Cardboard Etching

In this archive collection of 3 video workshops Linda will show you how simple cardboard can be used to make a print plate which can be inked in a similar way to a traditional etching. See how to print from the plate without using an expensive press, and how you can finally tint the print to make each one unique.


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Videos in this collection

Cardboard Etching – Colouring

Add colour and definition to prints with mixed media.

Cardboard Etching – The Printing

If you’ve made a cardboard plate, now’s the time to print from it. Linda demonstrates two methods, with a press and without.

Cardboard Etching – Making the Plate

Create print effects similar to etching without the harsh chemicals and tricky equipment. Linda’s using simple materials that you may already have to hand.

  • It was great to see your stand at the NEC – absolutely bussing with wonderful artworks and of course people! I loved watching the painting of the tea cups too…

    Your thoughts on the smocked garments and the comparison with kimonos is interesting….

    I wish you well with this new blog. Jill

  • Welcome to blogland! I've subscribed and I'll come back and read later.


  • Thanks for sharing the photos! They are fabulous close up.

  • I'm looking forward to following your new blog. Your comment about all the best things in life being completely pointless had me laughing out loud. So true! Happy Easter!

  • What fabulous photos wish I could have been there! Best wishes for your new blog, you are now bookmarked! Happy Easter.

  • Oh I would love to see those pieces for real ! They are just fabulous…
    I will follow you, because I already saw your work and Linda's.

  • Lovely photos of the smocks. Good luck with your blog, I've added yours to mine.

  • Good luck with your new blog.
    I've just added you to my favourites :o)

  • Lovely photos Laura. I've seen your quilting inspired by the hedgerows and it's wonderful. Happy Easter.

  • Enjoyed seeing Bobby's work and the rest of the group at the show. Also looking forward to another workshop with her at the end of the month.

  • Have been catching up on your new blog, thanks for a taste of the NEC show, makes me sorry I couldn't get there this year. I also have 'Bobby Studio' envy, going back there in August for my second visit. Good luck with the blog, although I'm not sure where you are going to find the time to fit it in!

  • I am not a tech geek either, but I love looking at the designs and the incredible advances that have taken place. The robot? No, thanks, unless he cleans windows and my studio. πŸ™‚ I wish those that design would look at the beauty of Art Deco and Art Nouveau for some ideas. I'd love to have a TV or computer with some beautiful ancanthus leaves or a curve here and there. Loved the speakers!

  • Perfect!

  • Great Laura, you have given me inspiration to start in my sketchbook again. I have neglected it for so long. I have been perfecting my calligraphy; so maybe getting that into a real sketchbook will help me to start drawing around the words:)

  • I think you're right to keep the hair "loose" so all the focus is drawn to the eyes. It's a strong image.

  • I love all these and enjoyed the video so much. I've bought myself some sheets of gelatine to try some out first!

  • The little journal is a gorgeous find. However I think the little nest may be a goldfinch's. They are so light, they easily get blown out of trees.

  • A lovely little journal. It looks like just the right size to hold in your hand. Swooning over the nest! The diary writer sounds like my Gram. I have one of her diaries and the entries revolve around her weight (;D), what she planted in the garden, and what I did while staying with her (I was about Amelie's age during this diary.) Simple entries, but so much my Gram. Wishing you and yours a beautiful weekend.

  • I love the idea of the layers of two different journals of two different people in one book. Now I want to look for a slightly-used journal!

  • I think the answer to "What's it about" could be "It's very complicated, I doubt you'd understand"
    But then that may be why I don't have any friends! The journal is lovely, what a great find.

  • Hi everyone, thanks for your comments! Jill you might be right as there seem to be lots of goldfinches around here at the moment.

  • You live in a beautiful village. I marvel at old buildings. Of course, here in the states, old isn't that old compared to Europe. πŸ™‚ I love to walk through old cemeteries to look at the tombstones. The old, weathered etchings and words are so beautiful. I think I would be flattered if someone wanted to "rub" my tombstone. Amelie looks quite the princess strolling down the garden path, especially with the little May trees lining it. Have a wonderful week.

  • Awesome portraits, your information is so helpful to learn the drawing in a effective way.
    Drawing classes

  • Buy the time the corn is ripe, Amelie will have the appropriate teeth to enjoy it. I love scientic drawings. The details and interesting tidbits always draw me in.

  • Ooh…I wish you wouldn't talk about teeth! I need a dentist visit….but I don't want to go! Why are we…at least a lot of us…so nervous of the dentist?
    I can't believe that little bundle has so many teeth already. Gosh they grow up fast…and I LOVE your work.

  • I love those buildings…and the 'feelings' they evoke. We in NZ have no buildings of that age and when we visited the UK I had to run my hands over them, imagining who had touched them in the past.
    Looking forward to your DMTV lesson!

  • What is the name of the castle and cemetery?

  • This is a fabulous drawing. I hope you'll show more of your drawings on the blog.

  • Hi Karin, The building is our Parish church. It's called All Saints and I think according to the short history I've read, that the castellations and buttresses that make it look rather castle-like were added in the 15th Century. The grave stones in the photo are much more recent though – 18th Century I think.
    Thanks for dropping by the blog,

  • I love the stone floor in the china building. I grew up in Seattle, Wa. There is a whole city under the current one. I too, would be hesitant to dive into a tunnel. I guess I have watched too many B movies from the 1940's. LOL! Now I am going to look and see if I have any Coalport teacups in my collection! You do live in an enchanting area.

  • What a lovely part of the world you live in ( can't complain, though, where I am in Devon is wonderful too) – but I've not explored Staffs and Shrops area much….. I love old buildings and in particular churches and can easily spend hours in graveyards, I find them fascinating!!

  • Thanks for this post. I am a Mature [very] Fine Arts student and I think I will start a couple of Art Journals over the long summer vac. I have a little old book [printed 1950s ] The Book of Hints and Wrinkles and another more contemporary book about Rothko. I hope to use them as less threatening way of exploring……..

  • I love driving over Clee. It always feels so remote and bleak.

  • I love the windows in the Feathers. You do visit beautiful towns and I thank you for sharing a glimpse here.

  • Ooh thanks for the post on Ludlow! I am visiting Shropshire later in the year (for a workshop at Bobby's) so I'm planning a day out in Ludlow while I'm there, will have to check out the market days x

  • Lin

    Stunning! I am heading to her blog asap!

  • Laura, the plates are gorgeous. They have that "flow blue" and aged qualities that modern dishes lack. I love the designs. I wonder if that is why some were thinner back in the day – ogling the dinnerware instead of eating. πŸ™‚ It does give new meaning to "waiter, there is a fly in my soup!". Lovely gilded cloth. You always get my creative "what it" juices going. Thanks!

  • Aaah, thanks Jeannie! The nasturtium plate is still my favourite. It might have to feature in a still life at some point. Thanks from dropping by. Laura x

  • Lin

    Love your metal leaf samples – it's an interesting idea to experiment with. Know exactly what you mean by that blue/green – so much more subtle. Thanks for posting.

  • Thank you to show us so fabulous dishes…Is that what we call "Wedgwood dishes " ????

    This * blue * is marvellous.


  • These are some great looking paintings. Is it possible to order these for digital printing here in New York City? Thanks again, wonderful work!

  • Hi Richard, Great to hear you've enjoyed seeing the paintings. We digitally print them to fabric here in the UK and are happy to ship to the US. If you'd like a quote on postage costs just let me know. Laura

  • They all look lovely. It reminds me of a friend who we used to go to dinner with. She collected Delft and she used it all too. Always interesting meals with never a plate matching but they all have a thread of a theme.

  • I have a lovely old teal blue rectangular deep meat dish Laura if you're interested. It's by F & Sons, Burslem 'Argyll' with an elaborate floral design and what's left of a gold edging. It's approx. 11"x15".

  • Lucky you

  • What fabulous work. Thanks for sharing.

  • I enjoyed reading this… made me think….life can get too busy and it's important to settle down quietly. I love that you brought a new sketch book, I have several empty but they contain my thoughts, not yet rationalised or settled. I'm sure you are about to realise yet another potential, I look forward to seeing what will emerge! Barb x

  • I recently read a book review about a woman who inherited her mother's lifetime of journals. She sat down to read and discovered they were all blank! Years upon years of empty pages. That alone makes me want to read the book. πŸ™‚ When I get stuck or in a rut, I buy a new journal. I may not use the new journal right away, but that simple act gets me moving and thinking towards what path I want to take. Wishing you an interesting path and fun discoveries!

  • I too am in that time of introspection but my feelings/ideas aren't as formulated as yours are. Hope the muse returns and lets me know where we are headed!!

  • Amelie looks very engrossed, in fact she looks like she wants a go! Beautiful poppies … Maybe you saw the Red Arrows too?

  • In the next moment she was grabbing at the book! We saw the Red Arrows off in the distance, but they didn't fly right over this year. They had a good day for it.

  • Poppies are glorious & your pictures are beautiful. Unfortunately they're not out yet in Canada but I take many pictures of mine as well. Usually I have one picture day & then it rains & takes all the petals along with it. Lol

  • But would we appreciate them as much if they were? The poppies are beautiful……Does Amelie have her own sketchbook and coloured pencils yet? Never too early I say- think of all the wonderful modelling she's getting from her family environment. She'll be exhibiting before you know it. Enjoy – the time passes before you know it…..

  • Oh – I just have to have a go at this somehow. You have opened up a new world of possibilities with these gorgeous large prints of yours!

  • Hi Miranne, We would love to print for you! You can just email images and we'll post back the fabric. If you'd like to chat about ideas then you're welcome to email any time


  • When I saw your poppy photos the other day I wondered what you might do with them. The pics are gorgeous as is the fabric.

  • Laura, thanks for your review on sketchbooks. I am bound and determined to start drawing/painting daily and your insight is helpful. Thanks!

  • Hi Laura I to love sketch books. After many trial and errors I found the paper in the Oink books can withstand a good deal of punishment. Only downside is their often spiral bound and I agree it hinders you when you want to expand your image to the next page. I recently purchased a couple of DM books and I'm hooked but then again you know I'm a big fan. Thanks for sharing your tips and advice.

  • Congratulations on the selection of your quilt Laura. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out, the gold looks amazing.

  • Your poppies are sooo pretty! I really wish we could grow them here – in eastern North Carolina it's too warm. Maybe if we sowed seeds in early fall, they would be pretty in late winter, early spring?! I have tried so many times – gosh, they're lovely. I am coveting your poppies – soo embarrassing.

  • Wow! I don't know if it just the photo, but it is amazing how the textured gold recedes agains the hand.

  • I love the gold leaf. I just started following you. How do you affix the gold leaf to the fabric? with gold leaf adhesive or gel medium or what? And, does some of it flake off while you are quilting?

    Darcy Berg

  • Hi Jill, Yes, I think the gold does create that effect. I guess the icon painters knew just what they were doing centuries ago!

    Darcy, I've been experimenting with various products and combinations and I'm not sure I have the definitive answer yet, but so far there's no flaking at all.

  • that looks fantastic!

  • The gold makes this piece so rich-looking. Gorgeous stitching and I love your use of text.
    best, nadia

  • absolutely stunning.

  • What a fabulous idea, sheer genius. Icons make me go weak at the knees and this is having th same effect, it's beautiful.

  • Drawing is an art which requires much skills and attention of a person who do drawing.And also you can print a image that you have drawn in different materials.

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  • Ooh, thank you everyone for your lovely comments!

  • Sounds like a stressful week. I'll send + energy. You fabrics are luscious and the memorial piece is priceless!!

  • Beautiful quilting!

  • Love the piece for the teacher!

    Can't wait to see the finished piece.:)

  • Fantastic photos! Amelie is going to be following in your footsteps sooner than you think. She's looking so interested isn't she?

  • "Digitally handwritten" – does that mean you have scanned your handwriting – or have you used one of those drawing tablets? It gives the work a very interesting look.

  • Hi Miranne, I write with a tablet and pen, you could use a mouse but the pen and tablet is more intuitive. Laura

  • Laura, this is beautiful. I have always loved your artwork with poppies and this has just been added to the list of loves. The way the digital printing maintains the tissue paper-like quality of the poppy bloom is amazing. I feel like I could reach out and touch its softness. Beautiful quilting and the script looks fantastic.

  • Thank you, Laura. Love the effect!

  • I always love your work. Glad you are staying true to who you are.

  • I always consider your work to be at the leading edge…. please keep doing "your Thing"….

  • Its all about the "thing". And very simply you can't do or be what you are not. It took me a long time to work out and accept, I'd like to be Constable, but actually I'm Picasso. I fought an inner battle for years berating myself because I can't do realistic imagery. I simply don't understand why people get so so wound up over one genre being 'better' than another. Its different. Same bugbear applies to hand work versus machine. I certainly don't think one is quicker than another, more skilled than another… they are different requiring a switch in method of thinking and doing.
    Keep doing what your doing, cos I'm a non quilter, but regularly read, for inspiration.

  • Great post Laura πŸ™‚

  • A post that makes one think. What is "do much better"? I think you are doing quite well and doing much better might mean you would be ditching the Thing or turning to profits and commercial looks.

    I love your quilts and read your blog regularly.

  • A post that is dear to my heart. I am always drawn to your quilts and paintings. You pick subjects that interest me and the execution is always amazing. Interesting about the swallow piece. Your poppy series has long been my favorite until "Don't Go". It brought tears to my eyes, but warmth to my heart. I think you could make yourself quite mad trying to keep up with the quilt world. I tried, but found that it didn't bring me the joy I sought. That is why I create, it makes me happy. I exercise the creative muscle by trying out new techniques and learning (DMTV is a lifesaver for those of us in rural areas). That is what keeps things fun and interesting, yet I always come back to hand stitch. Keep doing what makes your heart sing and your feet dance. Life is too short to do otherwise. πŸ™‚

  • Don't listen to anyone but what your heart tells you. We don't know why we are ompelled to create a specific style/subject matter. It occurs because it is necessary in the journey. I love your work and your book The Painted Quilt is my most go to inspiration piece. I look forward to watching you on your journey and quilting/painting what makes you feel most passionate!

  • Laura, this is such a great post. Thank you for putting into words something that I think we all struggle with at one point or another. I have been having the same sort of thoughts/doubts lately. Do I paint/quilt for other people's pleasure…i.e., do I do the thing that I think will sell? Or do I create what speaks to me, regardless of whether it is popular at the moment? There is so much abstraction in the art world right now…it seems that this is all anyone wants. Or is it just what is put before us by print media and the internet? As a decorative artist (who loves fiber art and quilting, too), I am drawn to more of the old world style of anything. I've been struggling with trying to make myself work these concepts into more abstract compositions so that I don't fall behind in this dynamic world of art. And yet, as I try to breathe life into these things I keep asking myself "Why?" And I suspect that just as soon as I get my head and arms around abstraction, there will be a sea change in the art world back to the realistic format. We could make ourselves crazy trying to keep up with the whims of others; it seems the only option is to stay true to yourself.

    Anyway – like others said, keep doing what you are doing…The Painted Quilt is my go to reference for any fiber art project…always a good place to start. You and Linda are an inspiration to so many of us – you remind us of what is possible with fabric, paint and thread.

  • Laura I loved this post. I had written a post on my blog similar to this a couple of weeks ago…questioning the same thing – am I "on track", have I "lost my way" and all manner of questions that we could ask on a continual basis and come up with different answers. I loved "Don't Go" personally. And why? The subject matter, the emotion behind (or inside of) it.
    I do sincerely believe that as artists, as creators, we have to follow our hearts or we do lose our way. I also think that, if you're looking to make a living from your creations, you can keep that in the back of your head as you create. Give a nod to what sells but also allow your heart to lead the larger part of it. Thanks for sharing your feelings!

  • I've just read your blog – it was very touching, reflective on your work, which is great – we should all reflect on and be mindful in our work, whether it is a 9-5 job or a piece of creative work. When you completed you piece with the dead swallow I commented on Facebook and I repeat again – it made me cry and reminded me of the 'Happy Prince' by Oscar Wilde (which also makes me cry every time I read it). The compassionate way the bird is held, even the title – very touching plus the work that went into printing it, adding colour, quilting, etc. Amazing. Your work is very distinctive and very inspirational and if I was anywhere near talented as you and Linda are, and I had made a career out of this like you have, I would much rather prefer to remain true to myself and my work than produce an art quilt that I knew might win prizes due to its commercial nature because it was more mainstream but I hated it….unless I was absolutely desperate and in dire financial straits. Ask yourself – do we need any more Sunbonnet Sue quilts? To me, I like art/quilts that appeal to me because of colour or design but I also like art/quilts that create debate and thought about the subject matter, the mood of the piece, etc. That's why I love DMTV and the Creative Quilting Course – I've tried techniques that I thought I'd never ever be able to do and that I'd never even thought about, I've been able to create work in a sketchbook and in fabric that I never would have done if it wasn't for you & Linda and what you have created.

  • OMG you're such a busy bee. Don't appologize.

  • Lin

    Don't worry about not posting often – it mens that when you do you have something worthwhile to say and it's well worth waiting for! Thank you for taking the time.

  • I would have loved to hop a jet and fly over the Atlantic for this day with you. Your students created some gorgeous papers. I bet there were tired students with huge smiles on their faces.

  • Well we had a wonderful day and I must say I was quite tired but the happiness overrode that (or was that the cake, biscuits, lunch and croissants!!). Very excited about what the printed result will turn into. Thank you Laura, Linda and all your wonderful family in making such a wonderful day happen.

  • Lin

    Looks like a succesful day – lots of lovely work produced.

  • The papers look wonderful. It is great that designs will be printed onto fabric. Have to see what I can do and send over for printing wish I could have come to class but Australia is a little too far.

  • I was at FOQ yesterday and Through Our Hands was WONDERFUL. Your two new quilts demonstrate exactly how hand work and digital technology can complement each other. I want hand drawn art work to look like it is hand drawn, but screen print has limitations. Digital print reproduces the colour detail and tonal variation like no other technique and your quilts are then hand worked to enhance it further. How good is that! Your work gave me joy, peace and contentment. I hope it gives you this too.

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  • Thanks for sharing this glimps of the show! I know how hectic and busy it is for exhibitors, so I really appreciate your posts and pictures

  • Hi Laura I am so glad you all enjoyed the cakes, a little treat from me as a thank you for sharing your creativity as well as all the tips and advice you give on how we to can achieve such wonderful pieces of art. It was a pleasure, as always to pop by say hello to you and the team on the DMTV stand. Not to mention seeing the amazing exhibition of Through Our Hands and meeting Annabel, such a delight. I hope I will see you all again next year at FOQ till then take care and hugs to you all x

  • Great to see you all on Saturday, and to introduce Ludmila to you – what an amazing woman she is. I really wish now that I'd bought one or two clock faces/maps etc but I was dizzy with exhaustion. Would they be available via the website store?

  • Hi Anne, Yes, you can order online and we'll post them to you. The website is

    Bye for now,

  • That could be a problem called cedar/apple rust that doesn't affect the fruit. Don't know if the UK even has that problem. And it does look beautiful.

    Writing the same message many times? I once decided to sew big "quacks" on a baby quilt with a duck on it. Forgot to how to spell it in the middle of the work.

  • I loved the thr3fold journals and have everyone you wrote!! I'll be first in line to purchase your book (of course I have the Painted Quilt and your mom's transfer book too!)..oh yea..also have DVD!! Am I a stalker!!! No, just a great fan of both your mom's and your work! And yes, I even purchased some of your fabric from the Fingerprint 'store'!! Even though I live in the USA/states, I still purchase your media!!
    Love this piece you're working on…so wish I could take a class from you!!!

  • I take it you didn't write lines in detention or you my view all that text in a different light! Lol.

    Looking forward to the next book. You do put words together very well, I still have all you responses as my tutor as they are encouraging.

  • I thought of detention too! The news of a book in the works made my day. My Tre3fold journals are dog earred and loved almost as much as The Painted Quilt. You ladies do put out marvelous products that always inspire. The apple skin is gorgeous. A little gold leaf, perhaps?

  • yet another one who thought of detentions and lines and being sent home to write lines all night. The apple looks gorgeous even if it is a disease…just as some of the microbiology photos of deadly organisms look beautiful.

  • I'm with you on the self publishing Laura .. it allows you such control over how the whole thing looks and feel. I mean- we are artist aren't we .. why would we want someone else to lay out a page (which is basically just a digital piece of art really) for us? I know there are big distribution and marketing advantages with the big publishers, but you just can't get that personal input and content. And we have talked before about what a pleasure it is to compose and play with page layouts .. not so very different from laying out a quilt really. I love and have all you and Lindas books/journals/DVDs – and am definitely on the list for this next one too – Hilary xx

  • Ah you were all obviously much naughtier in school than me! I'm worried now that my workshop students will all feel like they're in detention – it will be much more fun, honestly! Thanks for all the support on the book front too. We'll get our heads down and I'm sure some sneaky peeks at things will appear on the blog over the next few weeks and months.
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, Laura xx

  • I absolutely loved Annabel's work when I saw it at the NEC….am so amazed that anyone would want to hide it behind a curtain. The work is so fantastic… it really should be hung in Tate Britain for the whole UK nation to see and admire. I also loved talking to Annabel. Am I a fan? You bet.. and I am in the same age group too. Keep up the good work Annabel and please keep exhibiting.

  • Annabel's work is the most fantastic, articulate, compassionate art about and for women that I have ever seen. I was one of many who told her at FOQ just how moved I was by her work. I find it astonishing that this artwork can be selected for display, then covered by a modesty curtain to protect those of a sensitive disposition. What are the criteria that enabled a quilt to be displayed, then hidden? Perhaps we need to have a campaign of commendations sent to the Organising Committee! ANNABEL – KEEP IT UP You have a strong and valid message and I want you to continue voicing it.

  • I became angry when I red that. I left a comment on Annebels blog. I am almost 70 years old and I LOVE her work. ( as wel as I do yours )

  • I did post a comment on FB page…so sad…Annabel's work is amazing and beautiful!!! If they don't like it…don't look!!! Geezzzzz

  • How pathetic! Her work is amazing…I don't suppose they got close enough to read the messages quilted on the naked flesh. I have never seen one up close but have watched videos of Annabel explaining her procedure, and it seems that the messages are an important part of the quilt. Michael Angelou will be turning in his grave.

  • Ah yes, only in North America where we are inundated with images of violence, destruction and young nubile bodies. Sadly I am not surprised by this censorship. The reaction to this work is a commentary in itself. Interesting.

  • I am outraged, incensed, and, sadly, somehow not surprised.

  • What an incredibly outrageous situation! I honestly can't believe it. If it weren't so absolutely detrimental to the issue of art quilts being seen as fine art, as they should be, it would almost be funny. I can just see these pathetic women, shaking with fear as they try to hang this piece.

  • I had to go back to read one more time – just to check that the quilt was sent to the US. For a moment there, I was sure the World Quilt and Textiles was arranged in a very different part of the world.

    I am SO looking forwards to seeing Annabel's quilts "live", as I understand they do make a strong impression on most people. Hopefully next year in Birmingham?

  • Hi everyone, Thank you for your supportive comments for Annabel's work. I know she'll catch up with the blog and will really appreciate them. She showed a number of the 'Life' series at Festival of Quilts (NEC) this year but I know she'll show the whole collection together once they are all complete. It'll be an amazing sight!

  • I can't ever understand why there has to be a distinction between art and quilts at all. Don't get me started on the craft vs art thing….pah!

  • I will reply properly on my blog when I've had an update from Mancuso. But in the meantime, I'd like to say a huge thank you to your all for your wonderfully supportive comments. I really appreciate your thoughts and good wishes; it's really good of you all πŸ™‚ Annabel x

  • Oh my…she is a cracker isn't she? Our children were born in the 70's but I still remember every one of them as babies. Time goes way too fast…treasure every second! Now? I think they must be older than us! They are certainly wiser…

  • Both my husband and myself were so impressed by Annabel's work when we saw it at the NEC this year (and I remember the quilt in question from last year too). I was one of those who cried when I saw them! Very moving and very much ART! I had always understood that Americans can be prudish, but this idea of a warning and a curtain is just ludicrous. My personal inclination in these circumstances would be not to send my quilt – but then many, more sensible, people would be deprived of beautiful moving, and thought provoking work.

  • Unbelievable! I was very moved by Annabel's quilts at FOQ- they are stunning, moving, beautifully made and make me feel glad to be a normal, 40something woman with lumps and bumps and not an airbrushed model. Annabel's quilts tell a story and we all have a story or two to tell! They felt really triumphant to me and it makes me mad that someone felt the need to hide them.x

  • ten years from now you won't even remember these phases! You'll have a whole new set of 'phases' to deal with! She's a beautiful baby!!!!

  • Laura, she's so adorable. My 'baby' is now 23 and I don't know where the time went! Enjoy your cuddles and have one for me!

  • Ridiculous! Annabel's work is fantastic. I'd love to see it in person. These same folks likely still think one can become pregnant by French kissing! Honestly.

  • The painted bonds web looks fab – do you use the paints straight from the bottle or do you dilute them? Gill

  • Hi Gill, I dilute the paint quite a bit and let it pool. It takes a few hours to dry though!

  • This looks such great fun. The class was too far away for me to attend, and I would have so loved to be part of it. The work looks fantastic and inspirational. I would be most interested to see how the fabrics are subsequently used. Such a delight to see the talent, skills and artistry of women being displayed on fabric. Long may it continue!

  • Laura, Is there any chance that your workshops might turn into online mini workshops? for those of us on another continent πŸ™‚

  • I so wish I had been there as I love using text in my work! The results are brilliant.x

  • Really interesting exhibits. Ron Mueck's work is so realistic it's a bit unnerving. Would love to see his hands. How lovely to see that they're not being hidden at all. Imagine! πŸ˜‰

  • I love these new stylus' . This one looks really fine.

  • Lovely montage! Happy birthday Amelie!!

