Jewellery for LimbBo Foundation

Those of you who know me well are used to seeing me ‘play’ with a variety of creative ideas. I love trying anything new be it making baby shoes or freezing flowers, I’ll give it a go. My latest addiction is ‘Acrylic pouring’ – this is so so messy and so amazingly therapeutic. You can’t completely control your result and you never know what you … Continue reading Jewellery for LimbBo Foundation

Painting with sunlight

I’ve been playing with dyes and sunlight printing this week. I love it – so easy and so effective – for those of you who asked for instructions and more details here are just some quick guidelines. You need: white cotton or calico fabric Dye na flow paints  – lots of different colours available see the photo in the side bar which will take you … Continue reading Painting with sunlight

Sewing outside the lines

I’m reasonably new to sewing but health issues have forced me to slow down for a while. I need to have projects on the go, I need to create, I need to experiment. I attended a free motion embroidery class which led to the creation of ‘not the norm textiles ‘ with a friend and a series of portraits. I then decided I needed to be … Continue reading Sewing outside the lines

The joy of a cardboard box

Buildy Ouse Is Tommy favourite saying at the minute. He loves cardboard boxes and whenever he sees a large box he gleefully demands that you build him a house with it. Along with generations of children before him he is fascinated with cardboard boxes. He will climb in, on, under them, or failing that he will walk round with them on his head. A door … Continue reading The joy of a cardboard box

#1yearofstitches

Happy belated New Year to all! This is just a quick blog post to explain the change in my Instagram account this year. I’ve decided to have a change from a 365 photography project (although obviously I will still be taking photos every day!) and do a sewing one instead. I discovered #1yearofstitches Here on brwnpaperbag – it’s a lovely project with all sorts of links to … Continue reading #1yearofstitches

Printing photographs onto fabric

I had a real eureka moment today when I realised how easy it is to print onto fabric! I’ve used transfer paper but never been happy with the results. Today I used inkjet fabric sheets – £8.95 for 10 A4 sheets and the result is amazing! (The only downside is that they did take quite a while to be delivered)  You can type quotes basically … Continue reading Printing photographs onto fabric

Button box

Textile brooches – learning new skills

If you want to learn something new – you will! Sounds simple but if something really hooks you then you will work at it despite your mishaps and failures. My friend Juliet  (@creativestar) has a lot to answer for when she introduced me to ‘Hapa Zome’ see her amazing blog here. I now find myself experimenting with materials, techniques and designs. I have a huge collection … Continue reading Textile brooches – learning new skills

A strange time of year

The run up to Christmas is always busy but this year everything feels very strange. It’s sad that mum isn’t here and dad is struggling. Its wonderful that Layla-Jane grows a little every day and that Tommy is just so amazing. Its very much sadness and joy all mixed in. Fundraising from the Dearne, trying to publicise our den book (On Amazon here )have been highlights … Continue reading A strange time of year

Celebrating den building

For the past two years Cathy (@cathy_cross) and I have met regularly in Manchester (sort of half way between Barnsley and Liverpool). We have a favourite cafe and we have spent hours there just throwing around ideas and drinking huge cups of coffee. We promised ourselves that when the book was completed we would celebrate here- with cake. I think you will agree that this is … Continue reading Celebrating den building

Teach yourself a new skill – the next steps

I’m currently working on photographs for a new book for Juliet Robertson @Creativestar (Juliet’s blog is here.) She introduced me to the idea of Hapa Zome and I have  written about  this in an earlier blog post here. However, having spent weeks working on different materials, different plants and leaves – even different hammers! I found myself with a pile of dyed fabric and not a lot of … Continue reading Teach yourself a new skill – the next steps