Long post alert! This post turned into something of a diary from the first month of lockdown. One day I'll maybe read back and be reminded of how these days felt for our family. Maybe you're bored and have nothing better to do but read on now you've found yourself here? I'll find images to… Continue reading Isolation Rumination
A Handmade Christmas
I hope you're all enjoying the festive season. Presuming we've all avoided the dreaded norovirus (youngest) and flu (Mum), Christmas competes with the summer holidays as my very favourite time of year. Parties, pantos, good food, carols, the joy and excitement of the big day and precious time with family and friends is all wonderful, if… Continue reading A Handmade Christmas
How Do You Do Blue?
Even after hooking up twenty skeins of indigo-dyed yarn to complete the Marguerite blanket, it would seem I still couldn't get enough of blue. At a recent workshop, there had been the usual genial chatter: new exhibitions, books, artists etc. At some point the conversation got to subscription boxes. For the uninitiated, it's essentially paying to… Continue reading How Do You Do Blue?
For a couple of months I've been absent from blogland. The day job has been super busy and I've been working hard on a couple of commissions and larger projects. Posts on these are coming soon! Last month though, I did squeeze in a talk and workshop that were so enjoyable, I couldn't not wax… Continue reading Dear Emma
Nets & Not Knots
Annette Emms Two talented visiting textile artists have been to the Hannemade Studio recently. Places were snapped up quickly for a chance to meet them and be inspired by their work. Both apply paint, fabric and stitch to create rich texture but in very different ways. Annette Emms tutored an embellished books workshop where we would begin creating… Continue reading Nets & Not Knots
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
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
Last Saturday was a day I'd been looking forward to since last September when I booked the Hen's Teeth workshop. I can't think of a better way to relax at the weekend than spending a day in lovely surroundings, getting inspired whilst sewing and chatting with friends. The workshop was at textile artist Anne Brooke's studio.… Continue reading Hen’s Teeth
A Grand Day Out
Twice a year the Hebden Bridge branch of the WI hold their Rag Market. After hearing about the new and vintage textile treasures on offer, I've been wanting to go for a while but it has always fallen on my working Saturday. This time though, I was prepared. The date was in my diary and I'd… Continue reading A Grand Day Out
My introduction to sewing must have been the early '80s. In the school holidays, I was looked after by my Grandma, a retired seamstress. There wasn't much to do once I'd finished watching 'Why Don't You' on her black and white brick of a telly. We'd often hop on the bus into town and buy… Continue reading Getting Stuffed