Sunday, April 05, 2015


Our Creative Co-op group decided to swap Artists' Trading Cards. We meet once a month - attendance varies!

I thought mine should reflect what I mostly do, so decided to make coloured pencil drawings of some of my embroidered dolls. I concentrated on the faces because people always ask me if I draw them myself or ask me where I buy them!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Apologies to Bea Dollmayer

Bea, you asked about a stitch. I'm so sorry. I haven't been watching my blog lately.
It's just simple buttonhole stitch over a thread.

For the piece you asked about, I tacked down the first thread before I started to stitch over it, and then just carried on working in rounds, gradually building it up, without taking the needle through the backing fabric.

I used it on this box too, but I here took the needle into the fabric with each buttonhole stitch.

Sampling stitches

This summer for the first time I am taking part in Artists' Open Studios as part of the Eastbourne Festival. Mostly I will be displaying my art dolls, as there will also be another textile artist at the same venue. But I am also an embroiderer so I want to have at least one heavily stitched piece on show. I've had a piece of hand dyed fabric floating around for ages, wondering what on earth to do with it. Not one of my best efforts! I used this piece of cotton "drip cloth" to sample a few ideas before I get started on it. This piece is 8 inches square and mounted on a box canvas. The final piece of work will be 36 x 12 inches, an art quilt, mounted on a stretcher. I plan to make an impression!

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Hats off!

Here's a picture of my hat for the Steampunk themed Christmas Fair.

Those balls have bells! I wet felted around plastic cat toys. Instead of twinkling I tinkled!

Just for fun, here's the complete outfit:

No takers!

I designed and made a few of these for the Steampunk themed Christmas Fair.

Lots of people exclaimed and admired but nobody bought one. The arms and legs are made from plastic covered wire from an old computer. I thought he would fit perfectly with the theme. Who can tell?