This stitched bag is going to be amazing ❤

This is a close-up, 'detail' picture of the inside of the hand bag i'm currently working on.  There must be a zillion stitches inside and out and i think it's almost finished now....

So many stitches... The secret is knowing when to stop ❤

... it's very hard to stop, almost the mixed media of stitching, it's hard to know when it's finished and very easy to keep adding to it.  

New 'Studio' photo

My ever-changing studio.  We keep finding these beautiful cupboards at the antique/salvage shows we attend, they're very beautiful and tell such a story.  This one is a gorgeousl green colour and rescued from someone's garage, hence the bursts of red spray paint.

Ever changing studio....loving this look ❤

This one is old, about 200 years old, i'm just going to wax it to brighten up the paint...


...perfect for storing snippets of fabric 

It's great for storing my Japanese fabrics in.

Huge Kokeshi dolls seen at Peterborough Antiques Fair earlier this year...so beautiful

This Kokeshi doll is about a foot tall ❤ @donifolk

❤ @ Peterborough Antiques fair ❤

‘If you can wrap three beans in a piece of cloth, 
then it is big enough to keep.’

... very true, but to be honest if i could wrap even one bean, or less, in a piece of cloth  i'd keep it and do.  Some of the smallest pieces of fabric in my collection wouldn't wrap a pin, but i know that it's precious and will get used somewhere at some point., 

Scraps of fabric used in 'Part of your Story...' creations:

Vintage ticking and American and British quilts pieces carefully unpicked

Vintage Japanese futon and kimono fabrics from Japan

 It was very tempting to sell these mannequins when i was a very good price for them, but in the end i couldn't part with them, i think they're really beautiful and look good in the studio.

Contemporary linens used for my scarves, they look lovely all together


 "When we engage in fibre arts, 
we are creating something, 
but we're also participating in historic traditions tens of thousands of years old.  
You are not only making art for your soul 
and for future generations, 
you are ...
embodying the work of our ancestors."
~ The Woven Road