Friday, 12 September 2014

Best Craft Book awards

Two of my books, Half Yard Heaven and Sew Bunting have been nominated for the Best Craft Book 2014 awards, I couldn't be happier! Voting starts on Oct 17th so I'll post a link then, and thanks to all of you who nominated me!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

USA trip

Sorry I've not posted for a while, I've been away for a week at HSN in Florida. I had a day touring, testing and having meetings with production teams and buyers, then guested two shows on Tuesday for the Slice Elite cutting machine. They work very differently to Create and Craft, guests are allowed to roam freely around the studios and are expected to dress their own sets. There is, however, hair and make-up which CF&C doesn't have, which makes you feel quite special when going on air!

The green room has anything from a fresh buffet, drinks, and even porridge for breakfast, with several rooms, and the use of computers. I bumped into quite a few people I know too! Forbes Riley is a fitness expert, [she has asked me to host some fitness shows on QVC but I'm not really that fit...] Linda Marshall, a very witty skincare guest in her seventies, she gave me some of her new product which was quite a treat!

In between my working days I caught up with a friend I haven't seen for years, and enjoyed the 90 degree sunshine. There's a lake outside the hotel surrounded by a nature reserve.

Here's a few pics... The blue glass building is HSN's offices, the area the studios takes up is the size of a small village!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Festival of Quilts fashion

Here's a couple of the amazing creations at the FOQ this week... there are some hugely talented artists out there! These coats must have taken an age to create, I just love that gold and blue jacket, looks about my size...

I didn't get long to have a look around the show as I was teaching the workshop, but it looked really busy. [These pictures were taken before the show opened...] I did manage to catch up with Jennie Rayment, Mandy Shaw and Stuart Hillard, and the very nice people from Coates are giving me fabric for future books! Need an extension to the sewing room!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

tension square

How big should I knit a tension square? Shall I stop now? At least Burt's enjoying it...

And if you're wondering what Alfie's up to in the sunshine...

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Learning to knit...

It's been at the back of my mind for a while, I'd like to learn to knit! Well, I can do a mean garter stitch and even a stocking, and maybe a rib, but I have cardigan ambitions! Readicut are putting together a new catalogue and I'm a little inspired, just need to decide what,  which yarn, and importantly, when! Still, it's too hot to think of cardis at the moment. But any advice foe a nearly-new beginner would be gratefully received!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Fashion Bride Photography

My very talented husband is off to Edinburgh to photograph a wedding, so a weekend of workshop and sewing in store for me! I usually help along at the weddings but this one's a bit far and Alfie would be on his own for too long. Here's a few pictures I thought you'd like to see! And there's more here...



Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Festival of Quilts workshop

There still room at my workshop at the Festival of Quilts on the 7th August, details here...

This is the bag we'll be making, it would be lovely to see you there!