Friday, 22 May 2020

Faery Fellers

 I was asked a while back to submit a piece of work to a project devised by the poet Tom Sharp. He has written an extraordinary piece called 'The Weeping Cufflinks' revealing the true and otherworldly nature of the financial markets and city traders.He called together artists from many disciplines to create their own response to this and then the virus struck.....Not to be put off by this the works are now being shown initially on an instagram account 'Faery Fellers' with a website to follow.

 This copy of the Financial Times is quite clearly the property of Christina Rossetti's goblins, in fact the only legible words on it are 'come buy' with the terrible consequences of greed being hidden under ink. The tell tale berries are growing through the header though, dark and addictive, the fragile paper sagging under the hidden glama of the trader fae. It is a rare glimpse of reality, the correlation between paper and money and human commodities. This copy had been left on a tree stump....on April 1st.


As the scroll rolls on.... for future reference the specific links to instagram are as follows...

Monday, 4 May 2020

Studio Tour Day Seven, Stuff

 The final day of the tour, here we find the usual work disturber at work.

Staring out of the window is another thing to be done at the moment...

 A sleepy corner; a singed 1930's wedding dress and a plants' vascular system. I like a concept under glass to contemplate.

 My old dolls crib full of treasure. Lace, cotton reels, bobbins, pearl necklaces, tape measures, perfume bottles, hanks of thread...the usual contents of my handbag.

Please take a card before you  leave.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Studio Tour Day Six, Sitting Down

Firstly, a cup of old china escapes my grasp in this town.

Then to sit near the books...some cushions embroidered by me, some by my great grandmother Daisy. the fire.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Studio Tour Day Five, The Cupboard

This is not a cupboard I hear you it is the mirror which used to be in the cupboard which is also The Museum For Objects of Vertu which lives in the studio. For views of its other life follow the link. This is how it is in this world.... collections of show equipment, storage boxes and general materials.The glass cloches and bell jars come out for things like the Knit and Stitch show, exhibitions or open studios and sit quietly with vintage chocolate boxes which often become integral to small works.

Then we have the hoard of materials which I constantly delve into for a small bit of ......

Tomorrow some tea and a sit down.

Friday, 1 May 2020

Studio Tour Day Four, Objets

The most useful things in a studio are the things without purpose. Here in a corner are two old corset stands and an old piece of work.

The piece is a version of an old christening cushion, also found here.

 This is a tiny corset in very plain cloth which serendipitously fitted my tiny corset display stand. There was a time when I could just pick these things up at antique markets and nobody else wanted them !! She sits atop a very plain hat box from Norway.

Lastly my 1930's costume pearl necklaces nesting in a feather bowl. It is a necessary thing.

Tomorrow...the cupboard.

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Studio Tour Day Three, Haberdashery

 Where would I be without pincushions? These were made for me by Kate Haxell from some very old pigs and lettuces!

 I have worn my fingertips out over the years with pins and needles so I now need a little help picking up my small tools. These old glass vase 'frogs' are perfect for holding my scissors just where I can grab them.

 One of my legacies from my great aunt Lily was a vast collection of old wooden cotton reels. These now live in wooden desk trays near my sewing machine where they can be admired.

Tomorrow the 'objets' !

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Studio Tour Day Two, Things in Jars

  All over my studio are glass jars and domes of all sizes. These tiny ones (above) contain Elizabethan pins, glove buttons, flat metallic glass beads and apple pips.

 Next to those is a an Art Deco powder compact with added antique lace and feathers.

Between my two desks (actually there are three...) is an old set of shelves held up in part with books. Here I keep my tiny apothecary jars of natural objects; leaf skeletons,lichen,seed pods and so forth.

On one of the window sills are jars for some of my old wooden cotton reels; you may notice that I label my jars with their emotional contents....hope, despair, wabi sabi, luck.

Tomorrow it will be haberdashery.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Studio Tour Day One, The Desk

 Like many other creative people I am not finding a mindset that I can work in at the moment, my main thoughts at the moment are to do with getting food and the safety of loved ones. I do however find great consolation in my studio, which is ten yards from my home.With this in mind it seemed timely to share my favourite studio things. I will do this over the next seven days starting with my desk...
 The image above is what I call my inspiration plate; a large antique wooden dish loaded with antique haberdashery, trimmings, china flowers, gold ribbons, glass buttons and all things that delight me. It has always sat on my 'embroidery' desk to inspire me to do things better. Everything in it is of a very high quality from a past age when such things were still to be had.

 On my other desk is a lovely oak pigeon-hole shelf where I keep a selection of random loveliness. This sits at the back of a wide desk for my sewing machine and fabric cutting.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Surgery and embroidery

Fleur's Cube from Paul William Craddock on Vimeo.

 I have previously described some of what I have been doing on this piece , 'The Epiploic Cube', but now you can see it doing its thing......
 It was made in response to watching not just surgery for three years but the surgeons hands; how they move and respond to their 'materials'. It is not something that just anyone is allowed to watch and certainly not something that many would want to. However it is so fascinating that I felt I had to try and give people an idea.
 In June of 2019 I wrote a coupe of posts describing the process of designing and embroidering the cube and although there is already a lot of it over on 'Thread Management' here are a few images of the completed piece.

A trimming I made inspired by the tassels for Caselguidi embroidery in the 'Wordsworth Country' range of silks from The Silk Mill


A bud in detached buttonhole stitch on taffeta,  all woven silks were from ' The Silk Route'

One of the embroidered and elasticated straps which hinder the movement of the cube,

 A collapsing cube made in organza with an embroidered dorset button inside. If folds up and tucks into a pocket on one face of the cube but has to be removed before you can 'operate'.


  The side of the cube that surgeons don't like, it turned out that the colour has a dark significance for them. The embroidery is incomplete because I then went on to distress the fabric, repair it and distress it again.


Plans and notes for each side, I like to make a shade card for each piece of work that I do.

In the background here you can see a copy of Therese de Dillmont's Encyclopedia of Needlework! 1886 (a link to the Gutenburg Project online copy)

Friday, 24 January 2020


I have several long term projects on my desk at the moment which means a mental log-jam .....

so here are some stills from a little film I made of what I see from my desk,

and yes I did tidy up a bit!

....and then this is my other desk (seen in the second still) with all the medical projects in progress.


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