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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.

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French knots take over

For my latest artwork I have been recreating a field of rapeseed flowers with vibrant yellow threads and many, many French Knots! This is a view of St Abbs in late spring/early summer. I have a great selection of works completed now, for the St Abbs Art Exhibition at the end of the month. Can’t wait to see them all on display! This design will be used for printed products available in my shop soon! I love the impressionist look of the design and the fresh, spring colours.

Fields at St Abbs showing french knot flowers
Fields at St Abbs
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Textile Techniques Class – moving onto some embroidery

This week my students looked at using waste fabric to stitch on anything, where the waste fabric is pulled out thread-by-thread after stitching has been completed.

My students had chosen gorgeous embroidery kits from Nancy Nicholson and we hooped them up and started with the simpler stitches. This was continued for a second week. The designs really start to stand out with the threads giving a such a tactile 3D quality to the design. We discussed what to do with the finished piece, from backing it and attaching it to the front of a bag or box, making it into a decorative cushion panel or simply stretching it over an art canvas for hanging on the wall for all to admire our handiwork.

As this was a longer session we chose some gorgeous wool fabrics and starting cutting out pieces to make beautiful storage bag-boxes in our next class, to be embellished with our stitched designs. Can’t wait to show off my students’ work in my next post.