Long Tailed Tit & SAW

Following on from a late May post, my Long-tailed Tit piece is now complete and at the framers ready for Somerset arts Week.

This piece was based on a stunning photograph by Carl Bovis.  Carl is a Somerset Photographer who has a great blog that you can link to here.


This piece will be one of 6-7 originals that I will have on view and for sale at venue 19 during Somerset Arts week (23rd September – 7th October).


As well as originals there will be a selection of giclee prints and greetings cards.  I am exhibiting as part of a group alongside Casey Jon, Scarlett Martin, Suzy Parker, Angie Rooke, Sarah Truscott and Hannah Willow.  The art includes, textiles, weaving, ceramics and paintings.

Venue 19 can be found at North Wootton Village Hall, 5 Pilton Rd, North Wootton, Shepton Mallet, BA4 4ET

We are open everyday between Saturday 23rd September until Saturday the 7th of October 11am – 6pm.  I hope to be there as much as possible but will not be there everyday.

Hope you can pop along and see us.


CQW ‘Unfolding Stories 2’ Rook Lane, Frome

As a member of the group Contemporary Quilters West, we are currently holding our biennial exhibition at Rook Lane in Frome, Somerset.


Read more about us here CQW

The building is stunning, it was built in 1707 a non-conformist chapel and as such is large, light and airy and has plenty of space for each of the pieces show at their best.  In 1968 the chapel closed and was abandoned and vandalised, falling into terrible disrepair. Fortunately, after many years it was rescued and renovated by its present owners, NVB Architects who also run it as a community arts centre – hence our presence here.

There are works on show from 15 of our members and all the pieces have a story to tell!  The exhibition is called ‘Unfolding Stories’ and the work shows the progress we have made since the last exhibition.  We do not set a theme to our exhibitions which makes it a very interesting body of work.

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We have had lovely visitors who have enjoyed chatting about the work on show and quite often the stitching they have been involved with.

On Sunday the 3rd of July we will be having a ‘Meet the Artists’ day with tea and cakes, it would be great to see you!

The exhibition runs until Tuesday, 5th July between 10-5pm – and Frome Festival starts today too – so there is lots to see and do in Frome over the next few days. We look forward to seeing you!
Venue:  Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1DN
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There is only disabled parking at the Gallery, parking is available in town.  There is quite a steep hill to reach us so you may wish to drop anyone who may struggle with this hill at the gallery before parking.
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A Rook for Rook Lane

So many ideas and so little time…

The Contemporary Quilters West exhibition in Frome, Somerset is fast approaching and we need to submit our pieces for selection on May the 18th…. panic is starting to set in having lost two weeks to the holidays.  I have 3 more pieces I want to enter (with the idea of a 4th) – 2 of these pieces are in the planning stage at this point with this piece underway, awaiting stitching.

K3N gave me the idea of this piece, saying ‘you’ve got to do a Rook for the Rook Lane Exhibition’.  I am fascinated in Corvids generally but the beak of the Rook gives a good contrast against all those sleek dark feathers .

The idea is a great one and I have loved selecting the fabrics.  When you study Rooks closely their feathers are made up of the most beautiful ‘petrol’ colours.  Below are a selection of the fabrics I had to choose from.


I want this Rook to look stark and a little sinister and really like the contrast against the backing fabric (which I currently have absolutely no idea how I will quilt).


I enjoyed a shopping trip to Midsomer Quilting to select some appropriate threads.  Now the Easter holidays are almost over I can get myself back out into the workshop on Monday and get some pieces underway.  I look forward to showing some progress over the coming days/weeks…..