The Crafty Owl Studio shop and courses are up and running again.  All sessions are run in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines.

Lovely Ladies !


Lots of fun stuff has been happening ! I’ll start with a photo of the 15th Halifax Holy Trinity Brownies who I mentioned in my previous post. We had a lovely afternoon with the group who wanted to learn hand embroidery. They all went home with a beautiful framed piece of work to hang on the wall. A very talented group of girls !



Max and Lily came for a day during the school holidays. Max finished the fab caterpillar cushion she started on her last visit, adding machine embroidery and details. She made her own piping and added a concealed zip. It all looked very professional.




The super clever Lily started and finished a fabulous oversized cushion for her bedroom piecing lots of bright pink fabrics and then appliqueing silver hologram letters.

She is a whizz on the sewing machine !




We had a lovely day working on Hardanger embroidery at the shop. This technique is Norwegian in origin and involves stitching small blocks of satin stitch (Kloster blocks) before cutting away areas of the fabric (very scary!) and then further embellishing with embroidery. My friend H is very accomplished in this method so we ran the session together. Here are some of the results …..












The following week at The Fabbadashery we had another day working my Shisha work Indian Elephant design. Excellent results, as before, even though it took some persuading to convince some of the group that the mirrors could be attached to the fabric with stitch alone, no glue !!


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Kate and Jo came for a day at my studio with Mum-in-law Wendy – a birthday treat for her. They all chose to make bags, but all chose completely different patterns and materials.




Jo wanted to make a large bag using wool fabric, but decided to embroider one of her own designs onto the fabric before she makes up the bag. Kate made a lovely panelled bag using some wool and some furnishing fabrics. Wendy made a very pretty bag in fresh pink and blue cotton fabrics including Cath Kidston.

This weekend we had a really good day learning Jacobean Crewelwork Embroidery. One of my favourite techniques. I think I have mentioned before that it is a traditional technique worked on a linen background with a fine wool yarn. I had designed a couple of options for the session, some chose the Jacobean flower and some the parrot. I made sure that people had chance to have a go at each of the stitches in the designs and gave them charts, diagrams and threads so that the pieces could be completed once they got home. Everyone commented on how calming and relaxing this technique is, there was an air of tranquillity in the classroom (for once !).

Oh, I’ve just tried to download photos of the crewelwork session and I’m having a bit of trouble with it so I’ll leave those ’til next time.

So, just to finish off, a couple of bits of news from this week. Firstly, it was my parents’ Diamond Wedding Anniversary (how does anyone manage 60 years together ?!) so we had a family gathering and a lovely lunchtime celebration. I took this photo so I’m the only one not on the picture (obviously !).




Next bit of news – I went to the Huntington’s Disease Conference in Preston last week. One of the speakers was my friend Jackie, the other was an American man called Jimmy Pollard who writes and lectures on the subject of HD. He has a Basset Hound called Burlap so I made him a little mini Burlap to take home ……




…. he seemed quite pleased !

And finally, I was very chuffed to discover that I have won the Bronte Quilt Challenge which has been at Bankfield Museum. The best thing was that the author Tracy Chevalier (‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ among many others) rang me herself to let me know ! She was so interesting to talk to.  I told her about the work we were doing with the ‘#hounds4huntingtons’ project too and she promptly made a generous donation to the Just Giving page. What a lovely lady !