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 »

  • Recycled Fabric Art

    After my mini feature on Mandy Pattullo’s work on display the Festival of Quilts I wanted to showcase other talented textile artists who use reclaimed fabrics in their work. Barbara Wisnoski Barbara Wisnoski is a Canadian textile artist who creates beautiful wall hangings using recycled fabrics and clothing.  I love the subtle painterly effect that… Read more »

  • Competition: Decorate your walls

    Would you love to decorate your walls with knitting?  Well, there is a company in Liverpool who are doing just that.  Murals Wallpaper have a lot of murals available on their site but they have just launched this knitting range for the craft obsessed amongst us. Can you imagine any of these designs on the… Read more »

  • Festival of Quilts, part three: Kaffe Fassett

    The highlight of my visit to the Festival of Quilts was the Kaffe Fassett lecture on Colour.  This afternoon lecture was packed full of Kaffe fans who just couldn’t wait to hear what the master of colour had to say on the subject. Brandon Mably introduced Kaffe to the room with a brief background of… Read more »

  • Festival of Quilts, part two: Stalls and demonstrations

    The exhibition stands, demonstration areas and classes at the Festival of Quilts give you oodles of inspiration and then you are set free to spend to your heart’s content on fabric and supplies at the many shop stalls at the event.  There is a stall for absolutely everything and even knitting shops have started to… Read more »

  • Festival of Quilts, part one: Exhibition Quilts

    Yesterday I took the train to Birmingham to spend the day at Festival of Quilts and what a day I had! It was a long day but a full one, as not only had I planned to take plenty of time to look around the exhibitions and stands, but I’d also booked tickets for an… Read more »

  • Black Sheep Wools

    Oh dear, I’ve found another yarn shop.  I’m not sure that my yarn cupboard can take the weight of finding yet another fantastic yarn shop, but maybe it can find some hidden strength from somewhere.  The yarn addiction has now reached such extraordinary heights that I’ve put myself on a self-imposed therapy programme.  Here is… Read more »

  • New colours

    I’ve had quite a few orders of the Knitting print fabrics over the past few days in my shops, wonder where that came from?  Maybe I’ve been linked from somewhere. It’s got me thinking though, I really should print these in some other colours (and also I’m contemplating getting a metre screen made for this… Read more »

  • Knitting in the midst of the summer

    The weather has been beautiful, it’s been slightly hotter than I can handle but then again, I’m fair and pale and so I was never built for the sun.  The sunshine has been gorgeous though, the garden is loving it and so are the pugs. Quick pug update: Lola and Ethel are getting on marvellously… Read more »

  • Little visitors

    Visitor number one was Millie, my very lovely (and very tall) work experience student.  I’ve never had a work experience student before but memories of my own incredibly boring two weeks were enough to haunt me, so I was determined that Millie’s experience would be nothing like mine.  Hopefully I’ve achieved that. Millie has split… Read more »

  • Introducing the AW13 collection

    You’ve already seen one of the designs, now it’s time to see the complete collection.  All three designs of the Autumn/Winter collection are based on themes of nature.  I’m pleased to introduce Heartwood, Thorns and Inferno. This new collection will launch on the 9th September and will be available in both a lighter weight muslin… Read more »