Monthly Archives: September 2014

Season of Thrift and Festival Fruitiness

The Festival of Thrift hit Lingfield Point near Darlington this weekend. A marvellous way to spend a weekend! There are vintage caravans as mini shops or galleries, camper van cafés, fabulous food stalls, amazing artists and more thrifty vintage finds than could fill your attic! Alongside the stalls there are ‘Have a Go’ opportunities, anyone for weaving, or cardboard sculpture? Printing or jam making?

My Thrifty bits included this gorgeous needle cord fabric bought from a caravan boutique, a bag of organic pears, lots of frocks at £1 a piece- to wear or tear? Who knows but it’ll be fun deciding…as for the vintage embroidery panel of Robin Hood’s Bay..a new piece of art perhaps? Collaging it into a textile piece.

This is my kind of collage- all over the outside of a mini camper – the inside was a riot of patchwork too- beautiful!

I met a fellow textile artist who asked why I didn’t have a stall there- I don’t know…but maybe next year with a renovated Minnie the Monza??

Staithes Art Festival 2014

Somehow I’ve got the urge to up sticks and settle down in a little seaside cottage…could it be the after effects of a lovely day in Staithes?


The annual art festival took place this weekend, with 80 pop up galleries featuring over 100 artists. Then there’s the buskers, pop up cafés and the beach, littered with fossils! We strolled around in (almost) sunshine, along Ginnels strewn with bunting, finding artists in all media, happy to talk about their work, and life in general!


The streets were thronged and smelt temptingly of fresh cooked seafood, cakes and coffee. One of the pop up cafés even specialises in gluten free cakes!



There were things to do and lots of talks and demo’s – a perfect arty weekend:) it’ll definitely be on the calendar for next year!

September Sunshine


A day in my workroom today, lovely to be here after a busy time delivering workshops but with several small selling opportunities coming up in November and a big show next Spring I need to get stitching!

This little beach hut is called ‘Pier Inn’ – I love the punning names these huts are given:) Just trying to decide what to put behind the door in this one…a deckchair, a bottle of something, a kayak?? We’ll see!
It’s going to join my series of beach huts in this style, hoping to get about 10 done in this format.

Then it’ll be on to more landscapes, thinking about all the lovely views of Dumfries & Galloway that I saw this summer. Lots of hills rolling away in shades of green and gold, under blue skies mostly but some dramatic purple clouds too. Looking forward to working on those:)

It’s been a proggy mat kind of Summer…



So September is here again. It always feels a bit like New Year to me – I think it’s part throw back to having been a teacher and part having school age kids. So, new beginnings, new plans and on we go.

The pictures show the proggy rug project I’m involved in, incorporating pupils’ drawings in the design for three large panels that will hang in the school entrance. Having got parents and children started with it they are now very motivated and I’m looking forward to seeing the first completed panel very soon!

With my own artwork, I’ve been doing some sketchbook work, and have been inspired by the work of the Glasgow Girls, especially Joan Eardley; collage and mark making caught my imagination at an exhibition in Kirkudbright. I’ll post some pictures of new pieces soon- oh and I’ll try and finish the pieces that have been delayed by all the workshop and art tour activity!