  • Hard to believe a year has gone by already! Amelie gets more lovely everyday- your photos really made me smile. As lovely as my kids are, they are 17,16 and 12 now so they don't have the cute factor!!! Happy Birthday Amelie xx

  • Happy Birthday Big Girl…time has flown hasn't it? I agree about the cute factor…ours are 41, 40, 38 and 36… and it doesn't seem possible that they are that old. In fact I could swear they are older than we are now!
    Enjoy every single minute…even the unpleasant sleepless ones. Time is a thief and steals from right under your nose!

  • She is lovely, Laura! Happy Birthday, Amelie! She is growing up!


  • She is adorable!!!! And so lucky to have so many surrounding her that give her so much love!!!! I've enjoyed seeing her grow this past year!!! Thanks for sharing her with all of us!

  • Happy Birthday Amelie! What a wonderful first year and your beautiful baby is becoming a beautiful little girl. I echo the thanks for sharing her here.

  • Lin

    Happy Birthday Amelie!

  • Thank you for sharing pictures of your delightful daughter, she's a sweetie! I'm sure she had the best birthday, continue to enjoy every minute with her!

  • No doubt you think the same, but can it really be a year?! Thank you for sharing Amelie's first year with us, it's a joy to watch her develop. From the blogs and photos it obvious she is growing up in a richly inspiring environment and I'm sure will become as artistic and talented as her family! With that gorgeous smile she'll melt hearts wherever she goes..!!

  • This is a very sad statement but given what's going on in the US with the "morality" police I should not be surprised. It feels like we've stepped back 50+ years. I am sorry

  • Congratilations with your great daugter, she is a nice girl

  • A little bit late, but Happy Birthday Amelie xxx Steph.

  • Congratulations on the new space!!! I know first hand how exciting this is. My secret is that we are building an out building (a cottage) for me to create in. Much less expensive than a new house and just the right size. I have been resisting the urge to go to tag sales and thrift stores to look for cupboards or tables. I know that I could fill the place up four times over with "treasures". Looking forward to photos of your new digs. Have fun!

  • Best of luck! I love the printed fabrics I bought from you!!!!

  • Good luck with the moving.

  • See, never believe what your mother tells you about vegetables- they ARE poisonous.
    I love the pictures in the previous post – I don't have much stuff left from the sixties, but I DO have my Spirograph, still pristine in its box, so I'm going to dig it out and have a play x

  • Good luck in your new home!!! It looks a lovely village.

  • Is that caterpillar for real??? It looks very Fisher Price! Well I never.

  • Lin

    Good luck in your new home – hope you will be very happy there.

  • What a great space to play with!!! I'm sure you will soon have it straight and working. I found moving everything at once meant I forgot where I put a lot of things, they hadn't migrated to a place naturally, so keep some sticky labels to hand!!

  • Yep, your little one will have those boxes emptied in no time! She is so cute and I can't believe she's one already! Happy Birthday!

  • I hope you soon settle in and manage to find everything – I spend more time tidying and looking for stuff than I ever do being productive.
    And I can't believe how big your little helper has got, she's definitely not a baby anymore, she a real little person! (From my surprise, you will probably realise I don't have kids, although I am aware that they grow) Gill x

  • What a beautiful space!!! I love the bank of cupboards on the far wall and the fireplace with bookcases. Just pull up a chair and stitch in front of the fire this winter. Amelie is growing so quickly! Before I know it, she will be offering her own classes on DMTV and showing us her sketchbooks and cloths.

  • Thanks for sharing your life with us! And we/I thought you were productive before! I'm sure you'll really be productive now!

  • We love seeing your 'space' and your life!!! You are such an inspiration to us all! Just wish you lived in the USA…I'd even fly (a few hours!) to take a workshop from you!! Thank goodness for DMTV!!

  • I so relate to this comment! My studio space also houses all the gardening equipment ( no secure shed!) which adds to the chaos. Am in the middle of a tidy up!!

  • I recognise those Ikea units! You should ask for advertising fees!!

  • Printed fabric beautiful…and that baby….ditto!

  • Such an adorable cute little girl Amelie is. And where is the picture she took a bite? Love to see it.

  • What a cute little thing she is growing into Laura!

  • Amelie is simply adorable and I always enjoy seeing her! She is growing so fast! That IS a lovely gown for sure. I agree the fabric is gorgeous to wear.

  • Really amazing!!

  • Laura, how do you manage the steaming? Do you do it or do you send the fabric to someone else to steam?

  • I love them! The deep burgundy brown frame is a beautiful accent to the birds. I think you have just solved the Christmas gift dilemma, cushions for all! πŸ™‚

  • The gown is gorgeous! Amelie is so funny and cute. I love the bit of tongue and that giggle photo is precious. She is growing by leaps and bounds. Thanks for sharing!

  • We steam the fabric here, it's a vital part of the process as we don't print with pigment inks, we use steam-set reactive dyes. It's the most boring bit, but essential!

  • Ach, she's just gorgeous!!

  • Amelie, you cast a spell on me!!! So adorable!!!

  • Amelie is going to be such a creative young lady….just like her mom, and grandma!!! Being surrounded by music, fabric, painting and such will make her feel so comfortable and uninhibited! Perfect life…

  • Well, Neil Young certainly doesn't predate me!
    Like you I play music all the time especially when I am sewing and my children grew up surrounded by the music of my youth, I'm happy to report that they are all creative beings!
    Carry on……………….

  • I used to play music all the time when expecting and after when they were small. In fact all the time since too really. I was comparing a few new albums the other week with my son (just turned 27) and he actually gave me a hug and thanked me for 'giving his life an awesome soundtrack'!! Precious things.

    And that photo is adorable!

  • Neil Young was the first performer I recorded on my (then) state of the art cassette recorder which I proudly bought with my student grant in 1971. I think it was After The Gold Rush from a radio performance. Thank you for reviving the memory. I generally have music playing when I'm working and it varies according to how much I need to concentrate on what I'm doing. I'm sure Amelie will grow up with a love of music and fabrics with warm memories of special moments surrounded by loving family. Thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter's progress with us, I loved the Halloween photos. (I am now going to check out Neil Young's music for download).

  • Home is where the heart is….and I'm sure there are many hearts in your new home!!!!

  • What a lovely sentiment, may you all be very happy.

  • Life is full of bittersweet moments. Good for you to recognize and accept your 'life chapters' – may all of your next chapters continue to be full of memory-making moments! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Is it your dad who plays the theme tune on DMTV? It's very accomplished!

  • Oh my goodness! I remember making Christmas cake at 5am when mine were little! Both my boys woke at around 4.30/5am and I could cope as long as they didn't wake my daughter too. I used to get loads done, but it's the tiredness that hits around 2.30pm that was hard to deal with. If it's any consolation the older boy is still in bed at 10.30am at weekends these days:)

  • oooh – nice gilding! I think it looks fabulous with the leaf being broken in some places, the blue showing through…I wouldn't change that at all. The perfection of imperfection and all that….

  • interesting quilt , you are brave using so much gold. I like the broken way.
    Also, would you kindly give away the recipe from the cake ? I would love to try it.
    Marion from Bavaria

  • You are so efficient you and your Mum, you get so much done but what has blown me away particularly here is the beautifully cleanliness of your oven! (As well as the lovely looking cake and beautiful gold quilt). I love the broken areas showing through, can't wait to see the next stage..

  • Oh Barb, this is where I have to confess – the oven is new! It does have a self-cleaning function though which I've yet to test. I've been told in no uncertain terms by Mom that I have to keep it as pristine as this. Oh dear!

  • Neil Young was a frequent performer in the "soundtrack of my life," so THANK YOU for sharing this recording from early in his career. I still enjoy music very much and find that having it on, especially songs that I know by heart and can sing to without thinking about it, actually enhances my quiltmaking. Even when I'm in the designing stage, it seems that I'm better able to make creative decisions while singing and listening to familiar music.

  • Hi Laura,
    Are you by any chance the artist who's "Don"t Go" captured my heart at the Pacific International Quilt Fest in Santa Clara, California US, last month?? If you are, your quilt was my favorite of all. I can not tell how many birds have taken their last breath in my hands. I love your detailed quilting, brilliant work.

  • Hi Ingrid, Yep, that's me! So pleased you enjoyed seeing the quilt. I hope you enjoy keeping up with progress on other things here on the blog thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

  • I bought and received a wren pincushion from you as a gift for a relative- can't say who in case she reads this! It's beautiful:) Thank you x

  • I was waiting! She is beautiful! You just had no choice! Perfection!

  • Amazing work!!!!

  • Simply gorgeous. Love the contrast of the harder monoprint and the tender softness of baby. Beautiful!

  • A beautiful record of a fleeting moment in both your life and hers. I really like the drawing at this stage, with the edges and background unresolved. It strengthens the feeling of time passing. Do you intend to do more to it?

  • Beautiful.

  • Can't imagine what you're going through! Hands are so critical aren't they!!! OMG…do take care…..

  • It's looking absolutely Stonking! Really really good πŸ™‚

  • Your drawing is beautiful- I wish I could draw even half as good! I hope your hand is better soon- terribly inconvenient for you. Always makes me laugh when doctors tell Mums of young children to rest-HA!

  • smart move about the vacuuming and dusting. Obviously to blame (smile)
    This piece is amazing.

  • Look after yourself. I'm sure the housework is definitely to blame πŸ™‚

  • Sue

    I had this too and still flares up 6 years later. The splint did work though. My job is notetaking for Uni students with disabilities and I just thought I was getting writer's cramp didn't realise it was more serious. I do have to be careful and have found that if I don't stop when it starts to ache I lose the fine control of my fingers. On the plus side things like cleaning the oven and scrubbing dishes are definitely off the agenda, all that repetitive action is guaranteed to aggrevate my hand! My husband is not impressed. Your drawings are always lovely and Amelie a beautiful subject.

  • What a good idea about printing the backs of your quilts πŸ™‚ And thank you for sharing the images of Angela Harding's lovely prints!

  • Inspired backings. Fabulous hat πŸ™‚

  • Amelie is turning from a baby into a real beauty of a little girl!!

  • Dear laura I just read you story about Amelie's quilt. I always tell my friend don't thrown it in the bin thrown it to me. I make lovely book covers from these pieces. Paint on it put, some embellish , sew some decorative stiches, ….And they are always astonish by the result of what I did make of it.
    I always give one book cover back to my friends. They love it. Sometimes I see them thinking why did not I come to that Idea. Great presents. So if you want you can throw it to me.
    Lots of love from Belgium.

  • Hi Duffy, Oh no! The bin men have already collected the rubbish so it's gone for good. I hardly ever throw anything away but if I have any more rejects I'll give you first refusal next time! The book cover idea sounds lovely. I hope you're well and being creative. Have a wonderful Christmas. Laura x

  • Very effective!

  • lovely!

  • SOOOO cute, how creative can one be. Best whishes to you all, from Holland.

  • What a fab idea – DIY table cloth! Happy new year to you all. Hilary

  • Great idea! Happy New Year to you all x

  • What a wonderful idea. So interactive.

  • that is just brilliant – love it! Happy New Year πŸ™‚

  • What a clever idea! Hope I remember to do this next year with my kids and grand kids! A great tradition to pass on! Happy New Year to your entire family!

  • Happy New Year! Please, please, can we see more oy your beautiful table?

  • Happy New Year!
    I just watched the DMTV show about the poppies series. And I noticed that your background (in your studio) looks like the little holes in the poppy seed head, that open to let the seeds out…

  • I love the fungi and the lichen. And the table cloth is so great. I love the cup prints!

  • Pudding for breakfast is my favourite!!! Love the trees (especially the bits of greenery as I live in a very snowy part of Canada where spring is months away). Colouring table cloth is such a brilliant idea … a birthday motif with larger images might be great for a child's party or 'baby' themed for a shower. The possibilities are endless – how clever of you!

  • Thanks so much for sharing the dining room table photos. Just beautiful and so filled with love!
    And the garden pics are stunning, clearly taken with an artist's eye.

  • Laura,
    Your Xmas table and decorations look wonderful. I love the colouring cloth idea!
    Is that a ' rotary iron' I see behind you? If so , what brand is it? I have been looking for one here in Canada for ever and maybe I will have to look in the UK.

  • I love the shots of the garden…especially the ones with the apples on the tree. We live on what is now a life style block that was once an orchard…and those are the sights I miss seeing. All the super duper best for the coming year for you and yours!

  • Waste not, want not!!!! I say that all the time!! A great idea for next year…now to remember!

  • I like to make the cards into books to play in, but I like your idea of gift tags. unfortunately I do not do much english patchwork, since I am extremely lazy, but I think it's a great idea.

  • OH no! Mine are in the bottom of the recycling bin already…………..

  • Aren't you the lucky one!! Those wooden cabinets are hard to find. Enjoy your new finds and I'll be watch for that last (or is it) eBay item (smile)

  • I love those shallow wide drawers. Plan chests hard to find here in NZ, but I had a kitchen studio make me one to my specs, and it works like a dream with those push-with-one-finger rollers. It wasn't that expensive, though obviously not such a bargain as you got!

  • i have always wanted one of these chests, but of course anything out of the ordinary is very hard to gt these days. lucky you!

  • What a great find, they look really useful!

  • I've already expressed both my admiration (and my envy) about your chests, but I'm looking forward to seeing what else you have coming in that I can" ooh and ah" over. πŸ˜€

    Not that iron though! I've seen those irons before (they're sold by the same fellow from whom I've bought my last two sewing machines) but they scare me! Remind me too much of those old wringer washers which I had a creeping horror of as a little girl, and then I read a story by Stephen King in which one was featured. Now I give anything with that kind of roller a wide berth. πŸ˜‰

  • I love your new drawers! πŸ™‚ I have avoided ebay for the very reason you have said. So tempting! I am with you on the green legs. Here (USA) it is called "institutional green". There is a grey, too. All public buildings were painted that color inside when I was in school in the 50's & 60's. Still makes me queasy to think of that color and wonder if I will get called on to answer a question. Looking forward to seeing your next treat. The iron press takes me back to helping my Gram. She had one in the wash shed (and there was a wringer washer, too). Once could write good horror stories on that shed. Happy New Year!

  • Good that you have your 'life' in order!!! Congrats on your decisions.

  • If life didn't evolve and change it would be very boring. We'll done on taking some big designs and thank you for being my wonderful tutor at the time.

  • I'm with you when it comes to the travelling abroad and teaching. To me that sort of travel means a holiday, not work! Great if you can take your family and extend the visit but that isn't the case for me. Hats off to those who do it. Babies are more important.

  • I'm sure I left a comment this morning .. it's been eaten!! Anyway – you enjoy Amelies' childhood was the gist of it .. it will only happen once …

  • Top pic – I'm seeing an animal face! Looked at Alisa's video and expecting great things from the Kemshall Generation Collaboration ( especially as you can top the Burke household with the additional generation of Grandma!)

  • Thank you! I think Alisa has a talented Mom too. Isn't it wonderful how this stuff seems to filter down through the generations.

  • You follow Alisa, and I do to, and I also follow you for you baby steps. Grand baby is due in 4 weeks and I hope I can give her as many arty freedoms as possible so seeing how you manage will help. πŸ™‚

  • Lovely images, and what a good idea, putting a watermark on. Would you mind explaining how you superimpose the watermark? If it's not too difficult….
    A slightly different issue – I clicked on the 'Through our Hands' logo the other day, and loved the website. However, one slight problem is that I'm finding the quite pale grey text rather hard to read. I'm a fifty-something with only averagely dodgy eyesight, so it may be an issue for others – any chance of going up the greyscale a bit?

  • yes, I see a little terrier in that first picture. An artist in the making!

  • I have a 3.5 year old daughter and 15 days old son and love following you and Alisa for the inspiration of working /crafting/artist mums … We opened patchwork shop when our daughter was one and I know exactly what you're going throughwith permanent markers and ripped wadding … just wait when she masters the scissors! πŸ™‚

  • Astounding! I am especially astounded by your quilting of faces and hands, attributing such a great 3D feeling through stitch.

  • How wonderful to 'walk' us through your process! Of course, your work always amazes us and this was a treat to see you complete the process! Thank you!

  • Sounds like a good decision. I did ask Linda if you would consider putting up the last graduate portfolios for the 'old' regime. Some of my fellow students asked when they could see them on your website.

  • This is absolutely gorgeous! I am amazed at what you can do with thread!!

  • You're work is absolutely amazing!!! Do you have any idea how many hours this piece took to quilt?

  • You make it all seem so easy, but even with a longarm, I know this took an immense amount of work. Wonderful

  • Interest and I love it!

  • OMG!!!! it looks so much better than I imagined.
    What a wonderful find :o)

  • Sooooo envious – though whether of the drawers or the help I'm not sure!

  • Congrats!! Being organized is wonderful!!! A must especially with a business!

  • A change is as good as a holiday and you are starting out with two necessities of the studio – space and storage. Two things I will never have, you lucky thing!

  • Fabulous find!!! I love how Amelie and Linda got into helping you dust up and ready the bins for cloth. Enjoy your new space!

  • I love it,

  • These drawers are really great. I am jealous! And you don't have to clean your own house anymore. That looks even better. Have fun!

  • Look at all that space!!! I'm so envious!! I'm sure ou'll manage to fill it though….xx

  • fabulous!

  • spectacular set of shelves! I love those but am always discouraged from buying things like that as my husband had to help in his parent's clothes shops when he was a kid decades ago. Any thing that reminds him of a shop produce an allergic reaction.

  • your digital drawing is wonderful. I have just started drawing with a graphics tablet, as well although I am still doing line drawings, not using brushes as you have. You have inspired me to be a bit more explorative. I got the tablet to try and get myself to do more drawing. I find that there is no blank page problem as I am not wasting paper!

  • Which app are you using, please Laura?

  • Laura, great post and loved the instruction on DMTV – so simple and yet so effective. I love to get my hands dirty but am curious about which app you used.

  • I love these drawings, both the ipad ones and the traditional one πŸ™‚

  • Now that has really inspired me! I am going back to my sketchbooks to find drawings to do on my tablet!

  • Wow!

  • That is really good, I have wanted an Ipad ever since I saw David Hockney's work at the Royal Academy, where he used it to sketch the Yorkshire countryside and used weird colours, just because it was so quick and easy to do and then go on to paint them. One day I will make the leap.

  • Hi laura I did some drawing and they look great. I did impress all my friends with it. I love my iPad and I was wondering Laura, would it not be a great idea to do a video about how you draw it on the iPad?

  • Wow! What a stunning piece! And how generous of you to share the process πŸ™‚

  • Ooh they look great!

  • I thought you were the quilting fairy? Or have you taught Amelie to quilt already? These are gorgeous and will be wonderful additions to your work.

  • Please, please, please show us how you did paint it on your iPad. I had a Class in Birmingham drawing with the iPad. And I did try but nothing nice came out. So please!

  • These are wonderful. I love the beautiful cushions that your student made!

  • Wow! What lovely printing!! And who knew….white paint is working perfectly!

  • It's always satisfying to see your own hand in the work and this worked really well!

  • I love the fact that you used sheeps wool insulation! ( My worlds collide – cryptic way of saying that the day job is in energy efficiency )

  • Glad you approve! After a bit of reading around the subject it seemed to be the best solution for our timber frame and I'm so pleased that it's made in the UK and all sustainable.

  • Should be lovely and toasty! Amelie is growing up so fast! She's beautiful πŸ™‚

  • Amelia is a girl after my own heart and so beautiful. I don't think, from the time I was her age, that I have come inside from a walk without something in my pocket or hands. I am intriqued by the sheep's wool insulation. I had never heard of it, but it makes so much sense. How are critters and insects kept from eating it? I just love the idea of being able to go into the attic and lay down in the wool instead of the itchy fiberglass stuff they sell here in the US. Have a wonderful week enjoying whatever treasures are brought in.

  • Hi Jeannie, I think they treat it to make it less tasty to moths etc. They reckon that it should last the lifetime of the building and not compress over time like the fibreglass stuff and was certainly more user friendly to install. It also breathes and doesn't hold moisture so much more friendly to our timberframe. We've noticed a difference to the temperature of the house already. Just the walls to do next!

  • Good grief indeed – the Quilt Police have a lot to answer for. Loving the piece of work.

  • Agreed!!!

  • There are always those prissy quilt judges who think that they must grade art quilts the same way as they would grade a 12 year old sewing her first dress. No fun there!

  • I often wonder about such comments. Really, at a professional level, where you are, is it really neccesary?
    I love the texture of the hand stitched circles on this new piece – and isn't that what it's all about? Perhaps these judges need to attend art critique classes to learn about how to be positive in their criticism?

  • That has got to be a personal preference not a criteria for judging. I have never been told to sew the mitres 'shut' at any class I have attended or in any of the many (too many) books I have on the shelf.
    I have a friend who is an eminent UK art quilter who received a similar comment about one of her quilts when exhibiting in the US. The judge considered that it was 'unfinished' as it didn't have a binding at all!


  • Fabulous colours.

  • Did you buy the pffaf, or did you take your work there with you? I wouldn't blame you if you did – it looks great!

  • Hi Laura, I'm sure you'll love your new machine if you get one, I have the HQ Sweet Sixteen sit-down (looks identical) and absolutely love the space for free motion. I chose this over a stand up long-arm and am really pleased I did. I know you have your Gammil, but this is different type of quilting. Hope to see you both at Birmingham, I'm travelling over from Spain. Rachel

  • Hi Vicki, This quilting is done on my own Pfaff, a GrandQuilter. I'm really looking forward to being able to do more on the new Powerquilter machine. We'll be demonstrating on it for four days at Fashion,Embroidery & Stitch at the NEC later this month. I might even get the quilt finished!

  • how beautiful. love the extra texture created with all that stitching.

  • I've been lucky enough to see these stunning cushions in the flesh so to speak. The digital printing was perfect for Jill's fabulous paintings. And she has done a wonderful job turning them into cushions.

  • Oh my gosh! Goodness, Amelie is a gorgeous doll baby!!!! She is your BEST creation!!!

  • Stunning!!!!

  • Such a clever idea for a group project. Can't wait to see what they share with you and us!

  • Great idea! Whenever my group talk about group projects, some people get so critical about how different people's blocks are under or over size. This would certainly be a great way to avoid such problems. Another idea I thought of that might use this would be if my painting class or the kid's group make pictures that can then be easily made into a quilt for the quilting group to collaborate on. This could be a great way for schools to make a quilt for fundraising.

  • These are absolutely fabulous.

  • Just what my eyes needed on a dreary day! Thanks! I love to dye threads and started after one of the DMTV shows years ago. During the winter, pulling out the skeins that were dyed during the warm months is like a burst of sunshine on a cold day. I never thought to add more layers. Great idea! Looking forward to seeing the results.

  • I know they will be glorious, since I have also seen you do it before on DMTV. Just thinking about it makes my fingers itch to make some. At least I won't be spending money??

  • Dear Laura, thank you so much for all your tips you always share with us interested people – you are both, mother and daughter, really wonderful! Thank you!

  • It's interesting to read your process, Laura. I dye thread too so I enjoy seeing how you do it. You've got lovely results with your method. I do mine (admittedly on a smaller scale!) a bit more individually and working on more analogous colours per skein. So much fun!

  • I last dyed threads after watching one of your videos and had a lovely day creating lots of lovely coloured threads, but have another dye day soon.

  • Gorgeous colours!

  • Lovely πŸ˜€

  • So gorgeous!

  • Fabulous. I like the idea of the bag and using the washing machine to do the work!

  • Hi everyone, thank you for all your lovely comments! xx

  • That brown fabric is absolutely gorgeous! I shall be along on Friday and hopefully you'll have some of your lovely fabrics left – my stash is a little low :)) xx

  • There's a very keen auntie waiting to look after Amelie

  • Do you use a specific fabric brand?

  • Hi Wietske! I usually get the mercerised cotton poplin from Watson & Thornton in Shrewsbury. I think they will post overseas but I'm not sure how expensive it'll work out to be. If you contact them, mention my name and they should know the fabric that you're enquiring about. Laura x

  • Thanks Mandy, not sure you'd want her at the moment, she's pretty grotty!!

  • I'll be there Saturday. Might pop by and treat myself.

  • OOOOOOOOOOOOO, loving nature as i do and featuring it regularly in my own work, i would LOVE to have these as something for ME πŸ™‚

  • These bird panels are so lovely – they would make wonderful cushions! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Gorgeous designs, lovely rich colours.

  • Love how the gold still glows even when printed. πŸ™‚

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  • Those rolls of feathered fliers lift the spirits of a person in the snow belt. Your fan in Nova Scotia

  • Congratulations Laura and thanks for a fabulous giveaway!

  • They're stunning Laura… You and Linda are a creative breath of fresh air. Thank you for your generous giveaway! I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed for luck!

  • Such wonderful birds – we can practically hear them singing [or drilling!]. Thank you both for painting and printing – we all are winners when you two are creative! Flavia/Washington State

  • lovely birds- and time for a hundred blog posts as well – you put some of us to shame !

  • Watching this series grow has made me increasingly homesick, especially for the sounds of British birds – even after 25 years I cannot get used to the Australian screeching morning chorus!

  • These are great!!!! Would love to have one…thanks for sharing with us!!!

  • Absolutely beautiful. There are pleated woodpeckers in our yard all the time. Love watching them. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway. Congratulations on your 100th post!!

  • Congrat’s on your 100th post and thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Thanks again for always inspiring me. I bought the previous bird panels and with this new set, I see a lap quilt in the making! My aunt was thrilled with her pincushion for her birthday – thanks for making shopping so easy. πŸ™‚ Congrats on 100 posts and have a fabulous week.

  • I would love to be able to visit your booth. Maybe one day my aunt and I will visit the homeland to see where my G. Gram lived and worked. Timing it with the NEC or the quilt show, of course! I love to use low water dyeing methods. It is like a holiday with gifts when you get to see the results. Have fun this week and I hope Amelia feels better and can wow the crowds. πŸ™‚

  • One day I will make it over the 'pond' to see the show. I expect it would be quite silly for me to ask if any of the fabric bundles aren't sold …. I would love to buy one!

