Sunday, 21 December 2014


Today marks the Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year!
I'd like to share my Winter Tree with you - not a felt robin in sight -
just some wonderful decorations made by friends... 

 ... with the three wise mice sitting underneath!

It has been another very busy year 
and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for taking such 
an interest in all the felt making going on in the Isle of Wight...   

THANKS for coming along to all the shows we've held throughout the year, 
especially the Christmas Fairs which have been really special!  

THANKS for taking part in the workshops! 
Demand seems to grow from year to year and there are plans for more
 two-day weekend workshops at Shalfleet Village Hall in the spring,
 as well as single days at Quarr Abbey. 
Dates will be posted here in the New Year as soon as they are finalised.

THANKS to all my blog followers, where ever you are! 

I hope you all have a well-deserved peaceful Christmas holiday 
and I hope your 2015 will be happy, busy and very creative. 

Thursday, 6 November 2014


Only just catching up after a brilliant busy weekend! 
My first two-day workshop at Shalfleet Village Hall. 
Two days of fantastic felt making 
painting with fibres, experimenting with textures and working in 3-D 
designing and felting bags, bowls, cushion covers and pebbles!

Wonderful location, unbelievable weather and a lovely group of ladies 
(four had travelled all the way from Essex) bringing with them lots of 
enthusiasm and LOTS of delicious food - bread, soup, quiche and cake…
 All home-made, what could be better!

Here’s just a small selection of pictures…

… still getting use to my new camera!

It was a successful couple of days and we covered a lot of ground
 (maybe not as much as I’d planned) 
but ideally we would have needed a week for that!

 Running the two days side by side works really well.
It's hard work but it's great not to have to pack away everything after Day One! 

 I'm planning more two-day sessions for early 2015 
at Shalfleet and will be posting dates soon

but I can’t promise such wonderful weather!

Thursday, 2 October 2014


 Just updated my ETSY shop with some new scarf designs...

I've called this one Red Parrot - felted from 100% pure Merino in 
brilliant reds, lime greens and turquoise blues. 
It really is unique, with small slashed holes along the length 
and feather shaped fringes at both ends... 

All these lattice scarves are felted with wonderful
 rich blends of hand-dyed wools.

They have lovely soft fringes which give a real organic feel ...

and they can be twisted & tied in many different ways
making them so easy to wear!

These nuno scarves have been felted using 
hand-dyed 100% pure Merino in subtle autumn shades!

You can find more details about all the scarves at

AND they are all available at very special introductory prices! 

Sunday, 21 September 2014


On Saturday I held my first Scarf Workshop at Quarr Abbey in the Old Bookshop.
What a great day! I was so excited to be invited here - it's such a 
perfect location for a workshop...   

I had a lovely group too, some new and some familiar
 faces, full of enthusiasm for the day ahead.

Joanne (a brilliant fibre artist from Shunklies Fibre Studio in Sheffield) 
hand-dyed these hanks of merino specially for this workshop...

Working with such fantastic fibres makes the 
whole felting process a real pleasure. 

The Old Bookshop at Quarr makes a great workshop space.
Good light and plenty of room...

Lots of smiling faces at the end of a very enjoyable day...

and lots of wonderful scarves to take home!

And I even had time to enjoy the sunshine in the Abbey gardens.

I hope I am invited back for some more workshops.
 In the meantime there are still places available on the 
Scarf Workshop at The Seaview Hotel, I o W
on Saturday 11th October.

This workshop is being organised by the hotel
for more details please contact them direct...

Monday, 1 September 2014


September 1st already! There’s a definite hint of autumn in the air, the night’s are drawing in and before we start thinking about Christmas here’s a perfect opportunity to plan some creative time for yourself… NEW dates for Felt Making workshops at some great venues on the Isle of Wight and further afield...

The first will be held at The Old Bookshop, Quarr Abbey nr Ryde, IOW. I’m really excited to be holding workshops here at this wonderful location, starting with a FELT SCARF workshop on 20th September. This workshop is for all abilities. I will be showing how to felt either a lattice scarf or a ’nuno’ style scarf and you will go home at the end of the day with a unique felt scarf to wear!

The workshop is £30 for the day + cost of materials. All equipment will be provided. I will have a selection of hand-dyed fibres for us to use and these will be available to buy on the day. There’s plenty of working space, free easy parking and snacks & lunches available in the Garden Tearooms. 

UPDATE! All places are filled on the Quarr workshop but there are still a couple of places left at Shalfleet on the Friday.

On Friday 31st October & Saturday 1st November I will be holding a 2-DAY FELT MAKING Workshop at Shalfleet Village Hall, IOW. This will be an intensive two days of felt making for ALL abilities.

Day One : Topics will include ‘Painting with Fibres’ creating & designing felt pictures and ‘Experimenting with Textures’ with plenty of textures provided.

Day Two : ‘3-D Forms’ designing and felting a seamless bag, bowl or vessel using a resist.

The two days will be full of instruction and demonstrations, including felting pebbles, laying out scarves, felting small jewellery items and ideas for felt Christmas decorations.

The two day workshop is £60 and you can choose to do both days or just a single day for £30. Materials will be extra and all equipment will be provided. Shalfleet Hall has great facilities, in a perfect rural location. There’s plenty of working space, free easy parking and the use of the kitchen for drinks & snacks (and The New Inn is across the road!).

