HVA Summer Show at Harpenden Public Halls

Just dropped off my work for the HVA Summer Show – a long queue of eager artists, and glimpses of their art, promises a good show:

HVA Harpenden

Just a little look at my new landscape – the Ain Mountains in Southern France – but, as with all textile art, it is better to see it in person:

Horizon III - Ain Mountains, France

(Indigo) Blue is the Colour

Whoo hoo – my first indigo dye session. Lots of reluctance for the pot to turn yellowy green and blue paler than expected but some pleasing initial results.

Now for Shibori and over-dyeing – lots more to explore!

Indigo dyeing

Indigo dyeing

More Indigo

More Indigo

Summer Blues

Summer Blues


Lovely tone changes

World Yarn Bombing Day in Bedford


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Fun was had by all on Bedford’s riverside – including the children and dogs.  Not sure what the rowers taking part in the river races thought though!

Lots of interest in what we were doing, it made many people smile and everyone we talked to was very positive about the event.

So people of Bedfordshire  why not revive some neglected skills and reveal your inner creativity?Yarn Bomb1   Yarn Bomb4 Yarn bomb5 Yarn Bomb7 Yarn Bomb8

This project was organised by BedYarn

Mentmore Arts Festival

My first time at Mentmore – looking forward to meeting lots of new people.

We had a busy Private View last night, which was very welcome considering the horrible weather. This afternoon I spent some enjoyable time talking to very lovely people about my work and managed to buy some plants for my rather bare plot. Also resisted the cakes but may not be so strong on Monday!

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Thank you everyone for all your lovely comments about my work.

The Secret of my Parcels Revealed

Finally have had time to unwrap my dye parcels – plenty of time to ‘cook’ then – which is good.

Very few leaf prints and those that have worked are very feint so much more work to do.

But despite this some very exciting results – yey!

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Yarn Bombing in Bedford!

Bedford Creative Arts’ current mini commission, won by Liz Wright, is BedYarn.

We will be reclaiming our public monuments and places, personalising and decorating them with your handmade knitted creations.Liz is a founder member of the Scone Roses a local craft group which meets monthly. She is inviting men, women and children to make new connections with the town and each other via the traditional skill of knitting.

Look out for us on World Yarn Bombing Day, Saturday 8th June.

Learn to knit with us!

We will be holding 4 free knitting workshops with wool and needles provided. The results of these workshops will be used to yarn bomb Bedford.

The workshops will take place at Fancy, Roff Ave. Contact us to find out times and book your place.

I joined in a trial yarn bombing session at 123 Create on Thursday 11th April.

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For details of further sessions including Learn to Knit check out the Bedford Creative Arts website.

Dunstable Gets Arty


we are now – let’s create the legend of tomorrow
Friday 05 April 2013

THIS weekend, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April, is the start of something exciting in Dunstable.
Artist Laurence Payot is bringing a team of artists, writers and performers to Dunstable to meet local people and get you involved in the first stages of making a grand collective artwork for the town.
They will be starting a quest, searching for what makes Dunstable unique today, and wondering what could be the traditions and folklores of tomorrow.
If you’re out and about over the weekend, you’ll be able to get involved and help make something new for Dunstable.
Meet story maker Michelle Thomas at Saturday’s market to create the characters and stories that will inspire our new local folklore.
Yorkshire has the Cottingsley Fairies, the Highlands have the Loch Ness Monster and Wales has the legends of Merlin. What’s our legend of the future?
Head to the Chilterns Visitor Centre on the downs between 12 and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday to take part in a psychic experiment. Thought-catching ‘Ganzfeld headsets’ have been specially designed by artist Ailie Rutherford to tap into a local ‘collective unconscious’.
Can these headsets ‘catch the thoughts being carried by the wind’? Drop by with an open mind and help us catch and draw floating thoughts!
Meanwhile Laurence and community artist Scott Farlow will be roaming the town, searching for clues and instigating conversations. Unexpected things may appear around the town – tags, notice boards, windmills… So if you feel like it, just go with the flow, follow the instructions, and join in the quest to find what makes Dunstable Dunstable.
These activities are the start of our summer commission, and will culminate later in the year with a major new event for Dunstable’s calendar. Hundreds of people will gather on the Dunstable Downs to create a large community procession inspired by the wind, the knolls, and by the most important thing in Dunstable: the people who live and work here…
Take part and create the legend. Shape the story, visualise what our folklore will look like, and in the summer create costumes and props for a grand event that the whole town can take part in.
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New Layers on Dye Parcels

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Think these are coming on nicely but now need to add yellow and green tones – which are proving a little evasive – will need some more investigation!

Hopefully with one more dye application they will be ready for the stitched layers.