Friday, 9 April 2021


 9th April 2021

This has been inspired by a textile artist I have followed for a long time, Emma Wigginton, who has been providing free workshops on U-Tube during lockdown.

Strips of a variety of fabrics in shades of green, mostly hand dyed layered on a cotton wadding backing....

....embellished then free machined...

...stems and leaves machined in place...

...then daffodils, I intended taking more photos of the stages but got carried away and forgot!!

I really like the textures and have used some of my turmeric dyed silk for the centres. I didn't stitch all the petals as I wanted the texture.

Thank you Emma for the ideas, will definitely use this idea for backgrounds, think I might make tulips next, watch this space!

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Bookmarks and slow stitching

 28th March 2021

Just a quick up-date....

....the centre bookmark is for my gorgeous granddaughter who is now enjoying chapter books being read to her, we have started with 'The Twits' which she is really enjoying. This was an off-cut from a postcard I made and as she loves the seaside decided to make her a bookmark with her name embroidered on the back.

The other two are made from an experiment using my hand dyed fabrics and wavy line weaving, thought they would make fundraising gifts later in the year.

This is a slow stitched piece which has taken a while to do! Thought I might mount it on a canvas frame when shops open again.

The background is some of my indigo dyed calico and used the circular pattern and extended with stitch circles.

Close ups, some of my favourite simple stitches....

....used washers to fill small spaces.

I am now slow stitching some wool I eco dyed with eucalyptus leaves but need more variety of colours in my embroidery threads so again am waiting for the shops to open! I have tried ordering on line but the colours are never what I was expecting. 
I miss the craft shows for hand dyed threads.

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Mixed Media Experiment

 21st March 2021

Hello, it's been quite a while!! Unfortunately haven't felt very creative and have found this lockdown quite difficult but the end is in sight.....

I have had this book for quite a while and decided to do some experimenting.....

....strips of a variety of fabrics were layered on calico and backed with 'stitch and tear' for stability....

...these were machined down and more details added, threads and lace...

...the background was painted, I used acrylic but wished I had used my Ko in Or dyes as the acrylic made the hand stitching quite difficult....

.....layered some yellow silk and free machined to represent buttercups then addd daisies, mostly using free machining....

.....I think the hand stitching improved the texture. 
Fairly pleased with the result and liked the background.

I have also made a variety of birthday cards but forgot to photograph!!!

See you again before too long I hope.

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Tags and experimenting with my embellisher.

 30th January 2021

More tags, one per week, theme was heart.

I wove through hessian for the background and used some of my ice dyed fabric for the heart.

Tag 3 was scraps...

...Tag 4 was fly stitch...

...Tag 5 cross, used cross stitch to attach.

I have kept the tags fairly simple as my tags are quite small, I have a box bought a few years ago that I need to use!!!


I used felt as my base and embellished man made fabric from my stash, the lower part of the photo shows the fabric before embellishing.... embellished organza over the top...

...then more man made embellished...

....the result, think I will enhance details using free machine embroidery.

I had some handmade felt which again I embellished with a polyester scarf and added hand dyed scrim for the flowers, only embellishing the centre for added texture, wool for the stem and leaves ready for machine embroidery.

Another small project using hand dyed fabrics, a work in progress, I am fast running out of embroidery threads!!! 


Last but not least my fantastic amaryllis bought a week before Christmas, amazing because it has 3 stems, these beautiful flowers and another bud not yet opened! I cannot believe all this has come from I bulb, it really has cheered me up this week.

Hope you are all keeping well, I am still finding this lockdown difficult and missing my little people and family. One day soon fingers crossed x

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Hand embroidery on Khadi paper

 12th January 2021

A short update, my yarnbombing was up for only four days, one person complained and I had to take it down!! On the second day a little girl ran to the tree and hugged it, made my day!!

I have been following Karin Lunds on Instagram and love her work, stitching on paper. This was my inspiration this week....

...using Khadi paper from my stash...

...very simply stitched...

...and another....

....on a roll now... piece, not quite sure what to do with them but I loved the process, this has been woven in the centre!

I listen to story tapes while I am stitching, so enjoyable.

Also joining in with Anne Brookes Textiles making 52 tags this year..

...the theme for the 1st was white, buttons, embroidery and lace....

...also made another winter scene for a card....

....also a few people in my block of flats, 75+ have either had their vaccines or have been given an appointment for this week, great morale booster!

Saturday, 2 January 2021

New Years Day Yarn bombing!

 HAPPY  2021  TO  YOU  ALL

I think I have told you during lockdowns I have been using all spare and donated yarn to prepare for a yarn bomb in the new year. I decided to do it on the 1st and as I was finishing the final tree......

...a lady came striding across the road to ask what I was doing! I replied that I was yarn bombing, the lady wanted to know why and I said to make people smile. Her reply was that it didn't make her smile and she furiously told me to remove it!! I explained pleasantly that I had permission. Apparently she hadn't given me permission but she was just another resident in the close. Her departing words were,''I am organising a petition!"

Not quite the response I had in mind, I did wonder if said lady might remove the tree coverings overnight but they are still in place.

I will inform you of any updates but haven't received the petition as yet, watch this space.....

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Creating a winter landscape

 30th December 2020

My last post of the year!! 

Think we are all very glad to see the end of 2020 and look forward to a better 2021.

I am sure I have mentioned the textile artist Emma Wigginton who has been making videos on You Tube, this work was inspired by her....

I collected as many white and silvery fabrics as I could from my stash including silk velvet, silk organza, linen, cotton, scarf oddments and netting. These were then cut into landscape shaped strips and pinned on  cotton wadding after trying different arrangements! I made a long strip as I thought I might make a picture and some cards.....

...selected threads including metallic... machined in place... yet I have only produced 2 cards, thought they would be good for winter birthdays.

I still have a lot of base landscape to play with in the new year!

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2021x