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 »

  • Sweet little Sophie…

    It’s my niece’s birthday on the 5th March so I thought I’d knit her Ysolda’s Sophie.  It’s a gorgeous pattern and will match the Elijah toy Lizzie got for Christmas.  Here she is… And last night I started to stuff her head.  I only have 4 more rows before I finish her head but before I do I’m going… Read more »

  • Gretel – what went wrong?

    I have spent the last 2 days apart from Gretel – things have got too painful now, we’ve grown apart – I can’t even look at her!! Let me show you what went wrong…Does this look right? No – because somehow I’ve totally altered the pattern!!!! I have no idea what I’ve done – all… Read more »

  • Slight gretel problem – don’t panic!

    Well I thought Gretel was going really well until I knew in my gut it wasn’t!  I had a problem with the cable didn’t I?!?!?  But this was quickly solved by getting the new Gretel instructions from Ysolda.   I had read ‘knit in pattern as set’ as continuing with the previous line when actually… Read more »

  • Bustin’ out…

    Any of you crafty girls out there that haven’t heard of Bust magazine?  If not then you should definitely get hold of a copy – it’s great.  I’ve had a subscription for a few years now and the issues I don’t have I try to get on ebay – one went yesterday but I missed it (I… Read more »

  • Sunny day and more knitting cases…

    As promised, I took some pictures on the way to work this morning – I can’t really capture how pretty Sheffield is in the sun though.  Here is a shot of the allotments which run near my house.  We’ve had our name down on the list for one of those for 4 years now!!  We’ll… Read more »

  • Valentines Day cuteness…

    I couldn’t resist a picture of this – isn’t this the cutest thing you ever saw.  Lola was awake until I took the picture and then she wouldn’t take her eyes off me.  She’s like a little guard dog – she sleeps with one eye open!

  • Gretel, we love you!

    I have just about finished the band of the hat now and it looks great so far.  I’m glad I have passed the first hurdle and I can’t wait to start the cables (I love them!).  I’m feeling a little full of cold which could be explaining the huge headache I have had all week… Read more »

  • Gretel is finally on the go…

    I’ve been a super scaredy cat for weeks over Gretel by Ysolda.  I do the same thing everytime.  I buy a gorgeous pattern, buy the wool, can’t wait to start it and then chicken out at the first hurdle! With Gretel it was the cast on – a tubular rib cast on.  It doesn’t help that… Read more »

  • Crafting 365 update…

    I thought I’d give a little update on my personal crafting 365 efforts.  Here is what I’ve made so far since the 24th January – today is day 18. Have a look at my photos here. Day 1 Dad’s sock pouch Day 2 Start of sewing case Day 3 Badges Day 4 Sewing case Day 5… Read more »

  • Eco knits

    My new Rowan magazine arrived this week and whilst I am not too chuffed with the patterns in this edition one thing did catch my eye; The new Rowan organic cotton range!  I went to town on Weds and bought some.  The colours are just gorgeous and everything is dyed with organic plant dyes.  I would… Read more »