Saturday, 16 February 2019

The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show

I'm excited to be returning to The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia this year. I'll be bringing along some new designs, which I'll be sharing with you very soon.



I'm currently printing, heat setting, putting together sample packs and generally adding to my 'to do' list every day. These events are always so enjoyable but there's an enormous amount of prep beforehand. 



If you're coming along you'll find me on stand H72, if you're booking your tickets use the code SPRING126 to make a small saving.


This bundle is the February selection for Fabric Club, but any spares will be available at the show as single panels. 


My shopping list is already very long, I'm particularly looking for a cotton yarn to make this jumper, after I saw Gillian's version, I hope I get chance to find something!

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

slow stitching

I've really taken to slow hand stitching over the last year, the rhythm, the connection, the imperfection.


Repetition and exploring the cloth, simply going with the flow, keeping the colours to a minimum and letting the texture of each simple stitch be enough. It's been a liberating experience and fitted in well with a challenging year. 


The many ups and downs of life  can be tough, and sometimes just changing our habits in the smallest ways can be enough to get us through to the next chapter, one stitch at a time.


These are made from offcuts and misprints that I can't bear to throw away. I have patched them together to create a simple piece, basted it onto cotton quilt batting and hand stitched into the patchwork. Sometimes with just a few sparing stitches, others with dense running stitch to create a wonderful texture.


These are mini pieces that I've hung as display work, but they would make beautiful placemats. As they're made of scraps there's no need to be precious about them if the become marked with wear. 

Love them and enjoy them, surely that's why we create.