Strike offs part one

The first set of strike offs are now complete – we started with the two colour prints as they are the most difficult, next we’ll move on to the single colour prints.  It’s always hard to get the perfect two colours to work with the two colour designs, especially as I often use transparency in my… Read more »

Working on a new palette

The post New Year period is always a time of reflection and changes and this year has been no different, although now we’re in March and I have no idea where the time has gone. Since Bella, my apprentice, started last August things have been very different in the studio, it’s been great having another… Read more »

May Stack

I recently started a subscription to Stack and just had my first delivery, the latest edition of Wrap magazine. I’ve never come across Wrap before but fell in love with it at first flick through. Sheffield has a serious deficit when it comes to good magazines, our local WH Smith’s has all the usual suspects… Read more »

May print-fest

May has been a none stop print-fest, from custom orders to commissioned work then the culmination of my AA2A artist residency at Sheffield Hallam. It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind really.  Here is some of the work I’ve been doing… I can’t share with you some of the commissioned work I’ve been doing… Read more »

New design launch offer

We’re delighted to announce that we have a new design launching for Spring 2015 – Clouds is printed on our British Woven linen and organic cotton mix fabric and is suitable for a range of interiors and crafts uses. This new design was developed from mark making sketches, part of a new exploration into accidental… Read more »

Unfortunate week

Last week I worked like a crazy lady and had a small team of helpers, also working like crazy ladies. This week I’m stuck at home and not happy about it.  I had a stupid accident last week which meant that I had a nasty bump on my head, gash to my eye and a general good… Read more »

Hepworth Print Fair

I’m delighted to have got a place at the new Hepworth Wakefield Print fair, it’s on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st March at The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk Wakefield, WF1 5AW, 10-5pm, free entry. I’ll be there with a new range including new colours of my Thorns and Thunderbolt prints. I’ll also be bringing my new Clouds… Read more »

Colours in the park

I took a walk in Millhouses park to try out my new camera and snapped a few photos which I hoped would give me some inspiration for my new collection colours. Not only was I taking photos of natural greens, browns and oranges but I found a bit of inspiration in the graffiti of the… Read more »

Knitting Challenge

This is always the time of year when I go crazy just trying to get Christmas presents knitted, this year I just have the one though – a jumper for Owen. After Christmas 2012 I decided to stop knitting presents for the whole family and I must admit, it’s led to a much calmer December.  This year I… Read more »

Open Studios November 2014

We had our annual Open Studios last weekend and this was our busiest year yet. Yorkshire Artspace do a fantastic job and all the studio holders make such an effort  to show their studios off to all the visitors.  Unfortunately I was still struggling to shake this virus that arrived, went away, and then came back 3… Read more »

  • Sophie enjoys her last day at home…

    Well, Sophie (now Betty bunny) has gone off to her new home now but here are a few pictures of her enjoying her last day with us on Sunday! Sophie learnt many new skills with us including becoming very proficient at the piano.  She wasn’t quite big enough though so we had to sit her on… Read more »

  • Lizzie’s birthday party…

    Well, after 2 hours of cooking this morning (which was a lovely way to start the day actually) we all congregated at mum and dad’s for a party.Here is what I spent 2 hours on this morning… Cheese and Tomato quiche Parmesan and poppy seed sticks Chocolate and peppermint fudge I also mixed up some Halzherb dips and… Read more »

  • Sophie’s all sewn up…

    That’s a little misleading really!  Because there is no sewing up to do with Sophie!  I’m so happy that she’s all done and dusted.  She looks gorgeous too.  I’ve not been rushing to get her finished because I knew I had plenty of time to finish her before tomorrow when I give her to Lizzie…. Read more »

  • Print this, print that…

    I’m so excited!  I did my first printing today and I couldn’t wait to get home from work to start!  For my first attempt I am really impressed! I did a print on paper first and it was perfect: Then I did some on some plain calico and then some stripey pink cotton.  Some of… Read more »

  • Screen printing and Sophie…

    Here are the pictures from my crafting day yesterday.Here is Sophie.  I’ve just about finished her other arm now so just the ears to do.  It’s so much easier knitting her than it was knitting Elijah.  I think that’s mainly because Elijah was knit in cotton.  She is pilling a little already though so that’s… Read more »

  • Oh what a crafty day…

    Well, today I’ve been sewing, screen printing and knitting – haven’t I been a busy little bee!I’ve been waiting for my screen to dry all day, I coated it in photo emulsion and left it to dry in the bottom of the wardrobe (minus the clothes I might add!).  So once that was dry I… Read more »

  • Sophie is growing…

    Sophie now has one leg and all her body!  I’m well on track for getting her finished by the 5th of March.  Have I said who I’m knitting her for?  It’s my niece’s 1st birthday – I hope she’ll love her.Here is Sophie: On a side note I bought some more wool today!  I picked… Read more »

  • New era, new tax code…

    Today I finally did it! I declared myself self-employed!  It’s a huge step and frankly quite a scary one.  I’ve been trying to do it for so long now that it’s strange now that it’s finally come along.  I know what it means financially and legally, I also know what impact it will have on… Read more »

  • Say hello Sophie…

    Sophie has a face!!! As you can see – Sophie can now say hello and see everyone!  I am so glad I decided to make the eyes whilst the head was still open, it allowed me to secure them properly.  I also then did the mouth after I had finished the head so I could… Read more »

  • An earthquake and a virus…

    Well, I’ve been a pathetic little pile of headachy silliness for a few weeks now but I finally trotted off to the doctors on Monday to be told I have a virus.  Do doctors just say that when they have no idea what is wrong?  He’s told me to take it easy for a few days and… Read more »