the humble telegraph pole. More info

Bethany Walker one of the two embroiderers guild scholars for this year intriguingly combines her textiles with concrete. More here

Abbie Wardle uses both hand and machine embroidery on her digitally printed fabric, making an extremely eye catching statement. More here


Adeline Schwab is the other embroiderers guild scholar. Her work is in extreme miniature and exquisite. More here


Melissa McFadden works with leather, suede and wool. More here


Bella Leonard has stitched into perspex with applications into large scale architectural pieces.More here


Rachel Parkinson also works with leather. She combines laser cutting techniques with hand embroidery. More here

I should just mention my partner in crime Janet Steer there are plenty of lovely images of her work elsewhere in the blog

It was lovely to be amongst such diverse talent. I am quite sad that it is now all over.


Artists View

Last night we went to the artists private view of the ‘Wild and Woolly’ exhibition at Rums Eg. Sadly I have been somewhat preoccupied of late and I forgot my camera. Happily a friend was able to pass on some images she had taken of my work (thanks Kat) but there were lots of other lovely things there and when I get a minute I will return.DSCF0633




It is an alien thing to me to frame my work but it was a requirement of the gallery. I was lucky enough to be put in touch with Alan Tait who makes frames out of recycled materials and this has had the effect of making quite small pieces into large works.
The good news is that I have sold 2 of the 8 pieces already.
A bit of a quiet time now and then its off to Harrogate to the next Knitting and Stitching Show