Friday, 25 February 2011


Remind me, what is it I do? Weren't there supposed to be needles involved? Threads, even?
I've spent all week battling with cameras and computers. Trying to photograph work for sale or promo, without the help of any natural light whatsoever. Wrestling with the photos in PaintShopPro. And playing shopkeeper.

But, I'm now the proud owner of my very own shop! Well, the beginnings of... the shelves are still a bit bare. So that means I've got THREE shops open, with the Etsy and Folksy ones too.

Now *all* I need is some brilliant, irresistible new ideas to fill up the virtual shelves. Hmmm.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

craft&design Selected

Promotion is probably my least favourite part of what I do, but this week I’ve taken a giant step for Anne-kind – I’ve been accepted for the craft&design Selected online gallery.

Big thanks to Michael Ball of craft&design magazine who was very patient with me and my awkward pictures. Large box frames full of hundreds of tiny motifs, all casting shadows, really don’t work well when reduced to two inches – but I eventually thought of this piece that was a bit more suitable.

Click here to see my entry, or just go to New Entries where my little pic is (very briefly I expect) enjoying the limelight at the top of the page! It’s a wonderful place to find exciting work in all different crafts – I can happily browse for ages.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Machine Stitch Perspectives

I got this book for Christmas (or birthday? Hard to tell the difference for me, gg), and I’ve just finished reading it. Yes, I actually read every word, unlike most of my textile books where the pictures are enough. And yes, since you ask - it was worth it! I’ve taken it slowly, trying to squeeze the maximum from it and resisting the temptation to skim for once.

It’s a fascinating study of the different sewing/embroidery machines, historical and modern, showing how they’ve been used both in industry and by artists. Not too much looking back though, and a bearable amount of art-speak. The main thing that comes over is the huge potential of machine embroidery as an expressive medium. Definitely not a “how-to” or project book – which makes a very refreshing change, for me.

Edited by Alice Kettle and Jane McKeating, each chapter is by a different machine stitch expert. There are really inspiring chapters exploring stitched text, mark making, textured surfaces, issues-based work etc. Michael Brennand Wood’s chapter on “random precision” expresses what I try to do in my work much better than I ever can.

It’s very much a Manchester Metropolitan University (formerly Manchester Poly) book, drawing heavily on their enviable collection of machines and archive of embroidery. So occasionally you do wonder if there are better examples elsewhere, but not too often - the book is crammed with photos of wonderful art, fashion, and samples that you’re unlikely to have seen before unless you were lucky enough to be let loose at MMU yourself!

Highly recommended. And you can see for yourself – Amazon has LOTS of the pages on its “Look Inside”.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Sample Diary – January

So, as I mentioned earlier, each week this year I’m choosing a pic from the newspaper and making a little textile sample inspired by it. Keeping that up for a year is challenging enough, so no more rules – it’s just for fun, and variety, playing with a wider range of materials and techniques than I usually use these days.
It’s really just for me, but as I’ve nothing else to put on here just now I thought I’d show the January pieces.
These came from the partial eclipse, an endangered coral, a hot air balloon festival, and a pound shop!