My textile work is contemporary in style, and is influenced by places that I visit. I work with a domestic sewing machine and favourite techniques include appliqué, patchwork, embroidery and quilting. Ideas are explored in sketch books and monthly journal quilts.
I have taught patchwork and machine embroidery in local adult education for over 20 years, and also teach day schools, give talks, teach weekly classes, and teach in the Quilt Academy at the Festival of Quilts.
I write projects for the UK patchwork & quilting magazines.
My first book "Applique, a cushion a week" was published in 2009
"Cakes & Candies", Search Press published 2013, a textile project book
I have 4 current talks, "Fire& Water", "Inspired by Colour", "Travellers Tales", and Don't Count the Calories". I bring a lot of quilts to illustrate my talks, and don't use slides.
Look out for my classes with the Living Threads group http://www.livingthreadstextileartists.com
and at the Festival of Quilts, Quilt Academy half day class on Saturday 12 August http://www.thefestivalofquilts.com
There are several more of these, but here are just 4, and images are available.
"Reflections & Distortions" free cut patchwork techniques based on the Docklands quilt.
"Juicy Stitches" learn free machine embroidery skills whilst making a small project.
"Oriental Window" a small piece created with bonded appliqué, and quilted.
"Shropshire Landscape" pieced together to create a patchwork landscape, and quilted.
Weekly patchwork classes in Derby, Monday 10-noon, Tuesday 10-noon, suitable for beginners and improvers offering structured lessons.
Please look at my website for more information and to see images
In March I won 1st with a set of A4 journal quilts "Aspects of Venice" at the Scottish quilt show in Glasgow.
In June I won 1st at the Sandown Quilt Show with Grosvenor Shows. The theme was "patchwork landscapes" and I entered a quilt called "Stone Wall Hill". A great view from Shropshire towards Wales.
In September I won 1st at the Scottish quilt show with Grosvenor shows in Edinburgh. The quilt called "Tabgha" also won 1st for hand quilting and for embellishment. It was also runner up to best in show. Quite a pile of trophies and rosettes!