Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Fabric Dyeing

 I am fabric dyeing and printing over the next few weeks with the City and Guilds classes, so this video shows you an easy way of getting your colour variations and maybe you can then make a colour wheel like the one in a previous post.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Mono Printing

 Its all about printing at classes this week and of course it often starts with paper techniques then transposes onto fabrics. This video is a good one to get you started with mono printing.

Colour Wheel for Textiles

 We are making colour wheels over the next few weeks at City and Guilds and I thought this one is just great for Textile Lovers.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

 I have started teaching City and Guilds Creative Textiles again @The gallery Dereham on a Monday and Wednesday and this week the sessions are about continuing to make marks.Rubbings from different surfaces and how to translate them onto fabric. Carole a 'Frottage' Artist has a novel and creative ways of creating surface marks from the world around her.

  'Fottage' a technique in art of obtaining textural effects or images by rubbing, lead, chalk or other mediums.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Amazing Artist

This is an amazing video of Ralph Slatton's work. A printmaker with amazing insight and detail. The twist on his work, drawing on common thoughts, legends and stories. Very dark and sinister in places but isn't that life's cruel fate?
Visit his website HERE

Hunger Games

 At the weekend we watched Hunger Games. The Trailer really captures the essence of the film. About survival which has an element of truth and science fiction. Our future? Hope not!
Have you see it?

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Art Canvas

I saw this video yesterday and love the results of the combination of paper, paint and canvas. Watch and enjoy!

Saturday, 25 August 2012


Watched Battleship this evening, well worth watching, great effects and story. Watch the trailer and see what you think. Are Aliens out there?

Friday, 24 August 2012

Ruth Issett Demonstration with Colour

I just love colouring and embellishing ordinary fabrics or paper and making them into exquisite pieces of work.
Embellishing with lots of stitch, foils, glitz and beading. You can see more of the mixed media on my Blog HERE
Hope Ruth's Mixed Media Demonstration inspires you to have a try.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Cas Holmes

I went to the NEC Birmingham yesterday to visit' The Festival of Quilts', Exhibition. There were so many wonderful quilts, textiles, artists showing and demonstrating their work and of course lots of opportunity to buy amazing materials and books for inspiration.
Several of us spoke to Cas Holmes who is originally from Norfolk, so we had some fun with that!
"Normal for Norfolk!".
I brought her latest book, "The Found Object', and as you can tell by the title, what her work is all about. Her exhibition was outstanding and the integral way she joins art mediums together is often invisible, making the work seem transparent in nature.
 As you may know my work also encompasses found and recycled objects. I am always trying to find the 'magic within' everyday often overlooked objects and extol the virtues of recycling.
The interview above is an overview of Cas and her work in her studio.
Visit her website at www.casholmestextiles.co.uk

Monday, 9 July 2012

Crafty Camping Holiday in Dorset

Stewart and I spent five wonderful days last week in Dorset at 'Crafty Camping'. Which is run by Guy Mallinson. It is a luxury campsite with yurts, a tipee and bell tents in a magical woodland. Stewart throughly enjoyed the two day pole lathing course with Guy and Adam and seven other course members. I was lucky enough to take my sketchbook and work in The Bodgers Shelter by the trout pond opposite the tipee and then on Saturday worked in the Woodland workshop while Stewart continued working with wood and enjoying the outdoor life. Dudley the dog and Tommy the cat helps too! Vicky and her fabulous team created wonderful food for the lunches and I have come to the idea that Vicky is a Goddess, who creates amazing sticky chocolate puddings! Thank you so much to Guy and your woodland team for making our 25th Anniversary holiday a special one.
Visit www.guymallinson.co.uk to see the retreat in the woods.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Yvonne Brown Interview

Yvonne is a member Alveva Quilters at Feltwell in Norfolk. Her work and teaching is very inspirational as you can see by the video. See more of Yvonne's work and day to day diary on her blog www.yvonnedbrown.blogspot.com

Circles in Patchwork

I have been teaching Drunkards Path as part of The Sampler Quilt and a technique for many years. I love this quick method demonstrated in this video.
See students work on my daily blog site.

Bag Making

I love this Bag making video as it shows all the techniques that you will encounter in most bag.
Enjoy watching and making.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Quick Dresden Plate

I am teaching The Dresden Plate this month as part of circles, curves and puffs inspiration. This video is so good in explaining how to use the 'Easy Dresden Ruler'.
See my dresden plate HERE

Monday, 30 January 2012

Folded Hearts

I just love these folded woven hearts and have always wanted to know how to make them!
Perfect for Valentines day decorations and can hold a small gift.
So here's how and enjoy.

Monday, 23 January 2012


Something to think about, 'Inheritance' in more ways than one!

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Exploding Box

I made my Exploding Box Card with Kim @The Gallery Dereham, you can make one too by following similar instructions on this You Tube Video.
See each of my card sections on my daily blog HERE

Tuesday, 17 January 2012


I took along the Embellisher Machines this week to 'Textile Tuesday and several new students had a play and created an ATC of Embellished Felt. It re- inspired me again and I looked on the internet for more creative ideas on how to mix fabrics and techniques using the machine and found, 'Double Trouble'.
This has given me lots more ideas. Enjoy watching this video with Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Ceramic Corsets

Ceramic Corsets! What can I say! These just show what you can do with different medias.

Friday, 13 January 2012


I am teaching many textile techniques on a Tuesday @The Gallery, one of which is costume and corsetry. I am using this fashion item and its elements of design as inspiration for many different projects. See my daily blog for the other projects and some of the experiences I have as an artist.
The surgical corset or under garment has been around for centuries and this video which is astonishing in some respects of how women choose to adapt their lives to fashion.
You can visit my daily blog at www.quilterscottagenorfolk.blogspot.com

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Steampunk Fashion

This video is very inspirational!
I have just brought a Steampunk outfit and another corset pattern.
I especially love the coat in the video and
the a similar one which I hope to make.
See the pattern on my daily blog at

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Textile Fabric Book

I found this wonderful Fabric Journal made by keeponscraping on You Tube and was really inspired. As some of you may know I have been collecting Dress Forms and items that I could make a scrap book journal but decided that this was far more interesting to start my creativity off for 2012.
See my post of my Fabric Journal Pages on my Blog site