Textile workshops

Planning for 2017

I cant believe it has been 2 months since I last blogged!

I am now working hard on marketing my workshops after a busy and very successful few weeks.  I taught a lovely group of ladies from Aylesbury Vale Embroidery Group.  They were very receptive to the new skills and produced some great block printed samples (see above).  After that I welcomed my first personal client to my home.  She travelled all the way from Middlesborough where she is studying at University, to learn about block printing, Batik and Shisha embroidery.  The weekend after that I was at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace teaching a couple of workshops – a printed and embellished canvas and a block printed cushion cover.  I have posted a couple of samples above..






Indian Embroidery

New Project

Starting on new work for Bucks Open Studios exhibition next June. Following on from previous Indian embroidery work, I am using a Colouricious printing block as a guide and embellishing with shisha, sequins, beads and hand embroidery.

Shisha embroidery
Shisha embroidery
Indian Embroidery, Textile workshops

Indian Hand Embroidery

Chemanthy stitch and Shisha Embroidery
Chemanthy stitch and Shisha Embroidery
Indian embroidery stitches including Shisha
Indian embroidery stitches including Shisha

I’ve been so wrapped up watching the Olympic Games that I had forgotten about my blogging!  I spent a long day last Friday at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC, Birmingham teaching Indian Embroidery. Here are a couple of the stitch samples I took with me.  Everyone was very keen to learn the Chemanthy stitch and Shisha embroidery on synthetic fabric.  In the first picture I have used a lovely lime green satin, and the second a cotton/linen mix.

Textile workshops

Did you see…….?

Jamie Malden of Colouricious demonstrating block printing on the Hochanda TV channel today? She used my hand-dyed fabric squares to show the technique and mentioned my name!! Here is a small selection of colours that can be achieved using Procion dyes.

Range of colours
Range of colours

I run workshops to teach very simple methods of fabric dyeing.  See my website or Facebook page to read more about it or contact me via email.

Textile workshops

Another week, another booking!

Pleased to receive a booking for a block printing workshop next January from a u3a group (University of the 3rd Age for anyone unfamiliar with them).  This has given me the incentive to look into marketing my workshops to other u3a groups in the area……

Meanwhile, further preparation for the Festival of Quilts workshops – Embellish a Small Canvas picture and Indian Embroidery including Shisha – Friday 12th August 2016.  Lots of block printing at home as there won’t be the facilities available there.

Embroidered Paisley Design

Looking forward to watching the new(ish) TV Channel Hochanda on Sunday as Jamie Malden of Colouricious will be featuring!  Take a look at the wonderful array of blocks on sale.

Back to stitching samples……

Textile workshops

The time for procrastination is over!!!

After a year of ups and downs it really is time I gave this a proper shot!

I am going to try to blog regularly from now on

Difficult to know where to start but I am beginning to recognise the ‘real me’

I had my flyers printed:-


and took the plunge in January to enter the Bucks Open Studios exhibition fortnight for the first time.  Thank you to the Queens Park Art Centre for letting me exhibit my textiles/mixed media work in the coffee shop.  The children who regularly visit the Centre loved my block printing demonstrations! Below  is just one example of the work they produced.  I made some very good contacts and new friends too.  Definitely worth doing.






Fabric Dyeing, Textile workshops

Ice-Cube Dyeing


Materials required

Soda Ash                                                          Procion MX dyes

Synthrapol                                                       A couple of small paintbrushes, one for each colour dye

A 1 litre jug                                                      Ice cubes

Rubber gloves                                                Protective face mask

Apron                                                                 Small pieces (say A4) size of neutral coloured cotton


  1. Put on apron, face mask and rubber gloves.  Soda ash is caustic so care must be taken when mixing.
  2. In a bucket or other suitable container, dissolve 5 tbsp of soda ash in 2 litres of warm water
  3. Soak cotton fabric in solution for 30 minutes
  4. Squeeze out and place first piece of fabric in bottom of the jug, scrunching up loosely
  5. Cover with a layer of ice cubes
  6. Wearing your protective mask to protect you from particles of dust, dip dry paintbrush into Procion MX dye powder. Give a little shake to remove excess.
  7. Then cover ice cubes with a fine dusting of the dye powder. (the bottom layer will take up the most dye so do not overload)
  8. Repeat with another colour or two as desired
  9. Rinse gloves
  10. Place next piece of fabric on top of ice cubes and repeat until jug is full of ice and fabric
  11. (A 1 litre jug should take about 3 layers)
  12. Cover container with plastic or an old towel and set aside for 24 hours or until ice cubes have melted
  13. Stand jug inside another container (for instance an old bowl) as it may overflow as the ice melts
  14. Rinse fabric thoroughly in cold water until it runs clear
  15. Soak in hot water and Synthrapol to remove soda ash
  16. Rinse and dry then iron for final colour setThe sample below show the subtle ‘flowery’ pattern that can be achieved using this method.  Here I have used Cerise, Scarlet, Lemon Yellow and Turquoise

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