Friday, 24 March 2017

Off to New Zealand . .

Packed and just about on weight!!
Right, I am all packed and my cases are just about borderline weight wise! Gulp!! I am off to Dublin airport to fly to Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand. Let's hope it has stopped shaking. I dont fly til 8.30pm, but I need to park etc.

 I will be staying with my good friend Denise and her hubby on their farm for 4 days then I will be flying up to Auckland on the North Island to start 3 weeks of teaching. I hope to be able to drop in on Alysn Midgelow Marsden and inspect her new home and her new aircraft hanger of a studio, jealous?? ME??

 Denise hiding in the foliage on her verandah.

Gore Bay. Close to the farm, great for long walks.
Denise lives in Cheviot and has been coping with almost continual shaking of the ground since the big earthquake earlier in the year. They had a 4.9 shake 2 weeks ago. Scary. Cheviot was cut off for several weeks until the roads were cleared. I hope to be able to have a look at the new Kaikoura road. The seabed was thrown up and is now exposed.

I will post when I can as I travel across the North Island. If you need a daily fix, then follow me on Facebook.


I have just arranged 3 one day workshops on Jersey on the 15th - 17th September this year. It will be great to be back at The Harbour Gallery and to see Pat again. If you are interested in any of the workshops email Pat at

Friday September 15th
10 - 4
On the Surface

 Saturday September 16th
10 - 4
A New Starting Point
 Sunday September 17th
10 - 4
The Journey
September is a beautiful month to be on Jersey, I can highly recommend it for a short break.  If you need help with booking accommodation, just email Pat and she can sort something for you.


OK! That's me flying out the door . . . 

Heelo Jill, was soooo good to see you, not long til July.
Hello Diana, love to you both. 
Hello Tod, Hope to ring you from the airport.

x x x 

Monday, 13 March 2017

A catch up and my last workshops this year . . !

 Beautiful inspiration for design . . and colour.

This is a quick post to keep you all up to date with what is happening teaching wise. 
I have now finished teaching Experimental Textiles at IDC and will be offering modules from it online from January 2018. They are likely to be 6 week modules, but I will see how everything goes this year.
I am going to start online teaching at the end of May this year, but they will short courses. More technique based. As my first book Hot Textiles had been withdrawn from print - I thought I might start with that! 

I have so enjoyed teaching my course Experimental Textiles in various forms over the past twenty years or so, and of course, there is also the book of the same name. It is time for me to cut down on my teaching and get on with my own work. All the time I am teaching, I can't concentrate on my own work. And it is time . . .


It was the last weekend of ExTex as it is called in short form. It was odd - seeing the group who I have got to know over the past nine months for the last time and collecting in their work for the end of year show at the NEC. I have no doubt I will see many of them again, but not as a part of ExTex.

 I will wait to take proper photos at the show - these are just to tickle your taste buds.

The Fashion & Embroidery Show is the highlight of my year. I have my own stand on L18 and I will be running the workshops in the Vlieseline Workshop.
The workshops are now booked online - so no having to dash from the door to my stand to get a ticket.

The Fashion and Embroidery Show - March 16th - 19th - I LOVE it!!!

 My students end of year show will be along side my stand on L20.
Do come along and say hello.


 So - I only have a few workshops left this year. I am not teaching at all next year - well, just online.
Here are my workshops and the links to them -

June 16th - 18th
A New Starting Point - £325 - residential
Stitch Retreats
Wyboston Lakes Hotel



August 17th & 18th
 Stitched and Printed Travels - £95
Art Van Go
The Studios
1 Stevenage Rd
Herts SG3 6AN
Tel: 01438 814946


August  21st - 24th
The Journey Through Printing Blocks
The Old Needleworks
 Britten Street
phone - 01527 69100


I will also be teaching workshops on Jersey September 15th - 17th - am just trying to work out what to teach - will post details in the next blog post.


 The week after the show I will be flying to New Zealand to teach.  
I am very much looking forward to seeing old friends - and making new ones . .

I will be updating daily on Facebook during the show - so do check in -

x x x