  • Congratulations on reaching your 100th post. Have enjoyed watching Amelie growing from a baby into a toddler. I am a big fan of you and your Mom's art. See you at your booth in Birmingham this summer. Can't wait! – from one of your Canadian fans.

  • Thank you for the chance to win these fabulous panels. Looking forward to the next 100 posts.

  • The prints are amazing, congrats on the 100th post!

  • It's lovely to have the chance to win one of the beautiful bird panels .

  • Congrats on the 100th post. I have been watching Linda create these recently. Both of you are obsessed with gold at the moment, but I love it.

  • not quite sure if Australia is too far, but love all the entries and videos I receive here via the internet bird. Cannot believe it is 100 already, congratulations from Australia

  • I always enjoy reading your posts and watching de videos. They are very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  • Congratulations with the 100. I always get inspired by visiting your blog.

  • One day, I will get there too. Are either of you coming with the through our hands exhibit to melbourne?

  • That sounds like a generous offer too good to miss! I'd love to be counted in Laura, thank you.And well done on 100 posts… I've recently passed 1000 which is a bit scary! Who knew there was so much to say.

  • I would love to win a panel – the owl is my favourite. Congratulations on 100 posts Laura.

  • sue

    Congratulations on your 100th post! Not easy to keep working with a toddler. Hope to see you on Thursday at the NEC.

  • Nothing like a giveaway to get loads of comments. I DO read your blog every post and have enjoyed DMTV for years!! Have a marvelous time at the show!

  • Well done on reaching 100! Here's to the next 100!! The birds are so beautiful, they sing! It goes to prove the old saying…"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush!"

  • Thank you!!

  • Happy 100! The birds are gorgeous! As are the fabrics and the threads.

  • The bird and textile lover in me would love to have this fabric! You are so gifted!

  • Love, love, love the bird panels!

  • Wow – 100!! The images are wonderful and would love to touch the fabric.

  • Name the birds! The owl is "he who gardens; the starling is Linda as she frequently draws them; Laura is the bigger woodpecker, diligently drilling away; amd Amelie is the little woodpecker who has lots of potential for drilling later!

  • Congratulations on your 100 blog! I always look forward to the colourful photos in your blogs. Today when I opened the email and saw that brown fabric … I drooled! And all the threads looked really yummy! I wish I could be at the show!
    Wish you all the best. Hope it's a good one.
    PS: Love my velvet bird pincushions. I was supposed to give away two of the three … but haven't managed to part with them yet! Winning this fabric might help …

  • Beautiful prints! Congratulations on 100 posts.

  • Concratulation! 100 posts with inspiration for me and all the other readers. The panels would be very beautiful in a bil quilt. My summer project I think.

  • Congratulations on the 100th post and on the lovely bird fabric!

  • Hi Britt, You're the lucky winner of a set of the bird panels! Please email me with your address so I can send them to you. Laura x

  • Congratulations Kit and Britt!!! Thanks again, Laura (and Linda) for being such an inspiration to us all.

  • Thanks again, Laura!

  • Thanks for giving me inspiration in a lot of ways !

  • Congratulations Kit and Britt!

  • The booth looks fabulous!!! Eye catching, tempting, and filled with eye candy. You don't know how much I wish I could be there with an empty suitcase to fill up and bring back home. I fear I wouldn't get beyond your booth what with the fabric, threads, quilts, and the sketchbooks. I could fill the day just looking through the sketchbooks. πŸ™‚ Wishing you much success, a clear nose, and everyone choosing one of each fabric. Have fun!

  • since i always read just because I love your work, it really isn't a disappointment. I still get all your lovely inspiration! Congrats to Kit and Britt.

  • Looks like Amelie is in charge of the till! What wall fixings have you used for the quilts? I hope the cold passes very soon.

  • Have fun. It looks great and very inspiring. I am so sorry I can't be there. I even have to miss Birmingham in August. Instead of visiting the FOQ I hope to get a grandchild. That must be worth skipping the show this year!

  • Congratulations to the winners!

  • Congratulations to Britt and Kit, you lucky things!

  • See you Saturday. Doing my stint on the Journals Quilts stand then I will be browsing!!! I liked this show last year because it was so varied. Hoping Saturdays crowds aren't too bad. Hope you all survive.

  • Ro

    So sorry you are feeling rubbish when you need to be on top form.
    We take hot water, honey and lemon for the 'lost voice' problems. Hope you find something that helps.
    Thanks for all the updates on the show….much appreciated as I can't get there.
    All the best,

  • So sorry you were sick!!! You probably were just run down! Need to take care of yourself too young lady!!!

  • I'm relieved you are feeling better. All that anticipation and work took it's toll! Best of success at the show.

  • Thanks so much for showing glimpses of the show. One day I might get to fly across the pond, but until then I love your reporting. I love (and have adopted) the saying you are embroidering on the quilt. Going through 30 years of stuff since the last move, and two pack rats means a lot of sorting and purging. The abode feels freer and much more "us" now. Have a wonderful week and I hope you feel better.

  • I loved the saying on your quilt. At the moment I am sorting thru my 96year old mum's sewing things,
    . She belonged to the waste not want not generation who lived through the great depression and wars and kept so much that could be useful. I hate disposing of all her treasures. Thank you for the glimpses of the stand. Amazing work. Shame England is so far away from Queensland (Aust).. I'd love to go there some day

  • I just sent you some pics! I could fill up a wall with the projects you and Linda have inspired me to do/try! Thanks!!!

  • Go Amelie πŸ™‚ I saw in the Tate today, a packet of huge crayons that looked like big wax crayons, but they were made out of soap so you can wash the results out easily and you can play with them in the bath. I did think of Amelie and Evie, but hesitated as I thought of all those moments when ordinary crayons would be used by mistake! I think they do mail order.

  • Wow…..a future talented painter! Congrats!

  • Wil

    Love it!

  • You are a brave woman, Laura!

  • Hope you had a handy power washer!

  • INA

    I like the footprints. Couldn`t you print them on fabric?

  • Wouldn't this be great fun as a class for adults!

  • Cathy – clean up might be a problem. We washed Amelie in the kitchen sink and my days of sitting on the draining board have long gone! Might have to do it in the garden and hose everyone down at the end!

  • Iz

    I want to join in!

  • You are right…we do come to expect more brilliance in art work the more we become entwined in our own work!! interesting pieces! Thanks for sharing.

  • She is going to take after her mom.

  • I can see that last picture inspiring a quilt! It's fabulous.

  • sue

    Is this at Wolverhampton Laura? I'd be able to get there and would love to see it.

  • Hi Sue, Yes, I should have linked to the details. Here's the info:
    Well worth a trip.

  • sue

    Thanks Laura. I'll certainly have a day out!

  • amazing – definitely looks worth a visit.

  • Thanks for this. I will go on Wednesday. Had you not mentioned it was extended to 6 April, I would have missed it.

  • Gorgeous!!! I really love the statement you printed on it, too. I need to have that tattooed on my hand so when I reach for something at the tag sale, I'll think twice. I never know what to say when people ask, either. I am tempted to say, the whole season of Sherlock or in two days, just to see if they are shocked. When they ask how long, do they mean from the time I had insomnia and the idea popped up? Or, when I cut the first fabric? Yes, I can get snarky. LOL! Have a wonderful week!

  • Wonderful work! I like everything, but in particular the hand embroidery on the vase, which so beautifully captures the impression of crackled glaze. I share your feelings about the Question, and Jeannie has a good point: when did the work start? I mulled over my latest quilt for two months before I got started. Does that count? I also have a pet hate for the question: "Was it difficult?" How does one define difficult? I usually answer, no, but it takes patience, time and passion. Have a great week, and thanks to both you and Linda for all your inspiring work!

  • This is beautiful and full if texture and meaning, linda. It is a silly question, isn't it? I have a pet hate of.. 'You must have so much patience. I could never do that'… because the person saying it is using my work as an excuse to not have a go. but about the time question, just tell them 'oh fifty (or so) years' because you would never have come to the point of making it if you had not lived your life the way you did.

  • It took lifetimes to make. It is a tiny speck of who you are and how you see the world. This is based on all you have lived, everyone you have met (or not), your dreams, values, what you have learned and your dreams aspirations yet to be born.
    The art is $12,000. The background is priceless. Neither can be duplicated.
    ~ Christina in Cleveland (price is arbitrarily low)

  • this looks lovely. I heard an embroidery 'name' answer the question with: "about 30 hours….. plus 25 years"
    its all the practise, learning and input which allows some techniques to be done 'quickly' cough!

  • I saw some work printed on paper of textile art/embroidery, and honestly it was so hard to tell the difference. I could see the warp and weft, every stitch. It makes it more affordable than the original, and in limited number makes both of them retain their speciality.

  • I purchased a few original watercolors and I have purchased prints. It all depends on the monthly budget and how much I love something. I think by providing a variety of quality products bridges the gap for those who can afford the original, and those who want to support the artist by whatever means possible. I know that the cloth I have purchased from you has deeper meaning than cloth purchased off the bolt. I remember you discussing it on DMTV, or watched Linda use the inspiration from a photo for sketchbook work and then a quilt. It is like using an ancestor's thimble, or piece of cloth from a special dress, it has deeper meaning. I have yet to make anything of it, but it is on the worktable waiting for inspiration. Someimtes just looking at the fabric inspires something totally different, but inspiration all the same. Not selling out at all, just broadening your audience.

  • Love your thought process AND your quilt AND your prints!!!! Great post!! Will purchase more when we get back home after our winter away!!!

  • Funny you should bring this up Laura. I recently was in a group exhibit in our local library. Three people wanted to buy my piece; it was a nice problem to have. It is a photograph I took of a totem pole in Northern BC and I printed it onto fabric and incorporated it into a large 'whole cloth' and stitched back into it and then painted back into it with oil sticks . So I suggested that I could do two more 'on a theme' so to speak. I have completed two more and each time something new and exciting turns out! Everybody was happy and I made two more sales because of it. Here is a link to the first piece that caused all the stir!

  • Laura Amelie is growing up so fast she is adorable. Her little slip is lovely. πŸ™‚

  • I would have jumped at those tulips, too. Who cares how long they last? They are gorgeous. I am guessing that a lot of photos were taken. Amelie is growing by leaps and bounds! She is so cute in her new dress with Bear. It will be adorable in the Cupcake fabric. Perhaps teacups on the bodice and cupcakes on the body of the dress? πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week.

  • Adorable!

  • So beautiful and looks just like her mommy can't wait to see the cup cake dress

  • So nice of you to share your methods and techniques with us!! Always look forward to your posts (& of course DMTV!)

  • Thank you Laura. It was the fixing to the wall bit I was curious about. I know security, sadly, has to be considered and I liked the way they seemed to float on the wall. Seems like a great idea. Unfortunately my quilts are to be hung in a 12C chapel and I don't think I can put holes in the walls!! lol. Looks like I'm back to the suspended batten and cable tie idea.

  • Hi Amanda, Years ago we exhibited in a church and couldn't fix anything to the walls. We found there are a surprising number of hooks and nails in old buildings though! We used copper wire to be as in keeping as possible and suspended things that way. It all looked pretty good, but certainly a lot more of a challenge than a conventional gallery! Good luck with the exhibition. x

  • Thanks Laura! I'm terribly lazy about this aspect of quilt making, and I need to get better and more professional, so thanks! But, what's a batten?? Wood? What size? What kind? Signed, clueness in the usa

  • We're lucky the chapel has fabulous rafters we can use to put bars across and run lines down to battens. Well that the theory! Lol.

  • Funny question… have you ever done an tree or anything like that? I can't get beyond the Kemshall info and I've stumbled across your blog searching Kemshaw….

  • Hi there, I've not done any research myself, but I know that a distant relative did and there's a book. It's definitely Kemshall rather than Kemshaw though. If you want to email me I'll tell you what I know!

  • Kurt died at just about the time my son Will (aged 13 at that time) discovered Nirvana, I remember him being truly shocked, he is still playing his music as a requiem! Pleased to say that he also plays the music of my yoof as well, dreamy Neil Young!

    Marion x

  • Yeah I was 15, it's funny how the music that you listen to in your early teens seems to stick with you forever. A lot of the albums I loved back then are still on my iPod. x

  • I'd agree with that. I still love prog rock and I'm pleased to say my 17 year old does too. Can't believe it was 20 years since he died though.

  • ooooo very interesting. A cliff hanger!

  • Sounds very exciting! I have needed the sister quilt to my Don't Go for a year but I know you have been so, so busy!! I think I am now content in what I have and knowing life changes, even to the ultimate as you know what me wanting that other quilt signifies.

    I'm looking forward to seeing a new family collaboration!!

  • A very pretty egg. No idea what bird laid it though! Where's Chris Packham when you need him?

  • What beautiful spots…

  • maybe the egg is from a wren?

  • Pardonay Mois? Mad???? Well, ok, on a bad day I do make people twitch and I have seen them back slowly towards the nearest refuge – you know the kind of thing, bus stops, Salvation Army meeting points, thick trees, cupboards under the stairs, etc. Are you vexed m'dear? And are you absolutely SURE we can't persuade you to share? No? OK, perhaps one for next time we share a bottle of wine or a box of chocs!! xx

  • As a March hare! It was sit-in protests at Ikea wot swung it m'lud. xxx

  • OK, Fair Cop, I'll give you that one! xx

  • That writing it all down and getting it all off your chest is so cathartic you don't have to do anything with it but it out of the way and gone and makes you feel so much better.

  • Wow, this looks like it's going to be a stunner!

    As for your rant – well, I'm guilty of posting a rant or two on both my blog AND Facebook (although my personal page, never my business page); but in truth, I feel it's best to not put that out into the world – there is so much unkindness, anger, tragedy in the world already, why add to it?

    On the other hand, if you ever need to let 'er rip, well, a: it's YOUR blog, do as you will and b: sometimes you just have to or you'll explode! πŸ˜‰

  • P.S. – I love Annabel's blog, although I love her art even more! πŸ™‚

  • Thanks for your expertise!!

  • This is really useful Laura. Thank you!

  • Thanks Laura, I've never used this method because I thought it would be too difficult for me, but thanks to you I will give it a go. Really nice, clear instructions.

  • THANKS!!!

  • Thank you Laura, for your effort to help us! xx

  • This is so clear! Thank you very much.

  • Beautiful…stunning….

  • I have a question. I think you said when you sew the binding on that on the first line of sewing you stop 1/4 inch away from the edge but when coming down the second line, after you have folded the binding, that you don't leave a 1/4 from the edge – is that correct?

  • Hi, yes when you start the second side of the corner you can begin the line of sewing right from the edge of the quilt, no need to step in 1/4". When you get to the next corner stop short 1/4", fold the binding and off you go again. Laura x

  • What a feast for the eyes! I love visiting the nursery, if for nothing more than the color filled inspiration. I don't know if you can find Coral bark maples in England, but they are a beautiful investment. Their firey coral bark against a winter snow compliments the red twig dogwood beautifully. I live in the desert area of the Pacific Northwest (about 275 miles southeast of Catherine). Yet, I have brought my native Seattle plants with me – ferns, hostas, heuchera, trilliums, jack in the pulpit, etc. A piece of my Grandmother's garden has followed me here. πŸ™‚ Have fun in the garden! Perhaps Amelie needs a duck or two?

  • Rare beauty indeed! I tend not to care for gold (my Mom was heavily into French Provincal), but the gold leaf on this piece is amazing. It sets off the orchid beautifully. Pth to the judge. Some people really do need to get into the real world.

  • Fabulous!

  • As they say in Maine, "And a good time was had by all".

  • She is adorable and looks so focused on her drawing. Save those drawings – she may want to use them for inspiration some day, just like her mother and grandmother!

  • I see Amelie will be a featured artist on DMTV soon. I love how children create with abandon. We all need to learn to color outside the lines a little more often. Thanks for making me smile.

  • The box looks fab! But, I'm going to come round unannounced just so I can lift the lid and peer inside. Very useful place for a toilet – can be seen clearly from inside and outside the house – hope you're providing visitors with an umbrella though.

  • You made a great job of the box and I see "he who gardens" must plumb as well!!

  • Not everyday that there is a FREE high quality magazine offered. Thank you

  • How exciting … there is never a dull moment following you …. Thank you

  • Yes, this is exciting!!! I've signed up!! Can't wait!!! How wonderful of you both!

  • THANK YOU!!! I love it.

  • Just brilliant – thank you

  • Thank you! What a wonderful and inspirational magazine. I have shared details on my blog: and I hope you attract lots of readers!

  • I like the idea of a bigger bobbin, and the fact that it's wound on a separate piece of kit. Bobbins seem to run out so quickly on a normal machine. I don't like a stitch regulator either – I like to feel I'm in control (or not on occasions!) of stitch size so it's good it's not compulsory. Mmmm, definitely on my wish list, as I'm a Pfaff fan. A x

  • Wil

    This machine looks a lot like the HQ16 – which I have and love.

  • I read the entire magazine "cover to cover". What a great job putting all that wonderful information together. I especially liked the articles. Hope to read more in the future. Congratulations on a job well done.

  • It is great. Thanks a lot!

  • Love the spring pics!!! And the printed fabric looks SO interesting!!!!

  • I think I want your garden!!

  • Wow, what amazing work!

  • Wow! (I sense a theme here.) Linden does beautiful work in her sketchbook and in cloth. Well done, Linden!

  • It's beautiful Laura, she will treasure it. My girls took their quilts to Uni and still have them even though they are in their 30's! She will grow to love every stitch you have made. X

  • Gorgeous! And every stitch filled with love.

  • how beautiful and what precise stitching.

  • This is really beautiful. I'm finding your tutorials really useful. The combination of photos and text really works for me as I can puzzle over bits I don't get and expand it so I can work it out. Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  • love this and a very helpful tutorial .

  • Thanks for a wonderful tutorial. I love to hand quilt and embroider. You've inspired me once again to pull out some cloth and start stitching. Then, I watched Linda's show and I want to have a go at gouache and India ink. How I wish for a 36 hour day. Thanks again and have a wonderful, relaxing weekend.

  • You talk a lot of good sense. I too do not trust fade out markers. I have had them leave a bleached line on a purple and green quilt, and I am not sure whether it was the pen reacting with the fabric, or whether it was left in the sun, and the heat triggered a subsequent reaction. I also suspect these pens accelerate the degradation of cotton fibres, leading to the fabric rotting. Much more sensible to use an old fashioned pencil, and wash it afterwards! After all, we are women! This is what we do! Well done

  • I love this Laura! I do hope that you will show us the completed quilt. Your daughter will certainly love this quilt for ages to come!

  • Quilt looks gorgeous, hope you get the acclaim you deserve.

    M x

  • I would LOVE to take a workshop (or 12!) with you. Any chance you're coming to Canada to do so? *smiles winningly*

  • Workshops sound wonderful; I am kind of stuck in Norfolk though (Children etc.) Please place me on your mailing list though.

  • Looking forward to the new DMTV segments! I have really enjoyed this particular series….it's so great to see the process from start to (almost) finished!! And really wish I lived close enough to attend the Festival of Quilts or to attend one of your workshops,

  • Wow! What an amazing garden. I'm so envious!

  • Hi Annabel, I think you would have loved it. Next time they open I'll let you know and perhaps you can come over. You can come and do your thing in mine too – bring your weeding trowel! x

  • What is the history of the place? Do you know? It looks fantastic!

  • Hi Elizabeth, I believe it was built in mid 16th Century and was until relatively recently part of the Davenport Estate being the home of Lieutenant General Sir Oliver Leese and Lady Davenport. It's a beautiful property and I would love to see inside! The gardens that we see today were developed by the current owners over the last 50 years.

  • Beautiful photos. I've never seen a magnolia in person. Hopefully one day.

  • Okey Dokey, that's a deal then! I always travel with a trowel – didn't you know that?!

  • I see she enjoy the use of the table-top as well as the sketchbook. What brand are those water-soluble pencils? I would love to get some for my grandchildren.


  • True artist. What would happen if … you coloured on wood? Love the camera face, especially the crinkly eyes.

  • Hi Greta, They're made by Stabilo and seem pretty highly pigmented. We like them so far!

  • I bought one of these and mounted it on the moving surface of a Grace long arm table that I originally bought for my Bernina 820. I did buy the stitch regulator which will not work as a stitch regulator but which allows me to start and stop the machine from the control module that sits on the top front of the machine. I am thrilled with it. I am learning to regulate the length of my stitches which I have always done with the 820 on a table…different skill set but with skill sets they just take practice, practice and more practice. I did not buy the table with it. And… I like the bobbin winder and the size of the bobbins. Love, love this machine and I have been a BERNINA gal! Still love my Bernard for all the other parts of a quilt. I should mention I quilt on painted canvas quilts and I had no problem…no skipped stitches or snarls or nests. I'm on facebook if anyone has questions…Betty Hahn with the toucan for a face!

  • I love that smiling face. It doesn't matter what the weather is or my mood, a pic of Amelie grinning brings on the sunshine. Watching children create is fascinating. Their concentration (albeit short sometimes) and imagination is something I want to recapture. Once when my nephew was visiting and bored to tears as we don't have cable TV or video games, I asked him if he wanted to paint. We went and filled a box with art supplies and for the rest of the visit I didn't hear "I'm bored". At 29, he still talks about that visit and the leave prints, walks along the river, and the art making. Music to an Aunty's ears. πŸ™‚

  • Just wait till she grabs your scissors!

  • and all colour co-ordinated! Amelie's collage matches her dress!

  • A sweet little girl…

  • Adorable..& allowing her to "play" without rules is wonderful!!!! Good parenting!

  • Thank you for telling us the brand of the pencils Amelie is playing with in last blog post and here as well. They have jsut arrived and I'm sure my daughter will love them … She very much enjoyed my Inktense crayons as well, but these ones she can use whenever she wants, Inktense were just a treat!!! I'm a sewing and creating and blogging mother as well, and it's so nice to read every now and then about the kids and be inspired by other creative mums!! Thank you very much. Vendulka

  • Love that face. Such pride in her art!

  • what a cut little girl, they're just so sweet at that age

  • So cute!

  • So wish I could be with you ( and Anabelle) but pesky day job in the way. I look forward to seeing the results. It's a real shame and I feel even worse now that I've seen the books you're going to alter πŸ™ But enjoy! Hilary xx

  • Hi Laura. This plant was a mystery to me, so I looked it up and it's a kind of salsify. it seems to be pretty widespread! Such a lovely shape.

  • Laura – that creativity with Linda is very special. I have 2 creative kids, but am unlikely to share that journey with either in quite the way that you have. It is special and worth celebrating!

  • You are so lucky to be able to share that together and create such beautiful work.

  • Sorry but I just couldn't stop laughing!! Love those yellow legs (smile)

  • Lol! Brightens up the day! don't want your job cleaning the bath afterwards though lol.

  • That was exactly what I was thinking about … cleaning the mess… our daughter has still at age four quite short attention span, and it's amazing how much mess kids are able to do in those 10-15 minutes they have the patience to paint!!!

  • LOL, priceless

  • Those yellow legs are just too funny!

  • You have the patience of a Saint Laura. So many would have been more controlling. Hope the bath wasn't too much of a pig to clean.

  • A sweet and talented little girl…

  • And the sweet little white mustache is a nice touch as well!!!

  • Ah Laura, I wish I'd been there!! Weekends are much better for me, so if you're thinking of another day, let me know! The books look lovely.

  • She is at work with sincere concentration!
    Do you give her non-toxic colour?

  • Best anti-depressiva medicine ever! What a joy!

  • So lovely, this little lady, she tried everything that is possible. Good girl

  • Yes, definitely, it's a fingerpaint suitable for children 18 months+.

  • A very creative girl. I hope she will be like this for a very long time (so innocent, not painted yellow ;)). She made my day!

  • I sure wish the Concord still flew so I could hop on a flight for one of your classes. πŸ™‚ (If I could afford that, I could also afford the beach bungalow.) Your students created some beautiful pages. The building interior is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your fun class.

  • This made me laugh out loud! Perhaps she need painting pants as well as smock? I like the yellow legs being painted by a lime green hand. I also liked her nubby rolling pin. I see a trip to the children's section of the craft store is in order. Thanks for the giggle.

  • a Google search for unripe plum recipes brings up loads of ideas, including jam, chutney, pickle (and apparently a special German one). Looks like you can wash and put in freezer to deal with more near Christmas when you want something a bit different for gifts.

  • Love this example of Folk Art Style Quilting and as I have just signed up for a one year subscription to DMTV I look forward to watching this episode!

  • How I wish I lived closer to you it looks like a great workshop, and what a super venue!

  • Some lovely work; I wish I could have been there x

  • Will miss your lecture unfortunately, as we are visiting FOQ on Thursday, but best wishes that all goes well for you, I am sure it will be an unqualified success.

  • I'd love to visit FOQ, but alas, it is not in the budget this year. Consider sending some love to California πŸ™‚

  • l would love to do this course but money is tight these days. Your work is amazing. I have been following your blog for ages and your work just get better and better …. gorgeousxx

  • Hi Laura thanks for sharing your students work it is so inspiring as ia yours. See you next weekend X:)

  • Wow!!! Gill's pages are just amazing and beautiful. It is always so inspiring to see what your students do with their sketchbooks and inspires me to start doing something with the collection I have. Thanks for sharing!

  • Funnily enough I see that one (the hand) on cloth. A framed cushion perhaps? Which makes me think about a couple of my kids' paintings lurking in a box somewhere…..Food for thought.

  • So many memories!!!

  • Best of success!!

  • Thank you so much for sharing these snapshots of Festival with this of us in other countries, very much enjoyed your post.

  • Your photos always look lovely and clear Laura – what camera do you use? I'm looking to get something better than my ancient point and shoot….

  • what a find … very jealous! Your little helper looks adorable!x

  • What a find!!!!

  • Truly a delicious treasure for the studio. If I had my way, I'd toss out the end tables, and sofas and just have boxes with cushions to sit upon. Amelia brings so much joy. Have fun!

  • I can imagine you couldn't leave this box behind.

