The dark and the light

 A fabulous contrast between light and dark   

The clocks have changed - it is getting darker earlier. It's the time of year when  you want to start snuggling in, getting cosy. There is a definitely nip in the air. Time to get out the thick jumpers.

The light is changing, getting more dramatic as the days are getting shorter. Because we have so much rain in Ireland, and of course on Loop Head where I live, we have the most wonderful displays of light and colour. The day can be dark with glowering grey clouds, then the clouds part and a shaft of sunlight hits the green fields, Wow!! I love it.

'The Last One' - Mixed media and collage

This is one of my latest canvases interpreting the local cows ambling up the low incline on the way to milking. It is one of my favourite sights. I find the rhythm of rural life here very comforting.

Another great sky
And my interpretation in painted fusible web and newspaper

The huge skies and ever changing light will be inspiring me forever . . .

We have great sunny days too.


My last workshop this year is coming up at the end of this month. I am so pleased I decided to teach via Zoom at the beginning of the year. It has been a great opportunity to meet new students and reconnect with previous students. It has been really good fun. So much so I will doing it all again next year. 

It never ceases to amaze me at what time students will get up to take part in the live Zoom workshops. 3am and 5 am for various students in different time zone in the U.S.A. and Canada. Or 8.30pm in Southern Australia where one student works through till 2.30am. And then they have to do the same thing 2 weeks later for the 2 hour Show and Tell. The Show and Tells have been very successful. What started as way for me to see what the groups developed after each workshop, has become a great bonding experience for all of us. Very special. There is now a private Facebook group for any student that has been on the Zoom workshops.

My last workshop will be Beautiful Book Covers. I love this workshop. A relaxed, fun way to make book covers using the leather like iron interfacing Decovil light. These book covers make great gifts, and it's coming up to THAT time of year. Cover any kind of hardbound book. Sketch books, journals, diaries . . . There are 3 places left.

We will be painting, printing and stitching as well as ironing on all manner of glitter and fabrics.

2 book covers created by Teresa Glendinning

Try using gilding flake and transfer foil

2 more book covers  by Teresa Glendinning

A section of one of the book covers showing the print and machine stitch

One of my sample book covers using strips of decorated newspaper and machine stitching around print made using a wooden printing block.

I have added the workshops for January and February to the website  

I will be adding the rest at the end of the month.

PLEASE NOTE, all workshops are on the London/Dublin timezone.



Fabulous book covers made with the very versatile, leather like, Decovil 1 light.

Workshop 10

Beautiful Book Covers 3 places left

Friday November 26th 10am – 4pm

Show & Tell Friday December 10th 10.30 – 12.30

For more information and to enrol -

The price of the workshop includes the one-day live Zoom workshop and the 2 hour group Show and Tell 2 weeks later. (Friday December 10th 10.30 – 12.30)

We are coming to the end of the year and it is time to think of all things sparkle! Maybe think about that special present for a good friend.

Have a great day working with the fabulous iron-on interfacing Decovil light. A very versatile interfacing that feels like leather and lends itself to so many craft projects. We will be making slip covers for hard back books. We will work through how you would like your book cover(s) to look. Will they be full of colour and sparkle, or a little more subtle? You can iron on all manner of fabrics and papers. You can also print on the book cover and of course, stitch into them. By hand of machine. We will also look at how to finish off your book cover to make it a practical gift.

This blog will give you an idea of how we will be making the book covers.


A section across 3 Journey exercises.
Workshop 11

The Journey

 Friday January 28th 10am - 4pm
Show and Tell Friday February 11th 10.30 - 12.30

For more information and to enrol -

The price of €70 includes the one-day live Zoom workshop and the 2 hour group Show and Tell 2 weeks later. 

 I have taught this workshop all over the world for the past 20 or so years, and it is still popular. It is a wonderful way to relax and develop new, original designs to make your work different to everyone else's.

Create a journey, imaginary or otherwise and learn how to create your own designs.
Never be afraid of the ‘D’ word again! We will work though several formulas for creating original designs, discussing the use of colour and materials as we work. Working with paper, paints and pencils you will generate enough designs on this day to last you for years to come. 

The designs you generate on the day will be the start of many exciting projects to come. Use the designs for applique, quilt patterns, embroidery . .  the choice is endless. Whatever your craft or practice, you will always need designs - and from now on your will be original and unique to you.
Start you own design workbook (preferably A3 spiral bound) where you will keep all your designs, tracings and colour experiments. This workbook will be the resource you need if you wish to to do the following workshop - Creating Printing Blocks From Your Own Designs.

This blog post shows what can be achieved with the designs from the Journey - This is a combination of The Journey and Create Unique Printing Blocks.



A design created from the Journey applied onto a foiled background.

Workshop 12
Create Unique Printing Blocks
Friday February 25th 10am - 4pm
Show and Tell Friday March 11th 10.30am - 12.30pm

For more information and to enrol -

The price of €70 includes the one-day live Zoom workshop and the 2 hour group Show and Tell 2 weeks later.

The most important part of teaching for me, is to encourage students to create original work. This workshop is brilliant for those of you who have created your own designs and and now need to create your own printing blocks to make your work unique.
We will work with an inspiration of your choice. If you have done the 'Journey' exercise with me, you could use that. The materials list will give you some ideas if not. You should finish this class with several pairs of printing blocks and several 'try outs' on paper and fabric. You will have time to develop your prints ready for the 2 hour Show and Tell on March 11th. 10.30 - 12.30 GMT

To give you some idea of we will be doing, have a look at this blog post -



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