Category Archives: Workshops

2022 Happy New Year

Wishing you a Happy New Year full of rich cultural experiences and creative activities to fill your days .

I have a busy year lined up with workshops and talks for Quilting and Stitching Groups, as well  as new workshops for Dutton’s for Buttons in York and Ilkley. ( See the link below to view workshops and booking procedures).            

For January I would like to share another quilt from the Reeth Museum, Swaledale.

This is a beautiful handmade patchwork quilt made in the traditional method of English Paper Piecing . The unit shapes are called Periwinkle . If you look at the use of fabrics some units use what is now called fussy cutting , using a stripe or motif to create a more interesting pattern within a unit like the radiating lined fabric emphasizing the star design.

I have volunteered to help with the conservation of the Museums quilts by running a workshop on English Paper Piecing, learning how to make one unit to be used as a mat or to start a bigger piece of mosaic patchwork.

If you would like to attend the workshop and take a look at this wonderful quilt it is on Saturday July 2nd at the Reeth Museum.

A little bit of Embroidery

At the end of July I was fortunate enough to go on an embroidery weekend with the Yorkshire region at Bishop Burton College. It was so lovely to chat and stitch with friends -all in a COVID friendly way of course!

I spent the weekend being tutored by Florence Daisy Collingwood who both inspired me and taught me new skills. I had taken my Celtic/Viking sketch book with me and worked on two bird designs taken from that period.

As Florence had experience working at the Royal School of Needlework she shared new stitches and techniques which stretched my abilities. I am really pleased with my finished pieces of work ,my only disappointment is Florence lives so far away I can not go to more of her workshops. I will however endeavour to grow my skills and as I have started going to the Airedale Stitchers’ Group I hope to take guidance from more experienced embroiderers there.

Here are my two embroidered pieces.

This is the Celtic bird design made into a book cover ,appropriately for my sketch book .

This piece I have mounted and framed, the Viking bird design has been used to learn linear knot stitches. 

Thank you for new friends I made at the weekend , Pauline Heywood for organising the weekend and Florence for her inspiration. . 

New Workshops in Ilkley and York

In the past month I have been busy working on the workshop content for the York and Ilkley Workshops, hence the lack of posts on my own work. I have also been on an embroidery weekend which was excellent led by Florence Daisy Collingwood and when I have finished my Celtic embroidered pieces -hopefully this month, I will share them on my blog.

I am tutoring the hand embroidery and hand quilting classes including ‘Stitching in the Dales’ classes, looking at Vintage embroidery, English Paper piecing, North Country quilting patterns and Gold work. 

Along side these are ‘World Embroidery’ workshops once a month starting with Indian mirror work, Indian kantha work, Vietnamese stitching and Japanese Sashiko work. 

Our first class was a taster session , sampling applique, embroidery and quilting which was very enjoyable and samples of lovely work were completed.

If you would like to book or look at the complete selection of workshops take a look at the Dutton’s link below

If you have any questions please get in touch , it would be lovely to see you and to share my love of textiles with you.



Samples all labelled ready for the Quilters Guild

I cannot believe were the last month went.

I have met a lot of lovely ladies around the UK doing zoom talks and workshops to embroidery and quilters groups. Thank you all for you kindness and asking me along to your meetings. 

I have also tutored my first real class at Dutton’s for Buttons in York. The class was based around canvas work and looked at the Arts and Crafts movement. We also discussed Louisa Pesel , an amazing lady who I will talk about in a blog all of her own . You may have heard of her as she designed and organised the kneelers and cushions in Winchester Cathedral in the 1930’s and was a central character in T. Chevaliers book ‘A single Thread’ . 

In-between  I have been labelling up the quilted samplers from the North Country strippy quilts. I have put them into sets which can be added to in the future. Next month should see my textile hanging finished, I am at present doing the butt edge and getting it ready to hang up.

Three types of bellow designs

Continuous designs including plait, wave, cable and trail

Diamond framework designs

Running feathers

Infill designs

Repeated motifs

Loop and circle frameworks

and finally two of my favourite continuous designs the Weardale chain and the Allendale feather.

North Country Quilting Online Course

I am running a 4 week online course to make up this North Country Quilt design which will include information on our quilting heritage and a look at my collection of quilts. I am working with Lorrayne at  ‘Oh Sew Sweet ‘a patchwork shop near Barnsley.. This design can then be made up into a cushion or mat which we will help you to create.

If you are interested please use this link

I look forward to meeting you there.

A busy December

A busy December has had me doing a number of workshops around Yorkshire. I have met some lovely ladies and made new friends. Thank you all for being so welcoming and working hard to create beautiful textiles . I hope to see you again in the new year. 
Duttons for Buttons in York 

Oh Sew Sweet @The Hut in Barnsley 

Look in Events to checkout my workshops next year . 
Have a Happy Christmas and Peaceful new year 


The Sewing Shed

The hand embroidery class at The Sewing Shed is very successful  , the students are a lovely group of people and it is great to sew and chat on a Tuesday lunchtime . Work ranges from embroidery on quilts to landscape work on photographs while learning new skills each week. 
Using a variety of stitches these small Durham quilt motifs have been done on an embroidery ring.

If you are interested in joining us take a look at The Sewing Shed website

New Courses added

During October I have been working on new workshops for Dutton’s for Buttons , York and enhancing our hand embroidery weekly classes at The Sewing Shed  , Ilkley. 
Following the Viking theme in York I have prepared a gold work class showing the basic techniques to be taught in December.

Next year we are looking at felt appliqué using the Viking themes of birds and beasts .
Go to Dutton’s for Buttons to look at our full range of courses.




Another busy month

The month started off with the Ilkley Art Trail , after preparing work and printing cards I turned my front room into a gallery . I had lots of lovely visitors and thoroughly enjoyed it .

A trip to the V&A to see the Christian Dior exhibition was a welcome relaxation . My favourite piece was a skirt and top, I think I will have a go at making it in the autumn.

Finally I have been teaching a variety of workshops including a successful day workshop on visual mending at Dutton’s for Buttons , York .

I am now preparing for my holidays to Crete and selecting some Cretan embroidery to work on . I’ll post a picture of the finished piece next month. 

Enjoy the summer and Festival of Quilts .