Friday, 15 October 2010


Many people have said to me that they have lovely old things from their mothers' or grandmothers' that are just shut away in a drawer or they don't know what to do with. Here is the solution !!! A Keepsake Doll. She is made in silk organza so you can see all your little treasures. The possibilities are many as she could be embroidered , beaded and filled with all your family memories and passed on through the generations. You could even give this as a wedding or christening gift filled with trinkets from the day.
The kit contains full instructions ,fabric, a paper pattern , some lace and buttons to get you started and is presented in a round wooden box. Available for £10 on Etsy

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Eye Kits

I have just done a range of embroidery kits all featuring my favourite image , the eye. All are done in black on natural linen and feature hearts , question marks and the purse has text. The doll kit above is £10 , the purse is £25 (see previous post ) plus some pincushions at £5 and £10.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

knit and stitch show

Thankyou to everyone who came to the stand at Alexandra Palace last week. The response to my work was overwhelming and very very welcome !!!!

Hello to all the new readers ! and thankyou to the regulars who said hello in person !

Finally another thankyou to all of you who have commented on this blog and the Prick Your Finger blog about my work recently. I have been immersed in stitching and have only just found some ! It is always a joy to hear people's kind thoughts.

I will be filling up the shelves on Etsy this week with a new range of buttons and embroidery kits.........

The kit range has a bag , two dolls and some heart shaped pincushions all in blackwork on linen. (price range £5-£25)

Sunday, 25 July 2010

I have loved thee with an everlasting love

.....therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee . ( 1.3)

Many thanks to Prick Your Finger for showing this. It will be up until mid-September and will then be off to the Knit and Stitch show at Alexandra Palace at the start of October.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

The Ghosts of Winter

'nearly finished.....

Have a look at the Prick Your Finger blog for the finished corset , private view/party on Thursday 15th July 7pm

Sunday, 28 February 2010

A new world

The second big project this year is to create house buttons. They are literally very small 3d houses on buttons. Here is the forest that will go around the first house shown in its various stages. The final pieces, all approx. 3cm high, will be shown under miniature acrylic domes.

( house photo thanks to my Dad !)

and the final piece !

Friday, 26 February 2010

The Ghosts of Winter...a plan

The first major project of the year is a second 'flat' corset (see' In my garden I am Queene'). I will be adding to this post as I go..........
Inspiration list:
frost , death, rebirth , dandelion clocks, geranium leaves , the green man , faerie mounds and spider webs .
This will be a layered affair with beading , needlelace and 3d embroidery.The hare above is one of three animals which will be leaping through the leaves. It took fifteen hours to complete using a hand dyed silk floss and a big magnifying lense !!!!. The finished hare measures about 12cm long so the detail shots are at least double the actual size

These images are of the actual corset at several stages, the first being the pencil tracing for the beading.

..frosted geraniums

..the first embroidery

.... a pile of dandelions

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

No more tears

Finally, a set of eye buttons. They follow you 'round the room apparently.

Happy Imbolc

..a little late I know but spring is only just starting in my garden. These are some of the new range from 'The Flower Border' to be on sale in March. The Delphinium is a four button set just like the Hollyhocks and Nasturtiums in previous posts.

The new Hollyhock set is a 'double pink' . I love hollyhocks and the more unusual colours the better.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

The Universe Made Me Do It

I recently discussed with Tom Lundburg the problem of how to answer people when they ask what it is that inspires you or, even trickier, where do ideas come from. We all try to give some interesting and informative reply when in fact, as Tom says, all we want to say is "the universe made me do it". So there it is , the secret is out.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Flower border

In the spring I will launch a new selection from my 1930's inspired button range. I collect the crinoline lady embroideries from this era and love the gardens set around them . This button is a miniature flower border to go with the hollyhocks already on sale. In the meantime more flowers are growing.........

Friday, 8 January 2010

Secret Love

A little Victorian Valentine button under a dome.Tiny diamantes from an old dress sewn onto red silk velvet. Who can it be from ? Etsy knows.............


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