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New Year, Exciting Times!

I can’t quite believe we are at the end of January!

It has been a fairly busy month for me.



My January Adventures


I went to visit my brother at Southwold on the 11th of January and, of course, I had to walk along the beach. It was ‘blow the cobwebs away’ kind of day, with the sky and sea looking quite dramatic. I am always taking photos for inspiration and this particular one has definitely inspired me, I love the foam strands on the sand.

I feel a piece of work coming on! 

I am also very fortunate to be going away to California Sands for a few days with Jane. Again, I will be right on the beach, looking for inspiration and, hopefully, creating something new. Watch this space!



Cambridge Art Makers


I am delighted that to be teaching a 10 week course and day courses at Cambridge Art Makers in Linton, for the first time. 


The 10 week course is using textiles and mixed media and hope to continue this throughout the year.

10am - 1pm every Wednesday during term time.If you are interested in joining, please click on the link for more details https://www.cambridgemakers.org/I




Workshops


Little Book of Stitches


Saturday 17th February is the start of The Little Book of Stitches 3 day Course over 6 weeks at Mellymade Designs Studio.


There are still some spaces available, click on the link for more details.





A Bag of Threads


Thursday 29th February sees me at another new venue, The Galleria – Burton Latimer, Kettering.I will be teaching ‘A Bag of Threads’




In addition, I will be holding workshops and talks with quilting and sewing groups throughout February. 

New workshops at Mellymade Designs have been added to my website - including a guest tutor, the fabulous Paula Watkins, who will be visiting me in May.

I can’t wait for her to be here.


Aahiliya Holidays


I am so exciting to be going back to India and I will be leading two holidays in March 2025 with Aahilya Holidays.


Textiles and Temples of

Central India


Highlights Of The Tour

  • Jeep Safari at Bandhavgarh National Park 

  • Visit Western Group of temples 

  • Visit Chanderi Village and see the technique of Chanderi sari weaving 

  • Explore the heritage town of Chanderi 

  • Visit to little village near Bhopal to understand the technique of Dhurrie Making 

  • Visit Tribal museum in Bhopal 

  • Participate in Gond painting workshop and see the zari embroidery work

  • Participate in Batik & Block printing workshops

  • Aarti ceremony at Narmada river

  • Visit to Rehwa society and learn the weaving techniques of Maheshwari saris

  • Explore Old Delhi and Dilli Haat



Block Printing and Cultural Tour

of the Golden Triangle

with Alexandra Wallet


Highlights Of The Tour

• Jaipur, known for its vibrant colours, is every photographer’s dream city.

• Capture Jaipur’s charm by photographing its rustic appeal, ancient structures, bustling bazaars and winding paths

• Visit the Anokhi Museum, a museum dedicated to Indian textiles and hand-block printing.

• Participate in a block printing workshop with expert block printers to learn the traditional technique of block prints.

• Visit handmade paper factories to learn the process of paper making from recycled cotton fabric and later visit to artisans’ workshop to see the process of blue pottery.

• Visit the home of an Indian family to learn some traditional Indian & Rajasthani

recipes and enjoy hot & freshly cooked dinner with the family.

• Participate in Aari – Tari embroidery

workshop with master craftsman.

• Learn miniature painting from an expert artist.



So, lots to look forward to. I hope that I will see you on my continuing textile journey.


Have a great month, Sit, Sew and Create! 




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