Hello and welcome to my Blog especially for textile artists, combining inspiration, personal growth, creativity and design. All the good things!
Will I look at the world slightly differently each time I walk the dogs or stroll along our beautiful beaches? Absolutely – all from one workshop and one inspiring artist.
The alternative is that nothing changes and, as a result, you’ve achieved nothing.
The take-home message here is to compensate for all those motionless moments – and make it enjoyable.
Not only do I look forward to my time with a stitching project, but I also round out my day with a well-crafted and beautifully narrated story.
And each layer is informed by the one that’s gone before.
I've just recorded an episode podcast for my Stitch Safari on 'Colour in Embroidery'. As this topic is so important, I thought I'd write about it here too. What amazes me is that with all the whizz-bang theory, tools and technology, people are still struggling to work...
I didn’t draw a pattern, research a topic, or work completely unknowingly – I let the work breathe and speak.
As an exhibiting textile artist, I sometimes find that life can be overwhelming. And by life, I'm including my private, family, and professional life in this often jumbled mix. So as my home has to continue to function, regardless of what I have going on in my...
Thank you for your support throughout this year and my best wishes to each of you for a very Merry Christmas 2023 – I’m looking forward to an amazing and creative 2024.
When you have an idea for a theme and that urge to stitch grabs hold, you just have to follow your inspiration. And that's exactly what I did with this small series based very loosely on Wildflowers. I wanted to capture the essence of wildness, freedom, pattern and...
I don't teach frequently, but when I do I like to be well prepared and have a clear plan of outcomes as well as visuals to help support the aims and techniques on offer. My latest workshop, Underwater Gardens, presented at the Timeless Textiles Gallery in beautiful...
As artists, I think we've all experienced set-downs, unkind comments, and just plain bad manners. As adults, we need to separate ourselves from that constant negativity or it may impede our artistic growth and happiness. And sometimes, just sometimes, that separation...
No expectations, no pressures – just fun.
So, with the Christmas season fast approaching, why not fill your own stocking with some quality papers, markers, paints, glue, and brushes and use the time between Christmas and New Year to do nothing but create amazing bases for embroidery?
Not everything works, that’s a given, but finding new avenues to explore is really more about persistence, confidence, and learning to rely on your instincts.