Recently I purchased some lovely vintage plates – six with different designs and then another set of crescent-shaped side plates to go with them. They were made in Italy and I love the simple hand painted designs. Using these designs for inspiration I have made a concertina folded book, using bamboo pen and ink plus … More August Book Of The Month – Vegetables
This sample looks so much better in real life! The strong pink overpowers it in this photograph, but nevertheless this is a very effective technique. I found the sample yesterday, along with the instructions, so decided to try the technique again. It is taken from an article in an old copy of Stitch magazine – … More Fractured Cloth
Frinton beach in the evening light, tide going out. I took a large piece of paper down to the beach this year, along with some brusho in small spray bottles. I wanted to make a background for a folded book, using the beach as inspiration. Strewing some seaweed and pebbles on the paper, I sprayed … More July Book Of The Month – Frinton Beach
As part of my ongoing clearing and sorting of all my textile boxes I found four ‘slabs’ of painted bondaweb already ironed onto various colours of synthetic velvet. I’m not sure what any of them were going to be used for but two of them had lovely colours and the other two were rather uninspiring … More Honeysuckle and Lemons
An unplanned project – again trying to use up scraps. The flowers and leaves were already cut, left over from previous projects, most of them, but not all, trapped under a layer of net. Base fabric was a piece of wallpaper printed cotton with snipped scraps in places to add some glisten. Not very pleased … More Picture In A Day
Three mini landscapes made with the scraps of previous projects. Need a bigger sun in the middle one!
In my drive to use up materials that I already have – and not buy anything else – I have turned to the huge collection of off-cuts and left-overs I have saved from finished projects. Mainly bits and pieces that are trimmed away or the odd pieces that are sampled before I begin a big … More Use It Up!
Table top is finished – green mosaic border added to the edge and some grey ‘quilting’ to take away the plainness of the cream linen. Not until the glass on top was having its final clean did I think about this – that when the table is tipped into the fire screen position the circular … More Lack Of Planning!
An entire field of ox-eye daisies! This lovely sight is adjacent to a local wood I sometimes walk to in nearby Groton. The daisies really do go as far as the eye can see. This reminded me of a long unfinished project from years ago, so in actual fact this daisy book was already constructed … More June Book Of The Month – Daisies
This is a work in progress, the centre section of a design for a small table top. It’s actually one of those vintage ones, like a fire screen, that tips into a sturdy little table. It’s currently got an elaborate piece of crewel work in it, beautiful workmanship but very old fashioned. I designed this … More Table Top Applique