I am very pleased to announce that I have been awarded an Embroiderers Guild Scholarship. This will run from now until April 2015 and involves a project and an opportunity to exhibit (again) at the Knitting and Stitching Shows and at the Embroiderers Guild AGM next year. Since the work I did last year surrounding Southampton Common threw up so many possibilities, most of which were unrealised, I am going to continue with this line of investigation. The papers from the previous post are a starting point as are the birch bark experiments from the one before that. There are so many more leaves available this year compared with a year ago. I also have the luxury of a lot more time to experiment.

During my daily walk on the Common this morning I was shocked to discover there had been a fire during sometime in the last 24 hours




Luckily it was confined to a fairly small area, it could have been so much worse. It occured to me that were the Common were to be devastated then again I would be thwarted!

Knitting and Stitching Show

Its that time of year when my thoughts drift to preparations for the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. For several years now I have taken a stand there as Thredfairy and have always enjoyed it immensely. However this year it is all change. Firstly and rather sadly Thredfairy is no more (almost) since I am now focusing on naturally dyed supplies and have decided to trade under my own name and it was my intention to launch this at the show. However a spanner was tossed in the works by my selection by the Embroiderer’s Guild to participate in this years Graduate Showcase which I am very proud and pleased so to do. However this left me in something of a fix since I cannot be in two places at once. Happily one of my ex- student colleagues Alison Hulme has stepped in and will run the stand and it seemed only fair to me that we should share the space. Hence this year stand TGB13 at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace will go under the name of Caroline Bell and Alison Hulme. I blogged very briefly about Alisons work after our degree show, but here is a little more. Alison is currently making pinnies and bags which are hand screen printed with her own designs. Each piece is a one-off, a masterpiece in its own right and contains script and imagery very pertinent to her own life. Indeed the pinny itself, has a lot of significance for Alison since she has spent a lot of her working life behind a pinny.



Some people might recognise the model. Alison wanted a stroppy teenager for her photo shoot.


More about my own offerings later