  • Hi Laura , I totally enjoyed the through our hands magazine over lunch and a cuppa. Thanks for lots of interesting articles and an insite to other textile artist work. X:)

  • Hi Laura, Is it possible to print out on paper?

  • THANK YOU!!! Through Our Hands is awe inspiring!!!!! I've read through twice!!!!

  • What a wonderful 'tradition' to start with your baby!!!

  • I wish I had some now. Look so tasty. Really would fancy a plum when I see this, although I am just back from the dentist and my mouth is still stiff. Could I drink a plum.
    Great artist ore Amelie.

  • Truly wonderful. Very excited about seeing this series. On another note, the fingerprint fabrics I ordered from you are gorgeous. I love the weight of Linda's bird prints and when snow flies here and the lure of the outdoors fades, I will be using the many panels I bought. Thank you for the free shipping offer. (I may have to buy more!!)

  • Beautiful….can't wait to see the continued progress.

  • Very beautiful and evocative. Well done for exploring those darker feelings. Will watch progress of this quilt with great interest.

  • Very poignant imagery – I wonder if that old fellow would have said the same to Francis Bacon?

  • Oooo Isn't that where you usually film from? Love the rompers too!

  • I'd love to see that expression from the last photo captured in one of your quilts!
    Sandy in Bracknell

  • Fabulous pic of Amelie!

  • Sounds like a good idea!
    I've also private messaged you on FB ( As Barb Gamble)

  • Ah! A challenge!! I am always game.

  • Great challenge! I too have a number of "must have" unused sketchbooks.

  • I don't have so many empty sketchbooks, but as someone who "can't draw" I'd love to start drawing just for myself -for the practice. I'll give it a go!

  • Super challenge!! I'm in!!

  • Ooooh yes! Count me in. I need a bit of discipline and a challenge is just the thing!

  • Thank you for this challenge!!! I also have a shelf full of empty sketchbooks and this is just what I need to get going again. Plus I am going to France for 3 weeks! That'll be good motivation to get out and sketch everyday and not just take pictures. We should have some facebook site to check on progress!

  • So glad I'm not the only one to have masses of empty sketchbooks. I'm certainly up for the challenge.

  • Yes I'm in!! Great inspiration x

  • Oh that looks just like my pile! I think l will join you in this challenge if you don't mind … maybe that way we will draw each day!!!!!! See you tomorrow! Lynda

  • Count me in! A friendly little nudge to keep me committed!!!

  • You've set the bar high – it's a lovely little drawing!

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  • Ooh that's a lovely sketchbook collection! I am very strict with myself now and don't let myself buy many as I have a habit of tearing out pages to 'edit' as I go along which spoils them a bit! I definitely need to draw more so I will attempt the challenge too πŸ™‚

  • I agree with Gina…..x

  • Beautiful drawing, and what a huge bunch of keys – do you work part time as a prison officer? x

  • I want to join in too but am just about to start module 1 creative quilting course so am concerned about taking on too much…… maybe it will fit in though and support the design process? I have some lovely sketch books that need filling.

  • Love the idea of sticking with one subject and just altering it each day! Your inspiring me to pull out the art pad and draw again! Thanks

  • Thanks, Laura. This is exactly what I need to get me moving

  • Love the color!!!

  • Happy birthday to your wee mouse! Two already, oh my gosh!! Have a lovely day.

  • Happy Birthday Amelie!

  • It has been a joy to follow Amelie's progress on your blog. Time certainly flies! Happy 2nd Birthday Amelie!

  • Laura – I'm inspired by your drawings, but in post holiday blues and tiredness so my good intentions blah blah blah ….

    Still, September isn't over yet so I could still shine a bit.

    Meanwhile happy birthday to Miss Amelie. Is her birthday the 9 th? In which case she shares it with my son. ( well he was 26, not 2 but you get the drift) September is a great month for a birthday IMHO.

  • She is such a lucky little girl. To be at home everyday with her mam is for a little child something that is not usual these days. Happy birthday little princess.

  • I really like this idea. Now to see if I can do it!

  • JP

    Laura, do you remember the drawing sessions you did on dmtv about 2years ago? It would be so useful if you repeated the or did them as an archive. They were so helpful

  • Inspired!! I can do that!

    Actually I did take my sketchbook on holiday and do a few little watercolours. Nothing special, and while I haven't managed a drawing a day at least I have achieved something. And now it's the weekend. No excuses!!!

  • Lovely. I really like this idea. Did you shield the rubbings while you worked the cross hatched key? I cannot work out how you avoided smudging the rubbings otherwise.

  • Have been very inspired by your daily drawings. I started reading them on holiday and so wished I had taken my sketchbook (we flew and was worried about the baggage allowance) I have now joined the flickr group and will be uploading asap. Did my first sketch last night catching up with the Archers omnibus and a large mug of tea. Was intrigued by the pencil you are using here. What make is it?

  • Hi Laura my question is what is the sketch book your using. I like that it is landscape but I can never seem to find any landscape style. Loving following your daily drawings so inspiring. X:)

  • Thanks Laura – it is always fun to have a peep into another artist's kitbag! I love a propelling pencil, but a propelling pencil that has its own sharpener AND is retractable – I gotta get me one of those!!! Love the broody, moody quality of the swallows page.

  • I too have been gathering photos of sunflowers. I am not able to participate in the sketching group right now, but this winter I'll have time on my hands and a perfect time to remember the flowers of summer in sketch. Amelie's highog is wonderful. (I am coveting those chemist jars!)

  • Looks like Cornish ware to me, but Cynthia Macnair in Canada would know as ceramics used to be her thing.

    If it is I think it's got all trendy and collectible in which case you nabbed a bargain.

    Btw decided to not even try your DD challenge for September but to clear the decks and see if I can manage my own for October.

    I see the cricket pavilion is taking shape and you've published the dates for your next classes. Just sorting out my diary.


  • Hi Hilary, Yes, we thought it was Cornish too, but it's more navy and cream so I'm not so sure now I've Googled it! Either way, it's a nice little piece. I hope you will try a little drawing, my tip is just to keep it simple and work fast so it doesn't eat up much time.

  • In the US you can get the Travelogue book at Hobby Lobby, and also maybe Michaels craft shops.

    Janet in Tennessee

  • Maybe Damp Drawing would be a better name for the technique? It looks fantastic and inspires me to give it a go when I get back from our extended tour across the USA. I love drawing using the cross hatching technique, but usually use black fine line marker, so this is a lovely variation on it. What a great idea of yours!

  • Yes – damp drawing. That sums it up nicely, though still not a very glamorous word!

  • I envy your self discipline with daily drawing! I failed after 3 days! Thank you for changing to black on white for your newsletter and blog……I can read it much better now πŸ™‚

  • Hi Laura, thanks for the info I have purchased one from ebay (A5 Landscape Seawhite Black Cloth Hardback Sketchbook) it was good value for money with lovely paper. I just wanted to have something different than the regular A5/A4 Sketchbooks I usually work in. However, I will have to check out the website for the sketch book you are currently working in. You can never have tooooooooo many X:)

  • I promise!! I am really going to start a DD of my own! I've even got a book and everything!!!

  • Love the close up for the last one. The first one is amazing where the petals are almost peeling like an old painted wall.

  • What beautiful Color and design in the coneflower. I'm not familiar with that last blue flower.

  • You have got the most amazing garden.

  • How do you print from an ipad, please?

  • Gorgeous photos, lots of inspiration there and I love the beautiful blue crocus

  • Serendipity!

  • Sometimes mistakes are simply opportunities

  • I am just catching up on your drawings after a busy week and love this idea

  • Another great idea!

  • Lovely rosehips. I look forward to these at the end of summer every year! I have a few white Rugosas in the garden and these look exactly the same.

  • Love these – feel they have real potential.

  • On the other hand, sometimes there is a place for darker images. Perhaps a bit of cropping to see it differently?
    Sandy in Bracknell

  • What a beautiful house and garden, there must be so much history associated with it. The bridge looks like a Monet painting – must take a team of gardeners to keep it all looking so beautiful. How lucky you were to be able to explore it.

  • Lovely printed fabric…just lovely!

  • Wow – so had I!!

  • What a thought provoking post!!! Very good!!! And look forward to you creating that quilt based on the inspiration from Philipe's work!!

  • Laura – hope you got my deposit ok. Really looking forward to a day in the pavilion!! Fancy having your own vintage cricket pavilion, not that I'm jealous you understand!!!

  • Okay, now I am totally impressed with your digital printing! I will check it out for sure.

  • I can see some fabric printing in the making!!! Sure hope so!!

  • Midsomer-Norton… I never knew Midsomer was real!

  • My husband is a real Google-freak, so when I pointed this out to him in the context of Midsomer (we are mad fans of the TV series) he had to go on a trawl.
    This is what he found, I hope it helps.

  • How interesting!!! I love antiques & all things "old"…. These are priceless…well, except for that last item!

  • I love stuff like that – wonder about the moment and reason for the man stuffing the packet in the wall. Great stuff! And the bee nest is incredible, never heard of it before, isn't nature wonderful.

  • hi Laura, WOW! what interesting finds. X:)

  • What fun! I have leaf cutter bees in my yard, as the rose leaves bear evidence to, but I have never seen a nest. It is a beauty! Years ago I salvaged a rocking chair from my uncle's barn. It had been my Great Grandfather's and my Dad remembered his grandfather reading the Sunday comics to him in the chair that was in front of the fireplace in the kitchen of the old dairy farm. While I tore the rotten leather and stuffing off, I collected the dimes, tokens, etc. and made a shadow box of treasures for my Dad. I gave him the reupholstered chair and the box on his 75th birthday. I think he loved the shadow box more than the rocker! πŸ™‚

  • Great tales, Laura, thank you. I've never heard of leaf cutter bees in Australia. So was/am fascinated and I love imagining Mr Thompson (let's call him Harry) rushing back to his building tasks after checking his wages were correct. I also imagine the empty packets (pay & ciggies) were of no interest once the contents had been extracted. Love your blog & your work.

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  • Love this project! It's the one that got me to sign up for Design Matters Tv. Loved the video and your excellent teaching and insight. I've ordered more felt!

  • Lovely. Ordered, just because. A great idea Laura.

  • Oh this makes me want to play with my felt and beads, thanks, this is a fun project.

  • My husband was thrilled that there was something he could order for my Christmas stocking and know that I would love it. He even added a few extras to the mix. Thanks!!!

  • This is such a wonderful idea- I've ordered one straight away! πŸ™‚

  • she's so cute πŸ™‚

  • Laura – so excited!! And I'll be there for your altered books day ( really looking forward to it)!

    The thought of your Pavilion coming back to life fills me with a profound sense of satisfaction – and it's not even mine!!

  • Speedy recovery!!! It's no fun being sick anytime of the year but now is the worse time!!! Take care!

  • I hope you all are feeling better soon! I laughed out loud when I read your resolve for next year. I consider you an accomplished artist and painter. Rest, relax, and take care of yourself!

  • Lovely painting! I like the colors that you used and the color of the ground.

  • Stunning Laura, stunning.

  • You make it look so easy. Lovely work.

  • Pleased to see you're well enough to enjoy the festivities.Hope you all have a good time!

  • So happy that you are feeling better. The cake and tarts look delicious. Have a very Merry Christmas and much joy in the New Year. (I love the magical reindeer food. I am going to have to tell my great nephew when he is a little older.) Cheers!

  • Merry Christmas to all of you. I am sure Santa Claus will find Amelie's house the big present rapt in blue and green paper thats the one. That Cake looks yummy! Have a nice Christmas!

  • I'm so glad you are back n your feet in time for the holidays. Boy, that was one bad flu bug!! Wishing you and your lovely family a happy Christmas and a wonderfully creative and healthy new year!!

  • It looks great already. I wish I could come over for some classes, but also here are big plans made. I get a new roof in February and I have order some solar panels too. My garden architect is re-planning my garden and my piece de resistance wills big my own big studio. It will be in English style off Course and did I mention big. My studio is now just 3m/4m and I will not have to rent space to give my quilting bees and workshops anymore. I can wait to see the plans. I hope they will start soon. Keep up the good work! If you have great Idea's or tips for the studio let me know.

  • So looking forward to my visit in April!!! Bring it on!!!

  • This looks like a good place to go! I must write it down somewhere because I keep forgetting it is on.
    Do you know if there is a portrait of Elizabeth I in a red gown? I saw one at the 400 years anniversary at the Royal Observatory, but have never seen it since.
    Sandy in Bracknell

  • I love going to the museum here in Florida…it's so amazing to look at the detail the "masters" obtained with paint and brush!!!

  • No wonder you're so excited … it looks like its going to be a wonderful place to work in. Wish I lived closer and could come to workshops πŸ™

  • You lucky duck! I'd love to see those paintings. I adore the costume details. Sounds like you had a fabulous day out.

  • I love it when you go to a Gallery; its bring the gallery her to me. I love the painting of old masters, we have here in Belgium great Art galleries, but when I have to be honest I find that "self portrait" a little bit Creepy. aldo I can see the artistic work in it. It is just like The Scream of Edvard Munch. I makes my arm hair standing up, I would never hang something like this in my cozy room, but some people do love it. I love Pieter Bruegel the old one, Rubens, Van Eyck, But When you see an English painting it is about rich people and romantic places, her in Belgium it is religion or farmers who are working hard on the land to make a living. It is not so romantic like the English one. And I love the romantic.

  • I had the same buzz from when I went to 'In fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion' last year in Edinburgh. Now just think, all those fabulous paintings AND some of the actual, real clothing and jewels on display too. Staggering. I still have goosebumps thinking of it. And they were so tiny! Modern man and woman has changed a lot.

  • Hi Laura I totaly agree with everyting you have said I was on the edge of me seat each week total hook. I enjoyed the series year too. I'm green with envy that you have seen the paintings in the flesh. πŸ™‚

  • I love it too. thanks for showing.Where can we watch the show?

  • I agree with you, that we need to look at artworks in the flesh whenever possible. Reproductions just do not convey the actuality. And in the UK/Europe, we have so much. When I studied History of Art, in Perth, Australia, during a study abroad year, I realised how much we have, and how many original Masters work I had seen – about 50% of the illustrations in the presentations!

  • I, too, was in the NPG last week, looking at Dr Samuel Johnson (of dictionary fame) and his sometime houseguest, Elizabeth Carter (one of the original bluestockings). The NPG is a great resource for research on notable historic people, and they have a great free archive, available by appointment, with very helpful staff. How lucky are we to have this facility?

  • Lucky, lucky Amelie with her chalking table! Did you ever finish that lovely quilt for her bedroom – hand quilted with birds? So lovely, but I remember wondering how you would find the time to finish all that stitching with everything else you do!

  • Amelie is so adorable in her apron. Her excitement at helping is present in the photos. Ages ago a pizza parlor in Seattle had tables like that. It was so much fun to draw and see what others had drawn as you waited for dinner. Wishing you all the best in 2015. I can hardly wait to see what you, Linda, and Amelie create.

  • Hi Cathy, I've done quite a bit, but it's not finished yet. It's in a pile of ongoing projects that's getting rather large. I better stop starting new stuff!

  • Thanks so much Jeannie, I hope we can keep you inspired in 2015.

  • Brilliant idea. Could do that for my children!! But wait – they're 29 and 26. Think I've missed the boat!

  • Love the table idea. Grand babies would love. Your daughter is simply sweet!

  • Hi Laura, thank you very much for showing the work of Christian Hook. While looking through my facebook feeds, I thought the picture was of one of your workmen playing with your paints!! I quickly realised it was a portrait. This morning I watched the video of Christian Hook painting to the dancing. I have to say it brought tears to my eyes. It was just brilliant. I am just going to watch it agan. Thank you very much Laura. Cathy Jupp (a DMTV fan)

  • Lov the table, what a great idea

  • It's a great idea!! I wish my daughter was your daughter's age, she's 4 and half and so it seems to be too late putting your tips to practice! But luckily we have a one year old son as well, so I think we'll be making chalkboard table soon!!!
    All the best this year, looking forward your great ideas!!

  • What a wonderful piece this!

  • Absolutely stunning. Thank you! ~ Christina

  • What a fab idea! And square! (I loathe A4 with a passion – hangover from too much time spent working in offices). A truly inspirational idea! I might do mine by using some of the instructions from Keri Smith's "Wreck This Journal" – which is an excellent way of overcoming artists block. I will be watching the postman lime a hawk for the next few days!

  • I went and did something I never do. I bought lottery tickets and if I win anything near enough to purchase this piece, I will. Wish me luck!!! It is spectacular!

  • After seeing your book over at Linda's, I must order one. I figure you and Linda will inspire me and it won't join other sketchbooks that remain blank on the bookshelf. πŸ™‚

  • Oooh great idea. I've ordered mine and looking forward to it arriving. (and re the above comment – I'm another 'empty sketchbook' collector) Gill x

  • Thank you so much Jeannie. I have my fingers crossed that the ticket comes up – I'd love for you to have the quilt!

  • Beautiful!

  • Never mind scrubbing paint off the table, I suspect mother and child might also need a good scrub!

  • I love how Amelia gets into creating art. I am going to remember that approach next time I am printing – up on the table, up close and personal.

  • I have been looking at Magritte and his "This is not a pipe" from my Visual Class where we are considering semiotics – the study of signs. I had an idea which I will share with you. If I was lucky enough to get a pear print in my book, I was going to collage in one of my hand drawings of a pear, and caption it " This is not a pear …. it's a pair". If I apply a theory in my own work, I am more likely to remember it.

  • PS Owners of later Finish Me Sketchbooks will be the proud owners of "early Amelie" prints. How lucky are they!

  • Well Laura I try to order 2 of these books, but pay pal was again playing tricks on me. It refuse my password over and over again. I even try to reset it but no results. I wish I could just pay normal with my credit card. I would like so much to have two of these book.

  • Laura I had some trouble with Pay Pale but I solve the problem. I order two books in to two different orders because I could chance the amount. But you can send them together. I can't wait to hold them and work in them together on DMTV

  • I love this. Now the entire family is in the art business!!

  • How lucky you – and Amelie – are to have the ability to do this. When my children were at this stage I didn't know what a monoprint was, so how could I teach them? We did a lot of designing and building with Lego (I studied architecture) so I guess they didn't miss out entirely but how I wish I could have instilled a love of art in them.

    And don't worry about the mess, serendipity plays a big part in printmaking I've discovered. You never know, you may be harbouring a genius.

  • Mine arrived this morning. Thank you Laura. I smiled as I read your thoughts on starting because the first thing I did was examine every page, even the tracing paper! There was some fascinating reading and maps of places I know well, like Conway. Plus it made me think of things I could add from my huge collection of kept items. This is going to be fascinating.

  • I can't wait to hold them in my hand. For what I see they are really promising. Great Job laura.Thanks.

  • You hit on a bit of a winner there I think!! Fab idea.

    Ps when do you sleep??

    PPs it's official – I have Cricket Pavilion Envy and I blogged about it!!

  • Hi Laura, Can you tell me how I order one of your Art Journals please it sounds a great idea.

  • Stunning! Great use of text!

  • This is so beautiful – thanks so much for posting all the details as well πŸ™‚

  • Hi Laura, I want onw, too!! How do I order? This looks like so much fun.

  • I want one too, but can't find the order button. Please let me know where to buy it. ☺

  • Laura, Love them. NEED one. Much love.Madeline

  • Mine came yesterday and I loved looking at the pages. I know some I won't touch but waiting to get started until everyone gets theirs!! I am anxiously awaiting my second sketchbook and paints!!

  • I'd like one too – think you're going to be really busy!! How do I get one?

  • Exactly, how do I get one, Laura? Will you e-mail when you open sales up again?

  • Pam is US wants one of your journals when they are available again

  • Hi everyone, I'm working on the last batch of books for the previous orders and as soon as they are done I'll reopen and take some new orders. It'll probably be some time this weekend. I'll pop it on the blog, Facebook etc.
    Thanks so much for all your interest in this project. I'm blown away!

  • That's brilliant, well done Amelie! Annabel xx ps yer mum's quite clever too though.

  • Great tutorial, Mum will be redundant soon!

  • The stamps are a huge hit! Thank you x

  • This is going to be a multigenerational affair – 3 generations of Kemshall women all being arty

  • I know what I am going to do this afternoon.Thanks!

  • I have been watching all weekend like a hawk, but there were no further journals for sale – or am I blind? I want one so much pretty please with Bambi eyes and a cherry on top.

  • I, for one, can hardly wait!

  • How exciting! Good lighting is worth it's weight in gold.

  • I love how the building is coming together. When we built my little cottage, all I was concerned about was windows and lights. There is nothing better than going out on a cold wintery day and flipping the switch for faux sunshine. I so wish I could hop over the pond and help.

  • Laura – you're a tease! Thinking about an early birthday present for myself! Mind you I probably don't need any more distractions and should just 'get on with it' ( art that is. So easy to procrastinate!)

  • Hilary! How can you not have a subscription?? I've had one since it began and wouldn't be without it. It's not just the inspiration, it's the belonging too!! πŸ˜‰

  • Laura, I would still love to have to have one of your Finish Me journals, please. I had emailed my request earlier to Linda instead of coming to you, sorry about that. I enjoy the way you keep coming up with new ideas, and different twists for stitch and sketchbook work on DMTV and in Creative Sketchbook course. Mine has been lots of loose paper and fabric samples (except some C&G work). Thank you for showing pictures of your young apprentice. Her concentration is very good, she always cheers me up. I do remember from my own children that this is not always the case. Best wishes Cathy Jupp

  • Thanks Sue, I think I've fixed it!

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  • Hi Laura. When you click on the link to buy, both of the journals come up as small journal at Β£10.00. I see you have tried to sort this but unfortunately the problem is still there. I'll check in again later but please save me one of the larger journals. Many thanks.

  • Hi Laura,
    I am having the same problem and find I can not order the larger one. Will check back a little later but would you also save me a large book please.

  • That's weird, it's looking as though PayPal doesn't like having two buttons on one page! I'll see if there's a way to fix it, in the meantime if you'd like a Large book just drop me an email at and I'll reserve one for you. Thanks so much x

  • Thank you Laura for my book that arrived yesterday. There is so much to play with, so much so I have ordered a small one to take on my holidays.

  • I love my 2 journals and I'm having a hard time restraining myself from going ahead full steam. I have to confess I did do a few pages because I couldn't stop myself (smile).

  • A confession – I love my little book, but didn't like that some of the pages were upside down. They weren't wrong, just different!
    I'm afraid that I cut those pages very carefully slid them out and re-inserted them – which makes me just about as sad as you can get.

  • He he! I've been a bit playful with the orientation of some of the pages – watch this space for a tip relating to that aspect of the books!

  • Oh boy! I've been waiting for the next challenge. I have to admit, I did do a few pages while waiting!

  • Linda – that made me smile!!!

  • Can't wait to get my book – something fun to do indoors when it"s cold and snowy outside (February in Ontario – brrr).
    Are you planning any workshops for mid-summer? I'll be in the UK in July and would love to take a class with you.
    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • Yes definitely! I'll be releasing some new workshop dates quite soon. Will you be here for the whole of July? If you want to email me with the dates that would suit you best, then hopefully we can work around them.

  • You mean I may have to put the pages back upside down again?????

  • Yesterday I did some work in my"Finisch me" books and I love it. Great fun. I even try out the latest DMTV from Linda. What a great Idea. Instant landscapes. Today I am going to finish them off.

  • This looks like such fun and brings back memories of when my daughter was young. Her big thing was making things with paper and scotch tape. Every time we went to wrap presents we could not find the tape! She is now 26. Sometimes I miss those days. Now she crochets and has no interest in quilting. I keep hoping someday…. She is great help on my quilts.

  • I loved Fuzzy Felt back in the 60's, just geometric shapes back then so good for developing the imagination!

  • Chorus of 'Fuzzy Felts!' From this family. Many happy memories. We used the bought ones but soon progressed to cutting other shapes. My husband specialised in weird fish and funny faces and the girls who are mid to late twenties still replicate them in their designs. Happy days!

  • Sweet and I DO remember fuzzy felt!

  • Just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying my 'Finish me' book. I was reluctant to use it at first but have made a start and look forward to trying out more of the things you suggest.

  • I'm currently looking at honest for a C&G project so these images have given me an idea and I've not done any rubbings in my sketchbook. Would love to do the workshop but unfortunately I live a bit too far away.

  • What a shame you're not closer. I have got students coming from quite a distance and staying overnight (there are lots of hotels/B&Bs nearby). If you decide to make a short break of it, just let me know and I can give you info on what's on offer near to us! Best of luck with your C&G course.

  • Oh this is so tempting, but I'm already booked on the Altered Books day. Can I possibly justify 2?

  • But of course! And the rubbings you'd make would be perfect for adding into your altered book…OK, OK, I'll stop it! πŸ˜‰

  • If only you could bottle up that energy and sell it! My great nephew is the same age and the same energy level, so I have been passing your ideas on. πŸ™‚

  • This brings back memories she looks like she is having fun.

  • Amazing articles, will keep dipping into this.

  • Great Idea. Thank Laura. Kiss voor the great artist in your studio.

  • Thanks for the great tips. I hadn't thought about using gel medium as a ground. I was going to use gesso, but really didn't want to block out all the text. Of course, I have to read all the articles first! LOL! I read one about tending to one's cat over the holidays, and I've learned new words. So much fun!

  • I'm having fun reading some of the pages too! And there's even some bits relevant to almost where I live. Great fun. I've dusted some with Brusho powders on a wet ground for interesting effects.

  • COOL!

  • can wait to start, but fist to the hairdresser and then to the dokter en dan it is play time!

  • Love this post. Thanks for sharing.

  • You always were a fantastic tutor Laura, and that's an art all of its own!

  • Well said Laura! I loathe all these competition programmes, for exactly the reasons you have articulated so clearly above.

    Another couple of points the judges seem to have missed is that people don't produce brilliant art just because they are brilliant. It takes years of practice, analysis and resolution. Telling someone to put it in the bin and start again is cruel, rude and unhelpful. It is an aspect of postmodernism that is contemptible and clearly shows the judges as seeking cheap point-scoring superiority.

