Friday, 24 March 2017

Off to New Zealand . .

Packed and just about on weight!!
Right, I am all packed and my cases are just about borderline weight wise! Gulp!! I am off to Dublin airport to fly to Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand. Let's hope it has stopped shaking. I dont fly til 8.30pm, but I need to park etc.

 I will be staying with my good friend Denise and her hubby on their farm for 4 days then I will be flying up to Auckland on the North Island to start 3 weeks of teaching. I hope to be able to drop in on Alysn Midgelow Marsden and inspect her new home and her new aircraft hanger of a studio, jealous?? ME??

 Denise hiding in the foliage on her verandah.

Gore Bay. Close to the farm, great for long walks.
Denise lives in Cheviot and has been coping with almost continual shaking of the ground since the big earthquake earlier in the year. They had a 4.9 shake 2 weeks ago. Scary. Cheviot was cut off for several weeks until the roads were cleared. I hope to be able to have a look at the new Kaikoura road. The seabed was thrown up and is now exposed.

I will post when I can as I travel across the North Island. If you need a daily fix, then follow me on Facebook.


I have just arranged 3 one day workshops on Jersey on the 15th - 17th September this year. It will be great to be back at The Harbour Gallery and to see Pat again. If you are interested in any of the workshops email Pat at

Friday September 15th
10 - 4
On the Surface

 Saturday September 16th
10 - 4
A New Starting Point
 Sunday September 17th
10 - 4
The Journey
September is a beautiful month to be on Jersey, I can highly recommend it for a short break.  If you need help with booking accommodation, just email Pat and she can sort something for you.


OK! That's me flying out the door . . . 

Heelo Jill, was soooo good to see you, not long til July.
Hello Diana, love to you both. 
Hello Tod, Hope to ring you from the airport.

x x x 

Monday, 13 March 2017

A catch up and my last workshops this year . . !

 Beautiful inspiration for design . . and colour.

This is a quick post to keep you all up to date with what is happening teaching wise. 
I have now finished teaching Experimental Textiles at IDC and will be offering modules from it online from January 2018. They are likely to be 6 week modules, but I will see how everything goes this year.
I am going to start online teaching at the end of May this year, but they will short courses. More technique based. As my first book Hot Textiles had been withdrawn from print - I thought I might start with that! 

I have so enjoyed teaching my course Experimental Textiles in various forms over the past twenty years or so, and of course, there is also the book of the same name. It is time for me to cut down on my teaching and get on with my own work. All the time I am teaching, I can't concentrate on my own work. And it is time . . .


It was the last weekend of ExTex as it is called in short form. It was odd - seeing the group who I have got to know over the past nine months for the last time and collecting in their work for the end of year show at the NEC. I have no doubt I will see many of them again, but not as a part of ExTex.

 I will wait to take proper photos at the show - these are just to tickle your taste buds.

The Fashion & Embroidery Show is the highlight of my year. I have my own stand on L18 and I will be running the workshops in the Vlieseline Workshop.
The workshops are now booked online - so no having to dash from the door to my stand to get a ticket.

The Fashion and Embroidery Show - March 16th - 19th - I LOVE it!!!

 My students end of year show will be along side my stand on L20.
Do come along and say hello.


 So - I only have a few workshops left this year. I am not teaching at all next year - well, just online.
Here are my workshops and the links to them -

June 16th - 18th
A New Starting Point - £325 - residential
Stitch Retreats
Wyboston Lakes Hotel



August 17th & 18th
 Stitched and Printed Travels - £95
Art Van Go
The Studios
1 Stevenage Rd
Herts SG3 6AN
Tel: 01438 814946


August  21st - 24th
The Journey Through Printing Blocks
The Old Needleworks
 Britten Street
phone - 01527 69100


I will also be teaching workshops on Jersey September 15th - 17th - am just trying to work out what to teach - will post details in the next blog post.


 The week after the show I will be flying to New Zealand to teach.  
I am very much looking forward to seeing old friends - and making new ones . .

I will be updating daily on Facebook during the show - so do check in -

x x x 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Colouricious Block Printing Holiday. 11 days in Jaipur, January 20th - 31st. Part the fourth.

A cupboard door made up of all kinds of off cuts of old damaged furniture.
Fabulous layers of design.

