Sunday, 20 July 2014

Reclaimed Textiles - paper, print and free machine embroidery. West Dean College 17 - 20 July

Who'd have thought - from a pile of paper and painted Bondaweb . . . .

I have just got home from three days at West Dean College a fabulous place to teach and a wonderful place to be a student. The grounds and gardens are stunning, the house is beautiful and the workshops are purpose built, great for accommodating any kind of workshop.
The workshop was Reclaimed Textiles -paper, print and free machine embroidery.

The workshops are very spacious.

A stack of painted and colourwashed papers.

We started by colour washing all kinds of papers - newspapers, old books, atlases . . .  and painting up Bondaweb. The group then launched into my 'prettys and backgrounds' technique where the papers are torn and layered several times with the painted Bondaweb. The use of sparkle was optional for a change.

 Lots of luscious layers.

The torn layered backgrounds were then used as background for print and stitch.

Just some of Sian's huge collection of work.

Becky created various fabulous samples, here are her two vessels. 
Just gorgeous.

Becky also created this wall from her layered paper samples and used Decovil 1 interfacing to support it.

As it was a newspaper based course the group also have a play with newspaper faux chenille.

Newspaper layered with polyester organza.


Faux chenille made with several layers of polyester organza.

Layers of polyester organza make a very soft and beautiful faux chenille.

Four of the group made book covers by decorating Decovil 1 or Decovil 1 light. The papers are ironed directly onto the colour washed Decovil. The layers can then be decorated with print and/or stitch.

Sian's book cover.

Mary even printed a pencil to match the book cover.

Chrissy is a great fan of the band Fairport Convention.

The group also covered and decorated canvases . .



Jackie produced several very lovely canvases.


Didn't they do well?


I am filming another video with Jamie of Colouricious tomorrow and then on Wednesday I will be dashing up to Redditch to teach Experimental Textiles at The Old Needle Works. It will be good to see both groups again and I am looking forward to seeing what they have done for homework.

So a busy week ahead - lots of orders to get posted too . . . . . 

Have a great week.

x x x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

New transfer foils on - Yeehaa!!!

 A fabulous range of colours.

Well the sale has gone well - there are few metres of the Vilene Spunbond/Lutradur left - but it is nearly all gone. Many thanks to those of you who sent in orders - most of you should have received your orders by now.

Because I now sell three different types of glue that can be foiled - Bondaweb, Hot Spots and the new KK Glue - I thought it was about time I extended my range of colours. I now stock twelve colours - Gold, silver, rainbow, metallic swirl, pewter, lime, sunset, black, blue, copper, bronze and aqua.

 Aqua roll colours - copper, aqua, lime and blue.

 I have also added four more mixed colour rolls to the website. Aqua, Metals light, Metals dark and Sunset. The rolls come in sheets of four colours in two sizes - 20cm or 30cm square. I hope that you can find something you like. I am still selling the foils by the metre and in single 30cm squares.

 Basic colour roll - silver, metallic swirl, gold and rainbow.

 Metals dark roll - copper, bronze, black and pewter.

  All the videos that feature foiling can be found here - and go to 'free videos' on the top right of the home page. I will be filming a new video with Jamie of Colouricious on Monday - so watch this space.

 Metals light roll - silver, gold, copper, bronze.

 Sunset roll - gold, lime, sunset and copper.

 All the foils can be found here - Transfer Folis

 Have fun choosing!


I am getting ready to leave for West Dean college where I shall be teaching from tonight to Sunday afternoon. I am teaching my newspaper and Solufleece based course - I have just put the Solufleece video on the blog - I had forgotten it!!!! It can also be viewed on the free videos page on


  (layers of Tyvek)
 Experimental Textiles - new jewelled surfaces.
Summer School

 There a spaces left on my August Summer School at The Bridge, Brighton. Experimental Textiles Summer School August 12th - 16th £220.

That's me done - off to pack a few more orders then to dash off down the A27 - deep joy!

Enjoy the weather - keep cool. 

x x x

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Sussex Prairies Garden and the SALE!!!

Home made Victoria Sandwich - scrummy!

Sometimes it's good to have a couple of hours off - I have had a very busy week packing and posting orders for I am halfway through a two week sale of Vilene Spunbond/Lutradur and I have almost sold out. I am slowly wading through all the orders and most of them should have been posted by Monday.

This afternoon I drove over to the the Sussex Prairies garden just outside Brighton. What an amazing place. This is the second time I have visited. I am going once a month to meet my friend Anne Kelly who is artist in residence this year. It's great opportunity for us to have a catch up over a cup of tea and a piece of delicious homemade cake.
Anne sitting amongst the flowers, sketching.

Anne has an exhibition of her work there and is also running various workshops.

Even on a dull afternoon that was threatening rain, the gardens were wonderful. The layers of planting and colour are a joy to behold. Around every flower border there is a comfy seat or a fabulous sculpture.

  There are pathways all around the gardens, in and around all the flower borders, you feel as though you can get - inside the garden.

The layers of texture are stunning.

The combinations of plants are very exciting.

There are seats dotted around the garden at regular intervals so you can sit and savour your surroundings.

There are great vistas around the garden with views in the distance of the Downs.

There are lots of tables and chairs outside in amongst huge planters of flowers.

 . . .  and there is seating inside for days like today with gorgeous little posies of flowers on every table.

There is large area for the plant sales - beautiful specimens - all propagated in the gardens.

So - if you get a chance between now and October - the gardens are open every day apart from Tuesday from 1pm - 5pm. I really recommend a visit.

x x x x

I'm off to pack up some more orders . . .