    This is why competent, supportive tutors should have their praises sung long and loud by their students. More power to your elbow, Laura

  • Hi Laura,
    I agree with you. I had been looking forward to this program but it's not what I'd thought it would be like.
    I thought the time that the way art was made was decribed by others had long gone. The first candidate had to leave because the judges didn't think he was going to change his style. I also felt very sorry for the man who'd been drawing portraits for the police as a lifelong career and now had to leave because he didn't do the portrait assignment well enough.
    You're right, there's no right or wrong when making art. Those people were having a lot of fun painting as a hobby, but I guess the fun will be taken out of it, because of the hars judgements.

  • Oops, 'prescribed by others' and 'harsh' πŸ™‚

  • Pam

    Totally agree Laura. We haven't seen the painting one here in Australia yet but we get the sewing bee and the various bake offs on our pay station foxtel. My daughter and i live for the sewing bee and the bake offs and spend many a pleasant hour watching the lovely people and the almost always fair judges. I refuse to watch some of the Australian and American shows
    because of the angry, mean spirit in the competition both from competitors to each other and the judges to competitors. I always tell people i watch the British shows because they seem to
    be so supportive of each other. Always helping each other and comforting each other when seams don't get sewn or cakes don't rise. It is real feel good viewing. It is disappointing to hear that the standard has fallen in this latest painting one so when it eventually reaches us I will
    not bother with it! If the ratings drop maybe they will get the message!

  • I agree so much with what you say, Sewing Bee makes me feel exactly the same way and actually I did make more clothes since I started to watch it. The idea of the painting show sounds nice, but after what you said I don't know if I even want to go and check it out?!?!
    Did you think of sending them your opinion?? You might not be the only one and if there ever is a second series they might do some changes ….

  • I completely agree with you Laura. The BBC has fallen on a great format (Sewing Bee, Bake Off) but this one has lost an important ingredient – likeability of the judges; the lack of support between contestants maybe down to that particular group but last week the hosts didn't even sound that supportive (to me), unlike Mel, Sue and Claudia.
    I, too, don't feel inspired to rush to the paints by this program – in fact this program puts me off.

  • Have to say the Painting prog has not been as enjoyable as expected… perhaps I anticipated something akin to Watercolour Challenge. Una Stubbs paints, and I expected to see her doing so….poss following guidance of the 'professionals' step by step to create, ie teaching and reaching non artists, but anyone could have her role. I think they chose the wrong judges, not warm and friendly and they seem to have a fixed end product in mind, regardless of style….. Needs radical change for a second series.

  • These are lovely! What an honor to be working with this company…win- win for both of you!! Pillows are great!!!

  • The crocus are joyful, aren't they? I have just been watching a bee on my pulmonaria. I told him to feast well, then take his pollen load back to the hive and stay warm. It was sunny here this morning, but is now rather chill. I hope the bee u derstood and did as he was told!

  • Laura, you can't imagine how therapeutic this is. It's snowing today and hard to believe there is life under the 3-foot snow-pack on the garden. Crocus time here is usually early May; your photos are a wonderful reminder of how it's always well worth the wait!

  • I do agree Laura – I am enjoying sweet little Una and lanky Richard Bacon, but the judges are just the sort of tutors to put you off for life….sad because I could watch people paint all day long and I think some of the artists on the programme could fly given enough wing space!

  • Spring is just around the corner – yay!!

  • Another great idea and one I will try. Thanks for sharing, I'm really enjoying using my journal and I could see this design becoming your next art quilt!

  • It was terribly challenging wasn't it? Just draw some Flamenco Dancers, and here's a Rythmic Gymnast with a huge ribbon whizzing around..just do something in proportion, accurate, showing movement, colourful, well composed, and oh, do it in pastels. I loved Anthea I thought she was great, and was sad to see her go – she did a cracking self portrait.

    As for Festival of Quilts, well, you must be as mad as a bucket of frogs, but you only live once! Go on, give us a treat – love to see your work there.

  • My painting teacher, who I had for Painting 1, Painting 2, and Intermediate Studio class (like an independent study) at least a half dozen times, ALWAYS found something positive to say but would not hesitate to explain what you could do differently ( he did not frame it as "better"). It was a perfect balance and you LEARNED from him!
    Janet in Tennessee, USA

  • The critique of the portraits reminds me of a comment I overheard Grayson Perry make in the National Portrait Gallery recently. He was being interviewed on camera, and I was earwigging out of shot. He was challenged with the statement "your artworks are not always a good likeness", to which he responded words to the effect of, If you want a good likeness, take a photograph. His art is about expressing something about the individual, and that means a portrait may not be a good likeness but needs to say something more.

    There have been times in history when it was fashionable to portray legs longer or faces whiter than reality. This is why we need artists – they portray things to challenge perception and make us think. Long live the amateur artist, and all the people who support their efforts.

    Well said Laura.

  • Well, you should hear the viewpoints of dressmakers about the Sewing Bee. It's not just about the fit! and one person's idea of suitable and suitably made clothing differ widely, too.
    Not tempted to watch the 'art' though!
    Sandy in Bracknell

  • Laura, my Finish Me journal arrived today – the perfect antidote to a cold (-14C) day and the flu. I can't wait to get started – thank you for sharing a wonderful idea and great materials!
    One question: some of the pages have glorious iridescent colour on them but it doesn't look like paint. Are you using an iridescent ink? I'd like to buy some and experiment with whatever-it-is.
    Thanks again!

  • Laura go for it. You can do it. And I am looking forward to see the results in Birmingham.

  • It is just fabulous!! What a fantastic job everyone's done. It was such a good idea to rescue it as even in it's broken down state it looked cosy and fun. Half of me wishes you'd turned it into a bar, but it's an amazing space and your workshops will be a huge success as it's a beautiful part of the world – you have car parking, wonderful teaching, and free lunches; what more could anyone want!! Looking forward to joining in, and I might even hire your space for a special birthday workshop. Congratulations, I can see why you're so happy.

  • He, he! Jamie's been in charge – one flick of a switch and it's straight into party lighting. We even have the coloured led bulbs just in case!

  • Such a wonderful space, Laura. It's beautiful. I am so envious of everyone who will be able to come and share your talent, enthusiasm and inspiration. All the very best to you!

  • Good luck Laura, it all looks wonderful!

  • in the landscape prog someone was condemned for it looking like a photograph…. but later prog the result wasn't realistic enough. couldn't understand the crits for abstract or cartoonlike, surely that's individual style. i find the programme is like the sat nav, not always going down the right road…. and for shouting at!

  • What a wonderful space you've all created! No wonder you're so excited! I can't wait to spend a day with you at the Altered Books workshop in April.

  • Hi Laura
    I recently had a little rant about this show on facebook page as I too am trying to stick with it. I feel strongly that 'art' should be for eveyone and we should take every opportunity to encourage people to have a right good go and enjoy themselves. Unfortunately this programme seems to be doing the exact opposite for me. With each episode I see the enthusiam being stripped from them and it is sad to see. It reinforces a view that art is only for a certain type of person and rules must be followed slavishly. Such a wasted opportunity to prove that isn't the case. Second rant over!

  • Tremendous – what a wonderful space – and the sun shone for you!!!

  • Wish I lived in the UK and could take a class ! I'm an artist who lives in Ithaca NY and have enjoyed following your blog – trinabartimerbruno

  • Like tbruno, I am in the US, but on the opposite coast. My dream is to visit the British Isles and trace my ancestors. But first on my list, would be to take a class in the Wooden House. Laura, it is beautiful. The fact that you (Jamie, salvaged the original building makes it even more special. The ability to turn into a bar is a plus! LOL! The extra design walls is fabulous. Smart to put in the air conditioning. I live in the desert and thought I could manage since my studio walls were built with 6 inches of insulation. Nope, had to run out during a heat wave to find a little window unit. Enjoy every minute in there and I will enjoy the posts about the classes until my ship comes in.

  • What a fabulous job you've done, it looks so quaint and inviting, I'm sure you'll have many happy hours in there, and there will be wonderful memories made. I too live on the other side of the world in Australia, and wish I could pop over to participate in a workshop, alas I'll have to settle on sharing the joy through the blog. Good luck, have fun!

  • This looks so beautiful. Lucky lucky students – and you to have such an inspiring setting to teach in πŸ™‚ Can't say I'll make it from NZ, but will enjoy seeing photos of future use of that lovely space.

  • Golly, now you've sent my shed envy into hyperdrive!

  • Ooo Annabel – a party!! Can I come? I can shimmy with the best of them!

  • It looks wonderful!

  • A beautiful space, good luck with your new venture πŸ™‚

  • Hi Laura,
    I must say I didn't know if I want to watch the Painting challenge after reading your first post about it, but we did with my partner and are hooked on it. I feel with every contestant, woudln't want to be in the skin of the judges. As you said there is no right or wrong and it's only about the viewer if he likes it or not. I thing what the show is missing is actually Claudia from the Sewing Bee!! She knows nothing about sewing, renamed overlocker to overlord (which is BTW how we call it now at home) BUT … she is funny, she eases every situation, encourages people and for me, she makes the show the fun it is to watch!! I think this painting Challenge is way too serious for what?!?! Life is fun and specially something as expressive as painting should be!!!

  • O wow! I've got serious studio envy! It's so lovely that you could save the building and make such a wonderful space. It looks fantastic inside & out! Lovely too that you are opening it up for others to share with your workshops. Have a good weekend

  • This looks like such a beautiful space and an amazing place to come for a workshop which I hope I get to do one day. Congratulations to your 'team' for rescuing such a lovely building and to you for bringing it back to life in such a lovely way. Good luck with your first workshop, I'm sure everyone will love it.

  • I'm coming , I'm coming ( squeaking with excitement!!)

    I've got a book sorted out already ( had it weeks infact) and I'm getting all breathless just thinking about being tucked up and all cosy in the wooden house ( I'm rather hoping its a chilly day so that the cosines can be amplified – is that a bit mean of me?)

    So all excited! See you then!!

    H xxx

  • So exciting. It all looks great fun and your students have produced some lovely results. I like Amelie's drawing too!

  • Looks like you had fun and were so creative. Roll on May x

  • Some amazing work, I love the honesty seed pod ones. Glad everyone had a great time.

  • Fabulous results! I love the big pieces your students were working on, so much texture, movement, and interest. Rest assured that if I was close, I'd be filling in those slots for the workshops.

  • So pleased these are filling up, and so pleased that AB on the Sunday is full despite my faffing about.

    If anyone wants any encouragement to come on the 15th April, come and join me. It will be such fun!!

  • What a great idea. Thanks Laura.

  • love this idea, I'm off to find an empty cereal box…

  • None of the cereal in our house still has its box – I warn you, rubbings are addictive!!

  • Amelie is a child after my own heart! Cutting and sticking, and coloured paint. What more could a child want?

  • This post made me smile. Wishing all at Fingerprint, DMTV, and Amelie a very Happy Easter. I have been craving shortbread cookies with buttercream frosting all day and Amelie's eggs made it worse. πŸ™‚

  • I can't wait to see what a 3rd generation of your family will bring to DMTV. She certainly takes after you creatively.

  • What a glorious way to celebrate spring. Wishing you more parties and perhaps more found treasure in the garden.

  • It sounds like you're making lots of wonderful, magical memories in your new home, garden and workshop.

  • It sounds like you're making lots of wonderful, magical memories in your new home, garden and workshop.

  • we once did this for our 2 kids and they still talk about it & would still be happy for us to do it again even though they are now 19 & 20.

  • What plant is it? My Ribes is astonishing this year (I think it has its roots in a sewer!), but flowering cherries in the area are nowhere near blossoming. I can't tell what your plant is – and it is absolutely lovely. Eye candy indeed! Good enough to eat!

  • Hi Cathy, I'm not sure what variety it is, but I think it's some sort of ornamental cherry. I'll have to find out!

  • You must be in a sheltered spot. Ours are nowhere near blossoming and we are in north Essex where it is really mild.

  • I can see the bottom image being converted into fabric!

  • Thanks Laura πŸ™‚ x

  • For anyone wondering "should I?" Then I can completely recommend Wooden House Workshops!

    It was a perfect day.

    Thank you Laura

  • How lovely – what a talented family!

  • How precious Laura. We still have my daughter's first drawings, my husband mounted them on some wood. (she's 30 now with her own little girl saving lots of precious things like you do)

  • wow these all look amazing, well done to all your students

  • Thanks for showing these. I always enjoy seeing the colours that people use as I think we all tend to favour certain colours. Some amazing ideas which have made great pages.

  • Hurrah! You are blessed indeed! It amuses me that the image of you, appears to have you smiling, and the one of Grandma, appears to have her talking! Amazing what gets captured. Thanks for sharing.

  • Really enjoyed it: relaxing day (though hard at work!), great food, generous tutor in Laura and charming assistant (when she got back from her day at Grandma's) . Highly recommended πŸ™‚ Thank you.

  • These are gorgeous. I have just been away at a retreat doing fabric books and you have some wonderful ideas here!

  • Love these images and what your students are doing. I look forward to seeing where they go with these.

  • I'll do this class next!!

  • I love your workshops and I wish I were there to participate.I am sorry to bother you but since your last videos update I can't watch them.It takes long to get them started,they are interrupted and they stop after 2-5 minutes.Nothing has changed in my computer,the speed is the same.Can you do something about it? Thank you so much,Alexandra

  • Hi Alexandra, We've not changed anything this end with the videos. Can you check if the same thing happens if you watch with a different browser or different device? Let me know how you get on. You can contact me direct at

  • I'd take a class just for the food! The scones look so good after slaving in the garden. The photos of the journals are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lovely, lovely, lovely! My next class in the Wooden House!

  • Very precious keepsakes

  • This is such fun to see finished. I just re-watched the DMTV video this afternoon wherein you were working on this piece and I was wondering what it looked like finished!! Now I know…beautiful….as usual!

  • Oh this is beautiful, I love everything about this piece and now I want to go back and watch the DMTV video to remind myself how this started. I love the shadows of the poppy buds in the green background, it gives it such depth.

  • It – no, they now that I have seen #2 – are gorgeous. Your quilts are beautiful and if I were rich I would buy one or both. Thanks for showing them.

  • Beautiful Laura x

  • Stunning! I love it!!

  • Love your concept behind the piece, beautiful

  • It's just gorgeous and I love all the symbolism. Fabulous work!

  • Oh my word! Another stunning piece that demonstrates a variety of well honed skills to give a conceptual message. Innovative use of materials; keen observational drawing; transposition into digital media and onto cloth; detailed use of quilting detail and a thought process that led to a concept led object. I strongly believe in the principle of apprenticeship skills – 10,000 hours to truly master skills – which led to the "masterpiece" This quilt is yet another example of how your thinking and making skills dovetail into each other. Just one question – after the exhibition, will the nails be removed for easy storage? So are they temporarily fixed in place, or are they permanent.

  • That is gorgeous!

  • What a fabulous idea. It IS like the hedgerows!!

  • Thanks for your kind words everyone. It was quite an undertaking to get the nails through the quilt and they will definitely be staying in! I'm not quite sure yet how I'll store the quilt, I guess I'll have to worry about that after the exhibition. My first problem is how to get it to the gallery, rolling it is not easy!

  • Ha – as I was reading the above I thought 'Well, she won't be able to roll this one' – and then you said it yourself. And I am not sure posting it anywhere is going to be that easy either!

    But it is a quite stunning piece. Quite, quite stunning!

  • I don't know how big it is, but I would consider folding it, rather than rolling. If you used expanded polystyrene pressed into the nails around one half, then carefully folded/rolled through a hinge section, then placed the other half of the quilt onto the top side of polystyrene, you would then not damage the quilt with extra nail holes. But you would need a car with a rear seat that dropped flat, to take it.

  • Oh this is so Beautiful. Love it. I hoop I will see this quilt in Birmingham. Great job laura.

  • it looks a beautiful place, hope the break did you all good

  • I'm doing this workshop next! I love the technique but am such an amateur! Lovely stuff. H xx

  • I will try to see this sometime, but sadly cannot make it today. Hope you have a really successful session! Hxxx

  • Congratulations on such a wonderful exhibition! Love the performance dyeing act!

  • Looks wonderful, so enticing, wish I could see it. And neat to see Clare's work included, go New Zealand!

  • Looks great Laura x

  • These are stunning. Mono printing ticks my boxes but I'm completely self taught and have never really explored it to its full potential. So I'm coming on the next course ( just so you know!!) H xx

  • Thanks for a glimpse of a wonderful exhibition, I'd love to visit!

  • No chance of a visit unfortunately – it looks sooo exciting – perhaps an online catalogue after it has come down?

  • Cool!!!

  • Yes. The parallels are definitely there. I'm a huge fan of her work.

  • love the examples using leaves, so much texture and detail. Your students must be thrilled with their results.

  • Got to buy it at least for the scissor article! Having a bit of a scissor problem with over 60 pairs it's nice to think I'm not alone. πŸ™‚

  • Do we see a digital print/fabric in the making??? Beautiful

  • I know how you felt. I am always sad to find a poor bird who flew too close to the house, or died from unknown to me causes. But, before I put on my mourning garb for the burying ceremony, I grab my camera. Seeing the feathers, toes/claws, beak, etc. up close is just amazing. I too hope some of the feather photos are destined to become cloth. Happy drawing!

  • Golly, how beautiful are those feathers?? Spring Watch chez Kemshall. Who needs Chris Packham?

  • Beautiful pictures Laura. So sad x

  • Oh how beautiful. We had great tits nesting in the garden this year and they are such lovely birds it's always so sad when they fly into the house. I can see quilting lines already in these pictures.
    PS loved the mono-quilting DMTV film this week.

  • Sad about the reason for the photo op, but gorgeous photos!

  • I definitely want to do this class next time you run it. Do you have a date yet?

    And that is a bloody good cat for a small person!! Her observational skills are amazing for pre school.

    She's a bright spark that one. I remember with my son in particular he was desperate for school because life outside was too boring and he needed full on stimulation!!

  • Love all of these images but yes I agree, you saved the best until last. She will be running her own workshops before you know it.

  • Well the last one is my favourite. I love that kat very much. But there is a lot of great ideas and inspiration in the others. How I wish I lived nearby I would sign in for all the classe. Maybe next year when my own studio and other house renovation are ready I will spoiled myself and treat me with some of your classes. Have an nice sunday.

  • Great I have a lovely collection of Parrot and Ara feathers lying around. Time to do something with them.

  • What excellent advice – thank you Laura.

  • super advice. Thank you for sharing.

  • super advice. Thank you for sharing.

  • Brilliant!!! I knew I was saving some trays for good purpose! :)) AND I just got some baking parchment which should work nicely. Thanks for the great tip!! ;))) ~ Christina

  • I too have heard that old furfy about not mixing brands but I think it is an urban myth perpetrated by the manufacturers to make us stick to just one, preferably their, brand. I am not Picasso or Matisse, just your everyday painter/textile artist and have never had any problems mixing brands.

    Have you read Michael Wilcox's "Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green"? If not, I would recommend it. He writes about watercolours but I think what he says would apply equally to acrylics and I think it would be great for students.

    Keep up the good work. I love seeing what you and Amelie have been up to.

  • Fabulous idea. Did you know you can also freeze your palette with paint on it and it will quickly thaw when taken out and still be usable. Good stuff, acrylic.

  • great idea and easier to clean up when you've done as well I would think.

  • Beautiful painting! I have really enjoyed the past couple posts about acrylic painting. As a novice to the painting world, I printed out your suggestions and taped them to my work table – thanks!

  • this is beautiful, not surprised it's sold so quickly. I can also see this as a quilt.

  • Gosh! This is a smashing blog. I picked it up via Glen's Chillside blog or her facebook comments, I can't remember which.
    I love the stuff you are doing.
    cheers Gillian

  • I've seen this tip before and pooh-poohed it but you make it look like a must. I'm off to search for a tray!
    Cheers Gillian

  • Thanks Gillian! Great to hear you've enjoyed visiting the blog. I hope you'll check in often, I do my best to update a couple of times a week. Laura

  • Thanks Liza!

  • Well done Laura, your painting looks really great.

  • Oh…I love those leggings. And with skulls on!!!

  • Love the outfits. I will have to pay that market a visit x

  • The first picture of Amelia is really cute!

  • This is the second review of this pattern I've read today! It's lovely, I am definitely going to order it make make some for a soon to be born great niece! (There's nothing like being prepared!) x

  • Ha ha – are they absolutely certain its a niece?

    Lovely clothes, by the way Laura.

  • Hi Laura
    do you still sell your handmade journal/ sketchbooks? Would like to purchase some if you do,it's for a gift. C

  • Hi Catherina, I haven't got any at the moment, but I am hoping to be able to make another small batch in the next couple of weeks. I'll post on the blog when they are ready and I can reserve one for you.

  • love the fabrics and your daughter looks so lovely in the clothes, and pink shoes to match.

  • Hi Laura, is it still available?

  • Hi Amanda, Yes, can I tempt you? Laura x

  • Of course! Between collecting your work and bags, how could I resist! πŸ™‚

  • This is beautiful and I'm very envious of Amanda, if I'd known I would have checked in before making tea for my family!. I've recently watched your DMTV video on making purses and loved the ones that you showed there. Hope there will be more bags as there can never be too many.

  • What a beauty – lucky Amanda!

  • What a little gem.

  • Your work is fab, I really fancy having a go when your new autumn classes are announced, I'm not really that far from you travel wise so will keep an open on your blog. Thankyou for the inspiration. x

  • What lucky students!!!!

  • More classes at the Wooden House ( yippee!) – and with that lovely space literally on your doorstep why would you want to go anywhere else?

  • Wonderful workshop, thank you Laura. You are very inspiring. I look forward to finishing my masterpiece and exploring more mono printing , stitch and paint . XX

  • I've had rather a lot to do with owls.Please tell Amelie hers are among the best owl sketches I've ever seen.

  • Having worked in an infant school, I must say that Amelie is already doing a bit more than a lot of children by drawing the nose.
    Sandy in Bracknell

  • It's obvious Laura – the child's a genius. I expect she gets it all from her grandmother!!

  • Ha Ha Ha! Next you'll be telling me these things always skip a generation.

  • Ah, thank you! That's very kind.

  • Epic 'why' conversations!! Oh I remember them so well!!!

    Nifty artwork too from the young apprentice. So when are you going to let her loose on the long arm?

  • 10,000 hours – I'll be near to 75. I guess that is a good age to hit my stride and explode with creative energy. LOL! Amelie's drawings are wonderful. The last one looks as though it is running. Tell Amelie that I have a now juvenille Great Horned Owl that visits my gazebo most evenings. He started last year right after he fledged. I am hoping he is keeping the mice away and not eyeing the cats.

  • Oh I love the colours and textures you've created here. I don't know why I don'y dye my own fabric more often as it's so much nicer to use than bought fabric. I look forward to seeing you use these in the future.

  • Lin

    My favourite dye method – it's amazing what beautiful patterns emerge when you iron the pieces.

  • I would like to see more about dying on DMTV/eva

  • Okay, I can see a wonderful underearth sort of fantasy creature in the first one! Holding a shield or a shining object.
    I love hand-dyes with hard edges like that because of the dragons and other creatures I can find in them! Sometimes I draw them out of the fabric with the machine – I suppose like a sculptor with stone.
    Sandy in Bracknell

  • This looks like a fabulous workshop! Wish I was there. Meanwhile, I'll subscribe to DMTV..thanks for the inspiration!

  • OK, can't wait for DMTV!!!!!! These are wonderul!!!

  • these look amazing, I look forward to the videos and to giving this a try

  • This is beautiful. I love your work – what a treat to have something so lovely to use and stroke often πŸ™‚

  • All I can say is wow! This looks amazing as it is. Can't wait to see it finished and also I look forward to being able to buy your new book as I just love "The Painted Quilt" so I'm sure this new one will be just as good.

  • It looks fabulous already – can't wait to see the finished results.

  • I can hardly wait to get a copy! Now, to be a Festival and pick it up there would be a dream come true. Just from the sneak peeks, I can tell that you and Annabel have created a fabulous book.

  • Looks an amazing publication!! I shall be watching closely for the release.

  • I hope we can buy it in Birmingham. My Ticket is already booked. Euro's chance in Pond. So keep one for me.

  • Love this little glimpse of your new quilt. Wish I could get to the show but unfortunately I'm not going to be able to make it. Wishing you well with it all.

  • Adorable…and the quilt!!! WOW!!!

  • Did you use the longarm to quilt? I really should put mine to use more often! Glad you're liking the Husky. Your so lucky to have the fabric supply at such great prices.

  • Yes, I've got the Gammill in my studio so I'm using it for nearly all my quilting. Can't have it taking up space and not earn it's keep!

  • Loving the way the quilting at the top makes the white circles appear like wet paint. And know what you mean re last-minute jobs before FoQ – I have sooo much to do tonight (it was 3am last night!).

  • Loving the way the quilting at the top makes the white circles appear like wet paint. And know what you mean re last-minute jobs before FoQ – I have sooo much to do tonight (it was 3am last night!).

  • I love the idea of an interactive portion of a show. So many times viewers really don't understand the amount of work that goes into a piece. Clare's piece is something I'd love to see in person. I did something similar as an experiment one year of dripping dye over a cloth that had been draped over chicken wire. But, Clare's would change so much more as the dye seeps. You and Linda's idea is fabulous! I actually was hoping that you would leave some of the top cloth dangling – kind of a peeling paint effect. The exposed quilt is beautiful. The whole exhibit looks wonderful. On another note, my book and tea towel arrived today. Oh my!!! Both are so much more than I expected. Annabel's tea towel is so gorgeous, I am seriously thinking of framing it and hanging it in our breakfast nook. Thanks again! Now rest up!

  • Laura – so sorry to have missed this! Was planning to come Sunday, but a friend was very poorly and I had to step in there instead. So gutted that I missed all if this. It looks just fabulous as always.


