Archive for June, 2015


June 26th, 2015 | Books, The Wordsmith | 6 Comments

I’ve nearly finished work on my fourth book ‘The Wordsmith’ (published August 2015) which is about creating with words, telling stories and stitching memories into cloth. You can see my inspiration here. And you will find this owl in amongst it’s pages.

yet another project…

June 24th, 2015 | Other | 2 Comments

Thanks to an idle hour on Pinterest lately I found myself learning how to knit a mitred square and seem to have accidentally started knitting a mitred square blanket. I told myself I’d only use my scraps but I’m already getting fussy about the colours and I can see a little shopping trip for yarn […]

Henry is eleven!

June 22nd, 2015 | Family, Food | 1 Comment

Our penguin loving youngest is eleven already. He is such a delight. Happy birthday Henry x


June 20th, 2015 | Crochet and Knitting | No Comments

 I bought this wonderful kit to knit a Badger head from Sincerely Louise months ago. I had intended to knit it in secret and give the finished Badger to Tony for Christmas. Of course, I soon ran out of time and Tony never got his knitted badger after all. Last week I decided enough was […]


June 18th, 2015 | Other | 3 Comments

 We had lots of fun swapping badges at Quilt Market! My artisan apron was getting heavier (and prettier) by the day.  I have a few left and they will be with me at the Festival of Quilts– are you coming?  


June 16th, 2015 | Drawing and Painting | 3 Comments

I love drawing with a traditional dip pen and a bottle of ink.  The ink is pretty unpredictable and trying but failing to control it only leads to frustration, so here’s what I have learnt: all splodges must be embraced!  


June 13th, 2015 | Create and Craft TV | 2 Comments

Just popping in to tell you that my brand new pattern booklet ‘Winter’ is all finished and available exclusively from ‘Create and Craft TV’. My bags are packed and I will shortly be catching my train to Peterborough ready for my live TV show tomorrow morning (Sunday 14th June, 10am UK time).  Me and my […]

Summer time

June 13th, 2015 | Other | No Comments

Summer is fickle in England. One day it’s here and the next it’s not. But it was here a week ago and so we all ate tea in the garden and our new chalk board tablecloth had it’s first outing. I found the chalk board fabric ages ago whilst teaching at ‘The Patchwork Dog and […]


June 11th, 2015 | Sewing | 1 Comment

A spot of embroidered graffiti to liven up an old cross stitch picture (found whilst thrifting) of an English country house. It’s going to be a cushion for my sofa one day. I have rather a lot of ‘one day’ projects…    

Minnehaha Falls

June 4th, 2015 | Other | 2 Comments

Tony and I had a few days in Minneapolis before Quilt Market began and we used them well! One of our favourite days was spent visiting Minnehaha Falls and the mighty Mississippi river. I couldn’t resist chanting ‘Mrs M, Mrs I, Mrs SSI, Mrs SSI, PPI’ as we walked along the rocky path from the […]