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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

12 month online learning course......Artists Books.

A new ''half'' page, extended with stitched papers, sequins and French knots....a prelude to the next, exciting 12 months. Due to numerous requests and the fact I want to spend a full year creating a collection of Artist Books......a new class, a relaxed class, a no pressure class.


Begins Monday September 11 2017

Online format.... Private password protected blog.
This is not an ''art'' class as you may imagine, my books will be enhanced purely through the use of stitch.
In response to numerous requests and following on from the success of my last ''artist book'' online learning programme I have created a 12 month online learning experience to which you will have unlimited access during the ''live'' 12 month period and beyond. Yes, one sign up, unlimited access...forever.
During our 12 month ''live'' programme I intend to provide video demonstration on a monthly basis with text blog posts weekly. It is possible and likely however that video may be required outside of this timetable meaning video provision is expected to be over and above that originally planned. My classes grow as they progress, they develop as new ideas are formed, I learn from you too, your needs, your progress, that process of learning and interaction invariably affects any teaching plans I have at the outset, allowing me to develop and extend course content as we progress.
Join me whilst I endeavour to fulfil a long held ambition, the creation of a large collection of hand created artist books, journals and ledgers comprising pages of stitch and collage using cloth, embroidered scraps, beads, buttons, lace, pattern and paper.
Your pages can be added to any book you wish, make your own ledger with fine paper, with hand made paper, with patterned paper or use a special sketchbook, maybe even a story book. These things will be discussed and considered during our 8 weeks of creativity.
***please note. I have only basic book making skills. This is not a book making class in terms of the creation of finely bound sketchbooks, journals or ledgers. My own books will be very basic and simple. I am happy for you to be more experimental and adventurous with your own books. I encourage the pushing of boundaries, the exploration of idea and thought.***
My role is to demonstrate the creation of collaged and textured sheets of paper, cloth and embroidery, to illustrate the creation of stitched scraps for pages and to then share how a page can be adorned in order to enhance the presentation of your sampling. This in turn will lead to the creation of unique ''artist books'', a library of ideas and inspiration and a valuable resource for the future in terms of design and the extension of embroidery sampling.
Group interaction will be facilitated within the forum of a private Flickr group where it will be possible to upload images and receive feedback and encouragement from the wider group along with input from me. There will also be the opportunity for wider discussion within the ''discussion'' area of that group. Interaction in this manner is however voluntary. There is no pressure on you to participate within this forum. If you prefer to work quietly, on your own that is encouraged too. My wish is for you to use this learning experience in the manner best suited to you, to learn in a way which makes you happy and furthers your individual creativity.
Images of my own ''Artist Books'' can be seen here. From viewing these images you will gain an appreciation of what can be achieved during this programme and beyond.
Please note, certain tasks within this programme require the use of a sewing machine.
Access.... Unlimited. Forever.
Materials required.... List sent upon registration.
***No prerequisites, suitable for beginners and the more experienced.***
You do not need to have participated in any of my previous online learning programmes to take part in this class.

There is lots more about embroidery, paper and Artists books here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

the past few days at my other place

There#s lots of colour going on over at my permanent home....go here if you want to take a look...

Saturday, October 22, 2016

colour study

First of all, please don't judge me on my painting skills....or lack of painting skills. I'm not a happy painter. What I am is a happy player, happy to play with thread, fabric, paper and I occasionally suffer my demons and hold a paintbrush for the minimum amount of time. 
Colour studies....I started the new one in the top image yesterday, a new idea. The class I have listed which will begin in just over a week will, (or was supposed to) consist mainly of old videos. Within those videos, in the first week are colour studies. I have been thinking though, I love a colour study, love to play like this so why not include extra, new video. What I am doing here is playing with ideas for that, for the new colour study ideas I have which will be included in the embroiderers ledger class.
There's still  along way to go with this one but who's in a hurry....not me....

Thursday, October 13, 2016

pages of white, blue, grey and stitch

My obsession with pages and artist books continues in fact now this one is finished I may be compelled to start another one. This one is ''white'' focused, collages of white paper, embroidery on white cloth, clear beads. There are a few bluey grey beads too, they compliment white I think. I made a short video, a show and tell of this one and it's now in the shop. 
I was asked last time how I could bear to part with these. If I begin something with a view to selling it I don't usually get ''emotionally attached''. It does happen occasionally, I can't part with some things regardless of their initial purpose.... but not very often. Also, I have lots and lots and lots of these....artist books, ledgers created using story books, huge research sketchbooks.......swatches everywhere, professionally mounted samples, three zip up portfolios under my bed crammed with design work....every now and then I need to display a little self control and not add to the pile.

Monday, October 10, 2016

an embroiderers ledger....extended

Colour studies, identifying pattern, extending pattern , design, embroiderers ledger. This is  the most popular of my work on your own classes. I am altering this one into a ''current'' online learning programme, old video combined with new video, new private blog and new private Flickr Group. This is in response to the thing which is lacking for some with ''work on your own'' programmes, ''group interaction'' and feedback on your creative process. Feedback from me, from the group, the sharing of ideas, inspiration, resources and creativity. You can read more here and this sort video explains the class in more detail.....

Saturday, October 8, 2016


It's been a productive week making surfaces, stitching paper and then stitching it to cloth, using cloth scraps to create base fabrics which live alongside torn papers. Some of you will know I like to have a stash of these surfaces, pieces of cloth and paper which I can use for design, in ledgers, for stand alone sheets, for sample portfolios.
Some of these newly created surfaces are for a ''sample portfolio' we are putting together in my current class, the wrapping cloth class ''wrapped and bound in stitch''.  Some are for new artist books, some are for new ''sample portfolios unrelated to the wrapping cloth class and some are for another class, an old class with a bit of new added.
I am in the process of writing that one up but the basics can be read here. I hope to have it ready for Monday
...we shall see.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

artist books and paperwork

Three little books, two Art in the shop. I am becoming addicted to the little books, loving playing with fiddly things and dangly things. I think I will make more of those, quietly, over a period of time, adding a little something every so often. There's something quite satisfying about cutting fabric swatches, stitching buttons to pages, tearing paper for collage and wrapping thread onto tiny cards. You should try it, I can recommend it.
The paperwork was a joy to create, if less ''relaxed'' than the little books. The large paper pieces need precision and very careful handling whilst you add stitch and beads and embellish....not so relaxing but equally as satisfying when finished.
 I made a little video for you, a look through the tiny books....

Saturday, October 1, 2016

a gimp wrapped card and other titivations

The next artist book in progress. I began this one with the intention of making a book which would be smaller than this one and this one.....less complicated, less crammed...ha.....failed. It may be smaller in terms of page sizes but so far it is equally as crammed. What can I say, I just can't help myself. 
If you have ever put something like this together you will know how unexpectedly long it takes. You wouldn't be surprised at the hours which go in to each one. Choose a page, choose a sample, said chosen sample inspires another sample which you then need to create. Samples on pages create ideas for tags, make tags, pages inspire ideas for extra touches...a thread wrap, a gimp wrap, a tiny collage and before you know it you are building an encyclopaedia. (or so you would think). I could honestly lose myself in this artist book production line. It's like dreaming the happiest of dreams about scraps, about snippets of paper, about buttons and beads and stitch. If I were stranded on a desert island I would hope to have all my worldly goods with me and I would stay there happily creating little books for the rest of my days!
There is a short, dull (blame the cloud which rolled in at the wrong moment) video about this little thing here.

Thursday, September 29, 2016


A little taste for you of what's been happening over here recently....