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

Inside Looking Out

My response to the prompt Window


March 20, 2016 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

Colour Prompt 57

Sorry I have not done a colour prompt for quite some time but I just had to do this one.

Will it fit the bill? 

This is the ephemera found in my garden this morning. We think it is a bit of cardboard left behind after New Year celebrations. Not ours as we don’t do fireworks any more.


March 12, 2016 at 10:07 pm 2 comments

Block printing

In 2014 I was lucky enough to go to West Bengal with Colouricious. We had a block printing workshop. Here are just two of the blocks I used to make my samples. Along with two samples – one on paper, the other on fabric.


February 29, 2016 at 8:24 am 2 comments

December 27th homeward bound

After a great few days in the Lake District DH and I left behind the snow on the tops of the hills

We passed the pub we had our honeymoon in 43 years ago

Then went through an almost white-out on the top of Kirkstone pass over the Pennines.

By the time we hit the North East coast the sun was shining but before I thought to take a photograph it was disappearing, just a glow left over the roof tops.


December 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm 1 comment

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