Embroidery · Workshops & Courses

It’s a Wrap

How fortunate we are to have access to an abundance of creative spaces, communities and learning opportunities here in West Yorkshire. Whether you’re interested in stained glass, weaving, spinning, printing, bookbinding or blacksmithing, it’s all here on your doorstep. I know because I’ve had a go at all of these and many more in recent… Continue reading It’s a Wrap

Embroidery · Mixed Media · Workshops & Courses

Hen’s Teeth – A Secret Garden

In spring, I posted how much I enjoyed making this needlecase on a workshop with Viv Sliwka from Hens Teeth Art. I completed it back at home that weekend with a crocheted edge and tie fastening and now it's in constant use as part of my sewing kit. Being larger than usual and in a book style… Continue reading Hen’s Teeth – A Secret Garden

Food & Drink · Garden · Tutorial

Celebrating the Season – Elderflower Cordial

Gloriously sunny weather continues in the UK and the garden is giving back. Elderflowers are in full bloom but they aren't around for long and there's just a small window of opportunity to pick them at their best. I'm ashamed to admit when I planted mine, I didn't realise it was an elder. Only after… Continue reading Celebrating the Season – Elderflower Cordial

Willow Weaving · Workshops & Courses

Weaving Magic

It maybe almost Midsummer but a couple of weeks ago I received my Christmas present! Last December, (after dropping not-very-subtle hints) I was delighted to unwrap a gift card for a Creative With Nature workshop. A friend had been to learn foraged basketry, thoroughly enjoyed herself and highly recommended Joevanka Gregory's teaching. I'd booked the willow pea… Continue reading Weaving Magic

Needlepoint · Tutorial

Needlepoint Tutorial

Following on from my previous post, A Spine Tingle, I've written some beginner-friendly instructions explaining how to make the stitch used in my needlepoint cushion. Firstly, choice of needlepoint canvas is pretty important. What you're after is a good quality interlocking mono canvas mesh. That's not as complicated as it sounds! It's just two thin lengthwise… Continue reading Needlepoint Tutorial