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 »

  • Biscuits and birthdays

    Yet another family birthday this week.  And before you ask, no, I didn’t finish the gloves.  I did try but this week has been so hectic.  I feel so ashamed!  But amazon saved the day with a cookbook (my uncle is trying to broaden his horizons!) and I baked some of my famous chocolate chip… Read more »

  • Mmmmmm risotto!

    We got a fantastic risotto kit for Christmas from my aunt and this was the main attraction for tea! Here is what we did….Soak 2 oz of dried porcini mushrooms rehydrated in 1 litre of hot water for 20 mins, then drain in a bowl saving the mushroom juice except the last bit which has… Read more »

  • A bit of knit, a bit of that…

    Today I have decided to start my spring clean early.  Have you ever had those days when everything needs to be cleaned?  Well, I’m having one of those days today.  I’ve even been outside and cleaned the windows – I should have done a before and after – you should have seen the muck!  That’s… Read more »

  • Itsy bitsy teeny weeny…

    Here is my yellow polka dot bikini!!! Or halter neck as it is supposed to be!  I’m making this up out of that lovely yellow polka dot I bought in Hillsborough last week.  All the bits are sewn now including the bottom piece (which isn’t on this picture!) – now I just have to make… Read more »

  • Back to work – bummer!

    Well, today is the official last day of my holiday and needless to say I am a little bummed.  I’ve spent the last 2 weeks off work settling the new puppy into our now hectic little household.  I have had a lot of chasing around the house and ‘cleaning up’ to do (you know what… Read more »

  • Nowt better than a day out shopping…

    Well – we’ve been all over Sheffield today (bless those trams and buses!).  I haven’t been shopping in ages and so today we went craft shopping.  I needed some fabric, interfacing and such like so we hopped on the tram to visit a lovely fabric shop in Hillsborough called Richard’s Fabrics.  They had some lovely… Read more »

  • Christmas mug cozy

    I forgot to take pictures of these at Christmas so when I popped up to my parents tonight for my dad’s ‘Fish & chips’ birthday meal I took the camera!  I knitted these from a pattern in the Holiday Gifts 2007 Interweave Knits magazine and my parents loved them.  The pattern is called Garter Mug Cozies by… Read more »

  • Crafting 365

    Yesterday I decided to join the Crafting 365 community on Flickr!  It’s such a great idea!  I think most days I find myself doing a little craft everyday anyway and this is a great way to share work and see what everyone else in the crafting world is upto.  I just hope I can keep… Read more »

  • Happy Birthday socks…

    Yesterday I finished my dad’s socks and I was soooo relieved when everything was finally stitched up.   I’ve had so much work on these past few weeks with the website and the new puppy so I was beginning to panic a bit about the socks – I needn’t have worried though.  I finished stitching them up… Read more »

  • All up and running…

    I have had to seriously put my knitting on hold this week (and with only 6 days to my dad’s birthday!!!) because I have been trying to get the payment system working for my Plain Jane Design site.  Today I took the site down and updated it with a shopping cart system and now it’s super duper… Read more »