Author Archives: Kathleen

Launching my new Gold Work Book

Here’s my first dabble into publishing my own Gold Work designs for you to learn the traditional techniques of Gold Work with my own unique brand of contemporary glamour. It cost £10 And there are 11 projects and several patterns for you to play with in this compact A4 edition.  Published to give you access to my designs and to encourage you to explore and play around with traditional and everyday gold bling in a relaxed manner. The book is for all levels and I actively encourage you to change and add a little of yourself to each project you try.  For to long many have felt that they couldn’t attempt this glorious heritage embroidery skill. Now is the time to have a go and find out if it is your thing. If it is then you can move to other techniques , authors ,further reading and more expensive materials knowing that you do indeed like Gold Work. You will also know weather your a traditional kinda embroiderer, a contemporary kinda embroiderer, or a bit of both.  Whichever you turn out to be is really irrelevant, as we need to push the boundaries and take our creativity into the future. I hope you enjoy using the book.   Kathleen x


Fairy houses and wonky houses weekend in Cloughton, Scarborough

Well I just thought I would share with you the wonderful weekend I just spent teaching the East Yorkshire Embroidery Society group who met at CloberHill , Cloughton, Scarborough.

Although I had a very unpleasant journey from Bedford to Scarborough, once I got there the conference hotel , amazing staff and ladies on the weekend retreat where amazing.

Not my normal technique based workshop but my oh my we had some amazing results mixed with great food, excellent company, fantastic facilities and wonderful sea views.

The ladies of EYES worked so hard to complete their Womky Houses and Fairy houses with great results, jolly companionship and a keenness to get to grips with their sewing machines. We had such fun freeing ourselves up and letting go with basic machine skills. I think everyone found their inner child and enjoyed the feeling of all is okay and if we do something concidered wrong that we can Fidery fiddle and adapt skills to get what is in our minds eye.

I love teaching these workshops as they are not what I normally do or are known for, but allow me to let the inner child out and respond to nieve and whimsical expressions that I don’t normally allow. Those who know my work will know that I generally deal with organza, layering , water soluble, reverse Applique and finally the use of a soldering iron to create see through organza lacy panels full of colour that let the light shine through them and make them translucent in appearance.

In order to run a successful business I find that you have to adapt to groups and guilds requirements where I teach a wide variety of workshops to  keep me out there and actively allows for experimentation in other areas of my work.

I love to interact with groups and give them what they require to run successful retreats and workshops that help their groups grow and establish  strong roots to push forward in all avenues of textile crafts and embroidery skills. .

I have no problem tailor making workshops to individual groups needs and find this a rewarding challenge to meet groups needs, embrassing the challenges they set for me.

All in all I love a good challenge to meet a groups needs and have thourougly  enjoyed this groups criteria and hope that they go on to extend their inner child as they create Fairy houses and Wonky Houses.


Sensational soldered mini journal. Febs new project box is launching

Now that Christmas has well and truly passed. I have found time to get myself together and organise the next project box. I know many of you over the years have brought soldering irons from myself and Margaret Beal and many of them haven’t seen the light of day for some time. So I thought it was time to get them out and get creative. This project box does not require a sewing machine unless you discover a need for one.

This is all about cutting shapes, making marks and holes and soldering shapes on to a decorated surface to produce a soft wrap to your journal. (Journal materials also included)

They were designed for some classes I ran for ICHF for Kim Thittichai at the sewing for pleasure shows a couple of years back and popped up as a good idea to make a project box that was an afternoons work with good results.

If your interested pop over to my web site shop and order your from the Project box section. I will take orders over the next two weeks and then make them up and dispatch the first week of March.

If your a busy person and don’t have much time to play these project boxes are great to sit down with and get stuck in to without having to first find everything needed. All you will need with this one is a soldering iron and a glass chopping board or smooth tile.

They are ideal to gift to crafty friends, keep in your handbag, etc.

I hope you have fun and don’t forget to email me your finished pieces

Happy soldering and mark making



Layered and sketched florals


New layered and stitch sketched floral panels now available on the web site shop under machine embroidery kits. Elegant see through panels made using water soluble film. Practice your free motion machine embroidery sketching. Each kit comes with all materials and thread so you can get started straight away. £15 each 

2019 Student Exhibition at Tudor Rose Patchwork 19th – 20th Jan 10am-4pm daily


Come over to Tudorrosepatchwork patchwork shop, Oakley, just outside Bedford 19th or 20th Jan and see what our talented students have been up to throughout 2018. Bring the hubby and park him in the coffee shop whilst you look round the exhibition and the shop. Then settle back and he can buy lunch too

we hope you will be able to come and share this couple of days with many of our students who will be available to chat with you if you have any questions

we look forward to welcoming you

Kathy, Sandra and all the crew.

2014 Student Exhibition 2-4

2014 Student Exhibitions 3-3


Dolly Doodle Machine Embroidery Project Box Release

Dolly Doodle Project Box
I am pleased to announce the launch of my Machine Embroidery Project Boxes.

I will be taking orders for this project box over the next two weeks and will personally make up each box with everything you will need to make either character cards for your friends, a small wall hanging, panel or journal cover motif. All colourful materials, patterns, instructions, beads buttons and ribbons will be presented in a durable box and will be with you, the first week of November.

Dolly Doodle is my first project box and is a free motion machine embroidery character that I have designed to help you become more confident with your free motion stitching.

She is based on a swatch of fabric adhered to a backing fabric and you are going to learn to draw in the details with your sewing machine.

She has many poses, skills and friends and looks forward to helping you gain confidence with your free motion stitching.

£17.50 plus £2.50 post and packing UK. Post and packing for abroad is also available.