About Me

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Sudbury, Suffolk, United Kingdom
I am a textile artist living on the Suffolk Essex border. I am a member of the Out of the Fold Textile Group and the newly formed Spotlight Textiles. I am the Principal Tutor for Creative Stitch which offers courses in Creative Patchwork and Quilting and Creative Stitch Textiles. I teach each year at the Knitting & Stitching Shows and Festival of Quilts. I also offer workshops and talks to groups throughout the UK in person and via zoom. With a foot in both camps I am also a member of the QGBI and the specialist Contemporary Quilt Group and STARS (formerly Suffolk West Embroiderers Guild)

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Braintree Textile Fair



This is one of my favourite events of the year and for the first time I have taken the plunge and booked a stand with the traders in the Town Hall. 

There is a full day of talks, exhibitions, tour of the wonderful Warner Textile Archive and interesting traders
Hope to see you there

Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Spotlight exhibition at Snape Maltings

 

I have been making covered sketchbooks ready to sell at Snape Maltings https://brittenpearsarts.org/as part of the Spotlight Textiles exhibition

Venue: Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP

Dates: Friday 29th April until Wed 4th May 2022

Times: 10am - 4pm each day

Entry: FREE




The book covers are made from paper/cloth and coloured/decorated using various media including eco printing, paint, ink, gilding and stitch





All include a good quality A5 sketchbook from Daler Rowney or Seawhite 

Prices from £12 - £20 per book










Thursday, 3 March 2022

Natural Dyeing Summer Workshops

 


Logwood Legacy


The Autumn Challenge for STARS (formerly Suffolk West Embroiderers' Guild) was for each member to make an embroidered work; any size, any style, any technique, using a piece of silk. 

This was the original silk, from Walters Mill in Sudbury. Chosen for the suggestion of stars in the weave. Everyone had a piece approx. 7" x 10"






This is my completed piece called 'Logwood Legacy' as it uses a variety of logwood dyed fabrics as well as the featured silk. Embellished by machine to a piece of logwood dyed blanket.  

Several wool blankets were given as wedding presents to my parents in 1962 and used on beds for many years before being  replaced by duvets. They are now part of my legacy as my mother has moved into residential care. 











The embellished surface has then had some hand stitching and beading added.

It s hoped to show all the STARS challenge pieces at an exhibition later in the year.  Logwood Legacy is also the first of my series of 'Wool - Cotton - Silk being made for the Stitch 21 group exhibition in July 2022


Thursday, 24 February 2022

Uncharted in Scotland

The Uncharted exhibition of quilts made for the CQ Challenge will be exhibited at the Scottish Quilting Show, Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow  G3 8YW https://www.thequiltingshow.co.uk/

Dates 3rd - 6th March 2022

Uncharted used lots of different techniques to build up the layers. Screenprinting, paint, bonded sheers, transfoils and glitter films.

I teach these techniques as part of my 'Putting on the Glitz' workshop





Wednesday, 9 February 2022

Spotlight Textiles Exhibition

 

I am pleased to be exhibiting as part of Spotlight Textiles 

The exhibition will be "Spotlight on.........East Anglia"

Dates: Friday 29th April - Wed 4th May 2022

Venue: Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP

10am - 4pm each day

FREE entry

Spotlight Textiles members are: Karen Bowe, Rose Merton, Julia Ringer, Jane Elliott, Claire Pulham, Yvonne Romain and Avril Court as well as myself

Friday, 4 February 2022

Solo exhibition at Snape

 


My first solo exhibition will take place at The Quay Gallery, Snape Maltings, IP17 1SP

21st - 26th October 2022

Very exciting, so now I need to make LOTS of work to exhibit and sell..............