Sunday, 19 June 2016

I hope all is well with you and yours.
Well, a week has flown by since the close the The Contemporary Craft Festival
After 6 months of preparation, the Festival is all over in a blink of an eye.   I think the best part of the show was meeting up with old friends, making new friends and chatting to visitors.   I was up against the most incredible competition.   So much stunning and very desirable contemporary craft.
Here is my stand, that my current husband created for me.   I was really pleased with the look of the stand, as I wanted an English, month of June, garden theme.   The only change I would make if ever there is a next time, would be to spend the money and hire a much bigger stand.    The weather had been very changeable with heavy downpours, so visitors arrived laden with rain coats, brollies, bags unfortunately, the 2 x 2m stand would only accommodate a couple of people at a time.   All a rich learning curve, I would say.

Other Exhibitor links may already know, but whose work is to me, is exquisite.

Liz Cooksey

Sue Brown

Esther Connon

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Friday, 17 June 2016

 You are invited to the 

Private View

 of 'A Group Gathering' at 

Unit Twelve Gallery,
on Saturday 2nd July2-4pm.

Established in 2013, 'A Group Gathering' is a vehicle for 
bringing artists together to work collaboratively on a 
challenge with a textile emphasis. Each project begins 
with a new challenge and involves a new group of artists. 
To date twenty British artists working across a range of 
mediums have taken part. Further details about A 
Group Gathering can be found on the website                 
A Group Gathering
This exhibition showcases the results of both Group Gathering

projects to date: The Shirt Collar Project 2014 & Daphne's Glove 2015. Participating artists are (sorry, the following links do not work)
Tamsin Abbott, Claire A BakerSarah Burford (Curious Pip), 

Cathy CullisAli Ferguson, Alice Fox, Caren Garfen, 
Sharon Hall Shipp, Angie Hughes, Anya Keeley, 
Christine Kelly (Gentlework), Jenny McCabe (Coo & Co), 
Jeanette McCullochKathleen Murphy (Murgatroyd and Bean), 
Nancy Nicholson,Mandy Pattullo, Ella Robinson, Karen Shapley, 
Viv Sliwka (Hens Teeth), and Mariette Voke

This private view will include a FREE art activity as well as 

drinks and refreshments.

The exhibition runs 30th June- 27th August 2016

open Thurs-Sat, 10-4pm 
Copyright © 2016 Unit Twelve, All rights reserved.

Open Thur-Sat, 10-4pm

unit twelve gallery

Thursday, 28 April 2016


very happy and excited to say, that I am going to be sending out a monthly email Newsletter.   
This will include updates of Fairs I am attending and Workshops I will be delivering.   Exclusive offers and showcasing new work.
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Friday, 22 April 2016

 'Little Folk' are now Brooches.
It's funny how things evolve.   How designs wander into pastures new.
The joy of handmade, I suppose...each piece has it's own little story to tell.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

I'm sure I saw today, quite high up, a group of white Butterflies fly over our house.   I was upstairs looking out of the bedroom window.    I thought they were blossom petals on the wind, but no, they were Butterflies.  They were very pretty.
Speaking of which, I have been making Butterfly Brooches from sweet, time worn cotton prints.

Available over in my Etsy shop.

 I really enjoy making them.
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Monday, 18 April 2016


can you tell that I love making brooches? :)
Here are a few I have recently made.  All hand stitched, collaging little scraps and haberdashery bits and pieces.
I have two online shops for my little business....

for UK ..madebyhandonline

Thank you for comments left on previous posts, always very much appreciated.

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Saturday, 16 April 2016


I am not one for meticulously planning, when it comes to making my pieces...I have an idea and tend to go with it and see where I end up.   I personally find that way of working very enjoyable.   Of course, each to his own, no right or wrong way.
Going with the unplanned thinking, I recently just started to randomly cut head and body shapes, adding little teeny scraps of fabric and lace.   
As you can see, I now have a range of 'Little Folk' designs.
I enjoy building up the layers of worn fabrics and stitches, seeding stitch being really good for creating a texture.

I think these Little Folk may become brooches...

and a few are housed in vintage tins.

 The majority of these pieces will be coming with me to The Contemporary Craft Festival in June, at Bovey Tracey, Devon.    

That's all for now...thanks for stopping by X