Tuesday, 19 March 2013


'Bless this House'

I received a letter in the post that reminded me of why I do what I do.  It isn't about the transaction of money, it is about the transaction of beauty.  An old friend who I am recently back in touch with, wrote me this:

"I hadn't expected to be so moved by your exhibition at the Sock Gallery. I wasn't the only one. As I sat there I saw many people stop, move closer, and spend time over your pictures.....I sat for along time and found myself buying one that I hadn't expected to out of those I was looking at.  I bought 'Bless this House'. I think because we are currently trying to buy a new house and if all goes well would love to have something so positive in it that we can all enjoy.....Thank you for making my day so unexpected and full of beautiful things."

So, the original has gone on its journey, but prints of 'Bless this House' are available in my shop.  And my work is exhibited at Sock Gallery Loughborough until the weekend.  I will be in the gallery on Saturday and Sunday with thirty-five other designers and makers for the Makers Market.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Simple Beauty

These have grown from cuttings taken from my Grandma's conservatory at her 100th birthday party.  As we stumble in to Spring they are a vibrant colour-song in my studio.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

New Work

Here's my newest print 'Valley'. It is a big one! It's my feature piece at the Sock Preview Show that opens today at the Town Hall in Loughborough.  Using contemporary wizardry it is a print taken from three works from my British Landscape series.  It measures 45cm x 110cm, a size that I couldn't easily work at because of the constraints of sewing with a domestic sewing machine on paper.  The print quality is amazing and captures every detail of stitch, paper and ink.  It is printed on German etching paper with archival inks.  

The work was commissioned by a customer who had already bought my 'Valley Deep' piece.  And so I created 'Valley High' and 'Valley Steep' to compliment it and these three were united for 'Valley'.

I'll be in the gallery at Sock, Loughborough on the weekend of the Makers Market (March 23rd and 24th).  Hope to see you there!

Friday, 1 March 2013


I had the pleasure of being invited to run a workshop on an inset day for art teachers.  There was an exciting buzz in the air as creativity was unleashed! Some were from digital or photographic backgrounds and enjoyed the challenge to their neat and tidy tendencies. Others were new to stitching and broke through their fear of getting behind a sewing machine. Some took their work to new scales working long or large. The outcomes were really dynamic.

If you are interested in attending a workshop you can find out more here.  Or if you would like to talk to me about running one for a group, please click here.
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