This is a brilliant exhibition and well worth a trip. 
The building is beautiful and is also used for weddings.

I have three pieces in the exhibition!

Here they are in the exhibition.

Here they are in my studio before delivering them to Ramster.

I really enjoyed making them. 

They were based on a print that my husband bought me when we were 
in Accra Ghana.

Here is how I made them.

I traced the design on the back of the base fabric.
Laid fabric I wanted to use for the clothing on the right side.
I then stitched around the design from the wrong side.



These photos show the fabric for the items on the head & the tunic top pinned to the right side & having been stitched on the wrong side. 
 The excess fabric will be trimmed away on the right side as shown in the next photograph.

The figures are now cut out from the base fabric and then placed on my dyed background.

They are now stitched down.

Do visit the exhibition, it is well worth it!

Family Christmas Tree decorations!

Each year, since the millennium I have made Christmas Tree decorations for my family. I thought that as my three sons would soon leave home and have their own trees, it would be good to give them some personal decorations. 
In the early days I had to make 7. This year I have made 12. I now have two daughters in law, one fiancé & 5 grand children. I also make one to send to my German pen friend. I originally told the boys that once they had children I wouldn't make them any more! There was an outcry & I compromised by giving them one between each couple.

Each decoration has their name on it and the year. My youngest son Alan lived in Australia for 5 years & I somehow didn't make him the 2011 decoration. He now lives in the UK & has been nagging me about the one missing decoration! So I made it for him this year! It is the large star in the photo. There are two in the photo, the other one is my personal one.

I have I have been a bit slow and only finished these decorations on 17th December!

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a Happy & Healthy 2022.

Sarah's Beautiful Bedfordshire edging completed.

 Sarah has been working on this Christine Springett designed pricking for some time. She has made a wonderful piece of Bedfordshire. Congratulations Sarah!


5th-8th November 2021

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Inspired by Period Living

 Back in the 1990's I attended a textile workshop and I started to work on an embroidery of the houses we have owned.

I then enrolled on a 4 year City and Guilds Creative Textile course and the houses were packed away safely.

During lockdown, various unfinished projects have been worked on. 

Last year  the magazine, Period Living ran a feature on 'House Portrait Challenge', showing shortlisted works of art.

It reminded me of my unfinished houses but at the time I was busy with other projects. This year I finally got them out and started work.

Here are  photos of our first home in Twyford near Reading.

The Twyford House was our first proper home.

The embroidery of the Twyford house was practically completed and just needed to be mounted. I am a bit of a hoarder and luckily still had maps of the time, some  that were given by estate agents and normal maps. This turned out to be a perfect background and I was also able to mark the position of the house on the map.

Here is the mess in my studio as I worked on the Fareham house.

photo of Fareham house

I mounted the Fareham house on a local map once I had completed the front door.

I am very pleased with the results. I now have to start work on our current beautiful Edwardian House!


booking open.

April 15th-18th 2021 

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West Dean Bobbin Lace course