Now You See It . . . May 6th Babbacombe

 Little birdies in the trees - nearly finished. Just needed the rest of birdies to be stuck on.  So - I have now caught up as far as May 6th at the Beads for Beauty studio in Babbacombe, run by Sylvia McCann and her ultra talented daughter Alison.    The studio at Beads for Beauty, Babbacombe. The teaching studio is fabulous, plenty of room with power to the tables - always good for me! Now You See It . . ! Is my machine embroidery workshop. I don't tend to teach machine embroidery courses, my friend Wendy Dolan ( does it so well, and I don't want to stray onto another tutors 'patch'. The students colour a canvas with Inktense blocks or crayons ready for their machine embroidered shapes. I use the water soluble Solufleece for free machine embroidery, it is strong enough to stitch heavily without tearing, and washes away very efficiently. If you stretch Solufleece in an embroidery frame, you can print onto i

A New Starting Point - 2 day workshop Babbacombe May 4th & 5th.

A beautiful torn paper sample. I am nearly at the end of my three week teaching tour of the West Country. I have a day off today to tootle around Honiton and then drive to Nailsworth near Stroud for my last 2 day workshop tomorrow and Wednesday. Then it is home. Last week I taught for three days at the Beads for Beauty studio in Babbacombe run by Sylvia McCann and her daughter Alison. A two day version of 'A New Starting Point' and a one day workshop - 'Now You See It' which I will write up when I get back home. I love teaching at Sylvia's, it is a well equipped workroom and everyone is always so well looked after. A New Starting Point is my newspaper based workshop. Great fun!   Who would have thought you could have such fun with  old newspapers and books. A good roomy and well equipped workroom. Getting down to decorating the newspaper samples. I love teaching this workshop, you never quite know what is going to

The Journey at Roseland Mews - 28th and 29th April.

Starting to paint The Journey. Not such a long wait this time. This is my third workshop of seven on my tour of the West Country. This was the second time I have taught at Roseland Mews, Liskeard for Jane Lockyer. I love it there, it is a beautiful area. Jane's studio is in a lovely garden with stunning views. Jane runs courses all year round - do have a look - The group was very enthusiastic and got to grips to what was needed fast. As the previous post included The Journey in St Ives I will skip through this quite fast.    Painting the journey, building up shapes and lines. All the The Journeys lined up on the floor. We also did the 'flipping out' exercise. Here, a section is being taken. The isolated design is being traced off. The food at Roseland Mews is quite fantastic.   For £6 you can order a lunch, there is such a choice. This was one of the open sandwiches - deeelicious!   Playing w