Sunday, 23 September 2012

Very enamoured with my new clutch bought this weekend on a trip to Brighton, which prompted a friend to recommend I immediately watch the movie 'Casino'.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Thank You (pink flowers) 2008 Hand embroidery on organza by Lauren DiCoccio

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Detail from my beautiful bedspread I found at the lovely Gilded Lily Totnes, Devon.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

I went to Budapest recently for a friend's Hen do, which got me thinking on more traditional folk style motifs.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

I've really enjoyed using my Blackbird and the Owl pouch, so triangles seem an inviting shape at the moment. Plus the sunny weather London's been having has made stitching in my spare time all the more enjoyable.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Getting bored of these simple block geometric patterns I've been stitching.  So in a bid to investigate some more decorative embroidery techniques, I reminded myself of Australian textile artist Sera Waters use of blackwork.
The Evil Banana 2008
Blockage 2008 
Naughty Neighbour 2008
So I had a look on the Royal School of Needlework's website for starter courses. 
Blackwork by Jessica Grimm

Friday, 29 June 2012

Sunday, 3 June 2012

rainy day

Our recent flush of sunny weather has left me rather optimistic despite today's down pour.  So I'm sorting through many half finished projects and boxes of fabric. Thank you rain.  Here's some stuff I've unearthed...

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

pretty ribbons

My latest hoard from Beyond Fabrics at last weekends Columbia Road flower market.  So my collection of ribbons is growing and I've yet to decide what to do with them...

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

fluorescent thread... gonna start a new one soon with some choral and lavender blue threads I've purchased. whoop.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Friday, 11 May 2012


The popularity of folk influences coming through in so many creative areas - graphic design, music, fashion - is really exciting. There's something inviting about native prints and patterns reinvented in contemporary craft design and illustration especially.

I recently found illustrator Sandra Dieckmann, who brings her love of animals through into her illustrative work. I love her use of pattern to bring form and her fresh uplifting colour palette.

"The best folktales have a dark edge. Conversely, the best folk art pops with colour - perhaps as a visual way of whistling in the dark, perhaps a celebration of the richness of northern Europe's storytelling tradition. "

- Digital Artist Magazine

Sandra Dieckmann has a fabulous etsy shop - check it out -

Sera Waters

Australian artist, teacher and writer Sera Waters draws inspiration from the uglier, shocking side of life. After her studies, she received a grant which enabled her to attend the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, where she furthered her embroidery skills. 

 Butchering : Meat Series 2009 
thread, felt, sequins, beads, cotton on linen (260 x 220 mm each)

 Much of her current work uses traditional embroidery techniques.  Black-work with its meticulous repetitive patterns gives light and shade to her chosen subject in the Butchering series. 

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Laurence Owen

It's not just that Laurence Owen is an old friend of mine, this man is a fabulous lyricist and musician. Go catch him live as he gears up for Edinburgh for a good evening of entertainment.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Just got me a signed copy of Tilleke Shwarz new book 'New Potatoes'. Inspiring.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

stag head

Just the antlers to go... they're proving tricky.

aztec cross stitch

I fell for this All Saints top grabbing it up when it went into the sale (with the excuse that when I wasn't wearing it, it will forever hang on my wall and it does).
This Buffalo card from the London Graphics centre together with all the Aztec patterns in current fashion trends got me doodling.
Work in progress.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

cross stitch sugar skull

I went for a meal round a good friend of mine recently, sitting in her loo I was met by dozen kitsch fantastic plastic Virgin Mary's, a dozen shades of tacky.

I've just started painstakingly copying out a cross stitched stag head from a vintage shirt I bought at Wolf & Gypsy in the Brighton a few years back. But the 3 shades of brown got me pinning for something a little more colourful.

This will be a challenge...

Mexican Sugar Skull cross stitch pattern from PaperSilor on etsy

Sunday, 18 March 2012

minty knitting

Got some knitting yarn recently from John Lewis... don't know what to do with it though.