Friday, 20 December 2013

Crafts with Kids over Christmas

It's that time of year again!  I think that Christmas, or more specifically, the hustle, bustle and trimming that goes along with it, is somewhat overrated (sorry to those of you who just love it!).  Put a collection of people with different ages and interests together under one roof for a considerable length of time and there is bound to be some degree of annoyance. It's probably impossible to avoid this, but the trick is managing it effectively. To that end what about getting the kids sewing this Christmas?  It keeps them quiet for a good long while and different members of the family such as mum or grandma can oversee progress and give help or advice when needed. In the longer term you could be giving them a life-long interest and a creative outlet that they will be very grateful for in years to come. There are 10 wonderful little free projects at .  I particularly like this bird, but there are other less seasonal ones to choose from too.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

James Bartholomew

I just love 'immediate' vibrant artwork in most guises and, in my humble opinion, James Bartholomew is one of the best when it comes to animals.  He doesn't overwork and lose the vivacity and vibrancy of the subject but at the same time the detail is still wonderful.  I just have to stop going into the gallery - I always come out with something.  There is always something which 'speaks' to me.  I wonder if there is a textile equivalent of James?!!  Anyone know them?!!!!!!!  You can find more of Jame's work at the Mill Gallery in Parbold or online at

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Stitch Article

We've had a lovely article done on one of our students in Stitch magazine.  Abi Barcay is one of our New Zealand students who has done Level 3 certificate and is now just completing her Diploma with us.  You can download the full article from our Facebook group in the file area if you don't receive Stitch magazine yourself.  A huge congratulations to Abi. 

We were also thinking that it would be great to compile a series of 'success stories' from our students past and present. Newbies are always asking what those who graduate are doing and something like this is so inspiring for them - do let us know more if you have graduated with us and what you are doing now.

Our leak problems

Gosh it is a long time since I posted - so sorry to all. 

We had a big problem at home with a water pipe connection giving way in our lounge ceiling - see photo.  We've been drying out over the last 3 weeks and everything has been at sixes and sevens so to speak, so blogging wasn't the first thing on my mind!

I do however promised to blog more consistently from now on - I've asked everyone in the office to nag me mercilessly unless i do, so hopefully you'll hear a little more from me!