This is my last post about our amazing trip to Jaipur - life is marching on! 
While the holiday was a specialist block printing one - we did so much more. Jamie certainly knows how to show you a good time, usually with some special extras. like elephant painting, a trip to a special block printing village and 2 rather special dinners. if you are tempted - here is the link to the Textile Holidays -

The block printing was great fun and most of the group are now quite experienced printers. It was a wonderful opportunity to work in so many different workshops and factories.

 Having the factory workers on hand to help was a special treat.

 There were various trips to all kinds of delights. My favourite was a visit to a salvage yard - just heaven. such a wonderful mix of colours, design and texture. I could have spent a week there drawing . . maybe next time . .

 Such a wonderful source of design of ideas.

No two holidays are the same with Colouricious. Jamie is always finding new venues and excitements to share with her groups. There really is something for everyone.

We ate in some beautiful restaurants and drank in one amazing bar . . . 

Looking back over the photos I took, I am reminded that Jaipur is an incredible source of design. Everywhere you look, up, down, all around you - there is inspiration. I can feel another trip coming on. Maybe one based on design, a journey inspired by we can see around us, more sketch book work . . and several trips!!! Mmmmm - maybe January 2019. I think I will make a suggestion to Jamie . . . . 


I am now just about ready to load the car ready to leave in the morning to drive to Belfast where I will get the ferry to Scotland. I will be staying with a good friend and her family in Belfast tomorrow night. One of the good things about so much travel - I do get to catch up with friends on the way. 
I will get the ferry to Scotland on Tuesday ready to set up my stand for the Glasgow show on Wednesday. I will be at the Sewing and Quilting Show at the SECC. March 2nd - 5th. I will be on stand S04 and will be giving a lecture every day. I am looking forward to catching up with more mates at the show.
Hopefully I will see some of you there.


Hello Jill - not too long now.
Hello Diana, have tried to ring a couple of times - you were engaged. Will try again. Want to dates with you to get you over here. Poor Les!!!
Hello Tod - was wonderful to talk to you with my sis yesterday.

x x x

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Colouricious Block Printing Holiday. 11 day in Jaipur, January 20th - 31st. Part the third.

Wonderful colours and shapes.

As you can imagine, India is full of the most stunning images. The colours, forms, shapes and patterns just make your head spin. Here are a few of the shots I took on the 11 day trip around Jaipur.

Whilst the trip was a block printing extravaganza, we also got out and about, in an air conditioned coach, to enjoy the local area. One of the many great things of going on a trip with Jamie is that she is so enthusiastic about showing you 'behind the scenes' of life in India. There is nothing Jamie enjoys more than exploring the back streets of Jaipur, finding new factories and workshops and other delights to share. Discovering new experiences for her guests. Each trip is different.
Just look at the trips that are on offer -

Our holiday included the Amer Fort, just out side Jaipur. A stunning building.  
One of the highlights of a visit to the fort is to travel up the hill to it on an elephant. The elephants are under the protection of the government and there are strict rules as to how many journeys up the hill the elephants make per day. 

 Their are wonderful views from the fort - so high up.

 The elephants arriving up at the fort and some of our group disembarking.

 The elephants on their way back down the hill.

The fort is highly decorated, just stunning.  . .

 . . and there are areas of calm . . 

After wandering around the fort for an hour or so - we were driven down the hill in a convoy of jeeps. At the bottom of the hill is the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing.
A wonderful building full of block printing history with a fabulous book shop.

After the museum we all piled back in to the coach and we were off to the farm where the elephants live.

Jamie had arranged for us to paint a few of the elephants. In small groups. Everything had been carefully arranged and we were all told how to behave around the elephants - what to do, and what not to do. The head mahout gave us a fascinating talk about how the elephants were kept and cared for. did you know that an elephant can live to over 90 years old?
 All the elephants are used to being painted, it almost becomes a game with their mahouts. A mahout is an elephant trainer. The farm we were taken to is where the elephants live with their mahouts. The elephants become part of the mahout's family.

 Everyone was quiet, but still managed to enjoy themselves. It was almost a spiritual event . .

 I think this part of the holiday was one of the highlights for a lot of the group.
It was a very peaceful, and colourful hour or so.

I have lot more to show you - so watch this space . . . 

x x x