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Thursday, 23 June 2011


There are so many lovely things on Folksy an online shop for handmade items.

I love these bird brooches by Buttercup Boutique

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Free Machine Embroidery

  I have been practicing my free machine embroidery ready for a course I will be teaching in September. It is such good fun!  

As often happens I think I prefer the back!

Original drawing.

I will be teaching my course 'Creative Machine Embroidery' at New College Swindon in September. 

Mint Design Blog

I love receiving daily updates from Mint - they brighten up my day! Their own design work and the work of others that they blog about are always very inspiring.

I really love the illustrations of Alssa Nassner which mint blogged about this week.


I love these paper designs for Hello Tenfold designed by the creator of Mint.


Mint even blog a weekly recipe – don’t you just love the look of this cake inspired by Stella McCartney’s Spring Collection? Gorgeous!

Thank you Mint for brightening up my days with such lovely things! 

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Handmade in Britain

Had a lovely day in Bath yesterday. The Handmade in Britain Exhibition was very inspiring. The work was all of a very high standard and very beautiful. I particularly loved the printed textiles of Maya Wilson, the embroidered textiles of Helen Steel, the ceramics of Julia Davey and the 3D Art of Katie Heeks.

Maya Wilson's beautifully printed textiles.

Birds & Berries Cushion
Sage & Lilac £61 by   Helen Steel  

Woodcut Love Birds Tea Towel
 Cherry Red on White £13 by Helen Steel

Fox and Rabbit Milk Jug £19  by Julia Davey

Babushka Mug £17 by Julia Davey

1950's Robot Teapot for one person £30 by Julia Davey

3D Garden by Katie Heeks

Hopefully I will exhibit at Handmade in Britain in the future!

Thursday, 16 June 2011


I was really inspired when I discovered Helkatdesign as they are a textile design company that make printed and embroidered cushions just down the road from me in Wiltshire! Hopefully if they can make a success of it so can I!
Cushions are available from

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Rob Ryan

I love Rob Ryan's paper cuts and screen prints and wish I could afford to buy one for my flat! Instead I will admire them via his website:

'I miss being a small girl' papercut, 2011undefined
'Caged Lovers' papercut 2010

Monday, 13 June 2011

Logo design

I have been working on a logo for my business to help me create a cohesive brand identity. This is my current idea inspired my some of my textile designs (see below) which I hope to develop more later in my photoshop class!