Saturday, 26 October 2013


Are you like me?

I buy something which catches my eye at a show and then wait months before I get round to using, playing or experimenting with it. 

Or do you delve in as soon as you get home?

Well a  few months ago I purchased a marbling kit and it is only in the last few days that I have managed to start playing with it. 


As you can see it is now well used

These are a couple of pieces on fabric

And as Christmas is galloping towards us 

I couldn't resist making a few gift tags. I think I may go all brown paper parcels and home made gift tags this year.


Thursday, 24 October 2013

Out and About

It has been a busy few weeks and I feel that I have lost touch with my blog.
To get you up to speed, my current City & Guilds students have finished their courses in machine embroidery, hand embroidery and patchwork & quilting. There is just the final push to make sure all the samples and notes are completed before the student showcase at Bee Crafty in November.

I have been out and about visiting new sewing shops. It has been lovely going to new places and meeting some wonderful people. 

The first was Tudor Rose in Oakley near Bedford. With a lovely coffee shop and and an enticing display of cakes it took a lot of self control to restrain myself. However their fantastic range of batik fabrics could not be so easily passed by and I couldn't help buying a few for my stash. There is an impressive range of patchwork fabric, wools, and haberdashery just to name a few of the items 

My next visit took me in the opposite direction up the A1 road to a brand new shop near Oakham. Rutland Sewing Centre in the Rutland Village next to Rutland Garden Centre in Ashwell. This shop has only been open a month and things are certainly looking good. With a lovely workshop area it is a lovely bright airy space.

I am looking forward to many a visit over the next year to both these new venues.

Also don't forget the second of Grayson Perry's lectures

Friday, 18 October 2013

Reith Lectures

Grayson Perry is giving this years series of Reith Lectures on BBC radio 4.

 Not a usual blog post but I have just listened to the first and want to share it with you.