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I am delighted to be included as one of the featured artists in the most recent edition of Inspirational. This is the online magazine, brainchild of John Hopper from the Textile Blog link to which is  here. Well worth a look and incredible value with 157 pages and a huge number of images – truly inspirational!
I am particularly pleased to be in this issue alongside some amazing talent which includes not only other textile artists but potters, mixed media and other disciplines
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A Date for your Diary ( addendum)

I have forgotten to update the situation regarding ‘ Tea with….’ The event being organised by Room6 in June of next year. We were thrilled that Rozanne Hawksley had agreed to be our speaker. Unfortunately and with great reluctance she had to cancel. However the event is still taking place and we now have Tea with Jae Maries, another highly respected textile artist, member of the 62 group.


And its 2015


I confess I have found it rather difficult to get going after the break but here I am at last. Last year was a busy year particularly being Embroiderers Guild Scholar but as that is now coming to an end, I can look forward to another year which promises to be quite busy.

The first event is my exhibition at Rums Eg, Romsey, Hants. which contains quite a bit of the work (and some extras) that I did as Scholar. This runs from 21st January to 14th March.

There is then a bit of a lull for which I am grateful and then I am doing a 2 day workshop at ArtVanGo at the beginning of June. Hard after that is Tea with Rozanne Hawksley hosted by Room 6. This is on 13th June which is a Saturday from 2pm onwards at Lower Upham Village Hall. More about both of these later

I will be part of an exhibition At Eastleigh College at the beginning of July and then as a guest artist with Zeronine textile artists at Hilliers Arboretum from the end of July and all of August.
At the moment I am planning to do Festival of Quilts and The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace with my trusty sidekick Alison Hulme and Bell, Hulme and Moore will be present at The Big Textile Show in Leicester again.

In October also, I am hoping to be part of an exhibition entitled ‘Stitched’ at Romsey Abbey.

In the meantime work will no doubt gather apace on From The Earth for June 2016. For anyone interested the call for Artists will open at the end of the month, giving people about a year to come up with something good.

All Over Now

I am now somewhat exhausted after the knitting and Stitching Shows virtually back to back. I have enjoyed the process immensely having met some lovely lovely people who were extremely kind about my work. I was also lucky enough to be exhibiting alongside a fab bunch of graduates and my fellow Guild Scholar. Here is a bit of a plug for each:

Harriet Stiles also an Embroiderers Guild Scholar with her hand embroidered Jewellery – more info here


Hanny Newton with her goldwork rocks. She also makes the most fabulous bow ties she can also be found here


Maria Boyle who won the Textile Study Group graduate of the year award. Fabulous textures. Her website can be found here


Chris Woodcock with these wonderful forms. More info here


Georgina Bellamy, probably the fastest emboiderer in the west with her stunning jacket. Link to her website


Olly Mason with her stitch and concrete. Her website may be found here


Last but not least we have Helen Sill fellow Eastleigh alumni and Room 6 member. She will not thank me for this photo. Website is here

Cannot really finish without adding this picture of my fellow partner in crime Alison Hulme who beavered her way through metres of fabric on the Artists in Action stand1966822_593476084091948_4543401467826924868_n

It’s now onwards and upwards – lots in the pipeline. The next event for me is an exhibition at Rums Eg, Romsey in the new year – more of this when the publicity comes out

A Date for your Diary

A while back I alluded to lots of exciting happenings. This is the heads up of one. A while back I was honoured to be invited to be a part of a new exhibiting group, Room 6. There are six of us in total and in one way or another we have been associated with the degree course at Eastleigh college. The other members are; Susan Chapman, Alison Hulme, Consuelo Simpson, Lynn Onions and Helen Sill.
Our first enterprise is to continue the tradition of mounting a Tea with… afternoon with an eminent textile artist. I am extremely happy to announce that the artist this year will be Rozanne Hawksley. For those who might not have come across her work, her website may be accessed here
We are thrilled that such an eminent artist has agreed to talk for us and feel sure that the afternoon will be a fascinating experience for everyone.
Details are: The event will take place at Lower Upham Hall, Hampshire SO32 1HF on Saturday 13th June 2015 (in the hope we will be free of snow on that day). Start time will be 2.00 pm. Visitors can expect a delicious tea courtesy of Alison Hulme, a thought provoking talk from Rozanne and additionally a second hand book stall with quality art and textile books at great prices and a comprehensive raffle.
There will be more information regarding tickets etc closer to the date.

Festival of Quilts 2014


Our stand

It is only now that I have begun to recover from the Festival Of Quilts. It was an extremely enjoyable 4 days.

Round the corner were Sue Chapman and Lynne Onions. Am not sure where the pic of Sues half has gone but here is Lynnes. Sue and Lynne are starting up a new workshop enterprise which should be up and running sometime early next year. Link here

I enjoyed Debbie Lyddons contribution to Fine Art Quilt Masters
And this one by Claire Higgott

Of all the exhibitions I think I enjoyed Ann Johnstones most.



Aside from the visual delights, the one thing that I have come away with is the fact that there is a lot of misinformation floating about about natural dying and printing, including practices that might be positively harmful to health. I am thinking therefor that reluctant workshop giver that I am, I might well join the fray. At least then people could learn safely.

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.


Embroidered Leaves

I have been reminded of the work of Hillary Fayle whose exquisite work i came across earlier this year. Lots of obvious resonations for me since she is passionate about the environment.  She coats the leaves in a non toxic preservative to conserve and retain colour as well as rendering them more easy to stitch into. She then uses a mixture of traditional and ori ginal embroidery patterns to fill the spaces






In her own words; “I generally try to use renewable, sustainable and environmentally friendly materials for my art, so this was an obvious choice. I feel that the elaborate stitching reflects the intricate patterns and incredible detail found in the natural world”
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