Rebecca’s finished Daisy Book-Wrap!

Rebecca, who attended Angie’s workshop last week has kindly sent photos of her finished book-wrap. Unfortunately Rebecca’s day at the workshop didn’t run smoothly – when she came to set her sewing machine up, she found she had forgotten to pick up the foot and cable – argh! The majority of the finishing off had to wait until Rebecca got home but… hasn’t she done a fantastic job??!

I love the purple running round the edge as well as using sequins to add more interest!

“Daisy Book-Wrap” Workshop with Angie Hughes

Wednesday was a great day to be doing a workshop – sunny with beautiful blue skies but also high temperatures of 28ºC – just setting up was sweltering work!

We had a different set of rooms this time, no stairs and right next to the cafe – great for getting lunch but the smell of crispy bacon kept everyone feeling hungry! The bigger of the two rooms was our workroom  (the other used to hold the ironing board, bags and also had kitchenette facilities for tea, coffee and cake – yum!). It was perfectly placed for parking in the central courtyard with almost direct access so ideal for moving all our bags and boxes in and out to and fro. As with the art rooms, we could hear an almost constant refrain of children’s voices – not surprising when the centre houses a daycare facility, a playgroup, after school care AND various other children’s activities! It’s really nice though to see the centre so well used by all ages and right from early morning to late evening.

As the organiser, I feel I’m very much learning on the job – I don’t mean that I’ve made a bad job – not at all! – but each time, I figure out something else that will make the next workshop flow better still and it is all stuff you probably wouldn’t think about unless you were running some form of workshop or event! This time I came home and drew out table plans – no trying to figure it out on the day, I now know exactly where each table / person will go and future workshops will ensure every attendee has an entire table to themselves (workshops I’ve attended elsewhere have varied from half a table to a table and interestingly often those that you needed space for, were the ones that you only had a half table space).

Anyway, on to the workshop! Angie was teaching us her Daisy Book-Wrap workshop and the aim was by the end of the day, we would each have a small book with decorated book wrap plus a head full of inspiration and tips for taking a basic design onward.

We started off by making the wrap – adding textures, stitch and pretty shapes before putting our work outside to dry in the sun – it was so hot, that paint, pva and gesso were drying within minutes!

We then moved on to adding colour using Angie’s techniques of adding layers and depth plus then adding shine with transfer foils.

Now we needed to put the book together – adding the inside layer to the wrap, stitch, cord and finally pages.

Some of the finished books – don’t they look fab?


A good day was had by all and it was really inspiring to hear people saying “next time I’ll do..” or “that technique has given me a really good idea on how to take a current project onwards” – even I was going “ooh plasterers scrim would make a good texture in reference to an audiogram”! Yeah, don’t worry, I got that funny look you’ve just made from several people but it makes sense  when you look at my current work for my #invisible theme! Angie was a fantastic teacher – patient, helpful and full of tips and suggestions. I hope she will come and teach for us again!

Future workshops – Jackie Cardy’s Embroidered Felt Panel workshop is the next and that is in October, there are just a couple of spaces left so sign up quick if interested! Then in March 2018, Amanda Hislop is teaching her Sketchbooks as a Rich Resource workshop. Plus, I’ve just signed up Christine Chester to teach her Paper Lamination workshop in March 2019,  more information to come soon!

Angie Hughes Workshop

A handful of spaces left on Angie Hughes Workshop.. sign up quick! 

We will be using fabric, stitch and mixed media techniques to make a mini book and a beautiful book cover/wrap. Looks to be a fantastic day with a fantastic teacher so don’t miss out!

Details under the workshop tab or use the contact form if you’d like more details and/or to book.

Becca x 


As part of my ‘invisible’ theme, I’d really like some (lots!) of photos of ears – all ears! BUT especially ears with hearing aids or cochlear implants and any other form of hearing aid!

Would you mind taking a selfie (or as I have just discovered that taking a selfie of your own ear is rather awkward.. ask someone else to take a photo!) or a family/friend’s ear – in fact as many ears as you can and email the photos to me at Could you also give me permission to use the photo(s) in any artwork I do.

I have put an old photo of me below showing the sort of photo that I am after (it is old.. I had my CI in 2008 so this is pre-then!!)

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Thank you in advance!

Becca xx

Holidays and thinking time…

We’ve just had the May/June half term and the 4 of us took a much needed break chugging along the Worcester and Avon canal and River Severn aboard narrowboat Fosse. It’s a peaceful way to while away a few days, just you and the canal/river and some locks – thankfully I have strong boys to do the lock gates!  

On the River Severn

This time we decided to go to Gloucester for a look round the Waterways Museum before turning round an heading back to our mooring, it’s a gentle route as the river is the majority of the journey so way fewer locks than if we went the other way and have to work through the Tardebigge flight – a staircase of 30 locks! (Done many times, we needed a break this time 😉 ).

We timed our journey onto the river just right and met the high spring tide. Normally the weirs and locks hold back the daily tide but at high spring tide, the water goes over the weirs and make the river tidal as far as the River Severn’s Upper Lode lock, near Tewksbury. Because of the force of the water and the amount of debris (I’m talking massive tree trunks!), it’s recommended that boats are moored up so we moored for lunch near Haw Bridge and watched the tide turn and turn again.  The river raised by a good 10 inches – the pontoon was above the deck when we moored up but the tidal water rose the boat up so the deck was much higher than the pontoon – fascinating to see the tides in action as its something that most of us don’t normally think about!

Heading into Gloucester

I did take my daily stitch project with me (not that I looked at it once!) plus a few non-fiction books (I won’t include the mountain of fiction I read last week!): ‘The Creative Habit’ – Twyla Tharp, ‘Imagine: How Creativity Works’ – Jonah Lehrer and Gwen Hedley’s ‘Drawn to Stitch’ along with the information for my new course summer project. So a lot of reading and a lot of thinking..

My workbook is looking a bit like this:

Full of jottings of dictionary meanings and thesaurus alternatives as I figure out how the project can fit with my ‘invisible’ theme.

Words such as facade, complex, shadow, narrative, decay, imperfect perfect, fragment, delicate, and conversations were on the list. All words with meanings I can work with. 

While thinking about these words, I’ve been thinking about my limitations – the limitations I’m choosing to put on myself, that is, the techniques and stitches that I’ve decided I want try and focus on. I don’t wish to be too restrictive but I need to get rid of the “child in a sweet shop” feeling when it comes trying to choose what technique to use. I cannot be the only one that feels that way.. can I?!

Funnily enough, I’m guessing not as I arrived home to watch the first of‘s free video training about developing a clear system for experimenting with textiles and building a confident personal visual vocabulary. And one of the first key points was “limitations turn problems into possibilities”! If you haven’t watched the series yet, do. Well worth a watch and a think about.

So lots of thinking going on, lots of scribbling in my notebook and lots of ideas pinging while I figure out which way next for my course work and which way next for my own work – oh and do the two meet? I can’t think for too long as I need to do some sketchbook work, hopefully I can show you some soon.

But…first day back off holiday and last day before schools went back and my youngest went “oh I’ve got art homework due in tomorrow! I need to make a model of a sea urchin”  WHAT?!!  We looked quickly at pictures of sea urchins and I realised one of my favourite techniques would be easy and quick enough for a 12 year old to do. So I set him up with water-soluble fabric, threads, fruit net and some toy stuffing then the sewing machine and left him to get on with making his sea urchin – before you panic, he’s an expert on using a sewing machine 😉

Look at what he made!


Isn’t that cool!