  • This is awesome! Would have loved to see it. I love visiting studios and seeing art in progress because it adds so much to the piece once it is done; to see what it was and what it then became. To have this in an exhibition is amazing!

  • It was truly inspiring – wish I had had more time to absorb it all. Where next?

  • So lovely to get the "feel " of the exhibition if only in 2D. Many thanks on behalf of all those of us who were not able to be there in person. Some stunning work from all.Looking forward to being there next year !!

  • Love the exhibition.I had a great time. Your stand was beautiful done, and I love your new work Laura, looking forward to see the finish. I bought me the scissor your recomand and another, the one with the two rond points. I love also my beautiful towels with the work of Annabel Rainbow. I will put them around a frame or canvas and hang them in new studio..Pity I missed your mam en Emelie tell them I said hi.
    By the way the portfolio Through our Hands is a beautiful must have, wonderful. It will be on my coffee table to read again and again.Thanks

  • k3n

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post this. I wasn't able to make it up so it's great to see what I missed! Though now I am gutted that I didn't make it as it looks fabulous! ? k3n x

  • Thank you so much for posting pics. I wasnt able to come, but i see i was there in Annabels quilt! (Well half of me!)

  • Simply stunnung exhibition! And the performance pieces are fascinating and a brilliant idea! I'll be in England next year and plan attending the quilt festival. Looking forward to seeing your work on display!

  • Thank you for taking such wonderful pictures and sharing, the work is all very inspiring, such a diversity of ideas and subjects and it makes you realise all ideas are acceptable, there is no wrong or right, things can have a personal message or meaning or abstract images can work just as well.

  • They are all wonderful!

  • Thank you so much for this and every other, wonderful opportunity you've made possible. I've linked this blog post to one of mine. You are brilliant, kind, fun, and very very generous!

  • What views!!!! Good for Jamie! He did a great job!!! You do make a great team!

  • I love the countryside and I guess the Welsh/Enlish/Scottish genes get fired up when I see photos like these. I grew up in a dairy community that while green and lush, lacked the gorgeous buildings found in Europe. Jamie did a fabulous job as photographer. I really want to go through that door! It has such character. Thanks for sharing!

  • Wonderful, thanks

  • " I would rather the work that was being shown was representational of a strong voice, even if it's one I might disagree with. Let's face it, if you're making work that everyone likes then you're in the middle of the road and that's no place to be."
    That's exactly how I felt as the author of the post referred to above. and I told the artist so – it was great to be challenged and made to think and to have an emotional reaction to work. It was a GOOD thing she evoked a reaction in me. and it was irrelevant whether we agreed or disagreed if we were communicating over art. And It made me think about my art too and my writing – is it something strong enough to provoke a reaction – any reaction?

  • Thanks for your take on this, Laura. Unless people are making art specifically to suit a sales market, I agree that whatever an artist portrays is all about the artist and not the audience. No one needs permission to express an opinion and if the viewer has a different opinion, that's about them, not the art work. Self-reflection, though, is always valuable.

  • Really interesting. The work in question evoked strong reactions in me too, but mainly because I can identify with feeling some of what it was portraying at different times in my life. Whether we agree or disagree with what the work is about, both points of view are valid and I think if a piece of work elicits a reaction then it must be a strong piece of work.
    I guess we all bring our own particular experience and perception to everything we look at, read or hear.
    Loved the show by the way…just didn't have long enough there!

  • I wanted to thank you, Linda and Annabel for yet another wonderful issue of TOH. I have again purchased a copy so I can access it at any time. I just finished reading the latest issue and I so enjoyed in in depth profiles. These magazines are wonderful resources. Thanks again.

  • I don't share Helen's opinion, but I am glad to see her thoughts expressed. Paint-chucking is contemptuous and ignorant but a heated debate is the best possible compliment to an artist. Whilst a work can often express a concept, and be the catalyst of change, the effect can only come about through discussion, a sharing of the experiences which both inform, (and I was one of the women who responded to Linda's research questions) and belie an artwork, (for none of us can truly experience sameness) and then through active shifts in behaviour. Having said all that, (yaddey yah), I do think that as a community of textile artists we should be supportive of each other and cautious with our criticism, ensuring that it is purposeful but kind, persuasive but sensitive, because to be an affected and affective artist and to exhibit, is to have laid down your shield and stood defenceless. Purple prose or what!

  • Lin

    Dear Laura. I have just purchased an e copy of the TOH magazine which I am looking forward to reading. However I was surprised to see that your advertised price of Β£3 does not included VAT which I was charged on top of the Β£3. I am happy to pay Β£3.60 but would have preferred to see that as the advertised price or Β£3 plus VAT.

  • Hi Lin, Because the magazine is sold worldwide, the price + tax varies considerably depending on the tax rate set in different countries. We decided that it was best to list the base price rather than with a list of local tax options. Instead, the local tax is added during the checkout process. I'll investigate and see if it's possible to list it as Β£3 plus local tax.

  • What a delightful magazine! The articles, the artists and their works are all glorious eye candy and food for the soul. How inspiring to see so many different techniques. Your wonderful magazine definitely kindles the creative juices and makes one think of what we can create next. Thank's for the inspiration.

  • I have read the article…. but its actually a sentence you have written,which I find very powerful. "……. middle of the road…."
    I like your permission to take that and add it to my blog, need to write it loud and proud in my notebook. Its a goal to aim for.

  • Looks like a great cache!

  • I spy more skull fabric in your stash!! Can't wait to see what you make with all this.

  • I love all of the pages and the ideas, think I need to get mine out as I've not done anything in it for ages either. Linda has been very busy in her's.

  • These pages are indeed terrific inspiration! Hope to jump in and create another page or two of my own! Would definitely like one of your Finish Me creations. Can't wait!

  • addendum: What is "pencil crayon"?

  • Happy Birthday to Amelie – its a delight to watch her grow up. Thank you

  • 3 already! My goodness. Happy birthday little one!

  • Hi Deborah, Pencil crayons are also sometimes called coloured pencils. I think the ones Linda's using are probably Derwent. You can get regular ones or water-soluble. Hope this helps, Laura.

  • Happy Birthday to Amelie! She is a sweetheart girl …
    Bucharest, Romania

  • Happy 3 Birthday to Amelie & many happy returns! Such a beautiful little girl. I love your photo of her with the starfish. You have such an artist's eye.

  • Happy Birthday, Amelie! What a wonderful aquarium. I love peguins. The first time I saw them was at the Stanley Zoo in Vancouver, B.C. Of course, otters have a spot in my heart too. I loved the photo of Amelie as a garden fairy on Linda's blog. She is growing so quickly. Have a wonderful weekend doing whatever makes you happy.

  • You look great! Well done laura. you are so talented. Is there any thing you can't?

  • Can you share the pattern name and number, it's lovely Laura. Looks very comfy,well done

  • Hi Rachel, It's called the Jasper Dress by Paprika Patterns, an indie pattern designer. It's a downloadable pattern to print out at home. Laura

  • Hi Duffy, That's very kind. I just followed the pattern though, nothing tricky. Laura

  • Els

    Ahhhhh that fog …. just to bad : here it stayed quite clear all night
    and it was a beautiful red moon !!!!

  • Oh my! Looks like so much potential. Looking forward to seeing how you use it in the future.
    Sandy in Bracknell

  • Alas, you may count me in with those who 'don't [quite] get it'. I enjoy hand embroidery; standing around watching a machine "embroider" is not my idea of a good time. Yes, I know it would save time — especially with respect to the motifs you've illustrated — but somehow…I can't bring myself to invest the $$ in a machine that wants to imitate a process that gives me such personal pleasure and peace. Put it down to my being your mother's age perhaps… πŸ˜‰

  • Love the effect of this – so simple yet so very effective. Sadly I cannot justify another machine ( must buy that lottery ticket) so for now I will just sit here a little bit green with envy.

  • Ah, I'm not letting anyone off because of age – my Mom and my Grandma (87) think it's great too! Remember that digital stitch isn't the only way I work, but including it in my repertoire frees me to have even more time for freehand work and hand stitch. I'll keep posting to see if I can convince you!

  • Thanks for explaining your thoughts about this, Laura. I am always so inspired by your work and this definitely makes me appreciate digital in a different way. Keep posting those beautiful close-ups of your quilts. Happy weekend

  • Makes a lot of sense to me!

  • Laura, I think so much of what you say is true in other media as well. I do a lot of Photoshop "art" and many argue that an image is not art if done on the computer. But I think art is whatever the maker decides it is, and whatever tools she wants to use is up to her. A hundred years ago no one had acrylic paint, yet now it is an accepted medium. Times change and tools change with it and if one is creating that is all that matters…Janet in Tennessee

  • It is all talent! And you have that talent…to even come up with a design to stitch by machine is more than I could ever think of doing! Kudo's to you!!! And you're still an inspiration to us all (as is your mother).

  • Oh, I get it. I've started calling certain parts of the process "grunt work" – because it primarily requires technical skill that many can do after the designing part is done. And while I used to enjoy the repetitive nature of some of this, I'm at a point in my life where I see the limit of the time I have left. The thought of machine quilting a large quilt, for instance, is wearying, while the designing of it is not. I am finally understanding those artists who turn over (with detailed instructions) the finishing, including the quilting, of their textile art to another. I used to think it a cop-out not to complete every part of the process with one's own hands. I'm rethinking that now. Designing is the exciting part for me, working through technical challenges still engaging, but sitting at the machine stitching endlessly the same general motif? I feel there must be better use of my time.

  • Thanks Laura, this is a great post and really illuminates your thinking. I fully agree that we need to move forwards in our practice and just keeping on keeping on won't do that. One of the things that really impresses me about your work is your seemingly tireless capacity to take risks and to change and adapt your process so that new and unexpected ideas emerge. I am amazed by the way at how much time you and Linda put in to DMTV. I was convinced that the Kemshall's must have a 'pause' button for time. More power to your creativity!

  • Sheila – I can so relate to this.

  • Time! Don't even begin to get me started. As any of you who follow my own blog will know, I have 'the day job'. Now I love my day job, it is quite creative in its own way, but as a consequence I have limited time for my art. And as one of my day job colleagues commented quite recently, I'm a bit 'driven' when it comes to my art.

    I was late coming to art so feel that I may be up against it on the '3 Score Years and 10' front and feel that there is so much work just bursting to get out of me. And if I could have an army of little elves helping me get that art out, then I'd set them on the repetitive tasks like the freehand quilting.

    But sadly I don't, so if someone offered me a nifty bit of kit like this embroidery machine, I think I would jump at it. For me it's just an elf, albeit an electronic one. Ok I might not have sat there and actually moved the textile under the needle, but if I told the machine what to do, then I think that is ok.

    After all, this is the 21st century and painters don't beat themselves up because they don't grind and mix their own pigment like the great masters of the Renaissance did. They buy it all ready missed in tubes and tins and things. Isn't this just a textile 21st C version of the same thing?

    By the way, I cannot afford such a machine so unless my lottery ticket comes up, I have to keep dreaming of the elves.

    But you crack on, Laura, and I, for one, look forward to seeing more work.

    H xxx

  • This is such a good post. Life IS change and embracing that idea is what keeps us engaged and enthused and moving forward. I thinks folks get concerned that new ways, methods and ideas somehow erode or devalue what has gone before but this is not true, there is room for every way of working. We all like to fall back to our comfort zone but being in it too much is just as bad for us as always needing to have the next new thing, just because it is new. We need to embrace and enjoy the best of the new while keeping the best of the old with us, in my opinion. Knowing what is right for you is the most important issue here.

  • Hah – elves! Yes, Hilary, that would do the trick. I'd even have a place to store little workers like that. lol Good point about the move by painters away from grinding and mixing their own pigments, although some still do. Good for them if it fulfills a need but better for the majority of us if we can skip that part to concentrate on what fills our particular need. Wishing you luck on the lottery ticket win. πŸ˜‰

  • Good points. I think finding balance is the key to most things in our lives, and perhaps especially in the creative things. I think I need to tack that last sentence up in my studio: "Know what is right for you."

  • that looks brilliant!! There's never enough time to do all the things you want to do, let alone the stuff you daydream about so being able to delegate some of the work is a fantastic idea. I just had a vision of a bank of machines getting on with some of the grunt work. I like the way you can factor in some 'wonkiness' too so it doesn't come out looking perfect unless you want it too.
    Christmas is coming up isn't it? πŸ™‚

  • Thanks so much Laura. It was such an enjoyable day with a lovely group or people, and so much to explore, ponder and experiment with. You were very generous with your knowledge, spirit, materials and insights. Worth coming around the world for! πŸ™‚

  • Golly Anne! Just looked at your profile and you're not kidding are you! Ms Kemshall your influence spreads across the globe. That's mega stardom in my book.

    I'll check the work diary because I'd love to do this. Mono printing sets me off on little journeys of discovery so a few more techniques in my armoury could be very useful.

  • well I love how you've used digital stitch and because you've designed the stitch it's just as valid in my opinion and is just another 'tool' in your toll box. It's also made me think as I'm getting ready for a new machine and would like to be able to do some things differently so I'm very grateful that you've shared this way with us all.

  • Terrific pattern! Is it your own? And I love the pocket.

  • This looks lovely, great fabric choice and I love the haberdashery drawers. I almost talked my husband into letting me buy some from eBay but then he saw how expensive they were!

  • Looks really comfy and warm. I don't wear dresses as much as I'd like to but this is more like a long jumper isn't it?

  • Hi Cris, Thank you! It's the Jasper Dress from Paprika Patterns, should pop up if you Google them. Laura

  • Hi Liza, Keep looking on eBay, I found mine for a bargain price late one night…Just don't tell your husband I've been encouraging you! Laura

  • Hi Nina, I don't wear dresses much either, but this is just an elongated top and really casual, the pattern also comes with a shorter top version which I haven't done yet. Laura

  • You make me want to create clothes again Laura, that top/dress looks fabulous, and very comfy. I've been over to Paprika Patterns and I'm sure I'll be buying the pattern soon.

  • Heading a great list of names there! I shall rush out and buy it now!

  • Congratulations! The cover is fabulous and I wish I could get it here in the US.

  • congrats!

  • You guys really did a good job! The creativity in your work is truly amazing. Hand dyeing fabric is really an enjoyable way to spend time with your friends and family. What I love about dyeing is that it is an eco-friendly option for people who want to restore the color of their faded clothes.

  • My 'baby' just turned 49 and I still remember her doing this same 'sewing'. The knitting yarn needle worked great!

  • LOVE it!! And such concentration on her face.

  • What a delightful post!!! Great beginnings and great memories!

  • Go Amelie!!! It won't be five minutes before she's presenting a slot on DMTV.

  • Ooo this looks such a wonderful technique. There's something about printing…..

  • Love both your prints and your moms!!!

  • Thanks for this week's DM TV, I had been exploring making a gelli plate too and your video was a great help

  • I love the work you're students have produced, it does look like they had a great adventure.

  • Just curious as a non Brit…what time is tea time? and is that the same as our dinner?

    Janet in Tennessee

  • Had to smile! Us Brits can cause confusion with our mealtime names. Take your pick from breakfast, brunch, elevenses, lunch (which is sometimes called dinner), afternoon tea, tea, dinner and supper! Tea time in our house is when children eat – 5pm ish.

  • Such cute photos! And the leaves seem particularly beautiful this year.

  • love the pictures and the colours

  • Great photos – love the pumpkins

  • Great photos – love the pumpkins

  • Really enjoying seeing what your students produce. Am an avid DMTV fan and have been playing along with monoprinting. As one who lives over the other side of the world I am very excited about the prospect of online classes. Debra

  • You are right…the students work is BRILLIANT!! What wonderful pieces!

  • Your student's artwork are gorgeous. The more I read the more I wanted to put my nose up to the screen to see even more. I hope they are as excited about their designs as I am. Like Debra, I would love to participate in an online class. DMTV has been a life saver for me and others who live in rural areas, far from resources or classes. Thanks, as always I have more ideas than time.

  • I would have loved to do one of your classes in the wooden house but the distance and time off work have been a problem this year but II've loved seeing what your students have produced. I'm lucky in that we have lots of courses available in Sheffield & I've been doing C&G embroidery at night class but I love DMTV as it's opened my mind to so many new techniques and ideas. On line courses can reach so many people so put my name down on the list please as this would be a great idea..

  • I can still see some printed fabric even if the light was "flat"…great pics…especially for mono printing!

  • Thank you for posting photos of the hedges. I have seen your previous artwork based on their thorny goodness, but had never seen them "in the wild". I even have some of your fabric printed with them because they were so dramatic. I now understand your attraction to them. So very dramatic, especially with the flat lighting. I am with you of crawling into a warm bubble and just creating. Sending warm hugs across the pond to you and your's.

  • Dear Laura
    Very appropriate. I can't think of a better response to the shattering of peace than appreciating what we have. And artists must do art. That's always right.

  • Thank you for your thoughtful post and interesting photographs. I love seeing your hedges in the UK we do not have these in Brisbane!

  • What a lovely gift!!! And how special you were able to help this gentleman create such a special gift.

  • Those are fantastic & I love the mix of old furniture and modern technology. Right up my street!

  • what amazing fabrics and prints and what a lovely project to collaborate on – beautiful

  • I love the one I had printed- it is such lovely quality, comfortable to wear & I always get lovely comments when I wear it:)

  • I've had a lovely morning. Have ordered an infinity scarf for me and just watched DMTV and now have loads of ideas for new christmas decorations. Plus I'm currently studying 'texture' in C&G so this has given me some ideas for this as well. Thank you so much, especially for DMTV which I just get so much from.

  • Such talent…I'm green with envy! HA

  • I'm with Robbie. I admire those who draw portraits. I really like the "softness" of the first one. (I know, my technical art terms crack me up.) Wishing you and your's much joy this holiday season and an outstanding 2016.

  • Definately the first one. It's all in the eyes. Last one does look a bit fake tanned. Have a great Chirstmas and don't forget to breathe! X

  • Just to be different of course, I love the second one! I find the intensity in the eyes is heightened by the contrasts with the pale flesh tones but enhanced by the dark background. I've been burning to do some drawing too, but daren't just yet or else the necessary won't get done around here. Can't quite remember when I vacuumed the stairs last. We both need an extra life so we can spill over into it!! (a bit like having two stomachs, one for normal things and one for puddings) But you're a lot busier than me so I sympathise; take it easy xx

  • Vacuumed the stairs? Might be easiest to move to a bungalow. I would really like another me as an assistant, then I might get close to getting through everything I want to do in a day! Don't know if it's just my family, but stomachs are divided vertically so there's always room in the pudding compartment even if the main course can't be finished. It's just the rules. x

  • Yep, it's just your family. You're all more genetically advanced with your vertically divided stomachs, whereas we're a throw back to ancient times when we all needed 2 separate ones. Two stomachs increased the capacity you see. Great (x about 11) Uncle Albert was thrown out of the cart by the other chimps for taking too many banana breaks, so all his descendants learned to shovel bananas in double quick time when no one was looking to compensate. xx ps I fully accept I may have gone off on a tangent here….Xmas is a good time to be silly x

  • That's really interesting way to use your photograph. I hope that with everything else going on you have time to both work further on this and post the results. I don't draw regularly but I do know that capturing the right tones is a weakness of mine – my work is nearly always too light.
    Merry Christmas!

  • Ha! You know, some people might think you'd started early on the sherry trifle, but I know you're just naturally bonkers. x

  • I believe the most interesting thing in my favorite view was your eyes in the very first one. They were shining and the star of the portrait. They said something. I love it for its simplicity and the way the eyes spoke. If you normally do light work, maybe that is something you should enhance not eliminate. Your style. (I pinned your first one since it was exactly the kind of work I love to look at.) I appreciate all your work and analysis to help understand the process – very enlightening. or maybe I should say endarkening. LOL.

  • I love the nakedness of winter. I can see where birds built their nests, the sculpture of the tree form, and things that are hidden are now out to be enjoyed. The trunk of those trees are huge and I live in the Northwest where we grow big trees – wow! Wishing you and your's a very merry holiday and I look forward with anticipation to another year learning via DMTV. Thank you so much for broadening my skills and mind. Until the new year – Cheers!

  • I can see some 'new' monoprints upcoming!!

  • Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. I think having small children around during the holidays makes it even more special. I can' wait to see my great nephew and to meet his little brother for the first time. Cheers and have some trifle for me!

  • Merry Christmas to you and your family! It's so lovely while the children are little! (mind you, mine are pretty excited at 14, 18 & 20!)

  • Happy Christmas to you and your family.

  • Merry Christmas to you and your family Laura. Its been wonderful to follow your videos and blogs throughout the year, looking forward to more of the same in 2016. Have a brilliant festive time.

  • Happy New Year! I applaud your choices for gifts. As an animal lover, I worry that we are eliminating the natural spaces for our animal friends. Tinker & Taylor seem to be quite content and pleased that they were chosen to join your family. I have also added to our menagerie, but I was chosen not the other way around. During the Depression of the 30's and into WWll, hobos used to mark farmhouses with "happy cat" symbols. This meant that the farmer or his wife would offer a place in the barn to sleep and/or a hot meal. The train tracks ran along my Grandparents back pasture and their fence posts were marked. I still remember seeing the cat faces as we walked along the tracks looking for coal to make coal gardens. I think I have a similar mark on our retaining wall. Only cats know this mark, for every stray or feral cat ends up visiting for a bit. Currently we have 3 black kittens that are feral. One will allow me to pet him. His brother rubs my legs and the third watches. The three cats inside howl and hiss, but they all arrived here the same way. I like to think that I am carrying on my Gram's tradition of feeding and housing those less fortunate. πŸ™‚ Wishing you and your's a beautiful 2016, filled with love, hope, laughter, and much creativity.

  • Hi Jeannie, I love the story of the painted cat faces. I have a soft spot for all waifs and strays. Linda had to come with me to the shelter to be the voice of reason, without her I would have brought them all home! Happy New Year to you and all your feline friends too x

  • So happy you have adopted!!! It's a win/win for everyone!!! Happy New Year!

  • Happy New Year! And welcome to the two little sweeties! Here's to more cat pics in 2016!
    Thank you so much for your creativity and inspiration!

  • I'm more of a dog person myself, not least because I'm a bit allergic to cats but so glad you rescued! All the best animals are rescues!!!

  • Wow, but they look just like my two when we got them 9+ years ago!! Mine are half Bengal and half British Shorthair so the heads are a bit broader but the colouring looks just like, along with the slightly startled expressions!
    Just want to say that I'm a new subscriber to DMTV and am enjoying it enormously so far.
    I didn't have anything much on my Christmas list either, then inspiration struck and some of the family bought me a year's subscription. Can't wait to learn more and it feels like a gift that keeps giving throughout the year. Already have a head full of vessels made with craft vilene painted with thickened dyes!! Am currently working on how to add LEDs using conductive thread – just haven't been quite brave enough to try it yet. Happy New Year!!

  • I'm not a cat person, preferring dogs, but these 2 are quite beautiful. I'm sure you're going to have fun with them.

  • They are lovely Laura, and such great names too! I gave a home to two tabby girls from the Cats Protection League, they were just three months old and are now six year old beauties. I am sure you will all have lots of fun with them! Happy New Year x

  • I'm starting to think ours might have touch of Bengal too. While we put the decorations back in the loft one sprinted up the ladder and had a mad few minutes racing round before we could tempt him back down with some biscuits! So pleased you've been enjoying DMTV so far. We have lots of fun things planned for this year so I hope you'll continue to find the videos inspirational.

  • That is adorable and I bet it has a great "twirl". Happy New Year!

  • Such a pretty dress and I bet Amelie felt extra special wearing it. Happy New Year!

  • So pretty! Amelie is a lucky little girl to have such a thoughtful and talented Mum. Happy New Year x

  • beautiful dress for a beautiful girl, there is something about making clothes for your kids when they are little – I miss that now mine are grown.

  • Lovely……and superbly modelled by Amelie!

  • Those are lovely! They look nice & warm & great for an active little girl!

  • …and I think someone might have grasped the art of modelling!

  • These are beautiful, I love the print on the fabric and Amelie is such a lovely model. Also I loved the new DMTV video, I've never tried this method of colouring fabric as am looking forward to giving it a go.

  • That is a very good thing to do with cards! I threw mine away and felt terrible when I did.

  • Ah, I save mine for some of my handmade books. They make great signatures or the basis for signatures and being different sizes that can be very interesting. Gesso hides the pics and forms the base for all sorts of exciting patterns etc. I blogged about it somewhere but for the life of me cannot find the link! This years are already in a bundle in the cupboard waiting for inspiration to strike.

  • Ah, I save mine for some of my handmade books. They make great signatures or the basis for signatures and being different sizes that can be very interesting. Gesso hides the pics and forms the base for all sorts of exciting patterns etc. I blogged about it somewhere but for the life of me cannot find the link! This years are already in a bundle in the cupboard waiting for inspiration to strike.

  • Lovely, Laura! I love the technique of EPP but everything I do always seems to look old-fashioned. You've managed to produce something fun and contemporary while still – presumably – having had the pleasure of sitting in front of the TV sewing the shapes together.

  • I love EPP too, these ones were carted around everywhere to get them done!

  • To create free-motion machine embroidery, the embroiderer runs the machine and skillfully moves tightly hooped fabric under the needle to create a design. The operator lowers or covers the "feed dogs" or machine teeth and moves the fabric manually. The operator develops the embroidery manually, using the machine's settings for running stitch and fancier built-in stitches. In this way, the stitches form an image onto a piece of fabric. An embroiderer can produce a filled-in effect by sewing many parallel rows of straight stitching. A machine's zigzag stitch can create thicker lines within a design or be used to create a border. Many quilters and fabric artists use a process called thread drawing (or thread painting) to create embellishments on their projects or to create textile art.
    Silk Digitizing

  • this looks stunning, and what a wonderful assistant you have. I love the little tuft in the centre of the stars, really makes a difference.

  • These fabrics look gorgeous and the finished scarf is lovely. I'm off to watch the video now to see how it was all done. And for anyone who hasn't subscribed to DMTV I can heartily recommend it.

