Saturday, 28 December 2013

ExTex 2 - weekend 7 November 16th & 17th

Don't you love copper?

 Well here we are, Christmas is gone and the New Year is looming - have you finished doing the washing up yet? I finished all the glasses this morning so now my kitchen is clear - Hurrah!

I am slowly catching up with what I got up to in November. 
The 7th weekend of my Experimental Textiles course is a students choice. The group can negotiate which techniques they want to play with or they can use it as chance to catch up with their folders.

Jamie Malden from Colouricious kindly made this video for me at the Harrogate show to give you all some idea of what we cover on the course.

 (you can skip the advert at the beginning)

Experimental Textiles teaches you all the basic techniques and skills that you need when working in textiles. None of my 'Hot Textiles' techniques are included in the course - They are fun but can be learned from books and videos. The students choice weekend is where the group can decide if they want to have a go with any 'hot'. We decided that the girls would play with Tyvek on the Saturday and work on using metal on the Sunday.

The girls painting up their Tyvek before melting it.

There has been a lot Tyvek on the blog recently so I am going to show what the girls did with their metal.

We played with several types of metal shim and wires along with alcohol inks and transfer dyes to colour the metal.


Using pliers and wire snippers along with several hole punches and a ribbler (makes card and metal corrugated) the group have fun colouring and texturing the metal.


The girls had a great day playing, discovering new techniques than can be so easily incorporated into textile projects.

Barbara getting stuck in with heavy gauge aluminium wire and wire knitted into a tube. You can see a box full of metallic sweetie foils. Such dedication to the course must surely be commended!!!

 Barbara got her vessel to stand up in the end . . . . . 

It is important for students to work with materials apart from fabrics. Working with papers and the more resistant metals will give them ideas they wouldn't form if they only worked in one media - always remember that everything you do informs everything else that you do!

Our next weekend is mid January and it will be working on their finished projects/samples to exhibit at the Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch Show at the NEC Birmingham a the end of March - so no pressure!!!

 There have been a lot of enquiries about the course which is taught in the IDC studios at The Old Needle Works in Redditch. I have chosen to teach the course at this centre as it has great space to work in and is next to rail and bus station. It is virtually in the middle of the country so most students have easy access. Previous students that live in Devon or Yorkshire stay overnight at the local Holiday Inn Express which is very reasonable.

If you would like to know about the course go to
 and the IDC website


It was my birthday a few days before my weekend with my girls and I hadn't had much chance to celebrate so I took my birthday cards up with me and lo and behold - Mary had made me a cake - not just any cake, lemon drizzle with lemon curd and butter cream filling. God my girls are GOOD!!!!


   A feast for the eyes and the palate and on silver plates too . . . . 


I will post again in the New Year - the wonderful work that was created by my group at Denman College earlier this month needs bigging up - they did some fabulous work.

Enjoy the rest of the break - don't eat toooo much!!!


Hello Jill

Hello Diana - 33 sleeps till I am back in the West Country - Yeehaa!!!

Monday, 23 December 2013

Cotswolds Guild November 9th 2013

A delicious combination of colour and glitz.

Apologies for the lack of posts recently - I seem to have run out of steam . . . 

I will be catching up over the next week or so as I still have some fabulous work to show you from my Experimental Textiles group and a class I taught at Denman College earlier this month.

The workshop for the Cotswolds Guild was A New Starting Point - combining the heaviest iron-on interfacing S133 with layers of torn newspaper, painted Bondaweb and all kind of glitz. Using the heavy interfacing as a backing the decorated samples can be cut to shape with a die cutting machine.


Brooch blanks cut from this sample.

Some of the layered samples before they were cut to shape


 . . .  and here are some of the layered samples before and after they were cut to shape.






Faux chenille is also a part of this workshop, it always amazes me just how much can be achieved on a one day workshop.
We had a great day playing with newspaper, Bondaweb, glitter and gilding flake and the group went home with plenty of blank shapes to make jewellery and other embellishments with.


To see what else the Cotswold Guild have been up to this year - have a look at their

 * * * *

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and healthy and creative New Year.


Hello Jill and Diana 
A certain gentleman in the Portsmouth area.

x x x 

Monday, 2 December 2013

Kim's Open House - the first weekend. Saturday November 30th & Sunday December 1st

One of Jayne's crazy fish

Apologies for the delay in updating the blog - life and family have got in the way.
I am way behind with what I would like to share with you - I hope to catch up over the next couple of weeks.

We had the first weekend of the Christmas Open Houses, it was great fun and we had loads of visitors. It always takes longer than you think to set up the house and we just managed to be ready for ten o'clock when we opened. It is great to be home for a few weeks and see so many of my friends.

We have 2 new exhibitors in the house this year - John Culligan - who turns wood - and Ria Wilson who makes fabulous jewellery.

The rest of the team is in place - Ember Vincent who creates beautiful raku ceramics

and Jose Heasman who makes wonderful stained glass pieces . . . .

. . . and Mary's Lamb who makes beautiful hats, scarves and great little teddy bears.

 . . . .  and Jayne Routely maker of the crazy fish . . . and sheep . .and owls . . .  and bags . . . .

 . . .  and Judy Martin is back - with fighting cats and dizzy Dalmatians . . . 

And of course - my jewellery . . . . .

 I am also showing a few of my newspaper faux chenille canvases.

 . . .  and the lovely Sylvia Lynton is exhibiting her textile gardens . . . 

We have two more weekends to go - if you would like any more information on my Open House - go to -