Saturday, 20 February 2010

New Ten Seconds Studio Moulds - Preview

I just had to share with you some of the new Ten Seconds Studio moulds. I've just ordered them, so they should be in by the end of next week.

There are also some great new metal colours, and the good news is that they are now available in mixed colour packs so that you can try 4 of colours from one pack!

As I'm about to drive up to Birmingham for the Stitches trade show, I won't be able to get them onto the website until next week, but I can assure you they are worth waiting for!

More soon.


Friday, 19 February 2010

Workshop News and More!

We had a brilliant Silk Paper workshop this morning. As usual, I didn't think to take photos of Vanessa and Christine working, but here are a few of the pieces I made whilst demonstrating. We were particularly pleased with the peacock feather incorporated into the silk.

I have a further workshop planned for Saturday 13th March, so if you would like to join us, give me a ring or email

I've been asked several times to hold a workshop to show how I made the bookcovers on display (and for sale) in the studio. I've finally bowed to pressure and have booked one for Sunday 28th March from 2-4pm. I'm not sure how much we will be able to cover in two hours, but we'll get
through as much as possible, covering constructing the fabric, wrapping cords and using buttons for decoration. Because of the experimental nature of this workshop, I have set it at a reduced cost of £25, so if you are interested, do get in touch.

I am considering taking on
an additional studio at Barleylands. and am carrying out a survey to see if it is viable. A further studio will enable me to hold larger workshops with guest tutors and help fulfil my dream of having a Gallery in which I can hold exhibitions and display the work of local textile artists. I have compiled a survey which I would very much like you to fill in and return to me. It is available on my website.


Wednesday, 17 February 2010

More Books

I've been waiting for Stitch Alchemy to come in for a while, and it's finally here! It has loads of projects inside combining fabric and paper, including pillows, postcardhangings, beads, book covers just for a start. It also has plenty of technique information to get you going. Just a quick skim through has given me lots of ideas! I know a few of you have been waiting for this, and as I only have two copies, I may have to forgo keeping one myself until I can order more!

Threadwork is back in stock. This was another book which sold very quickly and has some great embroidery techniques.

Also in is a great design source book; Celtic Alphabets with Borders and Motifs by Judy Balchin. This great little ring-bound book has plenty of alphabets that you can copy for your work, with ideas for designs. Although aimed at caligraphers and artists, I couldn't resist getting this in as I could just see some of the ideas translated into stitch!