Workshop at Waddow Hall

Last weekends workshop took me to Waddow Hall in Clitheroe which overlooks the River Ribble. A beautiful setting to spend a few days stitching with members of the South Cheshire Embroiderers Guild.

A quick start on Friday afternoon and a full day of stitching on Saturday ensured there was a little time for some final embellishment with beads and hand stitch on Sunday.

I can’t believe how much we got done! Thank you All for making me most welcome.


Waddow Hall

A painting of Waddow Hall circa 1690



Travelling books and soldering irons

Travelling Books

For those of you unfamiliar with this, it’s an idea from the Embroiderers’ Guild HQ, which many Guilds, including my own in Oswestry have taken up.

Groups of six are chosen, and each group member is given an identical sketchbook. The first two pages are filled with your own ideas at which point books are passed on to the next in line in your group of six. Continuing with your initial ideas, fellow group members each add two more pages of inspiration.

I love this idea! What a great way of sharing skills and a mutual passion.

Here’s a couple of my pages.

wpid-20150116_093157.jpgTravelling books

Soldering Irons

I am quite happy with the tools I have to hand but couldn’t resist buying a soldering iron when stitching friend, Dilys The Quilt, shared some new work. I haven’t quite figured out how I can make it work for me yet, but I’m having fun trying!

I used it for the sketchbook page above (left) and the sample below.


Happy stitching to you all …

Exhibition @ The Qube, Oswestry

As a member of the Oswestry & District Embroiderers` Guild, I have these three recent works on show @ The Qube, Oswestry this month as part of our group exhibition. We will also have on display,  pieces from the Guild collection. The exhibition runs from the 7th August to the 8th September.

Pour another cup darling ...


The Masala Chai inspired embroidery (below) which led to these pieces, can be seen in the current issue of Stitch Magazine. I haven`t just been on a tea trail though, I have a whole aviary of stitched birds to soon go on show too! More info to follow.

Glimpses of India, Madeira Threads Competition

Happy stitching …


A new project

It may not look very exciting yet, but this is the very beginning of a piece I m currently working on. You have to remind yourself it doesn’t all happen in the first layer!

first layer

A week today will find me @ Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Porthmadog, for the North Wales Embroiderers Guild. We will be happily stitching away to the early hours I m sure!

A weekend of stitching heaven …


Stitched Boxes and Birds.

Firstly, thank you to the Oswestry Embroiderers Guild for inviting me to run a workshop for them a few weeks ago. Here is a glimpse …Box Workshop         Next Wednesday I will be @ Bickerton, Cheshire, for a workshop with the Cheshire Embroiderers Guild. Looking forward to seeing lots of stitched birds come to life. Happy stitching …Stitched Bird

Forthcoming Dates …

Snowed in… I sadly had to cancel a day with three stitching friends today. Sewing alone maybe more industrious but not as much fun …

Forthcoming Talks…On the 28th January, (which is only a week today!) I will be talking @ The North Wales Branch of The Embroiderers Guild, Rhos On Sea, and on the 8th January @ The Oswestry Branch of The embroiderers Guild. DSCF1713

DSCF1814            Also, Freehand machine embroidery Workshop on Saturday 16th February @ Castle Court Quilters, Whittington.

Happy stitching…

Diary Dates for September

On Thursday the 6th September, you can find me talking @ Marches Branch of the Embroiderers Guild, Craven Arms. Lots of stitching tales to tell and show, including “let your happiness shine through”. My most recent piece of work inspired and stitched for the Qube Open Art Exhibition (Oswestry) with the theme Celebrate. It goes on display this month through to the 30th October.

Plenty of workshops from my home in Hindford, near Whittington this month. Two things we will be stitching will be little birds with wire legs and water soluble bowls. Come join me for a day of happy stitching. (small groups)