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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)

Friday, 31 October 2014

Christmas is coming

Preparing for the Christmas themed workshop coming up at Cottenham College on 22nd November. We will be making either an Advent Calendar (see image) or a Christmas table runner or table mats. 

Feels a bit odd making Christmas things whilst it is still 20 degrees outside

Monday, 6 October 2014

Knitting and Stitching Show 2014

Out of the Fold are exhibiting at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace from Wed 8th October until Sunday 12th October 2014 and 3 pieces of my work will be part of that exhibition which then goes on to Harrogate from 20th - 23rd November 2014.

The theme of the exhibition is 'The Journey Unfolds' and here is just a little bit of my hanging called 'From Shawl to Shroud' to entice you to come along and see the whole thing.

From shawl to shroud (detail) 
 There are 12 very talented textile artists on Out of the Fold with some exiting and original work on show. I will be stewarding the exhibition on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th October in Ally Pally so please do come along and say hello.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

I just love ice-dyeing

I spent a happy morning ice-dyeing some fabric to sell at the Tin Hut Textiles exhibition now on in Bury St Edmunds (4th - 9th October 2014)

I got some OK pieces but also 2 glorious confections of ripples and swirls in gorgeous reds and pinks. Here is a glimpse of the results below. These pieces of dyed cotton poplin cloth are on sale at the exhibition.

1 metre ice-dyed fabric (detail shown) Cotton poplin £25

1 metre ice-dyed fabric (detail shown) Cotton poplin £25
Off to make more ice-cubes............................

PS I teach this technique as part of my 'Crazy About Colour' dyeing workshop. Next one will be held at The Cosy Cabin in Risby on Sunday 9th November  www.thecosycabin.co.uk

Friday, 3 October 2014

Tin Hut Textiles Exhibition

Just back from hanging the Tin Hut Textiles exhibition in Bury St Edmunds which opens on Sat 4th October and runs through until Thursday 9th October 2014. Open every day from 10am until 4.30pm.

The exhibition has all of the 'Elements' series which the group has been working on for the past 2 years with 'Tin' from 2012, 'Copper' from 2013, and 'Silver' from 2014 being joined by the latest (and probably last) series on 'GOLD'

Gold 12" x 24"

 The other theme of the exhibition is 'SUFFOLK' where each of the eight members of the group have tken some aspect of the county on which to base their piece. Mine is all of the things that can be found in a Suffolk hedgerow......

Suffolk Hedgerow 34" x 50"
 There is lots to see at the exhibition so please come along and I look forward to seeing you there.