Extreme Creative Textile Day

We had a wonderful day at the Arc Centre and Gallery yesterday doing all sorts of nasty things to fabric! We scorched, burned, singed, rust and tea dyed, heated, distressed and frayed the fabric as a basis for our patchwork creations.


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A room of one’s own…

In her book, ‘A room of one’s own’, Virginia Woolf states, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”   I heartily agree with this, but substitute “create art” for “write fiction” in my case.

I have had my own room since my daughter left home a few years ago and it has gone through various stages of disarray and untidiness throughout. I have been able to create art though, despite the mess, as those of you who follow my blog will know.

Recently, we bought new carpet for all the bedrooms and my room was the first to be fitted. Two lovely ladies came to do the re-painting and I had new blinds fitted. Then came the carpet! We bought it in a sale so the colour is rather unusual but lovely and soft underfoot! I have deployed spare pieces of carpet, rugs and plastic table covers to protect it from the worst of my paint splotches!

I really like to look at other studios and took a few photos during the process so that I could show my readers what I’ve done. It’s still a ‘work in progress’ but things are being replaced and sorted gradually. Do you think I’ll be able to keep it tidy? Let me know in the comments what you think.




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Arc Art Bazaar

Amongst the goodies we have for you at the Bazaar, handmade decorations including this little chap. Wouldn't he look great on your tree?
Amongst the goodies we have for you at the Bazaar, handmade decorations including this little chap. Wouldn’t he look great on your tree?

A reminder of the Arc Art Bazaar – only a week away!

It’s almost time for the Art Bazaar!

What is the Bazaar? The best collection in town of original but affordable art, cards, jewellery, ceramics, and quirky gifts.

When is it? Saturday 28th November between 12 and 4pm. At the Arc studios and Gallery on Greg St in Reddish – 5 mins from Stockport town centre, from Levenshulme and the Heatons. See our website for a google map.

Can anyone come? Yes of course and it’s free to get in so bring your friends and family – all ages welcome. There are arts activities for all, a tombola, raffle and refreshments.

Click on the links below to get up to date information on this and other Arc events!

Amongst the goodies we have for you at the Bazaar, handmade decorations including this little chap. Wouldn’t he look great on your tree?

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(NB The featured robin is not my work but was made by a member of the Design team at Arc)

Stitched Together…

…a textile exhibition held at the Arc Gallery, Stockport, April/ May 2014.

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Picture the Holidays


Picture the Holidays


Reframing the Season

I have been taking another Big Picture Class… Craft Happy. In week 5 we started an Advent Calendar which would be displayed in a box frame, so when I saw the title of today’s photo prompt, I thought it would be an ideal subject. The object behind taking all these photos in the run up to Christmas is to help us to stop and think and approach the season in a new perspective. As you will see, I haven’t finished the calendar yet, even though it should have been in use since yesterday! My usual response to this would be to panic and maybe give up altogether so this photo represents my decision to slow down and finish it when I can and enjoy doing it!!








Unfinished, as you can see but watch this space!!