Wednesday 30 December 2009

Happy New Year

I may not get a chance to use the computer tomorrow so I thought I would wish everyone a very happy, creative and wonderful new year. Thanks for visiting and for all of your comments. Hope to see you next year!

Monday 28 December 2009

Sunday 27 December 2009

Car window snowy scene

This [middle bit anyway] was the view through the mucky car window today travelling up the A1.

Thursday 24 December 2009

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays everyone, I hope you have a lovely time. Thank you for visiting my blog, whether just for a look or to leave lovely comments. I will continue to add posts & I hope you continue to visit. Bye for now.

Wednesday 23 December 2009

Tuesday 22 December 2009

Weebles Christmas Party

These cards were inspired by a set of 22 bronze figures at Little Haven, South Shields [North of England], sculptured by Juan Munoz. It is called the Conversation Piece but they are known locally as the weebles.

This is how 4 of them they really look

Monday 21 December 2009

Sunday 20 December 2009

Knitted santa & snowman, snowman in snow

Knitted snowman & santa - these were made when the kids were small so probably about 20+ years old

 I wanted a photo of a snowman [for artistic purposes, you understand] so I went out to build one [by myself, I'm still a kid at heart], but the snow was so crumbly it wouldn't hold together, so I just drew one in the snow instead with a trowel

Saturday 19 December 2009

Statue of Liberty - Christmas

A card design I did a couple of years ago. The background of taxis was an applique, the statue is a photo and the rest was drawn.

Friday 18 December 2009

Thursday 17 December 2009

Snowmen Applique

Another applique of snowmen. It started snowing here today, first I've seen here this winter, perhaps it's because I keep putting pictures of snowmen on my blog.

Wednesday 16 December 2009

Tuesday 15 December 2009

Snowman with tartan accessories

Applique - fur fabric snowman, tartan fabric accessories, hand embroidered trees on a speckled fabric background.

Monday 14 December 2009


It's getting colder by the day so I thought I would share my penguins with you today. I like the ideas, but the execution is not the best.
The top one is all machine embroidery and the bottom one is machine embroidery & paint on stretchy fabric - experiments for t-shirt designs.

Sunday 13 December 2009

Fish & Seaweed

Another picture in the Arc exhibition [see Thurs 12th]. This one has a top layer of transfer printed fabric [paper was painted and then was transferred onto fabric with a heat press]. Under the semi transparent fabric is a painted fish which has been hand embroidered and has threads hanging from its tail [but trapped under the top layer]. The seaweed was painted on the canvas and also hand stitched on the top layer with added beads and sequins. The fabric is wrapped around a canvas frame.

Friday 11 December 2009

Thursday 10 December 2009

Exhibition - A bit of a Mixture

My friend Helen and myself have a new exhibition which we put up today. Helen's pieces are of birds and animals and mine are floral, fish/sea and abstract. The space was supposed to be for another friend and daughter, but due to illness they didn't finish the work, and had to cancel. Well we couldn't see an empty gallery space going to waste could we, so we volunteered to fill it.
Below - One of the pieces on show - Dahlia & Fly

Wednesday 9 December 2009

Tuesday 8 December 2009


Sketch Book - trying to draw european robins, a symbol of wintertime and Christmas - in the UK anyway, are they in other countries?  I have seen pictures of the American and Australian Robins and they look totally different to the European type, bigger but they do have a red breast too.

Sunday 6 December 2009

Stumpwork samples

These are the first experiments with stumpwork when I was doing my City & Guilds Embroidery. I like the lady with the green scarf the most.

Friday 4 December 2009

Thursday 3 December 2009

New York yellow taxis - Bag & ATC

The ATC above is part of the bag design below.
Applique on a velevet background with a plastic top layer.

Wednesday 2 December 2009

Bird & Leaves

Another sketch using the parallel pens & felt tips for colour. These are the Pilot calligraphy pens - the nib has two parallel plates and they are available in different sizes.

Tuesday 1 December 2009

Danger - Woman at Work

This is an oldish 3D experimental picture - stumpwork, embroidery, applique in a painted sponge frame

Friday 27 November 2009

Postage Stamp Art

I thought I would have a go at designing my own postage stamps and these are 4 of the results from over 20 that I did - they are quite addictive. But if you are like me and save odd bits of painted paper, then here is a use for it.

Thursday 26 November 2009

Domino Bird

Two versions of Domino Bird
one is a collage on a fantasy game board - paper bird & feather with dangly cord legs
the other is made from fabric which has been printed on an inkjet, then stitched and stuffed, cord legs and a real feather

Wednesday 25 November 2009

Alhambra, Spain - Pattern

You can find patterns in all sorts of places, this one was on a wall at the Alhambra, Spain.