It has been a bit of a funny month as I have struggled to get into a new routine. Back in 2015 I closed my studio shop with the plan on doing more creative work (writing and designing) and two months later became Editor of the magazine Popular Patchwork. It was fab, full-time hard work though so in March 2017 I left as I really wanted to be working on my own projects more. The lovely new editor, Emma, asked me to stay on part-time as freelance technical editor which really suited me. I could work as and when I wanted (as long as I kept to deadlines) so it slotted in well between other work and projects. In April the team learned the issue we were working on would be our last.Read More
Tucked way in the countryside near East Grinstead is Standen, a beautiful Arts and Crafts house that was the home of the Beale family. It is a perfect day out for us pattern-lovers as the interior was furnished by Morris and Co so every room is a delight.Read More
Back in December, I visited the Kensington Dollhouse festival. Oh my, everything you would think of in miniature - I felt like I had taken a swig from a bottle that said 'drink me'. Having no firm plans I bought a few things that I thought looked interested, didn't break the bank, and would fit in with the interior style work I was creating.Read More
Last month was a whirlwind of computer work, with a few golden days out thrown in. I took some lovely photos as we eeked out the last few beach sessions before the mayhem descends for the summer, and the dog is banned from setting foot (paw?) on the pebbles.Read More
A bit of a late round-up of March as April has whizzed by. Extra deadlines, school holidays and bank holidays do not make for a happy freelancer! In the true spirit of freelancing this week sees the workload lightening up which hopefully means ticking more things off my creative to-do list.
I've been visiting the antique fair at Ardingly on and off for years. I love wandering around looking at the interesting bits on sale and sometimes pick up a few textile or paper items to use in my work. Last week, on a sunny but very muddy day, I wrapped up warm and went for a browse, taking to dog as it was good to get outsideRead More
My most exciting sewing news last month was that the tile sampler blocks were sewn finally together. The piece still needs a border, which being English paper-pieced is no mean feat, but to have them all together felt like an accomplishment. I tested the strength of my marriage by attempting to go outside and photograph it on a windy day, but we got there with not too many cross words!Read More
These two pieces were started back in October, but only recently finished due to my ability to start projects at a higher rate than I finish them.
Both started out as a paper collage (below), created from interiors magazines, which I then traced to create the applique pictures.Read More
It has been an amusing start to the year (she writes whilst grimacing). I did that creative thing of spending some of the time off over Christmas thinking about projects and plans which meant I started the new year with a lovely floaty 'let's do this feeling'. But, by the end of January, the enthusiasm had dipped somewhat. The issue with freelance work is that it doesn't stop when you do, so January was always going to be hectic but then a few pieces of work overran and some sort of virusy thing lingered over the house. So here I am, second week of February and finally feeling like I am back in my groove - hurrah.Read More
I have been working on the Jane Austen Community Quilt project since the spring so thought it was about time I shared a few photos here. The quilt project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is part of a wider commemoration of the 200 year anniversary of Jane's death. The inspiration for the textile project came from the coverlet below, which was made by Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother. We have been documenting the project via a blog on the museum website, so if you want to know more about what is happening with the project visit their website here.Read More