Thursday, 29 December 2011

Landscape commission

I have been slightly out of my comfort zone and made a landscape with a cottage and no birds, quite enjoyed it and very happy with the end result. The customer supplied most of the fabrics which were left over's from soft furnishings in their lounge.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Yellowstone Art Boutique Trentham Gardens Staffs

Just Delivered a commission from Yellowstone Art Boutique, hope the customer likes it, I am pleased with it.
Also delivered another 5 bird embroideries and apparently 2 sold that same day, better get making again.

The last one has no birds in it.......shock horror.....does have a butterfly.

I will be having an exhibition at Yellowstone early next year.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Free machine embroidery Stafford College workshop day

Nov 5th another very successful free style machine embroidery day making bird embroideries, photos above.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

free machine embroidery workshop 17th September

Had another very successful workshop last Saturday lots of lovely bird embroideries made.

This workshop was over subscribed so I will be running another one mid January 2012

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Paper making workshop Tixall Stafford

Had a lovely paper making day last Saturday 14th August, we made a variety of papers from recycled papers and fabrics and foliage, I demonstrated how to mix colours on the deckle and how to couch multicoloured papers, the results were great. Here are some work in progress photos.

In the afternoon we made some silk paper sheets and then some silk paper vessels.

This vessel has silk chiffon fabric to add design, silk and  hemp to add texture.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Tea Cosies

Hi Been busy making Egg Cosies, Tea Cosies and Coffee Cosies, they are machine embroidered with my trade mark birds on them, but this time they are in a cage, the Tree of Life fabric, I love, it was given to me, it is really yummy cloth, top quality soft furnishing quality, linen and cotton mix I think. They have one side tree of life fabric and one side with a bird in cage embroidered on it, I may make some with a bird in a tree embroidered on them with tree of life leaves.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Felt making workshop july 2011

Unit 12, Tixall heath farm, Stafford 16th July 2011
I had a lovely day yesterday, teaching felt making to a lovely group of ladies, they made a sample, to get there hands in, a felt rose brooch and then a silk and wool nuno felted scarf. judging by the feed back everyone really enjoyed the day and learnt lots and were happy with there products. Photos of the day and their work follow.
General view of the room and busy felters.

 The samples they produced.
 Felt rose brooches

All of the scrves are still wet in these photos, so they will look even more yummy when dry and floaty.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Wolverhampton Embroiderers Guild regional day

I had a lovely day on June 25th (my birthday as it happens) at Wombourne, we had a very interesting lecture by Maggie Grey on old walls and ancient Halls. I bought some beautiful silk chiffon scarves for my Nuno felt making workshop in a few weeks from the 'silk route'. There was a competition on Fresco's and Fragments, I entered this embroidery, it didn't win never mind, I enjoyed making it. It is now for sale in gallery at 12 Eccleshall.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

My embroidery workshop

Well we all had a wonderful day making free machinery bird pictures, it was hard work but I really enjoyed it and cant wait for the next one. Here are some photos of work in progress and some finished pieces.

Didn't they do well and Bruce used to say.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

summer silk scarves

My latest creations using pure silk chiffon with silk and pure merino wool ends.
The chiffon is bonded with the merino wool fibres using a Japanese nuno felting technique.
I don't know how to turn it the right way so you will have to bend your head

For some reason this one came out the right way.
This is taken in my mums front garden not sure what this plant is called but its fabulous.
I will be teaching this technique on 16th July at 'Unit Twelve' Tixall Heath farm Stafford.
These are for sale in Eccleshall gallery at the moment and when I have made some more they will be in other galleries

Monday, 16 May 2011

Unit twelve, Tixal Heath Farm

The new exhibition at' Unit Twelve' is First Anniversary :Paper, it celebrates one year of trading, it is run by Jenniffer Collier a leading Paper Artist in her own right. It exhibits 25 items from different paper artists, the work is very inspiring and varied. visit for more information.
The studio space next to the gallery now houses 5 textile designers,
The tables down the middle are where the many workshops are run from.
This is my space with work in progress on the work bench. I am going to do a machine embroidery workshop titled 'make a bird embroidery'  on Friday 27th May and another one on Saturday 11th June. Details to follow soon on my web site.

This is Lauren's space with her 16 shaft loom in working order and a new range of scarves on the go, they are really yummy, I will put her details up soon.

bye for now

Monday, 11 April 2011

New felt cushion

My latest cushion, made with a background of felt and incorporating appliqued bird and leaves  in a variety of fabrics. I have top stitched in free machine embroidery to add detail, you cant quite see it but I have written Blackbird in mustard at the bottom of the brown band. I have some for sale in Eccleshall and Tixall £39.00. I have also made some in other colours.
This is my new work space and shop at Unit 12 Tixall Heath farm Stafford, its only half done so far, I will post more photos soon when it is finished.

Monday, 7 February 2011

R.B.S.A Highly commended

I went to the R.B.S.A gallery Private view on Thursday 3rd Feb to view my work alongside all the other successfully entries, I was shocked to see a sign on my 'Blackbird' embroidery, as I arrive half way through a speech I couldn't see what it said.  moments later I was called up to receive my highly commended certificate, I was very chuffed, made all the effort worth while.  If they haven't sold I am making a trip on Sunday to bring them home again and put them up for sale in one of the galleries.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists friends exhibition

I was really excited to receive a notice informing me that my 3 bird pictures have been accepted into the RBSA friends exhibition, the private view is this Thursday night the 3rd of Feb and the exhibition runs until Saturday 12th February. I had to drop off the pictures on Sunday for selection on Monday.

 This is my Wagtail embroidery, it is the first time I have framed my work in a proper 3d frame with glass, Bob Thacker, the framer from Gallery at 12 Eccleshall did them for me. Its for sale for £90.00, It measures 10" x 10". The wallpaper backing is from my interior designer friend Andrea Brown of Home Farm Interiors, she gave me all her out of date sample books.
 This is my Warbler Embroidery, with a more subtle wallpaper backdrop of leaves which compliments the leafy fabric on the embroidery.. This is for sale for £120.00, it measures 13" x 13".
This Blackbird embroidery is quite large, I have forgotten the size, probably about 16" x 24" its for sale for £230.00. All the background fabrics are hand dyed by me, they all incorporate applique and hand and machine embroidery.
The RBSA gallery is in 4 brook street St Pauls, Birmingham,