  • I became very interested when you mentioned sewing scraps together and using that on one side. What a great way to scrap bust and then give them as gifts!!

  • Thank you very much for this. Can't wait to try it.

  • Excellent solution to the plastic bag issue. I really detest those plastic bags for so many reasons and they seem to be getting thinner which means the cat food rolls across the garage floor as I unload the car. That said, I think I would use the bag your made for a handbag. It has such a spring time look and I am tired of winter. πŸ™‚ Have a fabulous weekend and thanks!

  • Gorgeous! I wouldn't part with it!

  • Gorgeous! I wouldn't part with it!

  • Wow! The chair is gorgeous. I'd love to add it to my collection, but sadly my plane is in the hanger. LOL! Having done a little upholstery, Rosemary did a magnificent job. Enjoy!

  • Loved your bag so much I made my own and posted it on my blog with a link to yours. Thanks for the inspiration, pattern, and instructions.

  • This is stunning. Is that an upholstery velvet? I'm going to look around for something to re-upholster. I think this is just wonderful.

  • OMG! I absolutely love this chair! I have a thing about birds, so that's one reason to love it. I love the colors and the print! Truly excellent! Thank you for sharing.

  • This is the most beautiful thing ever and I so wish I could buy it. I know you can't keep everything you make but I wouldn't be able to let this go. Stunning, your fabric works perfectly.

  • I'll have a go at this as I love making bags but usually make a more standard tote bag for shopping but this looks great. Some people have moaned about the charge for plastic bags but I love taking and using my own, especially when i can use ones I've made. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Els

    WOW a show piece !!!

  • Oh my Laura what a beautiful space

  • Love this bag I've made a few now thank you Laura

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  • I would love the SAQA ones if they are still available

  • If still available I will like the quilter magazines.i will pay postage as I'm in Ireland.
    Thank you

  • If still available I will like the quilter magazines.i will pay postage as I'm in Ireland.
    Thank you

  • Would like quilting arts magazine if still available please.
    Winsome Evans

  • Hi Winsome, I have one of the Quilting Arts Magazines left. If you could email me at so I can get your address that would be perfect – talk to you soon, Laura

  • I would take any of the batches, but it looks like only one left – Stitch and Flair – delighted to pay postage on those.

  • Hi Sandra, I'm really sorry the Quilter mags have already gone. I may find that I've got more, if I do I'll let you know! Laura

  • Hi Julie, I'm really sorry, the Stitch and Flair mags have gone too. I have other cupboards to do out so I might find more, I'll post on the blog if I do. Bye for now, Laura

  • Hi Wendy, I'm afraid they've already gone. I may find some more, if I do I'll let you know. Best wishes, Laura

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  • Happy De-cluttering!! Fingers crossed ……

  • Laura!!!!! Yay hay!!! This what I do all the time. Actually, do you have a monoprinting class planned. Feel I could do with a bit of your tutelage in this department! H xxx

  • I stitch on paper all the time too…. its my 'fabric' of choice. I made a pile of mono prints earlier this week, just waiting for thread embellishment.

  • Loved this video, it's given me loads of ideas, thank you

  • What beautiful fabrics. Love the mosaic.

  • I love letters used for things other than just writing – I look forward to seeing what you do next x

  • I remember when Linda first showed this on DMTV…I love it and will take time to watch the latest updat!

  • Stunning and wonderfully atmospheric colours

  • Incredible transformation and love the swallows!

  • loved the video and it finally pushed me to order some of the fabric paints you use.

  • Thanks for such a wonderful post.
    sewer pipe relining

  • Where is the rag market? I've just ordered a few dress patterns on line ( a sale – too good to resist) but am stuck for a decent source of fabric. I get up to Brum occasionally so could do a little detour. These bargains look just fabulous,

  • Hi Hilary, Hi Hilary, It's down by the Bullring.
    You'll see there's an outdoor market and the indoor Rag Market. We tend to go Tuesdays or Thursdays, but found that Friday was really good too. You do have to go with an open mind and be prepared to root about for the good stuff. At first glance you might think there's nothing nice, but there will be, it's like a treasure hunt! Just over the road is also the Fancy Silk Store if you need something specific, but that's shop prices. A bit further away, but still walkable is Barry's fabrics too. Take a friend so they can help you carry the bags.

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  • She's growing up so fast – and I recognised her Grandma immediately!

  • I know, 3 already, we can't believe it either. As for Grandma, she's never looked so good!

  • Hi Laura,
    as for what you might possibly do with them in the future…something along the lines of what Paula Kovarik has done?
    you need to scroll down to see the initial thoughts for this series.

  • Love them x

  • When my granddaughter gifts me with her drawings, I carefully trace over them to make my own since hers must be kept as the treasure they are. Then I can scan them, enlarge for a coloring page, shrink for a scrapbook page, and BEST of all – make a stamp. I pencil over the lines on the backside then carefully press the graphite onto a large piece of rubber. Using a pencil I carefully trace over the image again and that transfers the image to the rubber piece. Then I carve out the lines or better yet, carve away everything but the lines. I now have a great stamp that she loves to play with and make more. I use it for making gifts wrap, colorful backgrounds and even stamping on muslin or fabric to make book covers. These pictures are very important and most of all, extremely cute due to the childlike qualities and unexpected characters.

  • As an MA student, I am reading around how our society values women. I am considering how directional metaphor (good is up, bad is down) subtly gives a message. I think it is wonderful that you are collecting Amelie's work and privileging it by framing and putting it "up" on a wall to be viewed by family (rather than "down" in the bin!). I have also been reading a theory where women achieved their social status, via their menfolk (husband or father's money/power/status, rather than the woman's skills or talents) and think it is a great message for Amelie that her artwork goes on the wall, simply because she drew it. It's all about her! Joy, joy, joy.

  • Hi, interesting post. I have been wondering about this topic, so thanks for posting. I’ll definitely be subscribing to your site. Keep up the good posts
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  • Those are great trousers and Amelie looks really comfortable in them. Just the thing for a busy day at nursery, but still funky!

  • Adorable…she looks like a little model!

  • IMHO school uniform has a lot to answer for! It was years, years I tell you, decades! Before I could even contemplate the thought of navy blue. Even now I have but one dress, and only that because it was in the Next sale!

    Wish I'd had a serger when my kids were growing up. I might have been a bit more productive on the clothes front.

  • She is just getting so tall and grown up!!

  • Oh I know what you mean. I just finish my kitchen and bad room. I had to camp in my Livingroom for 5 months and my bathroom was outside. But now that part is done I am in love with my kitchen especially my dishwasher machine. What a tread. In two week, they start on my new studio.
    Good luck with the renovation.

  • It will be worth it in the end but in the meantime, I can still feel the dusty bits of plaster dust in my mouth. Thank God for Take away.

  • We did February to December 23rd last year with rebuild of one half of the house and it was hard, but so worth it in the long run. You're doing so well and with a little one too. Keep going, at least you have the pavilion to escape to!

  • I don't envy you the dust, I still sneeze every day from building work we had done 2years ago! But, as everyone else is saying it will be worth it in the end.

  • I wish it would fit me, I'd wear it. Fingers crossed she changes her mind as it looks so lovely.

  • Shorter it could be a good top to wear with trousers. Amelie sounds like a very practical young lady.

  • I just wrote a post about "chenille" cushions and I used two versions of your hydrangea print fabric. I linked to Fingerprint. It will probably post in two weeks. LOVE the roses.

  • Gorgeous!!

  • It's cute! I wondered the same as Arlene- would Amelie prefer it a bit shorter to wear with leggins?

  • And Amelie survived the day in the dress she didn't like? Children!

  • Hi Wendy, It's a different dress – this one's been worn and washed a lot so it's lovely and soft. Maybe I'll have to wash the new one a few times to break it in!

  • Looks great Laura – don't know how you've found time to fit it all in!

  • Just had a late night peek. It's great! I love the new look and navigation is really easy. Extremely well done πŸ™‚

  • The new website looks fabulous! I navigated to all the interesting spots and everything worked exactly as it should. My only complaint was that the shop was empty. My wallet thanks you for that! It truly is a very appealing site with lots of visual interest but not too much as to be distracting. I also saw some archives to put on my list for inside days. Congrats!

  • Any chance you might consider putting your quilt course online in the same way as the sketchbooks one?

  • The new website looks amazing, really easy to navigate and really stimulating. Amazing use of images but I agree with Jeannie about the shop, I got all excited when I clicked the button but I'll keep checking as I know you will have it open soon. You deserve a pat on the back for all your hard work.

  • As you may know, I am a fairly late comer to DMTV. So I had hardly used the old site at all. Therefore, it is difficult to compare. But I have to say, bloomin well done that woman. You said somewhere that you were not web designers and that we should be gentle with you. Well, if you're not web designers then I don't know what you are, because it looks and feels damned professional to me! Loving the videos by the way. Why did it take me so long to join?

  • Love the new website for DMTV!!!! And yes, still squeezing in time to create!!!

  • Congratulations on a lot of hard work.

  • I have been so inspired by your work and Linda's work through the years..this was a great post! Thanks for your perspective!!!

  • I have to say your "Finding Inspirations" workshops are fabulous. My favorite was an old one in which you showed old sketchbooks. There was something about that episode that set off the light bulb – I got it!! Love your work and DMTV. I can say it is the best gift one can give themselves – a year of DMTV for the price of a one day workshop – a bargain!!!!

  • Ooh that’s nice

  • Linda Kemshall

    Great start Jill! I’m so pleased to hear you’re excited to do more sketching – make sure to let everyone see how you get on here in the new gallery. I think our recent sketchbook students are shy to share their work so I’m very pleased to see you’ve got the ball rolling. Keep up the good work!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Jennifer Mary – I knew we could count on you to post sketchbook pages. Lovely work, well done.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Beautiful, beautiful Beth!! What an exciting book cover and a lovely stitched binding.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Dear Beth – you’re going to be spoilt for choice when working through the Creative Sketchbooks course. Of course a girl can never have too many sketchbooks can she?

  • Beth Berman

    You are right and the beauty of making your own is that you have control of the paper quality. Will start my “introductory” page on home today.

  • Jennifer Lehm

    Good for you Jill I am sure you will gain so much from the course – I loved doing it.

  • Jennifer Lehm

    What beautiful neat work – a piece of pure eye candy. It will be a joy to use those books

  • Linda Kemshall

    Lovely idea to see the view from such a different perspective Beth. Maps are a great source of inspiration, especially when they are so personal. This so early in the sketchbook really sets the scene for the theme doesn’t it?

  • Linda Kemshall

    Lovely page Mary – illustrates all the things you love about home!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Beth – watercolour is the perfect medium for your subject. Lovely fluid use of colour!

  • Tessa Ellis

    These hearts are lovely, beautifully finished & presented!

  • Tessa Ellis

    I particularly like the pen drawing of the cliffs, in fact both pages are eye catching!

  • Tessa Ellis

    Beautiful, it makes me want to sit in your garden!

  • Beth Berman

    What a lovely image. Very peaceful and inviting

  • Beth Berman

    I also love the pen sketch but also the way you unified the pages.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Really beautiful print – so delicate!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Great to see these again Beth. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mary Chidlow

    Hi Beth Thank you for your kind comment. I am in awe of the quantity of drawings and paintings you produce. It is inspirational to see other peoples works in the gallery.

  • This is some of the nicest eco printing I’ve seen!

  • Great page – I love how you’ve combined all the different elements so successfully.

  • Beth Berman

    Really lovely and I love those delicate colors and bold outlines

  • Dana Perez

    Thank you for the kind remarks.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Great way to integrate the image to the rest of the page Beth!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Lovely abstract pattern from your subject Mary. This could translate to colour well in Module 2. It’s a lesson in observation of tonal values isn’t it? I think there are some even darker shadows in places – not so easy to achieve with graphite pencils but paints and inks could be an answer! We’ll introduce lots more mediums next module! Meanwhile you might like to make a couple of photocopies of this drawing so you can work into them later.

  • Linda Kemshall

    I forgot to say how much I like the marks you’ve made to suggest the plants and bushes. Very interesting quality of line that could be perfect for a stitched version of the study if ever you decided to take this into fabric and thread!

  • Mary Chidlow

    Thank you Linda for your helpful comments and advice on making extra copies. I am enjoying going back to the basics of drawing with some of the wisdom of experience. Very interesting in staying with the tonal values.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Beth, It’s great when DMTV videos supplement the course instruction isn’t it? Love to see how you bring all the ideas together!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Cherry – that’s a great start! I don’t know how much drawing you’ve done in the past but tackling a difficult subject like a pair of scissors is quite challenging isn’t it? I like the way you’ve observed the deep shadows in the handle – it’s the contrast between the highlights and the shadows that help convince the eye of the viewer that they are seeing something 3D. I would have taken the background shading right to the edge of the scissors even though you might think that would confuse the shape. There is bound to be some difference between the depth of value of the object and the background even if only slight. The shadow you observe where the scissors rest on the surface would ‘ground’ them and make them look as though they are sitting on a table rather than floating.

  • Liza Smeeton

    I love the contrast between the thread and the green of the book covers.

  • Liza Smeeton

    wow what a stunning book, this is so lovely

  • Liza Smeeton

    I have handmade sketchbook envy!

  • Liza Smeeton

    beautiful, I love the depth of colour you’ve achieved and so many interesting marks

  • Beth Berman

    I also like the detail on the scissors. I drew mine once and it a real task, one you’ve accomplished well.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Cherry – lovely to see you use a completely different technique this time. You’ve made very effective use of linear marks in this drawing and I like the contrasting scale within the composition. Don’t concern yourself with whether you think it’s complete – we encourage everyone to revisit pages throughout the course and you may well decide to take it further or try another approach to the same theme once you move onto different techniques next module. One thing I would always recommend is that you make a couple of photocopies as you go along. They can provide an opportunity to experiment with different mediums and techniques without worrying that you might ‘spoil’ your original page. the copies can also be incorporated into the book if they turn out to be great!

  • Mary Chidlow

    Like the reflections in your drawing.

  • Mary Chidlow

    Like the minimalistic approach with the line drawing to describe the farm . It works .

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Mary – that technique has worked so well for you hasn’t it? You’ve kept the background noise to an absolute minimum. I always get lots of smudges! There are endless possibilities for pattern making and because you can make photocopies you can also vary the scale of the design. Imagine it repeated as a very small background pattern with a larger image collaged on top! You’ll also ba able to revisit these next module to introduce colour.

  • Mary Chidlow

    Hi Linda Thank you for the comments. It worked because I could see the shapes under the tracing paper and therefore place them in certain positions. Will experiment with the layering. The wire didn’t work for me at all so you won’t see those !

  • Jennifer Lehm

    thanks for your comments- my sketchbooks are usually “pretty private places” – so it’s nice to hear other people’s comments – for a change

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Barbara – great drawing! You’ve really caught the reflective quality of the metal surface and that’s very tricky to do. The only suggestion I’d make for future reference is to look closely now at where the darks and lights are in the background. You’ve observed the spoon itself really well but notice that dark shadow extending from the tip of the spoon. Adding that will help place the object on a surface. How about photocopying this page and working into the copy to see what difference the shadow might make?

  • Linda Kemshall

    Looks very convincingly 3D Barb – lovely job!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Debra – really pleased to see you’ve made a start with your place as inspiration. Don’t be nervous – you’ll surprise yourself with how much more confident you’ll be with a little regular practice. If you are wondering what to do next it might be a good idea to take a closer look at some of the features of this first drawing. How about going in for a real close up of the twigs and branches on that little tree? Or maybe take a photograph of the detail in the very decorative door? Both things would provide the opportunity to study shapes in detail and would be lovely subjects to explore. I think it would look great to have the broader picture as the starting point in your sketchbook and then go in for the close ups to help complete the theme.

  • Debra Lukeis

    Thanks for the encouragement Linda. I like your suggestions – a great deal of food for thought and lots of directions to go in.

  • Tsering Cole

    What is printing paper would water colour paper be the same,I just love these

  • Tsering Cole

    I like this a lot

  • Beth Berman

    I like these and the change in value plus the texture of the rubbings.

  • Thank you for your generosity in sharing your technique in detail. What pioneering spirit! You will inspire many of us to get out of our comfort zones and try something new.

  • Aloha Laura,
    Thank you for a most entertaining and informative read. It was full of humor and suspense, and your photos really added to the exposition. Although my work is about as different from yours as it is possible to get, I admire your process and success. Congratulations!
    Many thanks for writing.
    Kathleen Kastles

  • Susan Haldeman

    Absolutely stunning…and bravo for pushing the limits with digital printer! May I ask which printer you used? We have an Epson…. I have often wondered if you can switch out the inks… So completely impressed – just love it! Susan

  • Wow. I wish I could see this in person! It looks absolutely stunning and I loved reading about your bravery in experimenting. Super, super cool.

  • Janet Pickard

    It’s so interesting to me that fabric is so available and that there is even such a thing as a weekend fabric/rag market in the UK. Here in the US, most of the independent sewing/fabric stores like Hancock’s have gone out of business. You can get fabric at craft stores like Hobby Lobby, but it’s not very fun or interesting; it’s very generic. You definitely don’t come across Liberty or brands like that. Wish we had a rag market where I live!

  • Wow – what an amazing piece Laura. Congratulations on the win and thank you so much for the sharing the process. Sadly I will never get to see it in person, but appreciate your photos and detailed explanations. Looking forward to how inspiration strikes next πŸ™‚

  • Sandy Corry

    I am in awe!!! Amazing. Wonderful. You are inspiring for all quilters worldwide. Thank you for generously sharing your process…I don’t think any of us are about to run and copy it!

  • Linda Laird

    “To boldly go where no quilter has gone before…” It’s a marvlous piece of art, and you deserve every award and accolade you receive!

    Another old American saying: No guts, no glory. Well done, Laura.

    Linda Laird

  • Maryellen LoVerde

    Your quilt is awesome! Your explanation was terrific! I don’t think I would ever have the ability to make a quilt like the one you did! You certainly deserved to win! Once again it is beautiful and unbelievably awesome! Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt!!
    Maryellen LoVerde

  • alda

    This is fantastic, Laura, wow!

    And after reading the whole project story it is even more fascinating.


  • Laura Gawlinski

    Being brave has its rewards. Congratulations

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Barbara – you’ve achieved perfect control with the graphite stick. I love the well defined outlines! Of course this technique will work with any motif and is also fun when colour is introduced as we’ll encourage you to consider next module. I really like your use of text in combination with the rubbings – there’s lots of potential to take that idea further too.

  • Annette Elder

    Fortune favours the brave! At least it did with you Laura as you continue to innovate and astonish. Congratulations.

  • debbyweighsin

    Any chance it will travel across the ocean to America? I sure would love the opportunity to explore it up close!

  • Mary Chidlow

    I ,too like the patterning of the text and the rubbings . love the addition of the spoon on the fork page.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Mary – I love this page! The red from the reflections of your top in the bowls of the spoons is fantastic.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Beautifully observed shapes and colours Mary and the cutaway contour reveals a lovely painted study on the page beneath. Don’t you think get some fascinating effects when you combine techniques?

  • Mary Chidlow

    Linda . Thank you . Serendipity ! The challenge was to use the large photo which I had printed off by mistake and couldn’t waste . Hadn’t realised I had taken a selfie!

  • Barbara Cady

    I love your reflections pages Mary, beautiful work that I could imagine translated to something like place mats! Love them.

  • Barbara Cady

    Whoops, it has posted sideways! Why does this happen?!

  • Duffy Indeherberg

    Hi Laura, Again Congratulations. It was absolutely stunning. So beautiful and well done. I just read the making of. Just one thing I was missing. How did you hang the quilt? Did you put a sleef on it? That must be an giant work just to put the binding and the sleef by hand? I would never be so brave, but I have all confidence in you. If some one can pule this, it must be you.
    Is you quilt in Saint-Marie-Eaux Mine this year? I hoop so. Lots of Love From Belgium

    • Laura Kemshall

      Hi Duffy, Lovely to see you at FOQ this year. Yes, the quilt had a sleeve on the back with a flexible batten. The sleeve was split into eight sections so that it was possible to screw the batten back to the wall every so often, so that it would keep it’s curved shape. Laura x

      • Duffy Indeherberg

        Thanks Love.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Barbara – It’s annoying when that happens isn’t it? I think you must have uploaded the photo from an iPad or similar device. It happens to me sometimes so now I always save the image in an editing program such as Photoshop first and then upload from there. An extra stage but it works!
    BTW love the embroidered panel!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Lovely border pattern Barbara – imagine that printed or appliquΓ©d on a placemat or on the edge of a table cloth or napkin!

  • Barbara Cady

    I love this Wendy, so full of colour, looks like a magnificent sunset!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Gorgeous use of colour Wendy. I agree with Barbara – it looks just like the most glorious sunset.

  • Vicki Miller

    Wonderful. I think all children should have this habit!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Kirstie – really glad to see you made a great start! How about trying some of those favourite things direct to a page of your sketchbook? Mono printing would be a perfect technique, especially as it’s obviously something you’ve enjoyed before. If you use a laminated sheet of paper as the print surface you’ll find it’s very easy to ‘target’ the page. You’ll also find you can make a rubbing through the paper of our DM sketchbooks as although they are robust enough to take wet media they are also fairly thin pages.

  • Donna Walker

    Girl!, You is BADDD! Seventies slang for Awesome and Fearless. So much creativity and problem solving. How envious I am of your courage. You and Linda are my creative heroines. I’m so privilege to have access to your world. (Hope it’s not too over the top, I mean every word)

    • Laura Kemshall

      Hi Donna, I’ll take that! Your comment made my day. x

  • I’m loving what you’re doing with the cutouts Mary – don’t these multi layered pages look fascinating? And those accents of red are still working beautifully in this limited colour palette!

  • Very delicate panel Dawn – I think it’s beautiful!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Goodness me Annabel – you don’t make life easy for yourself do you?

  • Wendy Jackson

    Thank you. We are enjoying sunsets like this in Spain this week.

  • Barbara Cady

    Goodness how scrumptious! I wouldn’t know where to start! Hope we get to see the finished painting!

  • Barbara Cady

    I love this, especially the beautiful red tea pot and the pin cushion in the cup.

  • Mandi Ballard

    Looks like a lot of fun! If only I didn’t live halfway around the world in Texas, I would love to come for a workshop. In the meantime I do enjoy DMTV!

  • sounds like dream workshop!! I wanna come!

  • Annabel Rainbow

    Thank you Barbara – I decided this one didn’t have enough foreground (it was too long and thin) so am going to start work on set-up number 2 shortly. The teapot is a fave and the teacup was a gift. There’s lots of reasons for the things in the set up, but probably not obvious to others!

  • Annabel Rainbow

    Hi Linda… No you’re quite right…didn’t think about the making of it as I was throwing bits at it!! I confess I got a bit excited πŸ™‚ I’m not sure if I’ll paint it all first Barbara – I’ll do sections for the fun and challenge but this will be an applique for exhibition at Through Our Hands gallery at Festival of Quilts this summer. I’ve got a thing about orange at the moment – even filled the glass vase with water and dropped in some paint to make it more so…funny how colours can get under your skin!

  • Jeannie Evans-Van Hoff

    Amazing assortment of designs and layouts. My dream is to fly to the UK and spend a few days in the Wooden House. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous work of your students.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Jennifer – that dye bath looks promising – how did the fabrics turn out? It looks as though they’d be stunning!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Good luck finishing the case – I’m sure you’ll love it. I use mine every day!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Wow Jennifer – that looks fantastic! Can I place my order now?

  • Barbara Cady

    Seeing this has made me quite excited, plus the fabulous mono printing fabric by Laura on DMTV. I now need die, fabric and time! Thanks for posting this Jennifer, it’s inspiring!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Very sensitive use of watercolour Jennifer – perfect medium for such a delicate subject.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Gorgeous page Mary. Love the composition which makes great use of the available space and your colours are lovely!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Beautiful page Ali. Love the balance of colours and the layering of technique. Great job!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Lovely painterly effects – obviously better to go right ahead rather than wait for paint to dry!

  • Linda Kemshall

    You’ve really captured the appearance of a reflective metal surface. Good depth of shadow and vigorous marks add interest to the background.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Kirstie – beautiful drawing! The high value contrast has really created a powerful visual impact.I like the way you’ve cropped the image too – it’s made for a much more interesting composition. The subject is very challenging isn’t it? Difficult shapes, symmetry, reflective surfaces – we do ask a lot of you first module!

  • Linda Kemshall

    It’s interesting to see how the elongated shape of the fork works so well. Artists have always accentuated or emphasised certain features to create more elegant shapes. Just think of Modigliani’s portraits!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Barb,
    That dresser is a thing of beauty – I love all the blue and white! There’s enough inspiration there to keep you busy for ages. I don’t think one sketchbook will be enough!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Very good idea to combine those techniques Barb. I love the density of dots near the spoon edge – they create a lovely soft halo of tone but although they are a broken rather than solid line they still manage to define the shape very well.

  • Love the photos and love the drawing. Makes me want to get my pencils out and join in!

  • Barbara, I love the combo of blue and white with monochrome!

  • Ooh that looks tantalising! Hope the ironing isn’t too tedious. I wash mine in small batches so they don’t get too crumpled in the washer, then when they’re nearly dry, I iron them.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Gorgeous colours Alison – bet you can’t wait to use them!

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  • Barbara Cady

    Oh wow Brenda, love your pages, especially this one. You are in front of me in the sketchbook, can’t wait to get to this bit!

  • Brenda Rees

    Thank you. I had a fabulous time! Was getting a bit carried away but you must have a go! It’s a great technique. I can’t wait for the next instalment on how to put it together!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Great prints Brenda – can’t wait to see your book!

  • Brenda Rees

    Thanks Linda. I’m sure I’ll be doing lots more of this technique. Really looking forward to getting the book together.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Ali – Isn’t it lovely when all those techniques are combined to create fascinating layers of imagery? Really happy to hear the course is inspiring you!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Catherine – those prints will work perfectly with Laura’s bookmaking technique and the white areas will give you lovely spaces to add your drawings and collages etc.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Glorious page Mary! Hope you’re enjoying adding all the colour in Module 2.

