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Embroidery workshops in France, July 2018

I am delighted to announce that we are returning to St Victor la Grand’Maison for another week of embroidery and mixed media workshops (July 11-18, 2018). This summer, I will be joined by two  of my favourite inspirational and incredibly talented makers, Viv Sliwka of Hens Teeth and Lynn Barron of Sea Angels Vintage. All […]


‘Peto, build me a pergola!’

  A glorious day at West Dean gardens Time for the annual visit to the gardens at West Dean, just north of Chichester, for which the Edwardian architect and landscape designer, Harold Peto, designed a stunning pergola for owner and philanthropist Edward James. I met my husband at West Dean, in 1984, when the gardens […]


Sketches in the margin…

Last year I started buying antique documents and experimenting with paper collage and a little mixed media. One document was so exquisite I had it printed across a width of linen and made a bolster, embroidering a little in the margins – my first attempt at machine embroidery (I have been doing a lot more […]


The midnight clear

All right, this is not about home – other than to express my gratitude for having one as another midnight passes into Christmas Day. My favourite carol is “It came upon a midnight clear”, unique among carols of its time in that it does not mention the birth of Jesus. Indeed it was written as […]