Saturday, 8 October 2016

Wellness Crafternoon!

Join Holly of Reframe Pilates and I for a Wellness Crafternoon Workshop!

Holly and I met and bonded over a shared love of pilates & knitting and are teaming up to bring you a cosy afternoon of mindful movement, creative crafting and some delicious tea, cakes and bubbles!!

The afternoon will kick off with a dynamic and flowing 50 min pilates session with Holly, to get us moving and energised. Afterwards, we will refuel and reward our bodies with some delicious teas and cakes. In the next hour, I will show you how to arm knit a cosy winter snood and you will leave with a beautiful and completed snood that will keep you (or a loved one) cosy all winter long!! Following that, Holly will lead us through a 1 hour restorative pilates/mindfulness session, focusing on stretching and releasing your body and relaxing your mind with a calming meditation. Join us at the end for a glass of bubbles, because after all that, we have definitely earned it!! 

Date: Saturday 19th November 2016
Time: 1-4:30pm
Location: The Prince Regent Pub in Herne Hill SE24
Cost: £60 per person 
*Early Bird booking is £50 per person, if you book before 19th October*
What's Included: 2 pilates sessions (all mats and equipment provided), knitting instruction (yarn and everything you need to knit your snood is provided), a guided meditation, tea, cake & bubbles!

We welcome seasoned pilates and knitting enthusiasts as well as complete newbies, so don't be shy - let's get moving and crafting!!

To book or for any other enquiries please email me at

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Monday, 1 June 2015

Thailand Academy 3: Thai Textile

In April I was offered the amazing opportunity to go to Thailand as part of the Tourist Authority of Thailand's Thailand Academy 3: Thai Textiles programme.  Groups of designers from various countries took part in a trip to discover more about Thai textiles.  I was thrilled to be part of the group from the UK, and to visit the province of Nan in the northeast of the country to learn about traditional Thai Lue textiles.  After arriving in Bangkok, we travelled to Nan to work alongside the weavers and seamstresses in the Chansom Workshop where the Thai Lue fabrics are made.  Whilst in the workshop we made products using the fabric. 

The UK team of designers and press with the director of the Tourist Authority of Thailand
Cotton yarns handspun in Nan province
The beautiful landscape outside our hotel in Nan province
Thai Lue fabric at the Chansom Workshop
Working at the Chansom Workshop
The looms at the Chansom Workshops, making various traditional fabrics
Chansom Workshop
My finished cushion piece

This project offered me an amazing opportunity to learn about the whole process of textile production, from plant to finished fabric.  I learnt how to spin cotton (a very tricky process!), saw the fabric being woven, and then got the chance to work with the fabric myself as well as seeing how it was used by local people.  It was fascinating to see this entire process being done in one village.  It was a pleasure to work alongside the staff of the Chansom Workshop and learn about life in Nan province.  Many thanks to TAT for the opportunity.

Cambrian Mountains Design Challenge 2015

I was very pleased to be a finalist in the Cambrian Mountains Design Challenge.  The aim of the project was to design and make a project using Cambrian Mountains wool from the heart of Wales.  I submitted designs for furniture pieces upholstered with fabric made using the wool.  My design used a traditional Aran stitch, combined with crochet, my first piece that combined both knit and crochet in the same pieces.  The project was perfect for my focus on British wool - the Cambrian wool was lovely to work with and was very suited to the fabrics I had designed.  A variety of pieces have been made by designers using the wool, and the pieces will be on a tour of the UK until the end of 2015.  Details of the exhibition venues can be found on the Cambrian Wool website

                                                           The Cambrian Chair
                                           Detail of the traditional Aran stitch used

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Knit exhibition

I am pleased to have work included in the Knit exhibition at Cartwright Hall, part of Bradford Museums and Galleries.  On the 22nd March I will be giving a talk and demonstration as part of the exhibition.
Chunky Crochet Cushion

Recent Press

Country Living magazine, February 2015, 'Winter Warmers' feature

Knitting magazine, January 2015, 'The Crafter' column

AnOther magazine, S/S 15.  Commission crochet pieces for shoot

Knitting magazine, February 2015, 'The Crafter' column