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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 

News Release: Starting Tutorials on YouTube

Hi Everyone

The time has come to try something a bit different from the norm. So I am putting myself in the hands of my daughter Julia, who is going to use me as her project to get her social media skills up to par. This means that you are going to see my face and hear my voice on YouTube where Julia will be pushing me to make some long time coming tutorials. Our new trailer is already up there in YouTube land and we have 33 subscribers in three days.

We’re starting small and hoping to build it up as we learn on the job all about what we need to do.

The first thing we’ve needed to do and have now just done is to invest into some new tech so please be kind and stay with us as our first video is launching this week and has a soft edge appearance. By this I mean it could be better and cleaner but this does not detract from the great first job Julia has created.

First tutorial up will be a small Glitter Film Artist Panels that I have reasonably just taught at The Festival Of Quilts 2018. So for those of you who could not get onto my workshop, you will be able to have that experience at home and in your own time.

What is glitter film? Well, you will have to watch the tutorial and find out what this wonderful product is all about.

Please remember to like the tutorial and subscribe for free

See you all soon


Block Printing Holiday – Jaipur, India (1st -11th October 2019)

Book your place and come and join me on this exciting block printing holiday. Book at Colouricious Holidays.

Highlights of the Tour

  • Explore the lanes of Sanganeer – the historical home of block printing and see wooden printing blocks being carved
  • Attend at least 5 authentic hand block printing fabric workshops
  • Lots of fabric retail therapy at local markets and the most gorgeous shops! Special requests – if you are looking for something specific and special to you, let us know and we can source and arrange that idea for you.
  • You will be travelling to a village outside Jaipur to take part in a Dabu Mud Block Printing Workshop
  • There will be free time for you to choose to do whatever you wish usually at the end of each day’s activities