Saturday, 30 May 2009


This is my latest collection of beetles inspired by the wonderful book Living Jewels. They have just gone to America to be photographed. I love making them as they each develope their own personality! They pop up all over the house and have been know to frighten unwanted visitors! I intended to try and sort out my work room this week. I is badly in need of a cleanup (I have been saying that for the past three months but always find something else to do).Perhaps if I didn't have my machines and computer in it I would get the cleaning done.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

bowls workshop

I spent Saturday at Letchworth EG teaching my Silk Bowls workshop. I was amazed and very pleased with what the members all produced. They were brilliant and nearly all the bowls were ready for washing off by the end of the day. One lovely lady even produced two bowls. I cannot wait to see some pictures of the them finished now and look forward to posting some on this site.

Thursday, 21 May 2009


How exciting to get an e mail this morning from Art Glitter in Cottonwood Arizona with news of their new blog. This is where I get my lovely fantasy film and fibres from for my bowls and bugs! The fibres are also used in this piece which was made into a Quiver. They are layered underneath two layers of polyester organza.
I am putting my embellisher to good use at last and using up some left over scraps of silk cap to make a bag. Won't have much time though today as our small choir is singing at a funeral so have to fit in a practice also.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

machines, bugs etc!

The machine I looked at yesterday was a Bernina Quilters edition which works beautifully for free machine embroidery as I had a good go at it. My bugs and vessels are on their way to the States to be photographed for the Art Doll Quarterly magazine. It was like saying goodbye to my babies. Still they were well packed.

Here is a closeup photo of of two of them on their flower. I took the inspiration for making pitcher plants from last years Chelsea Flower show. They were shown again last night and I still find them beautiful and fascinating.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

it works!!!!

Spent ages last night trying to work out how to get back onto my blog to edit it! Did it first time this morning. If I can do it anyone can. Anyway off to look at someones new sewing machine this morning to see if I can help her use it. Might be the blind leading the blind as it is a new Bernina with lots of stitches on. I use a Bernina 1000 for all my free stitchery and a Janome Memory Craft 4000 for everything esle, Still at least it is not fixed up to a computer. Watch this space to see how I get on!.

Monday, 18 May 2009

first time blogger!!!!!

After resisting to blog for ages I have finally decided to give in and join what appears to be the majority. I shall be teaching next weekend and have spent the last few days dyeing silk caps inpreparation so now have blue/green fingers. I have also been writing a 800 word article about my fabric beetles for a magazine and now have to post some off to the US for photographing. I just hope that they don't escape!