Monday, 15 May 2017

Teaching events

I'm slowly catching up with things. I have some fabulous teaching events coming up in the next two years starting with one on July the 14th to the 20th this year, at South Australian Quilt Encounter details here




This is a two day workshop where you take a photo or image and re create it using lots of scraps of fabric, you can be as accurate or as abstract as you like adding stitching and embellishments as you go. I like to add unusual objects to convey certain things. I've used press studs in the last photo to represent hay bales.


I will also be teaching a three day fabric journal workshop using recycled fabrics that we will over dye


old fabrics, recycled clothing, lace, doilies and threads are all dyed ready to use
some buttons can also be dyed too


we will make our own foam stamps that can be used time and time again, for printing on fabric or paper and can be used where ever you use commercial stamps



These are some of the fabrics waiting to be worked on now they are bound into the cover


one of the pages using lots of the dyed scraps


this page has been printed using two of my hand made foam stamps


I would love to meet you over in South Australia if you're there.
It's a great event with lots of inspiring tutors and students.

I'll be back with my August teaching event at Berry Quilting Retreat in the next post


Monday, 20 March 2017

So much for blogging more

I know I said I would blog more, but finding time is so difficult these days. I put lots more on my Facebook page as it's quicker. I really will try harder. I've been busy making lots of samples for workshops I'm teaching this year and next, as well as getting paintings done for an exhibition in October. Below is some of what I've been up to.


I'll be teaching this workshop at the South Australian Quilt convention in July 


this is another sample, in progress, for the above workshop






this is a class sample for a workshop in Link Here Berry NSW I'm teaching in August. we will make our own stamps then paint and print our fabric, this can then be worked back into with stitching and beads. It could also be painted without the stitching and made into fabric lengths.


Catch up soon


Monday, 16 January 2017

Fabric sorting and updating my Etsy shop

As part of my studio clean out I've been sorting my fabrics this past week. The IKEA dvd units make great storage for fabric. I still have lots more to do, but I'm getting inspired to sew again now. I had two of my grandchildren visit last week for an art day. We had great fun and they went home with half of the cast offs from my studio, much to my daughter's horror. They've now converted their bedrooms into studios, great kids.

I've been updating my Etsy shop too. I recently had high quality photos taken of some of my paintings, then had them printed onto a lovely medium weight cotton fabric, by Spoonflower.
They are great to use as a centre piece or a few to make a quilt or patchwork. They can also be put straight into a standard frame or you can add your own scraps of fabric and hand or machine stitching, to make them unique. They would also make very colourful cushions. The details are in my Etsy shop.


some of my fabric stash


the original fabric panel


after more fabric and stitching has been added


detail showing additional fabric, stitching and beads

I'll be adding some more bags, some dyed fabric kits and some jewellery to my Etsy this week.

Thanks for dropping by, I'm really going to try and post more this year.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Cleaning and sorting out my studio

It's been over three years since I had a proper sort out in my studio. Wow you should have seen the mess. I'm too embarrassed to show the before photos. I started working on it around two weeks before Christmas and today I can actually see some major headway. I hope to have it all complete by the end of next week.
In the mean time here's a photo of some of my paints and journals.


Below is the start of cleaning and sorting my markers and coloured pencils


More photos shortly

Thanks for dropping by

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Happy Celebrations

I can't believe how long it is since I posted here. I really will have to pull up my socks next year.
I'd like to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas or whatever you Celebrate. This year has been so busy for me which is wonderful, next year also looks like it's going to be a big one.
I've put up the tree and wrapped the present now we just have to wait for the big day. Not looking forward to the weather, 36 deg Celsius and we are having roast turkey and Christmas pudding, at least we can be outside in the shade.
I will definitely endeavour to post more next year (famous last words)
Have a very Happy, Peaceful and Creative 2017


Back in 2017

Friday, 5 August 2016

Colour me positive

I was delighted to be invited by Lisa from Luluart to be a part of her weekly Colour Me Positive event here  If you visit and participate you have the chance to win the bag below. I met Lisa last year when she attended my workshop in Noosa, she has some wonderful products in her online shop

Thanks again Lisa


the bag you could win if you participate in Luluart's event

Thanks for dropping by

Monday, 1 August 2016

An Aussie at last

I've just returned from a wonderful time teaching two great groups of students, at the Embroidery Conference in Auckland NZ. I meet some lovely people over there, the venue was really good with lovely food. The tutors were so well catered for thanks to Catherine, Harry, Jill, Diane and the committee. I would definitely recommend anything they organise.

I came to Australia from the UK when I was nine and have lived here ever since, it's taken me awhile but I finally became an Australian Citizen over the weekend. My children were very pleased, they've been hounding me for years. I still have a British passport, so I'm now a dual citizen. It's very hard to totally give up your birth right, but I love Australia, it has and always will be my home.



one of the classes where I taught fabric journal making, the photos from the second class didn't turn out, so sorry ladies.


Auckland new above and old below



the view over the bay from the photo above, the green expanse is an extinct volcano 


Catherine and Jill took three of us to this amazing warehouse named the Asian Gallery in Auckland. What a fabulous place for treasures, these are some of mine I bought, now I have to get busy.


after my citizenship ceremony we toured the wine region of the Yarra Valley, near where we live, what lovely scenery and sunshine for a cold winters day.


this very unusual house on top of the the hill looks as if it should have been on Grand Designs.

My next trip is to Berry in NSW, at the end of the month, to teach jewellery making and a collage workshop. I'm busy getting ready for that next.

Thanks for dropping by, catch up soon