  • Alison, they turned out beautifully, what a good range of colours.

  • Brenda, these are great, I really love those part circles.

  • Catherine, these are looking really good, perfect for the next step…

  • Brenda Rees

    Thanks Laura. Amazing how a bit of left over foam can work so well! I’ve since started a monochrome one aswell. Just love the speed and effect.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Lovely drawings Sandra! I particularly like this composition – the way your bold gestural marks enclose the spoon but allow the handle to extend beyond the frame. Well done!

  • Liza Smeeton

    stunning colours, I have fabric envy

  • Alison Couchman

    I taught a fabric stencilling and fabric painting class to an EG group on Saturday and sold most of them! Fabulous ladies who were great students and clearly discerning fabric buyers πŸ˜‰

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Sandra – lovely to see you experiment with a change of medium. It’s amazing how different the same subject appears when you switch from pencil to pen isn’t it? Neither better than the other – just different!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Mary – you’re an inspiration to us all! Hope the operation went well and recuperation is speedy. In the meantime what a lovely way to spend time with your sketchbook.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Glorious prints Beth! That design repeat technique is great isn’t it? We’re making all our giftwrap with it this year!

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  • That’s great news! Now you have a great reason to do more!!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Beautiful prints Annabel – hope you’ll have just as much fun working into the books!

  • Roberta Payne

    Thanks so much for sharing this ‘finishing’ technique!!! He is a lovely bird…thanks again!

  • Roberta Payne

    What a beautiful idea and wrapping!!! I may have to dig out my lino cutting tools!!! Thanks again!!!

  • Roberta Payne

    Can you tell me where the video for Creative Copies is at?? I think I may have missed this one but can’t locate it! THANKS! ROBBIEPAYNE

    • LindaK

      Hi Robbie, I’ve just checked and the Creative Copies workshop isn’t in the Latest Member Videos playlist anymore. I think it’s quite an old one. We’ll have to put it on the list for archiving!
      Laura x

      • Roberta Payne

        Look forward to it…don’t know how I missed this one! I’ve been a member forever! HA Happy New Year!

  • Barb Cady

    Great idea, I’m off to get the sharpener primed!
    I have one thought.
    I love sets of things kept well, I collected all the intense pencils and dear hubby brought me a gorgeous box from Derwent to keep them in.
    Due to lack of space they are always ‘under something!’.
    This means I have to think about using them.
    What do others do?

  • Ptolemy Bosch

    Here’s my little space shared with the dining and laundry areas. Recently decorated, the dark blue walls show off my newly acquired artwork by Sarah Maddison and Keith Bennett which serve as a constant inspiration. The vintage filing cabinet is a recent find at a car boot sale and has been invaluable in organising my rapidly growing art resources. The rest of the house acts as a receptacle for my many bags of ‘stuff’. An extension is in the pipeline and I’m claiming it as a workroom!

    On the table are printed pages ready to be assembled into a handmade sketchbook. Thank you for the inspiration and challenge. Sarah

  • Roberta Payne
  • Roberta Payne

    And here is my work area while in Florida for the winter months! Nothing at all like at home but it works for me! Any dyeing or painting I do is done outside!!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Great storage space Beth – i think you’ve got as much stuff as me!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Beautiful rubbing Sandra – lovely control and definition!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Sandra – I love your colour coordinated fabric stacks! Lovely!

  • Linda Kemshall

    I love that page – like some ancient manuscript or scribed tablet!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Mary,
    Thanks for posting your first attempt at drawing cutlery. I hope you enjoyed it! Your drawings are bold and fill the available space of the page really well. You’ve observed the shapes perfectly. Shiny metal surfaces are difficult to capture aren’t they? The secret is to look closely for the shadows and the highlights – there will always be a high degree of contrast on a reflective material. I shall look forward to seeing more from you soon!

  • maggieguy

    love it, Mary!

  • Linda Kemshall

    You’ve created a really convincing sense of form with your shading Sandra. Love the frame too!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Really strong images Sandra – well done!

  • Linda Kemshall

    You know how much I like birds Jennifer Mary! Lovely prints!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Good news Mary – sounds very positive and I hope you have lots of fun! It all starts to really come together now! Was my favourite module of all!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Beautiful book Celia – what a wonderful memory of your trip it will be!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Isn’t it amazing how the colours stay so brilliant and separate with Laura’s technique? Try using a little window aperture cut from a piece of paper if you want to isolate really beautiful areas for patchwork and/or appliquΓ©. Hours of fun!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Looks like a hive of activity!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Looks like a perfect sanctuary!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Alison – I love your room! And especially that lovely quilt!

  • Sonja

    Wow! That hatching makes the silverware really seem to vibrate on the page. I just love that effect!

  • Sonja

    So pretty. I love the glow that seems to come from it. I am sure they will be pretty washed and ironed as well.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Dear Gabi – Looks like a really serene space to work in. Have fun with all that fabric!

  • Cheryl Deane

    very organized…

  • Linda Kemshall

    Stunning drawing Sonja – the quality of light and reflection is amazing!

  • Sonja

    Thank you so much! I have been a fan of yours and Laura’s work for years. Your comment means a lot to me. This class is giving me the push to keep making.

  • Sonja

    Very nice!

  • Sonja


  • Sonja

    The spoon has a nice sparkle!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Sonja – it’s more difficult from real life isn’t it? the shadows and highlights keep changing throughout the day unless you draw really quickly! You’ve done a great job again though!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Very convincing sense of 3D Sonja. I’m looking forward to seeing how you apply that skill to other objects you study!

  • Sonja

    Yes, Linda, it is much more of a chalk with the glare of the lights from the shiny spoon and my young men moving around the kitchen. They make everything change including the light!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Sonja – when I zoom in on this drawing I can see what beautiful marks you’ve made. Tell me, what do you hope to get from our course? Are you happy to fill a sketchbook with lovely images and leave it at that or are you planning to take the work in a particular direction? If I know more about what you are hoping for I can perhaps make some suggestions. Of course if you just want to do your own thing then tell me to keep quiet!

  • Sonja

    I would enjoy any assistance or suggestions that you can offer. I have your book and have been a DMTV subscriber a few times. I really admire how you take you and Laura work in multiple media and make wonderful sketchbooks that inform your quilts. I would like to do that. I have been stuck for years about how to merge my drawing and my quilting. Normally, I do not do such considered drawing. I have boys 11 and 17 (graduating) who keep me busy. They are on a break right now, so I have time to spend on these drawings. I have wanted to take this course with you for years, but I live in the US and just found it in this form. I have taken a once a week watercolor class for the past 7 years just to keep myself making art regularly. I started because I wanted to get better at painting on fabric, which I have since abandoned because I would not know how to stitch on my paintings. I still dye fabric, though. I have been pushing really hard drawing everyday to figure out what I can do … online classes, books, drawing, painting. I usually do not draw this way. I usually draw straight to ink. Your class brought this out in me. I have never made marks like that. They are because of the circle exercise. I felt like I needed to bridge the shading and somehow show the scratches in the work. The circle exercise came to mind and I started making squiggles like the one circle. I have rambled all over here to give you an idea of who I am. I really want to learn your or a process for sketchbook work to explore subjects and generate ideas. That is my hope for the class. I want to know where I go from here. I want to know how to turn what I do into logical fiber art. I want to figure out a way to explore how I might generate ideas and generate art that is cohesive and expresses me. I take a lot of classes and draw quickly in my spare time. I had no idea I was capable of this. I am hoping for more of these discoveries! Thank you for just the class, reaching out and even reading this. If there can be more assistance, I will be dancing in my kitchen. πŸ™‚ I am an programmer by education, but always made art. I would like to be an artist now after quitting programming to spend 16 years as a stay at home mom. Too much info? πŸ˜€

  • Linda Kemshall

    I love the clean, simple lines of these studies. No fiddly detail but all the visual information the viewer needs to know exactly what the flower is!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Good start! The composition is balanced and the doodling works perfectly to connect the two pages. You would have had more pleasing shapes if you had cut them out without leaving a margin outside of the outlines. Cutting out more carefully and gluing down thoroughly at the edges and they’d be fully integrated to the page. It’s not too late to lose the white margin around the candles on the lefthand page – you could add red colour right up to the pencil lines and it would disguise the ‘halo’ shape.I’m really pleased to see how much work you are doing and how many techniques you are trying out!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Lovely observational drawings! I’m so pleased to see you’ve worked direct to the page of the sketchbook this time. Good work – keep it up!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Lovely combination of colour with more graphic imagery. The background text also adds small scale pattern to make the background interesting.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hello Barbara – I love the doodling and think that may have lots more potential if your intention is to create very decorative pages in your sketchbook. Notice how beautifully it crosses into the sky of your photograph. That’s a great way to integrate separate images and make the diverse elements marry on the page. The keys do a similar job on the lower left side but as the photographic image is so dark and the key prints are also dark the effect is less obvious.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Diana – Lovely cutting area and a great design wall – lucky you!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Lovely to have all those threads to hand – you can see at a glance what you have. Mine are mostly in a crate and I have to rummage through them every time – not so good!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Sonja it’s great to hear how passionately you speak about wanting to find a voice for your obvious talents. I think I can help you express yourself as you work through the course but ultimately the direction you take will be a very personal choice. Firstly I think you should start to list subjects and themes that fascinate you enough to want to explore them in as many different techniques and mediums as possible. I realise that Module 1 is prescriptive in the exercises we set but that’s merely a starting point. Our sketchbook students are all over the world, with very different lifestyles and levels of experience so we have to start with a subject everyone has access to and ‘home’ seemed a perfect choice! Of course once individuals get into the course we encourage the to explore more widely – any of the examples of technique we demonstrate can be used to interpret your own chosen theme. I’ve talked to Laura about your comments here in the gallery and she thinks I should write a more comprehensive guide that might be of interest to all of the Creative Sketchbook students. I’ll give that some thought and post in the forum over the next few days. It might generate a conversation between the students rather than just me rabbiting on1

  • Linda Kemshall

    Well done for posting your work so early in the course. I know it’s quite nerve-wracking to let everyone see what you are doing. Those spoons in the drawer are wonderful shapes aren’t they? I love how they contrast with the very detailed tonal drawing of the single spoon on the left. The collaged photograph of the two spoons breaks into the rectangular frame of the tracing very effectively too.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Very effective use of modelling paste Barbara. That’s a great way to add texture and pattern to your sketchbook pages. If you are really generous with the paint you apply it will pool against the raised edges a lovely way. Strong undiluted colour works best. But of course so much paint means you have to be patient, keep the book flat and let it dry over quite some time!

  • Linda Kemshall

    I love the way you’ve taken the lines of the steps and the door from the photograph to continue the shapes. That’s a technique you could try again with any fragment of a photo pasted down and the drawing made to complete the subject. It’s a good exercise to develop your skills of observation and I shall look forward to seeing how you do that with other subjects/objects!

  • Sonja

    Dancing in my kitchen. I will get back to you with that when I can stop. ?

  • Sonja

    Very nice drawings and page layout.

  • Sonja

    I am inspired by the things that I come across in my daily life. My life is very routine and repetitive. I have school aged children. I take daily walks and drives mainly to the same places. I have been influenced by
    * repetitive landscaping to find interest in unique plants or imagine myself as one of them (wilder, more unique and more colorful)
    * utility boxes, covers, pipes, trash cans, architecture that I pass to love their shapes, colors and patterns, lines, markings, bleachers at the track during practices, crosswalk lines, …
    * my neighborhood for the color and pattern of the houses, sky and mountains behind,
    * my kids and their sports, activities and personalities
    * tail lights, highway crossings, clouds over mountains views framed by my windshield, my vehicle interior when I am driving
    * students in motion at school β€” gesture practice; table items when dining out β€” drawing practice
    * kitchen stuff β€” dishes in the sink, kettle on the stove, cut, multicolor carrots, …
    * shadows
    * color against dark neutrals in nature β€” neutral seeds and sticks in the dirt; colorful fall leaves against blue-black asphalt
    * aerial views
    * lines, shapes and colors in anything

    I have done some work with these with paintings, drawings, pattern creation and quilt tops (not yet finished). I am not really sure how to make them a unified theme, though. Most recently, I have been trying to make neighborhood work as a theme, but as you can see that encapsulates a lot!

  • Cindy Cooper

    Love this. I use a lot of modelling paste and it always looks so interesting.

  • Cindy Cooper

    Love this.

  • Sonja

    I love your color scheme. Your watercolors look like hand dyed fabrics … really cool!

  • Sonja

    Posting a response on “Linda’s Advice!”.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Beautiful painting Cindy – really delicate.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Your poppy seedheads make a very bold statement – great work!

  • Linda Kemshall

    So full of character – well done!

  • Jennifer Lehm

    Thanks Cindy – se had a great printning session – but is still vers Munch a “workshop in progress”

  • Mary Chidlow

    Very effective and dramatic design in black and white. It lends itself to developing sections of the design .

  • Sonja

    That’s lovely … the textures, color scheme. Great shell drawing, too!

  • Folky52

    Thanks Sonja, the colour choice is entirely accidental and they are not colours I would normally put together but that’s the beauty of hand printed books isn’t it – surprising juxtapositions and outcomes- love it !

  • Sonja

    Yes it is! I can’t wait until I get that far!!

  • Linda Kemshall

    That’s a really dynamic page now isn’t it? Love it! You might even consider taking a hint of the warm orange a little way into the right hand page to soften that abrupt line at the binding. Just a little though – you don’t want to lose the definition of the golden shell.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Sonja – now do you see the value of using your own personal theme with the techniques we suggest? We provide the ‘formula’ but you make it your own. Great job!

  • Linda Kemshall

    This is a brilliantly observed drawing Sonja. You’ve already established an interesting composition by cropping the subject in your photograph – could be even more interesting to isolate areas of your drawing now and develop them rather than rely on the photograph. A bit like Chinese whispers – each step getting slightly further away from the original source. You can use this isolation technique to create purely abstract compositions.

  • Linda Kemshall

    I agree with Mary – there’s lots of potential for developing a number of designs from different sections of your image. I could even imagine it being very effective when viewed as a vertical composition rather than horizontal. I know it’s posted itself in the wrong orientation at the moment but that’s always an interesting way to view a design! Takes you away from the reality of the subject and makes you see the pure elements of design more easily.

  • Sonja

    Thanks, Linda! I will try that and see what happens. That seems like a really fun and exciting way to create abstractions and extend the usefulness of a drawing, while advancing the theme.

  • Sonja

    Absolutely, Linda! I love having your guidance as I work through the exercises with my own theme. Going through the first few twice was helpful, too. Yes! I love having your formula to guide me and advice to encourage and move me forward! Thanks!!

  • Linda Kemshall

    We always recommend making the most of a drawing, especially if it’s a study that has involved quite a lot of your time. You may have ideas you would like to experiment with but are worried you’ll spoil what you’ve achieved so far – consider making a number of photocopies. The original can remain exactly as it is and you can be as experimental as you like with the copies knowing if you have a disaster you can always just throw them out!

  • Linda Kemshall

    The scale of the piece would determine whether there was a need for something more in the empty areas. Of course quilting can provide that in the form of texture, colour and line. It’s interesting that you see a suggestion of landscape in the drawings now that you’ve isolated some areas – how could you relate that to a real landscape? Inspiration for a quilt doesn’t have to come from a single source. You could respond to what you are seeing in your drawing by bringing in more visuals. Maybe a favourite landscape you know well. Seeing the two images together might provide the information you need to make the quilting lines meaningful. We’re looking at running shoes here – where do they take your son? Does he run a regular route? Could a ‘map’ of that route become a quilting design? Could you superimpose the path he takes on top of the drawing so we see a graphic image on top of a colourful abstract landscape full of colour? There are many possibilities but don’t rush anything – just keep using the course activities to give you direction. You’ll discover we introduce lots more techniques next module and that might help you make decisions – it’s early days yet and if everything happened in module 1 there’s be no purpose to the remaining three modules!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Kirstie – it’s good when people join in and ask questions or comment on other’s work isn’t it? Sonja is good at that! Her questions have prompted me to give some general advice in the forum from time to time so if you have a question you’d like discussed there please let me know.

  • Sonja

    Yes! Spot on! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  • Sonja

    Wow! That’s fabulous!! I love your creative use of materials for texture and landscape elements. What a creative mind you have!

  • Sonja

    Stunning, once again!

  • Beth Berman

    Thank you Sonya. I dyed all the fabrics

  • Beth Berman

    Thank you. I really love the colors and I had such a good time making it.

  • Sonja

    The colors really do make both pieces.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Sonja – sounds like you have all the toys. I don’t even know what a Silhouette Cameo is – time to google I think! So, now you have the capability to make rubbings quickly and easily what might you do with them? Small shapes are good for repeat pattern for instance. Shoes come in pairs – might you reflect that in your designs?

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Beth – love your textural landscape – what size is this? Judging from the weave of the cloth and the size of the stitches I’m imagining it as quite small?

  • Linda Kemshall

    Isn’t it surprising when your work takes on a new direction you hadn’t anticipated? Great to just go with it and see what happens!

  • Linda Kemshall

    I love the way you’ve placed those eyes within the shapes created by the marks of the printing!

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  • Sonja

    They should give you one! You would showcase it well!! I use mine for many techniques that you also do .. cutting stencils from transparencies/file folders, sticky back foam stamps, vinyl/paper/freezer paper for silk screening, fused fabric appliquΓ© pieces, and now cardstock for rubbing plates.

  • Folky52

    I’m just starting out with this course and trying this way of drawing for the first time. I think this drawing is beautiful, especially the way you have captured the reflection on the knives.

  • Sonja

    Lovely! What texture!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Lovely, bold drawing that makes great use of the size and proportion of the page.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Very moody and atmospheric drawing Sonja. Pencil can often appear timid so it’s great to see a pencil drawing with attitude!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Sonja – nice crisp lines with your wire rubbings. Might be interesting to arrange these shapes more formally to create a pattern rather than a random placement on the page. The shapes interlock quite effectively don’t they? The eye jumps across a gap between one shape and the next but if the space between is equal or greater than the size of the motif that visual connection is lost. I always liken it to the letters in a word. If they are close together we read the letters as a meaningful word not as individual disconnected letters.

  • Sonja

    Your comments bring a question to mind for me. I wonder if you reserve your sketchbooks for more considered work, knowing that others will view it, or if you play around in them. This was me playing to see how the shape could interact with itself. I think that a formal presentation would be interesting. I also like the tumble that I discovered with the bottom 3 as well … like animation frames. Would this be something that you would leave and alter later? Just interested in your perspective on this…

  • Linda Kemshall

    Looking good Cindy – make sure to let us all see what you do with it next!

  • Sonja

    Cool! Looks like stained glass.

  • Linda Kemshall

    That’s beautiful Alison!

  • Sonja

    No need to answer. I have my answer. Reading ahead would have been helpful. I was trying to pace myself instead. Thanks! Sorry for all of the questions.

  • Linda Kemshall

    It often pays to simplify or at least to be selective about how much you choose to include. We often suggest isolating different areas of the photo so that you can make several studies from the same original source of inspiration. Of course your photograph has already edited the cutlery to a certain extent simply by how you viewed the subject and/or cropped it to print it out. Great drawing!

  • Barbara Cady

    I’ve just logged into the gallery and am loving your two pieces! Coincidentally I have just done my first wet felted piece, it’s drying as I write and your textured piece is inspiring me to add bits to mine! Thank you for showing.

  • Beth Berman

    Thanks Barbara.. Glad I could lend a little inspiration. We all learn from one another. Best of success with your felted piece – maybe an upload in this gallery??

  • Beth Berman

    Hi Diane, What a surprise to see your “creative space” here. Lovely. and happy Spring

  • Linda Kemshall

    Well considered page Sonja. Those negative spaces are working well. The cutout is positioned perfectly to balance the dark shape on the left hand side of the spread. This rubbing technique works on fabric too – just substitute a Markal Paintstik or fabric pastel for the graphite stick and you may need to ‘find’ the edge of the wire or card shape with your finger to minimise the background ‘noise’.

  • Sonja

    Thank you. I appreciate your advice.

  • Mary Chidlow

    very interesting selection of subject matter, depicted in a varied way.

  • Sonja

    Thanks Linda and Mary. It has been a good challenge to fit the theme and techniques.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Absolutely gorgeous Mary – well done!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hmmm – might be something you could consider as a print block made from self adhesive foam. That’d be a quick way of exploring repeat pattern wouldn’t it?

  • Diane Botting

    Hi Beth,
    Love all these new mini landscapes, very textural and atmospheric.


  • Diane Botting

    Great sewing space and thanks for your comment on my room.


  • Sharon Baldwin

    Love your space Diane. Hope to see it in person one of these days.

  • Folky52

    I love this shape and what you are doing with it Sonja. There is something very seductive about the rhythm of repeating shapes I think. The cut out is a lovely touch.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Lovely drawing Lynda. Glad to hear you like the technique – it creates a very different result from ‘normal’ drawing doesn’t it? I’d love to see you photocopy that page so you can work into it again with a different medium in the next module. Would be interesting to see some colour and/or deeper values in the objects wouldn’t it and working into a copy means you can experiment without risking the lovely original!

  • Sonja

    Ooh, that would be nice with color. Even flat washes of a different color for each object would be fun. So inspiring!

  • Folky52

    Thanks Linda, I quite often make copies of mono prints and gelli prints to play with in other ways but I’ve never really tried playing with my own drawings in this way- I’ll definitely be trying that !

  • Linda Kemshall

    Only one word for these Sonja – Gorgeous!

  • Sonja

    Thank you. I learned a lot with this one. Thanks for inspiring me to pull these out and learn to use them.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Mary – if you like the discharge technique you’d probably love how it works on black Quink ink! Bleaches to lovely sepia tones.

  • Linda Kemshall

    If you use a flexible print plate like a sheet of laminated plastic it’s really easy to work direct to the sketchbook page. You could try adding a wash of colour to areas of your print or make the print onto previously painted paper. Lots of potential for development of your theme! Be careful or you’ll fill a sketchbook before you know it – prints are so quick to make aren’t they? Only problem is waiting for everything to dry so you can close the book!

  • Namir Ra

    Could you please create an archive collection of your Finding Inspiration videos? I’d love to see them again. Another collection for the Archive would be Linda’s series on printing with matboard as a printing plate. Please consider making these available for fans who want to watch them when they’re no longer current – thanks!

  • Linda Kemshall

    If you think removing more of the page will make it too weak you could paint the white areas instead. Could be an interesting exercise to try to match the colours of the page below so the eye believes it is seeing more of the underlying page than it really is! Alternatively, you could make a colour copy of the coloured page and collage the appropriate parts onto the cut page. Visually you would achieve what you want without taking more of the page away.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Lovely to layer images and pattern in this way Kirstie – only suggestion I would make is that if it were my page I’d extend the dark poppy seedhead stems to the edge of the page to ‘ground’ them.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Great contrast between the very graphic quality of the photocopied images and the colourful background.

  • Linda Kemshall

    I love the way you’ve condensed the spacing between the lines in some places and involved crosshatching to create the shadows. Very effective use of line!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Gorgeous drawing Sandra. Don’t you just love those pencils? They give such depth of colour. Very effective compositional device by the way!

  • Linda Kemshall

    Glad to hear you enjoyed this activity and can see the potential of the technique. I like the background ‘noise’ you get with rubbings but if ever you want cleaner definition you could always paint around the outside of the rubbed shape with white paint or gesso. Or alternatively, you could make the rubbing on a separate sheet of paper, then cut it out just beyond the lovely marked lines and collage it on a different background. That could be an interesting way to work with a composition that involved many shapes and was much bigger than the pages of the sketchbook too.

  • Sonja

    They seem to be growing explosively off the page! So good.

  • Sonja

    Love the colors!

  • Sonja

    Wow! Great use of color, drawing and combining of the bluish print with the warm colored hand drawing. Very nice!

  • Sonja

    Love the zoomed in finger holes on the bottom. It made me think!

  • Sonja

    I really like how you use the black and white images with the colored ones. It is really striking.

  • Linda Kemshall

    You were right to risk it Sonja – it’s a really dynamic page!

  • Sandra Grusd

    What delightful drawings! Is the one on the right the same as the central one with water added or another one completely?

  • Linda Kemshall

    Hi Lynda, You’re making really great pages with this technique – might be a good time to start thinking about how you could apply the same ideas to subjects of your own choosing. We start everyone off with everyday items from the kitchen because we know they are readily available. Carry on with the suggestions we make by all means but also start thinking about what objects might have more personal meaning for you? Do you collect anything in particular? Have favourite objects around the house or in your garden or local environment?

  • gorgeous!

  • Janice Perkin

    Love these pages. When I have printed with printing ink I give them a quick thin cover of acrylic Matt wax to seal it without altering the surface very much

  • Jeannie Evans-Van Hoff

    That is so cute! I love the different poses. I would love a dress like that, it looks so comfy. I am thinking of making a curtain for a window using the portholes. I have some vintage crystals that I will hang in the porthole so the sun will shine through. I’ll post photos once I get them hung.

  • Linda Kemshall

    Dear Jean – it’s a great first try! You’re observed the shapes very well – I think all you need to do to make it more impactful as a drawing is to add some darker shadows. Just look again at your source of inspiration and notice where the deepest darks are. They will probably be in the background if you are looking into the depths of the cupboard but there will also be some shadow on the objects – that’s where the light doesn’t reach as much and capturing that will make them appear more 3Dimensional. It helps to establish which direction the light is coming from – then you know the sides of the objects will be lighter on that side. Keep it up – you’ll be amazed at your progress if you draw often!

  • Sonja

    The first photo is graphite that is not water soluble. The second photo is the same drawing as the first with the addition of Inktense colored pencils. The third photo is the same as the second (graphite drawing, over drawn with Inktense), but painted with water using