Showing posts from September, 2010

Stitch, stitch, stich - getting ready for Ally Pally

Not long now before the Knit and Stitch Show at Alexandra Palace.  I am currently surrounded by fabric, frames, threads and more.   Hoping to see some of you there, please come and say hello - I will be on the Embroiderers' Guild Graduate Showcase Stand.   Four days of great textile work to see - I only hope I get a little chance to escape my stand to have a look around too - but thankfully I have an assistant (Mother) who will stand in for me for a little while - so you can come and say hello to her too :)

Thank you

Thank you to all the lovely people who visited the studio at Radiant Works over the last 2 weekends, for all the nice comments about the work and those who purchased things too.  Hope to see you all again next year.
Back to the grindstone now...

Open for Viewing

Its your last chance to come and see the studio this weekend as part of the HOST event -
You can find directions to Radiant Works here
Not just my work here - so come and join us, we have fizz and wine too!

Well it was tidy...

The studio was looking all pristine and then I have a good creative day (which has been a long time coming) and made some pieces of work that I am reasonably pleased with (is everyone as bad as me when crticizing their own work?)  and look what I did to my nice tidy studio!

I have had one of those funny weeks (read as months), where I start to panic about all the things I am trying to do and got myself into a bit of a rut.  Fortunately I have lovely people around me with positive thoughts and ideas and so thanks to them, today has been good, messy but good.  Time for tea and biscuits....

Nearly ready!

Its been very busy in the studio this week, with a frenzy of making and tidying up.  Nearly there, just a bit more tidying to do with some help from all the artists who will be exhibiting this weekend and next.  Hope to see some of you at the Preview Night at Huddersfield University tomorrow night (6pm - 8pm) and obviously at the Studio - Radiant Works on Saturday and Sunday (11am - 5pm).  Its a really good chance to see some great work and also an opportunity to see some of us in action.  I will be busy making work to take to the Knit and Stitch Shows, so there will be some printing, some machine embroidery and the embellisher may even make an appearance (only if its good).  So if you don't know what an embellisher is - now is your chance to find out.  For more info check out the HOST site at

Printing in the Studio

Full day at the studio today - which is a treat - so starting with printing some backgrounds for stitching and cutting up to stitch.
Using my squeegee on the piece above to use up excess binder - waste not want not. And below are some results from the break down printing technique (see the committed cloth link to the right for more info on this)

Lots to do, getting ready for HOST and the Knit and Stitch Shows, just waiting for some new screens to arrive from Thermofax and then the stitching begins!

Back from Sheffield

Well, we had a very lovely time at Art in the Gardens in Sheffield. Great event, added to that an award for our stand! Very exciting, so I think we will all be going again next year, maybe with a few more of our colleagues from the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Thank you to anyone who bought some of my work, everyone was very friendly and interested in our stand.

Back in the studio today, getting ready for HOST next - don't forget to come and see me during the open studio weekend (last 2 weekends in Sept). No rest for wicked me!

New Workshop Dates now added

Just added some new workshop dates, see the pages on the blog or visit my website on for more info. is a great website and they have very kindly put some blurb on there about me this month - check out the link

The power of twitter!

Despite trying to avoid tweeting and facebooking and all those other things - beginning to realise just how useful they are for spreading information about and networking - so thanks to a few nudges from the others at Radiant Works (studio where I am based ) I am now on Twitter too! And I even have some followers, so thanks to anyone who retweeted me! (eek even learning the lingo) So if I can do it - anyone can!

I'm in this months Embroidery Magazine!

Very excited to be in the Embroidery Magazine this month as one of the Guild Scholars. Emma Ludgren is the other scholar whose work looks amazing so will be great to meet her at the knit and stitch shows. Great issue of the magazine this month so make sure you get your copy.

Art in the Gardens - Sheffield - This Weekend

Just a reminder that I will be at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens this weekend for Art in the Gardens, along with my other colleagues from the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Please come and see us if you can. The preview night is Friday 3rd Sept 6.30pm - 10pm and then its also on all day Saturday 4th Sept and Sunday 5th Sept. I will be doing a bit of demonstrating on the Sunday and other artists will also be showing some techniques during the event. See you there.