Winter Draws On

The temperature has dropped and its now definitely winter. All the leaves are now off the trees and it is now stitching season. I have been working on the grey pieces for Room 6 exhibition at the NEC next March. This is something of a sneak preview


On Thursday I am heading off to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate where I will be demonstrating on the Artists in Action stand run by ArtVanGo. There are 6+ artists demonstrating a myriad of techniques there every day so well worth a visit if you are going. I will be doing a bit of ecoprinting and then Alison Hulme and I are going to be demonstrating screen printing with natural dyes.

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


It has been a hectic couple of days here at the Knitting and Stitching Show. I have spoken to literally hundreds of people, many of whom have had very kind words to say about my work. As usual I have had difficulty getting decent photographic images.



I am hoping that I have better on my big camera which will be posted on my return home

My Mind is a Whirl…..

A great weekend at the Big Textile Show in Leicester. This is a new show only in its second year and I am sure that it will only get better and better. One of the biggest thrills for me was the acquisition of these wonderful vintage threads


I am now looking forward to The Knitting and Stitching Show. So little time and so much to do. I am still in the process of crossing the is and dotting the ts on my Scholarship work and crossing my fingers that it will look well in the allotted space. I am also busy packing and labelling for my stand , which I am again sharing with Alison Hulme who is minding the shop and also selling her hugely popular pinnies. We have done a bit of a collaboration and alongside her own designs there are a limited number of eco printed pinnies available. The stand number is TGB13.

Also on the Embroiderers Guild stand with me is fellow Eastleigh luminary, Helen Sill. She is one of the very few lucky ones to have secured a spot in The Graduate Showcase this year. We are both to be found at TGJ14

My good friend Lindsay Taylor has a large exhibition this year and this should be stunning. I am also looking forward to seeing the work of her fellow Isle of Wighter Mary Flynn whose work is constructed from finds from the beaches of the Island.

Lastly but no means least I was thrilled to discover that another good friend Cath Von Isenburg has a stand. Her work is exquisite and it will be lovely to see her again after such a long time. Her stand is TGE14

In spite of so much to do my mind is drifting towards the future. There are lots of exciting things happening for me in the pipeline not only next year but also in 2016. More about these later…. first things first

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.




Having a great time at the Knitting and Stitching Show and have met lots of lovely people.

Countdown Time

It is now just over a week before the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace and my preparations are all but complete. I have been hugely busy because not only do I have a place in the Graduate Showcase, I also still have my usual stand which will for the first time be stocked with naturally dyed items. Alongside a selection of threads,fabrics and other supplies, I will be selling a number of finished items.


These include scarves, T Shirts, journals, sewing rolls and a whole host of other things. As previously mentioned I am sharing this space this year with Alison Hulme. Please come and see us – our stand number is TGB13. Its on the far left hand corner as you enter the Textile Gallery. It is generally less frenetic in that corner and there is a coffee stand nearby so a great place loiter.

I should really mention other collegues, friends and tutors that will also be present at the Show. I am joined in the Graduate Showcase by Janet Steer


…and Jan McGarry


Another great showing from Eastleigh College. A previous Eastleigh alumni, . Nicky Barfoot has been selected for the Knitted Textile Awards.

Link to more of her work


Our former tutors Sue Chapman and Terrie Hitchcock will be reprising their exhibition from the Festival of Quilts – Evidence of Bodies. For those who have already seen, it will be worth returning for another look since there will be new work on show.



Last but definitely not least my good friend Lindsay Taylor has a stand and will be signing her new book – Embroidered Art. She is to be found on stand RCE11. She has promised me she is going to dress her stand up to the nines so well worth a look if not to buy. This is a link to her website



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