Last Day in September

Yes it really is where has it gone? I started a two year course – an HND in textile and fashion in the second week of September. As a result yesterday we visited the Butterfly World in Yarm, Co Durham, UK. A wonderfull, magical day. I wonder how many people will notice the interloper in one of these photos?

September 30, 2016 at 5:37 am Leave a comment

Bramble Patch

The brambles have been amazing this year and really good for drawing as well as eating

September 21, 2016 at 5:21 pm Leave a comment

New Studio

My new studio is now inhabited

September 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment

Last Post

Well this will be my last post for July 2016. My plants at the back of the garage are doing well apart from a poorly cucumber which gave me two beauties and then all the other babies died on me. 

This thistle type plant is going beserk. It was bought as a very small plant and is going from strength to strength. 
My new greenhouse is being erected which will free up space in the garage and shed next year. 

July 31, 2016 at 7:04 pm Leave a comment

Kantha Stitching

These are a few photographs taken last night at a craft group I was enabling. Teaching is not the right word as these ladies were all proficient embroiderers. So to go back to a simple decorative running stitch was something novel. Three of the pieces are completed.  The rest are still wips (works in progress). It will be interesting to see what my friends do with them. Will they become cards? Or the fronts of journals? Or something else?

Did anyone notice the teabag in one of them?

July 15, 2016 at 10:30 pm 1 comment

Embroiderers’ Guild Residential Schools

Went on an Embroiderer’s Guild Workshop  Silk paper and hand made paper book many years ago.

I made a little book on the course. The cover was made from silk fibre paper and the inside is some of my hand made paper.

Detail of my blind I also made a piece which was made into a blind for my kitchen window – detail shown above. Unfortunately that blind went to fabric heaven a few months ago after being sadly misused.

June 27, 2016 at 7:25 pm 3 comments


Yes it is really Summer. Despite the rain, wind and cold of the North East coast of England, we have had some glorious days. The rain has encouraged my garden to grow – with a little help, the wind blows away a few of those cobwebs that have been lurking in my house and the cold spells have enabled me to curl up and think about being creative.

So what are you doing? You ask? Visiting exhibitions, doing courses as a student and promoting my own mini exhibition in our local branch library.

Above each picture is a link, click on it to see something other than my pictures😄😎

Embroiderers’ Guild


Tall Ships 2016


Monkseaton Library limited opening times so take note if you want to see my small Kantha Stitch exhibition. Here are just a few pieces in the process of being stitched.




June 27, 2016 at 7:22 pm 2 comments


I am an avid course member. I will go to as many embroidery/craft course as I can.

In the past I have taken night classes and day classes, I took an Open University degree in my twenties!. I have taught adults basic computing and I love passing on knowledge and skills to others.

You might say I am a course junkie.

The whole point of starting this post is that I have just come back from a course that I helped to organise. I had a lovely time, with lovely people in a place where I did not have to think about cooking, or making the bed or doing the washing.

Thank you North East Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild.


June 20, 2016 at 8:29 pm 1 comment


If you have found this blog you might like to find out more about Sheilasembroidery.

Well she is a 60 something year old textile artist living and working in Tyne & Wear. She lives with her husband and two cats who all play a big part in her life. Her two grown up children live and work in London she she visits as often as she can.

Sheila worked from the age of 21 as a Primary School teacher mostly in Wallsend and North Shields. She ended up as Technology co-ordinator within quite a large Primary School teaching 7 to 11 years olds everything from the basic maths and English, history, geography, science and of course, technology.

She loved encouraging children to find their creativity often planning bookmaking weeks, industrial type processes to create a book from the writing, through the illustration and on to the printing and making up of the books which would end up in the library for the children to read. They would also plan and make other items to be sold to parents and friends such as calendars, painted eggs and Christmas and Easter cards.

Sheila’s time is spent stitching, journaling, blogging, volunteering for AgeUK and much of her time is taken up with helping to run her local Embroiderers’ Guild branch in North Shields as well as attending other branches within the NE region. Her home and garden take up the rest of her busy life as well as being part of the Quilter’s’ Guild and two other local textile groups, TWYNE and Northern Threads.

She enjoys traveling and has visited Gran Canaria, Madera, India, Italy, Spain, Iceland, Germany, Costa Rica and St Lucia. A return visit to India in 2017 is planned when she will be learning more about block printing and how the wooden blocks are made and used. Wherever she goes she has studied the textiles of the region and even though she has not visited African she has a fascination for African textiles.

After retiring early Sheila retrained to teach Adults both IT and her beloved embroidery. She also helped to train other Adult Education tutors. This love of teaching and imparting knowledge to others continues through talking to her friends in the Embroiderers’ Guild and encouraging the general public talk about their textile experiences. She is very active online and has textile friends all over the world.

You can find a variety of blogs written by Sheila within the WordPress community all concentrating on a slightly different topic. You can also find her on Blogspot, Pinterest and Facebook.

Please talk to her, leave her a message and she will try and get back to you as soon as she can.


June 20, 2016 at 8:12 pm 3 comments


Seen on an Indian roadside on the outskirts of a weaving village. I just smile when I see these colours.

May 5, 2016 at 11:07 pm 2 comments

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