For centuries women have used cloth as a tool of comfort and as an expression of beauty within their homes. Creating cloth for warmth, cloth for shelter, our female predecessors embellished these linens with hand stitch using laborious and time consuming techniques thereby enhancing the functional beauty of objects which enveloped and protected their families. Inspired by these women I hope my creations pay tribute to and recognise the devotion expressed in cloth by our female ancestors .

''the use of traditional often time consuming process alludes to the devotion of a mother''. c K. A. Ruane 2007

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I'm here!!

It would seem Typepad is down again......sick of it? An understatement. Today's post is here....

A little embroidery has been added to the pillow top I put together earlier this week. So far there is buttonhole lace, bumpy bits, stab stitch, two tiny tabs and a seam of bullion loops. There is still some way to go on this one and for those of you who missed it I have posted the video again which demonstrates  how I put this piece together.

Saturday, June 7, 2014


did you remember I had moved? I'm here

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

just in case

here is the post from over there....just in case....

What a day so far.....appointments and the arrival of the tent which hasn't been opened yet. It doesn't look very big??? Husband may have to get his own, I need enough room to ''drape'', fragrantly and serenely.
Today's pictures? A glimpse for you of what is happening over in Karen's Global Embroidery School. A swaddling band is taking shape over in SS4 which will remain open for registration for ages because it's easy to dip in and out. In Alchemy we are creating mini design sheets, well I am creating mini design sheets...everyone else is way ahead of me!! Registration for Alchemy is closing soon , very soon....
The swaddling band? Lace, lace cloth, delicate, fragile, precious, bullion knots, French knots, hand made ties, concealed text, transfer prints.....and on and on.
Mini design sheets? Paper, stitch, collage, cloth, paint, pencil, composition......basically playtime!
OK...enough...things to do, places to be, people to see. Alchemy girls stand by your computers videos are coming.

(typepad tells me I have a spelling mistake. It doesn't say where??? I looked, I can't see it. I apologise in advance...)

Monday, May 19, 2014

yes...I'm here again

I'm here again...the other place isn't working....again. Yesterday.....yesterday, amongst other things I made Rouleau loops and lace cloth. The loops are for my pocket pillow, the Liberty and Broderie Anglaise one. The lace cloth is for ''stock''....I use it a lot, in ledgers, on embroidered surfaces and besides that I just like it, enjoy making it......
Who knows where I will be tomorrow? We shall see....

Saturday, April 26, 2014


There are three pieces here, one new, two not new. The new piece is the white with piping cord......with bullion knots binding the piping. I don't know yet what it will be but it's enough for now just to play with it, titivate it. The other two pieces were on the table, for a reason, a ''refreshing my memory'' task, a reminder of what can be done, which surfaces can be created.
I love all these images today, I probably couldn't  pick a favourite........good thing i don't need to.
Don't forget Alchemy registration closes tomorrow.
SS4 girls, I have video for you tomorrow....a final flourish before I abandon you and leave for the big smoke.
 To be honest I think this break will be good for me. Yesterday it was cream, today the cabinet has fallen off my bathroom wall. I have no explanation, nobody in the bathroom, alerted by the crashing. It's time to go away.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

here, there and back again

Scrap the first paragraph below.....they went down as soon as I'd written it. This post is copied and pasted from over's official. I've had enough.

I'm staying put today, placing all my faith in Typepad...that they won't go AWOL, that they won't let me down. I can't be doing with this back and forth, I don't know whether I'm coming or going, staying or leaving. One thing I have learn't.....a nomadic life style isn't for me.
Last night I titivated a tiny scrap of cloth to fit in one of these gapswhilst I was at it I added something to a ledger page, just because I could. 
This morning I had plans to make a video for my girls in ''4'' before I leave them and flounce off to London next week......ha, some hope. Every obstacle imaginable was placed in the way of that little plan. Never fear....I always have the weekend. I will banish everyone to the far reaches of the house, demand solitude and quiet.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

a pocket pillow

Today.....a pocket pillow. I love this, love it I tell you. I nearly didn't put it in the shop but I've already got one. How many do I need? I am officially out of gingham now. That has gone on the London shopping list along with Liberty print fabric, lace, cotton seersucker and any other titivated cotton I can clap my eyes on. I may also get some Broderie Anglaise....we shall see. I intend to resist vintage. I have a lot of vintage however I may need more for Alchemy....and as you know I can resist anything but temptation.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

back and forth and back and forth

I'm back....again. I did post this to Typepad but it's gone AWOL again. I won't be beaten. This is a quick look for you at my week so far through images taken with my phone, spontaneous, of the moment. I got new threads, I ate an Easter egg and yes I know that one of my walls is in need of attention....sorry.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Moving back.....and a gingham pocket pillow.

Well, who knew I would be back here? It's temporary, I think. There are issues at my new place and I can't bear to be disconnected. How many people will come here and see this? Haven't a clue. There are no familiar stat records here....I shall just close my eyes and hold on tight, hoping that a few friends will stop by. Perhaps if you leave a comment, just say hi, I will get an idea that way? I'm not sure how long I will stay here, it's bit musty, could do with a good clean, an airing, there's no kettle never mind cake. Everything is over at the new place, the links for classes, the link for the shop, the link for the new Alchemy.
I am consoling myself with gingham, a new pillow pocket thingy. It's almost finished much to my amazement, a few more pointy things, a couple of applique bumps, a back, a pocket, a final this space....or maybe the other space...I'm kind of homeless at the moment.

Alchemy link (because don't forget this is coming out of the shop later this week as I'm off to London, visiting fabric shops, eating cake, generally being very self indulgent!