A more detailed itinerary is available for these workshops so please contact me via Facebook if you are interested in taking part and would like more information.

On Saturday 11th October the SEAVIEW HOTEL at Seaview, IOW will be hosting a one-day workshop in basic wet-felting techniques. We’ll begin the day with a walk along the beach, seeking inspiration for a scarf design and collecting pebbles to transform into pebble weights. At the end of the day you will take home a hand felted scarf and some decorative felted pebbles.

This workshop is for all abilities with all materials provided. It is being organised by the Seaview Hotel, for more information, costs and bookings follow this link:  http://www.seaviewhotel.co.uk/events.asp#.VAS8_fldV8G

So there’s a busy autumn of workshops ahead and
 I hope there's something here to interest you!

I'm also at QUARR ABBEY on the 11th - 16th SEPTEMBER 
with my Crafty Artists friends for our autumn exhibition
if you would like to catch up with me there... 

Sunday, 17 August 2014


LOTS of CRAFTY ARTISTS Summer Shows coming up in the next couple of 
weeks at some of our favourite venues across the island...


The posters say it all...! 

Hope to catch up with you soon...

Friday, 1 August 2014


Just catching up now after two fantastic hectic weeks of Open Studios… 
Nearly 500 visitors came to Shalfleet to listen to some 
magical harp playing in the church... 


to enjoy cakes in our ‘Tea Tent in the Meadow’ 

and to see some very good artwork on show in the Village Hall...

 Then a further 1200 people visited my tiny ‘pop-up studio’ in the corner of
the gallery at Quarr Abbey where I was felt making all week...
No wonder I’m feeling exhausted!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came along and made 
Open Studios such a success!

The summer is always a busy time and now I'm preparing for some 
more events in August when I’ll be exhibiting with my Crafty Artist friends
 in local venues across the island... 

at The Dandelion at Freshwater Bay on the 22nd & 29th August 
and at Bembridge on August Bank Holiday Monday 
when we are having our ‘Big Summer Show’…

The poster says it all...

...and my fellow Crafty Artist Lis Toft (TOFT Porcelain)
was prepared to do anything to get a mention in our local paper!

Sunday, 13 July 2014


...start this week on the island! 
I’ll be exhibiting at Shalfleet Village Hall during week one
 then at Quarr Abbey for week two and there’s more details here… 

Lots of new work on show so here’s a quick preview! 

 Recently I’ve been working more texture into my felt with threads, 
stitching & beading and trying out new vessel shapes…


and for the first time I'll have some felt pieces in frames.

 It will be interesting to get reactions to these!

 Scarves and wraps in all colours & styles. 

The large wraps in muted colours are perfect for any summer occasion, 
simply fastened with a matching felt flower. 
Light-weight, elegant, easy to wear
 and extremely practical to take away on holiday….

and in complete contrast these bright funky scarves

all have a real organic feel! 

I'll be bringing lots of familiar favourites along… 
New nuno scarves, embroidered bags & brooches,
 lavender birds & mice, felted pebble weights, notebooks with felt covers,
 hats, fairy slippers and much much more!

Shalfleet & Quarr Abbey are two very special places on the island and
I'm so looking forward to returning there for Open Studios.

It's going to be an exciting & enjoyable couple of weeks...!

PS. You can download a copy of the OS Yearbook here
It's full of information about all the events & artists taking part

(and click on any of the photos to enlarge...)

Saturday, 14 June 2014

WOOL to DYE for...

What a perfect way to spend a sunny June afternoon -  ‘dyeing’ with friends...!!!
 Came home with stained hands & clothes, smelling of bonfires 
BUT with some wonderful coloured fleece ready for felting…

 All the natural plant materials were boiled up first in old pots to create 
the dyes using traditional methods and recipes. 
Some plants came from the garden - red dahlia heads, parsley, onion skins -
as well as some more exotic plants such as madder, cutch, purple heart & logwood. 

The wool was soaked first in water & urine (YES a traditional ingredient!) 
then added to the dye and stirred gently… 

Slowly the colours begin to develop…

And as the day passed the dyed wools were hung up to dry.

I’ve always been fascinated by the alchemy of natural dyeing, 
especially when mordants are added to the mix. 
These are powdered metals such as tin & copper that help fix the colour 
but also dramatically effect the results! 

 Natural dyes are always unpredictable & surprising 
and when worked together their soft muted colours always blend beautifully.

Some of my dye samples go back to the 1980’s 

when I kept note books, photographs and records of all my experiments 
and even grew some dye plants in my garden. 
I've lost count of the number of jumpers I've knitted using as many dyed wools 
as possible as the colours are so complimentary 

I’ve always dyed unbleached spun wool, bought on cones from 
Jamiesons in the Shetlands, so all my dyed wools are the same and
 can be knitted up together.

This was the first time I’d dyed Merino tops and I’m pleased with the results. 
I did sew the lengths of tops into net bags just to prevent too much agitation. 
I didn’t want the wool to start felting in the dye pots with all the stirring!

Now I’ve got some wonderfully muted colours that are 
quite unique and ready for felting.

It was one of those idyllic summer days!   

Lots of tea and cake, cheese scones & elderflower cordial...

Lovely company and really good fun!

PS. Don't forget you can click on all the photos to enlarge them...

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