Monday, February 24, 2014

Going going

Blogger has been refusing to cooperate with me recently so I have moved over to

Hopefully I will see you there

Saturday, January 04, 2014


I had a little outing today, Julie Tina and I went to the ArtVanGo studio/shop.  Linda Monk and some of her friends were having a play day using a print table and a thermofax machine.  Linda had used xpandaprint through a thermofax screen onto lutradur, then burned away the lutradur to make wonderful textured pieces, these she glued to board to make collograph plates.  The prints from these are amazing, I couldn't believe the texture that was picked up in ink.  I want to do this using my mangle :)
hahahahahahaha! I wish.

The shop at ArtVanGo is too stuffed with goodies, I brought home the thermofax printing book plus some screen inks and screen medium.  The dvd enclosed with the book is inspirational but both Claire and Leslie warn of something they call Thermofax-itus, where you use the screens to the exclusion of other methods of putting colour onto cloth.  I can see the addiction of these screens.

Oh - I also brought home a thermofax machine and a roll of mesh.  I see a new addiction coming soon...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy christmas

Me and my hooligans wish you all a happy holiday.  I hope those of you who get new toys have time to play and share your experiments. 

British Patchwork and Quilting

My work isn't on the front cover this time :( But I have words, the 'NEW from old' is my article.  Happy bunny dancing again....

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

something finished

The hooligans have been using two old stools for three years, it was time to cheer them up a bit and stop that annoying gap between them happening.

They approve :) 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show

The traffic was a nightmare.  Long queue, slow moving, frustrating knowing what would be at the end.  The anticipation of exhibits to see and goodies to buy.

Eventually we got to the door.  Shock horror - £15 to go in!  I am sure it wasn't that much last year.  The exhibits were good, but if, like me, you had been to the Quilt Festival, then much of it had already been seen.  The atmosphere wasn't nice.  Too much pushing and shoving, backpacks smacked in face, tempers and tantrums.  Goodness knows how the people sitting in wheelchairs coped.  I didn't buy much.  We had intended to go for two days but we left early on day one and didn't go back.  I did manage to chat to a few friendly faces so it was worth the trip.

That meant we had a day spare so we popped to Leeds and Ikea, and I bought this fabric.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Stitch and Structure


I forgot to mention that whilst we were away someone showed us a copy of Jean Drapers book.  Everyone wanted a look and it was clear that it was a 'must have', I nipped onto Amazon and ordered three copies.  Even though this was a Sunday, the books turned up the next day, although the postman was a bit confused about who to deliver it to.  I know that at least one more person ordered it to be delivered to their home address.

Another brought for show and tell was this
one from Angie Lewin.  I don't usually work from plants and wouldn't have given this one a second look.  What a mistake that would have been, the illustrations are amazing and I think will be inspirational for some time to come. 

So, two tomes I won't have to cart around with at Harrogate :)  Did I mention I am going to the Knitting and Stitching Show this week?