All the News
Catch up with our newsletters
Latest from the blog…
More from the blog…
Latest update on Laura
Laura has had her surgery and is back home from hospital.
Important News – Please Read This
Laura has been diagnosed with cancer.
Another Moth Quilt!
Linda's working on a series of quilts featuring moths. See how she's progressing!
Two Days on the Madeira Stand at the NEC
Take a look at how we spent two days with Madeira Garne at the National Exhibition Centre last week.
The Monoprinted Moths are Multiplying!
See how Linda has incorporated her mono prints into her latest two quilt tops. She explains how she's tackling the quilting.
Adding texture to the sketchbook page
When the surface quality of the paper in your sketchbook is boring try gesso for added textural interest.
Making it Belong
Here's an effective way to integrate isolated elements into a sketchbook by extending drawing beyond the edges of the shape. Works with altered books too!
Mixing it up!
Variety of art mediums is the way to get lots of mileage from a single source of inspiration in a sketchbook.
Adding Text to the Moth Quilt Top
Today I printed lots of text to my quilt top so I'd have shapes to quilt.
Framing a monoprinted screenprint
We'd had a screen printing session at Laura's studio during the holidays and it reminded me I'd got a heap of prints I'd made ages ago. I loved this combo print of screenprint and monoprint.
Make a paper-wrapped lantern to decorate your Christmas table or fireside this festive season.
Robin Greetings Card
Download our robin image and make your own Christmas cards.
CS: Drawing Reflective Objects
See how we've been drawing reflective objects in our sketchbooks using graphite and charcoal pencils.
CS – Identifying tonal changes
Are you working on our Creative Sketchbooks course? Here are some tips for drawing reflective objects such as the cutlery we draw in Module 1.
3D Printed Rubbing Plates
We've been experimenting with 3D printers to make rubbing plates. Take a look at how we've been getting on...
Summer Stitch-Along – Finishing
It's the final week of the Summer Stitch Along. It's time to finish off the bookwrap, bind the edges and get it fitted onto your book!
Summer Stitch-Along – 1 Embellishment
Quilt the pieced area of your bookwrap using embellishments with either tufts or beads!
Summer Stitch-Along – 2 Stitches
This week let's do some stitching - we challenge you to quilt or embroider your bookwrap with two stitches of your choice.
Summer Stitch-Along – 3 Techniques Part 3
It's the final part of Three Techniques week and we're printing. Just cut your shape as a simple print block and away you go!
Summer Stitch-Along – 3 Techniques Part 2
Add to your bookwrap with bonded applique shapes. Have fun exploding your pieced design into something more freeform and organic!
Summer Stitch-Along – 3 Techniques Part 1
Choose a shape and work it three ways! This week on the Stitch-Along we'll be using English Paper Piecing, Applique and Print. Today, it's time for the English Paper Piecing, so grab your thimble and let's begin!
Summer Stitch-Along – 4 Fabrics
Let’s get started with sorting some fabrics for the bookwrap. We’ve intended this project to be a scrap buster and we hope you’ll be able to source everything you need from your stash.
Summer Stitch-Along – 5 Colours, with Linda
Linda shows you her starting point and colour choices for the Summer Stitch Along.
Summer Stitch-Along – 5 Colours
It's time to establish a colour scheme for the Summer Stitch Along project. See how we've started to find a collection of colours that work and follow our steps to do the same with your own inspirational source.
With summer in full swing here in the UK we hope that you’ll want to join in with our first Summer Stitch-Along. We love to have a small project to work on, use up scraps and experiment with ideas so we’ve designed this project for you to work along with us on. Each week we’ll reveal a little more of the Stitch-Along to you, suggest ideas that you might try, demonstrate techniques and of course, show you how our own projects are coming along.
See how Linda's Handprinted Sketchbook is coming along...
A closer look at the Porthole Dress
Take a closer look at the details of Laura's dress with Porthole Pockets.
Drawing and Painting
Linda's enjoying more sketchbook drawing and painting today. With spring in the air the garden provides the inspiration.
Working into Printed Sketchbook No. 2
See how Linda is making one of Laura's printed sketchbooks her own!
Re-making an Agar Gel Print Plate
Re-cast your veggie-jelli printing plate for perfect monoprints.
See how Linda's been drawing into the handprinted sketchbook that Laura made.
Take a peek at pages from Laura's sketchbooks.
Art Kit Essentials
Laura's art kit essentials for sketchbook working on the go.
Giveaway: Show us your workspace
Show us your workspace and something you've made recently for a chance to win a lovely arty prize!
Organise your Stuff
Organise your stuff, make it pretty, use it up!
Don't bin those greetings cards. Re-purpose them for English paper piecing.
Sort your Scraps
Sort your fabric stash and get through those scraps!
Sharpen those Pencils!
Get your workspace ready! It sounds like procrastination, but seriously, sharpen those pencils...
Glitter Christmas Cards
Help the creative kids make their own greetings cards with glue and glitter.
Advent Art Challenge
Add colour to the Advent Art Challenge tags with pastel and spray paint.
See how to handprint your own beautiful giftwrap and tags.
How to paint a bird’s eye
Learn how to paint a bird's eye to add detail to your applique Partridge in a Peartree panel.
Inspired by Ceramics: Table Runner Part 2
In the second part of this workshop, see how Linda's added decorative quilting and appliqué detail to the table runner using digital embroidery, machine quilting and hand quilting. You can use any combination of these to complete your own version!
Inspired by Ceramics: Table Runner – Part 1
Follow our lead and be inspired by your tableware to make a perfectly coordinating table runner. In this workshop Linda will show you how to use a simple 'stitch and flip' process to quilt-as-you-go. All you need are some fabric scraps that coordinate with your ceramics and you'll be ready to start.
Flower Painting: Lilac
Summer is the perfect time for enjoying the garden for all its inspiration. See how Linda's flower painting in her sketchbook using a layered approach with pen and watercolour to create a beautiful study of lilac.
All That Glitters
Laura explores the different paints and other media to use when you want to add a glint of gold to your work. See how she uses gilding with faux gold leaf to add beautiful richness to her sketchbook pages.
Traveller’s Journal: Recipe Book
Add an illustrated recipe book to your Traveller's Journal. In this workshop Linda will show you how she's collating her favourite tried and tested recipes into a beautifully illustrated book that could become an heirloom! She's using pen and watercolour onto a mix of papers in the book with the addition of simple pockets to stash loose sheets and ephemera.
Traveller’s Journal: Booklets
Learn how to bind your own booklets to sit inside your Traveller's Journal cover. Laura will show you how to stitch a binding and share ideas for papers to include and how to make a useful pocket book.
Traveller’s Journal: The Cover
Discover how to make your own customisable traveller's journal. In this first part of a series of workshops we'll look at how to make the soft fabric cover, internal pockets and the elastic binding system.
A range of simple folded inserts can add such interest to art quilts. Every seam is an opportunity to add something extra!
Join Linda and Laura in the studio as they chat while Laura works on monoprinting a new quilt top. See how she applies some of the methods we've shown recently on DMTV and listen as they discuss how ideas are developed and finished pieces come to be.