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Recent Work now on display


One of my freelance roles involves working on Arts in Health projects. These three pieces are from one project I’m involved in. These three applique panels show the philosophy of  hospice care. Patients and staff were involved in choosing the colours for the words. They chose words with resonance to themselves and selected a colour for it.

It was quite a task to get them hung! Measuring the gaps, keeping them level AND getting to grips with concealed hanging devices! But we managed it in the end.

The pieces bring a fabulous splash of colour to a busy part of the unit and will be seen by staff, patients and visitors as they move through the building.


Its lovely the way the colours link through to the tall piece further along the corridor created by other artists on the project too.


Old School Dinosaurs

I’m  busy working on a commission at the moment so I thought I’d share its development.

Sketchfor KH commissiomn

The idea is that it captures themes in the work of the commissioner – so there is a link to the seemingly random composition of space rockets and dinosaurs! There’s more detail to be added but I find that I get so far with the paper prep’ and then have to dive in with the fabric and threads.

I’ve been working through the layers in the design, so the background sky is hand dyed fabric mounted on Pelmet Vilene to give support. I worked the stylised sun and the building separately before applying them to the background – I do this because it can be tricky working through several layers of vilene and also, if mistakes are made, I only have to redo that element – not the whole piece!

So here’s a close up of one side showing a dinosaur emerging from behind the building – I stitched the spikes and scale details before adding it to the background

Dinosaur detail


I’ve also put some thought into trying to make the scene work, despite the disparate elements. So the rocket shoots up

into space with Rainforest trees between it and the dinosaur, this gives a bit of depth to the scene – I hope!

I’ve been using the beautiful Bernina to do the stitching – it’s coping well with the layers!

CAD imagery

However, I’m working on these two creatures with the Super Galaxie- translating my sketches into Computer Aided Embroidery. First draft- they came out too small, so I’ll rescale them and try again – I think the dense stitching and shinier Madeira threads make them seem quite jewel like.

I’m thinking that the metal gate, roughly sketched on the design, will be done on vanishing fabric. It’s quite large but I’ve done pier railings this way before…

I’ll post about progress in a few days!








Further Adventures with Sewing Machines…

Well! So there I was the proud owner of one Bernina Minimatic…and now
I’ m in machine/ménage a trois! Let me explain…

Anyone ‘stitchy’ around here probably knows about this place but I’ve just found it today – North East Sewing Machines

It’s an Aladdin’s Cave of retro, vintage and modern sewing machines, all serviced and ready to go – from Singers to Brothers and yes, Berninas.
Just look at this Italian number- perfect for stitching those Madmen Frocks!


Or this Adlerette – never heard of that make before but look at those curves!


I spent ages looking and trying before coming back with this one…now I really must get back to selling work not emptying the kitty!


And best of all, the shop services and repairs all these machines too!
It is a great place and if you happen to need a bit of DIY stuff, they sell all sorts!

Beautiful Bernina

Oh oh oh I think I’m in love with a sewing machine 😀
Today I became the proud owner of a Bernina 807! I used to use these at school and college a loooong time ago. They are truly fabulous machines – sturdy and straight forward.

It’s all coming back to me… The simplicity of changing feet and dropping the feed teeth. The lovely sound of the motor, definitely more of a purr!

I’ll be sneaking up to my attic workroom to take it through its paces…now I just need to think of a name…Bertie…Barbara… Bernie…Betsie??


This is what it looks like..too dark to photograph mine just now. I’ll take some action shots in daylight 😉