Friday, 20 November 2015

Eco-Dyeing: First Attempt

Really interested in the work of India Flint and eco-dyeing at the moment. I made a first attempt at the process using Habutai silk and some leaves from my garden. The effect is very pale/subtle - I did not use a mordant and the leaves were losing their original colour due to onset of late autumn.

I'll try some more samples either using evergreens or wait until spring/summer. I really like this technique and have kept my sample for a background for some machine embroidery, perhaps?

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

First Steps Course

A few images taken from my booklet entitled, 'Free Machine Embroidery: First Steps'.....

Thursday, 24 September 2015

High-Energy Stitch

Stitching mad brush strokes on wool cloth - painting with threads using free-machine embroidery.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

'The Shard'

A friend of mine gave me a piece of muslin that I thought resembled the shape of a famous building in London, 'The Shard'. Tie-dyed the cloth in complementary colours and then felted soft, Merino wool fibres into the fabric using the Nuno technique. A totally mad piece of felting, but I enjoyed doing it!

Friday, 28 August 2015

I have a project in '500 Kids Art Ideas'

Keeping a child engaged and happy can be a tall order, but with 500 Kids Art Ideas, you'll never run out of inspiration! This fun, visual reference features a thousand arts and crafts projects for adults and children to do together. With an emphasis on recycled materials and nature, a wide range of art is covered.

I have a Halloween-inspired project 'Scary Heads' in the book - image number 331.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Shades of Grey

So many shades of grey to be inspired by at the moment!! I decided to get into grey mode when making a felt vessel. It's good sometimes to go monochrome...I should do so more often.
See more of my felt-making and other work at:

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Big In Japan: 'Sewing World' (Jan 2015)

My latest project published in January 2015 issue of Sewing World (on sale 19 Dec'14)

A non-folding fan known as Uchiwa in Japan, adds a striking oriental look to any home.

Made from up-cycled cotton fabric, the fabric is tied onto a bamboo handle by lengths of machine-made cord. For an added twist the cord is decorated with Tyvek beads.

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