My Creative Year.

I have a lot to accomplish this year on the creative side. Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated, especially when other things ‘drop in’ at unexpected or awkward times – but life is never certain, so we learn to adapt. There is nothing like commitment and accountability, though, so this is how I’m handling it.

I have committed to doing something on most days of the year. The ‘most’ allows for unexpected traumas or events over which I have no control and the ‘something’ means that I don’t need to fret if I can’t continue what I was doing yesterday for some reason. So, how am I being accountable? Well, I’m writing about it all in a special secret diary, and inviting readers to subscribe for a fee of £10.00 for the whole of 2014. No matter when you join you will have access to all the posts for the year – no adverts from ‘suitable suppliers’ etc, just writing about my creative process and what I have done today. There will be chances for you to become involved, occasional tutorials, all sorts of good reasons why you should join, and you can read more details here. Yesterday I wrote about this

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Today there will be even more details about my investigations. I’ve already taken yesterday’s efforts to the next level – and I’m hoping to do something else after lunch as well.

Would you like to join me? If you do you could request to receive one of my hand printed postcards featuring my raspberry printing process! That post was a few days ago – but as you can also read that you too could add your name. Some have already been sent – but there will be plenty more ready for sending.

A taster is posted here every day, and you can read just a little more about it here. Why not join me?

Ten times a year there is also a creative event to which everyone is invited. Details of that can be found here.

A change of heart!

Gradually things are being sorted out, so we hope to soon begin to take orders once more via PayPal. Don’t forget, though, we can take orders via the telephone using Visa or MasterCard.

Apart from the range of goods listed in the Price List, don’t forget that we also do Gift Vouchers for any amount over £5.00. Contact us for further details.

Today we made a decision

If you have come here from my personal site you will already know that there are changes afoot. Today we made a decision for the short-term.

We will no longer be accepting orders via the internet. We have had so many problems with paypal that hours have been wasted trying to sort everything out. I can’t begin to tell you the frustration and agony it has caused, so we are having a break and will revert to telephone orders. You can contact us via this page.

I suggest you download a price list to find out what we sell, contact details are also included in that, but be warned that there have been a few price increases that are not yet listed. There will be a new price list later this month, it would have been here already if paypal hadn’t intervened. There are a couple of exceptions, and they are linked from here.

Conservation Tissue

The Collage above was made using conservation tissue. It takes colour beautifully, including these paints and dyes, and becomes transparent when glued with a Matte Medium, allowing underlying layers to become visible and altered. It is surprisingly strong, and can be used as a base for many techniques, including laminating and some involving stitching.

It comes in packs of 5 sheets, each approximately 50 x 75 cm.  Find out more here where there are also more interesting links.

Water-Soluble Fabrics

Newly updated! The pages are clearer, I think. I’d appreciate your feedback.

Take a look here.

Machine Embroidery

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Many of you know that I love to further embellish my work with machine stitching. My favourite threads are not easily available, so I have put together a few packs. There will be more to come, and there are many more colours in the range (hundreds, in fact) so it the selections don’t quite meet your needs you can always get in touch. Find out more about the collection by clicking the picture above or following this link.

Chiffon Scarves

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These beautifully sheer scarves, ideal for sayering and singeing and burning techniques, are now available from here.

Twenty-four lovely colours that will transform your stitching and works of art.

Portsmouth College

The exhibition runs over two days, but traders are only there on the Thursday evening 21st March. Join us between 5pm and 8pm, making sure that you let us know in advance if you have specific requirements! This is Jan Tregidgo’s final exhibition as tutor, so there will be a lot to see.  This final student exhibition includes not only this years creative textile work and Bobbin Lace work but is also a celebratory retrospective of work from past students. It’s an odd link, but this is the only page I can find with the address and postcode.

Back at Missenden

We are looking forward to returning to Missenden on March 16th. Give us plenty of notice if you need something specific. In the meantime, you can download the Price List here. It has just been updated.

Today’s News

We are the suppliers at Missenden Abbey on Saturday. Don’t forget to let us know if you need anything specific. I’m teaching at Wey Valley Workshop tomorrow, so an email is the best way to let us know.

I’ve also just listed a number of new colourways of the Sassa threads, they are linked from here, but you will have to keep scrolling down to find them all. All the listings today are unrepeatable collections and two of them have already gone. Click each picture over there to find them, payment is via PayPal.

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