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It’s summer time!

We have been treated to several weeks of warmer weather so I have been spending lots of time outdoors, taking photos of landscapes and hedgerows filled with with summer flowering willowherb, hogweed, poppies and clover to use in my next artworks. At the start of the month I visited the fabulous gardens at Sissinghurst and Great Dixter, finding botanical inspiration all around.

My last embroidery was completed in June; a springtime landscape of the Lammermuir Hills with lilac heathers and fresh greens. I was really pleased with the effect produced by the textured wool clouds rolling over the hilltops.

Green hillside embroidery landscape

My printed products have been selling very well at local outlets, especially the packs of notelets. I like to produce items that make beautiful gifts that are useful, too! Today I am picking out part of my latest spring landscape design to have it printed as notecards for my collection.

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New printed products coming soon

I’ve been quiet for a while but there is progress behind the scenes, don’t worry! I have just received a set of samples for new printed products from the excellent Dalkeith printers, Southfield Stationers. There will be new cards, notebooks and coasters in stock in my webshop very soon! Great gift items sharing a little bit of my original artwork, designed and printed in Scotland.

They feature my newest textile art designs based on a view down to St. Abbs harbour, green and ploughed fields of East Lothian and a late summer view of barley ears from West Mains farm.

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Bird Box

After six months of intense sewing to prepare for my exhibition last month, I’ve taken a short a break. Today I got back to action by making a storage box with this vibrant Hedgerow Birds fabric from Lewis and Irene.

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St Abbs Art Exhibition – more details

Here’s the official poster for the St Abbs Art Exhibition, with dates and opening times. The opening night is Friday 23rd March at 6pm. All are welcome. The exhibition is open from 11-3pm at the weekend and 10-3pm during the week, from Saturday 24th to Thursday 29th March. Do come along and see a wide variety of art styles from local artists based in the Scottish Borders and the Lothians.

Art Exhibition 2018 Poster, 24th to 29th March

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New designs

Two new designs have been sent off to the printers, this time in shades of blues, yellows and greens. One shows a springtime field of yellow rapeseed flowers dropping down towards the sea at St. Abbs. The other is a late summer view of the fields of East Lothian, with stormy clouds gathering and biscuit-coloured barley heads in the foreground. They will be available in my shop as coasters, cards and a notebook. If you’d like to see the original versions of these images, they will be shown in my exhibition at St Abbs’ Ebba Centre from 23rd to 29th March.