The Wordsmith

July 6th, 2015 | The Wordsmith | 6 Comments

Cover420wEndpaper420wIntro420wB420wBackCover420My new book ‘The Wordsmith’ is almost finished!

I have spent the last few days proof reading and generally criticising two years work. For me it’s the hardest part of the book making process.

But now the mistakes are gone and soon we will have a beautiful and inspiring book: it’s actually been there all along. I can see it.


Festival of Quilts

FreeTicket420wThe Festival of Quilts, the biggest quilt show in Europe is just around the corner.

I’ll be there on my Stand G4 so please come by and say ‘hello’ to me, my Mum or my sister (if you’re very lucky you can say ‘hello’ to all of us!)

I’m also teaching a 3 hour masterclass workshop on ‘how to draw with your sewing machine’ and I’ll be spending some time playing and chatting on the Moda Bakeshop (lots of freebies and inspiration) stand too.

It’s going to be a busy and inspiring show!

Now for the good news: I have a free ticket for one of you!

Just leave me a comment and I’ll choose one at random next week. Please only enter if you know you can attend the show- the ticket is valid on any of the 4 days.

The Festival of Quilts, 6-9th August NEC Birmingham, UK


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

Owl pen and inkI’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

squares 1squares 2squares 3Thanks 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 in the not to distant future!

Henry is eleven!

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

penguin onesieHen cake 1Hen cake 2Our penguin loving youngest is eleven already.

He is such a delight.

Happy birthday Henry x


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

Badger1420w badgerwall 420wI 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 enough and spent an evening finishing it up and here he is!



June 18th, 2015 | Other | 3 Comments

Badges420w BadgesApron420wWe 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

Roses1420wRoses2420wI 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

Cover420wJust popping in to tell you that my brand new pattern booklet ‘Winter’ is all finished and available exclusively from ‘Create and Craft TV’.

Inners420wMy 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). 

Intro420wMe and my knitting have a nice quiet evening planned in the hotel so I am all relaxed (ha!) and rested for my studio call early tomorrow morning. 

I’m quite looking forward to it!

Blurb420wTune in to channels Freesat 813, Virgin 748, Freeview 36 or Sky 674.

P.S: My boys always write the blurbs for my books. Joe is brilliant at it!


Summer time

June 13th, 2015 | Other | No Comments

ChalkTablecloth420wSummer 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 Basket’ in Lewes and I’m so glad I did. A cold tea of leftover chicken and some salad bits became a fun evening in the garden, all sat round the table and lingering to chat.