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  1. My favourite event of the year!

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    The Contemporary Textiles Fair

    Just over a week ago I took part in the Contemporary Textiles Fair at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington, near Richmond.

    Textiles Fair 2013   Textiles fair 2007
     My stand 2013  My stand 2007- just a little different!


    I've just figured out that I've done it every year since 2006! It was my first "bigger" event that I travelled too and not only is it full of amazing textiles and an audience who love textiles, it's also in a great venue - a converted gothic church.

    It's a great chance to meet up with other makers like Priscilla Jones, who also did her degree in Embroidery.

    Priscilla Jones

    Love these little flowers recycling vintage cotton reels

    Jennifer Hollingdale creates handmade quilts, prints and collages many of which use haberdashery or images taken from haberdashery and other small domestic items. Lovely work.


    Jennifer Hollingdale

    Jennifer Hollingdale detail
    Large hand embroidered quilt Detail

    New Jewellery Debut

    New haberdashery jewellery

    These new designs got their first outing at the Textiles Fair and went down well with the textile loving visitors. They aren't online as yet, I'm still trialling the designs by selling direct at events first. The next event is this weekend, 23 and 24th March at SOCK. There are pendants and earrings all made with vintage and modern haberdashery, but no wire stitching this time. Prices will be from around £13 to £25.

    New vintage hook earrings


    New designs coming soon in My Vintage Mother of Pearl Collection. These will be available soon, here's sneak preview of some earrings.

    Mother of pearl chandelier earrings

    What's next....

    I'm busy getting ready for this weekend's event and for the British Craft Trade Fair and for "Speedcraft" - a workshop with 6 makers and 6 activities and a bell to tell you when to change! That's on 27th April in Nottingham see for more details.


  2. Goodbye 2012 - Hello 2013!

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    2012 - Another Amazing Year

    Just a few highlights of a busy year in no particular order!

    Feature in Embroidery magazine

    Embroidery p30-31

    Embroidery p32-33

    Embroidery p34-35

    Read the article here.

    Other press in 2012 included Country Living, Homes and Antiques and Making Jewellery magazines.

    Collaboration with Jennifer Collier

    Jennifer made boxes from the old haberdashery cards for my jewellery


    Stocking the V&A

    The Victoria and Albert Museum in London have been stocking pieces from my Vintage Noir and Vintage Mother Of Pearl collections since May.

    Lorena studs

    Lorena studs, now at the V&A

    New Studio and New Home

    Two days after the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester I moved to Staffordshire, which involved moving house and studio. Very exciting, but not a week I would choose to repeat in a hurry!!


    My New Studio

    Studio Corner

    Finally unpacked and sorted out!


    There has been lots, lots, more, but if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you probably know all about it! And if not pop over there and have a look at all the photos! Thanks to all my customers, friends, family, fellow makers and social media addicts alike for their support in 2012.

    Hello 2013!

    My calendar is already looking pretty busy, kicking off with Top Drawer trade fair next week (see me on stand Y13!) and a photoshoot planned for mid January booked with Holly Booth.


    In case you have missed it on my home page there's 15% off my online shop until the end of january using the code Happy2103 at checkout.