Is it too early to be thinking of Christmas makes?

Every year I make items for the family for Christmas. To me this is as much about Christmas as the actual day itself. It gives me time to think about the recipient whilst I am making the gift. This last year Christmas was difficult and I couldn’t bring myself to even think about it withoutContinue reading “Is it too early to be thinking of Christmas makes?”

Back in the Classroom with the Coniston Cutting Mat Bag

It was lovely to be back in the classroom at Tudor Rose Patchwork today after the Christmas break. Everyone was full of enthusiasm either with new projects in mind or a determination to finish projects from last year. Janet is currently quilting the Coniston Cutting mat bag and Julia decided to get the pattern. LookingContinue reading “Back in the Classroom with the Coniston Cutting Mat Bag”

The Derwent Quilt

Today I have been preparing for lessons this week. As we are revisiting colour theory I started looking through my sketchbooks. One of them has the original designs and ideas behind the Derwent Quilt. It started as a design exercise for patchwork templates for my City & Guilds students. I was so taken with itContinue reading “The Derwent Quilt”

The Dawn Fisherman

Looking round my studio there are many pieces which I have created over the years. One of my favourites is a textured 3D silk panel of a heron, The Dawn Fisherman The panel was inspired by all the herons we see on our walks in the park behind our house. Pin tucks, smocking, shirring, pleatsContinue reading “The Dawn Fisherman”

Technology is great – When its working.

Yesterday I had a moment when my sewing machine stopped working, mid seam. Slight panic ensued as I went round the house trying to find out which fuse had blown – Nothing. Back to the machine, still not working. Was it time to get the replacement I had been thinking about for a year? UnfortunatelyContinue reading “Technology is great – When its working.”