Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Friday, 23 October 2015

A Steampunk Bird Workshop


Teaching a bird workshop recently at Fantasia Textiles with some amazing results. Although some parts were fiddly to machine the students managed to produce a flock of birds by the end of the day. Now they just need lots of hand stitching and some metal embellishments.









Tuesday, 20 October 2015

A Collage Workshop

Another fast paced workshop produced great results. I am constantly amazed how the pieces evolve when I teach this workshop!





Friday, 16 October 2015

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Friday, 9 October 2015

Something for the Weekend

Finished this cardigan for myself, something snuggly and cosy for a winter weekend.
 
 

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Friday, 2 October 2015

Memories of Nanny G

 
 
Memories

Both my grandmothers gave me my first experiences of needlework and taught me to Knit, Crochet and Stitch. Nanny G was a dressmaker who made all her own clothes. She had a new-fangled Singer machine, but she preferred to stitch every seam by hand! She must have had only one dress pattern, a pinafore with patch pockets for hankies. She made this in every fabric available.

By contrast Nanny P was a bit of a rebel and was able to make something from nothing. Today she would have been at the forefront of the upcycling, re purposing community. We spent many days hunting out treasures in junk shops and at jumble sales. With her I cut buttons off shirts and unravelled jumpers. I still love to give something a new lease of life and search for treasures wherever I go.