Felt so good

I’ve been practicing some felt applique using wool blend felt in a vast array of colours. The groups I belong to are always keen to try new skills and so my efforts are geared towards a couple of workshops I’ve promised to do this year. One for my Arts & Crafts group this month and…Read more »

The Art Trail

The 2022 Forest & Wye Valley Open Studios Art Trail is nearly over and despite two days of road closures I have had some visitors and some sales. I’ve discovered that having to be available for a large slice of the day it does provide a lull where it’s possible to review where I’d like…Read more »

Yo-yo flowers

In the UK fabric yo-yos are often called Suffolk Puffs. The name originates from when circles of spare fabric were gathered up, then stuffed with sheep’s wool and made into clothing and warm quilts for agricultural workers and their families. Nowadays though the term is more likely to be heard in association with decorative sewing.…Read more »


Over the UK Winter I’ve made half a dozen little needlecases with the purpose of trying out different decorations on the front. I’ve played with embroidered block-printed flowers, beads and yo-yos. Yo-yos are often called Suffolk Puffs in the UK and are a versatile decorative technique which can be used in multiple ways. But for…Read more »

Embroidered Hearts Quilt

This quilt has taken me a long time because all the heart appliques have a tiny hand embroidered motif in the centre. Each one was embroidered under a magnifying light so that my stitches were accurately placed and neat. I have worked on it over a period of two years but not consistently – doing…Read more »