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foxglove bodnant close up

My fourth year of being in the North Wales Helfa Gelf Open Studio. Was open last week and had a lot of very nice people visiting my studio.

Studio Open tomorrow 11am – 5pm.



Above shows the Foxglove Wall Hanging that I proudly had on display during August and September this year (2016) in the Pin Mill at the National Trust Bodnant Gardens. Along with twenty other ladies from my local Embroiderers Guild Group (North Wales), we had our work displayed throughout the garden, mostly hanging from the trees in the wind and the rain that was quite prevalent during that period!! My wall hanging  was protected from the weather inside the Pin Mill, so I didn’t have to worry so much about the weather!


The Pin Mill in Bodnant Garden…


My textile wall hanging on show on the back wall of the Pin Mill

I had a lot of admiration for my work, where many people thought that it was just a painting, but in fact it was hand painted with thickened dyes and free machine embroidery, with the individual foxgloves attached with stitching onto the 8ft long cotton sheet.


Individual flower painted with dye and before cutting out and attaching on the main piece.


Close up of attaching individual foxgloves to the backing sheet.

The whole exhibition was made in relation to the one hundred year celebration of the garden designer Capability Brown. Although, Bodnant was not one of his creations, it was decided by our group that the garden would be an excellent and suitable location to showcase our work.

Here are some of the other beautiful exhibits shown in the Exhibition.


Moya McCarthy’s free machine embroidered flowers displayed in the Boat Hut


Beryl Trimby’s felt wild flower hanging also in the Pin Mill


Pamela Headon’s Four Seasons’ woven hangings displayed in the Alder trees


Katie Robinson’s ‘Magnolia’ displayed in the Alder Trees



A number of different exhibitors banners also in the Alder Trees

Hopefully, we will be exhibiting our work in other places in the future and also carry out further work with Bodnant Garden, as this was such a very interesting and enjoyable project to do.


Very pleased to say that our Embroiderer’s Guild / National Trust Bodnant Garden Project is going along well. It is early days, but all our design plans have been approved by the garden and have been given the go ahead to be made. The above image shows my design plan, with foxgloves in front of the Bodnant Garden’s Pin Mill. I hope to make this into a large textile banner made from a cotton sheet with a calico backing, hand painted with thickened dyes and free machine embroidery. More layers of flowers will be attached getting larger in scale, nearer to the front of the banner.

The final exhibition will be held throughout the garden the last week in August and first two weeks in September. Updates to come!

Start of a new year but as well as starting new work from scratch, I thought it would be a good idea to move some existing work along to reach its next stage, free machine and hand embroidery.


I had the inspiration for my Daisy Textile Art from my photographs that I’d taken in a beautiful garden we had visited during the ‘Open Gardens’ Event in Llangernyw, North Wales during the summer of 2014.


I lied the idea of combining both photographs together to be my starting point of my artwork. I firstly drew the design using pencil onto a ‘prepared’ vintage 100% cotton sheet. (fabric had been rinsed in a sodawash solution, so the dyes will develop). I then added my first layers of colour, by painting thickened ‘Procion MX’ dyes onto the sheet, similar to painting with watercolours or thin acrylics or fabric paint. I use dye, as I find it has beautiful translucent colour that when ‘layered’ with other colours where needed, make new shades or depth of colour. I also find that using dyes on fabric when set does not stiffen the fabric, unlike fabric paint (which sits on the top of the fabric), so they make the fabric much more suitable for further embellishment.


This final stage of painting has taken a long time to do, as I have been working on other pieces of work in between. I am now in the process of setting the dyes by heat. As I haven’t got a steamer to do this, I usually let the fabric dry after it has been standing for 24 hours or more between plastic sheets, then steam iron the work for 5 minutes. I then will rinse the fabric in cold water removing extra dye.

I’ll show you further progress once I’ve started the free machine and hand embroidery.



Studio view

Studio view

One of my Textile Art pictures with cards and commission work.

One of my Textile Art pictures with cards and commission work.

My Helenium Textile Art and cushion designs.

My Helenium Textile Art and cushion designs.

Helenium Textile Art

Helenium Textile Art

Dahlia, Echinaecea and Wild Garlic Cushion

Dahlia, Echinaecea and Wild Garlic Cushion

Blue Geranium, Sunflower and Cornish Wild flower Cushions.

Blue Geranium, Sunflower and Cornish Wild flower Cushions.

Badger and White rose cushions

Badger and White rose cushions

Other cushions including Amarylis, Artichoke and Pink Geranium.

Other cushions including Amarylis, Artichoke and Pink Geranium.

Spent a very enjoyable weekend meeting the general public who visited my own ‘Helfa Gelf’ Open Studio Event. This was part of the annual event held all over North Wales, which has now been running for ten years. It gives the public a wonderful insight into where the artists do their work and to meet them personally. (for more information – Helfa Gelf Open Studios)

I have been involved in the Open Studio Event now for four years and thoroughly enjoy showing people my textile art and cushion designs, as well as explaining the processes involved with painting with thickened dyes onto fabric and adding free machine embroidery. Much of my inspiration is from nature and especially my own photography where I love taking pictures of flowers and landscape.

You can see more of my work at

My cushions and textile art can be purchased at present by contacting me personally and I also welcome commission work.                       Email :



I am a member of the’Helfa Gelf’ Open Studio Project ( here in North Wales, which every September offers the general public the unique insight into artists and craft peoples working environments and a chance to see their work in close up.  

This is my second year of participating and I have just exhibited for my first full weekend. I’ve worked very hard towards completing new textile art pictures and more cushions, as well as designs on bags and covers for diaries etc. which I am showing in my ‘studio’ (which is my conservatory). I paint the designs using thickened dyes, then free machine embroider over the top.

So far, I’ve had some very interested people coming around to my home, and am going be opening next weekend as well.

Thanks to all who visited as it was lovely to hear all the lovely, inspiring comments but hopefully the weather will be a lot friendlier next week!

Have a look at my website to see more of my work. I am always interested in taking on `Commission work.



'Long walk home' inspired by Gadd

‘Farm house in Winter’ inspired by Gadd

'Study of Autumn Leaves'

‘Study of Autumn Leaves’

I’ve been attending an Art Class in Rhyl Library, North Wales for the past two years which is run by Jim Taylor. It’s a great class, as well as being very sociable and fun, I think I have learnt an awful lot more, especially with using acrylics. (a medium I have never used before.)

We were recently invited to submit two pieces of work that we were particularly pleased with, so I submitted theses pieces. I really love the acrylic painting of the leaves as it holds great memories for me of going for a walk in the Conwy Valley in North Wales during autumn time. I enjoy taking photographs and particularly liked this one, so continued on to paint it in acrylics.

Acrylics are very versatile as an art media as they can be used in a number of ways, like water colours or as my picture, with many layers of thick paint, similar to an oil painting. I enjoy using them like oils, but think they have the advantage of being more ‘artist friendly’.

The top picture was copied in pencil from a picture produced by our Tutor Jim Taylor, who in turn was inspired by the original by  Gadd who produces many pictures of North Wales.


Very proud to see my cushions displayed in Molly and mabel Gift shop!


Open Studio, this weekend 15th – 16th September

Finished textile art

one of the pieces I have on show at my open studio.

I’m opening up my ‘studio’ to the general public this weekend, being a member of the ‘Helfa Gelf’ North Wales Art trail. This means finishing all my work, including textile art and cushions as well as tidying the downstairs of our house!!!!

For more details of this event look at where I am Artist number 84.