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Bonded Applique Cushion
See how one of Laura's samples from the recent Bonded Appliqué video workshop turned out.
I Blame My Mother!
Linda thinks her mother's experimental approach to a fashion dilemma makes a lot of sense!
BP Portrait Award 2018
Join Linda to get a taste of the 2018 BP Portrait Award exhibited at Wolverhampton Art Gallery until November 30th.
Read our quick guide to getting started with dressmaking, which machines, fabrics, threads and patterns.
Watercolour Paint Palette Basics
Linda's often asked about her choice of watercolour paints - discover her recommendations for a basic starter palette here.
Festival of Quilts 2018: Focus on Log Cabin
Linda visited Festival of Quilts 2018 and it was the Japanese Log Cabin quilts which particularly caught her eye. Take a look at some of the beautiful examples and be inspired!
Afraid to design?
Nervous to start designing your own projects? Linda shares the most important questions to ask yourself when embarking on any new project.
The power of the complement
Linda’s talking about the effectiveness of complementary colours in painting or quilts.
We’re in Maggie Grey’s WOW Book 2
We're featured in Maggie Grey's latest WOW Book with an article and step-by-step guide to making a handprinted sketchbook.
Latest update on Laura
Laura has had her surgery and is back home from hospital.
Important News – Please Read This
Laura has been diagnosed with cancer.
Another Moth Quilt!
Linda's working on a series of quilts featuring moths. See how she's progressing!
Two Days on the Madeira Stand at the NEC
Take a look at how we spent two days with Madeira Garne at the National Exhibition Centre last week.
Adding texture to the sketchbook page
When the surface quality of the paper in your sketchbook is boring try gesso for added textural interest.
Making it Belong
Here's an effective way to integrate isolated elements into a sketchbook by extending drawing beyond the edges of the shape. Works with altered books too!
Mixing it up!
Variety of art mediums is the way to get lots of mileage from a single source of inspiration in a sketchbook.
Adding Text to the Moth Quilt Top
Today I printed lots of text to my quilt top so I'd have shapes to quilt.
Make a paper-wrapped lantern to decorate your Christmas table or fireside this festive season.
Robin Greetings Card
Download our robin image and make your own Christmas cards.
CS: Drawing Reflective Objects
See how we've been drawing reflective objects in our sketchbooks using graphite and charcoal pencils.
CS – Identifying tonal changes
Are you working on our Creative Sketchbooks course? Here are some tips for drawing reflective objects such as the cutlery we draw in Module 1.
3D Printed Rubbing Plates
We've been experimenting with 3D printers to make rubbing plates. Take a look at how we've been getting on...
Summer Stitch-Along – Finishing
It's the final week of the Summer Stitch Along. It's time to finish off the bookwrap, bind the edges and get it fitted onto your book!
Summer Stitch-Along – 1 Embellishment
Quilt the pieced area of your bookwrap using embellishments with either tufts or beads!
Summer Stitch-Along – 2 Stitches
This week let's do some stitching - we challenge you to quilt or embroider your bookwrap with two stitches of your choice.
Summer Stitch-Along – 3 Techniques Part 3
It's the final part of Three Techniques week and we're printing. Just cut your shape as a simple print block and away you go!
Summer Stitch-Along – 3 Techniques Part 2
Add to your bookwrap with bonded applique shapes. Have fun exploding your pieced design into something more freeform and organic!
Summer Stitch-Along – 3 Techniques Part 1
Choose a shape and work it three ways! This week on the Stitch-Along we'll be using English Paper Piecing, Applique and Print. Today, it's time for the English Paper Piecing, so grab your thimble and let's begin!
Summer Stitch-Along – 4 Fabrics
Let’s get started with sorting some fabrics for the bookwrap. We’ve intended this project to be a scrap buster and we hope you’ll be able to source everything you need from your stash.
Summer Stitch-Along – 5 Colours, with Linda
Linda shows you her starting point and colour choices for the Summer Stitch Along.
Summer Stitch-Along – 5 Colours
It's time to establish a colour scheme for the Summer Stitch Along project. See how we've started to find a collection of colours that work and follow our steps to do the same with your own inspirational source.
With summer in full swing here in the UK we hope that you’ll want to join in with our first Summer Stitch-Along. We love to have a small project to work on, use up scraps and experiment with ideas so we’ve designed this project for you to work along with us on. Each week we’ll reveal a little more of the Stitch-Along to you, suggest ideas that you might try, demonstrate techniques and of course, show you how our own projects are coming along.
A closer look at the Porthole Dress
Take a closer look at the details of Laura's dress with Porthole Pockets.
Drawing and Painting
Linda's enjoying more sketchbook drawing and painting today. With spring in the air the garden provides the inspiration.
Working into Printed Sketchbook No. 2
See how Linda is making one of Laura's printed sketchbooks her own!
Re-making an Agar Gel Print Plate
Re-cast your veggie-jelli printing plate for perfect monoprints.
See how Linda's been drawing into the handprinted sketchbook that Laura made.
Take a peek at pages from Laura's sketchbooks.
Art Kit Essentials
Laura's art kit essentials for sketchbook working on the go.
Giveaway: Show us your workspace
Show us your workspace and something you've made recently for a chance to win a lovely arty prize!
Organise your Stuff
Organise your stuff, make it pretty, use it up!
Learn how you can recycle Tyvek into intriguing embellishments for your stitched textiles. Linda will demonstrate how to manipulate the surface with cutting and heat before showing you how she's applied the embellishments in combination with stitch and beading.
Squares and Circles
Linda explores the eternal appeal of circles set in a square for her latest quilt top. See how she uses a range of techniques including appliqué and stencilling.
Whether you have some sheets from a craft supplier, or packaging from the post, Tyvek is a great material for making beads to embellish your projects. Linda demonstrates the basic technique and how to make more elaborate versions with wire and seedbeads.
Painted Mirror Frame
Add a pop of colour and pattern to your home with this decorative mirror frame. Laura will show you how to paint and construct the frame using simple materials and techniques.
Completing the Quilt: Moths and Barn Owl
See how Linda's completed her Moths and Barn Owl quilt with the addition of extra appliqué, printing, quilting and painting.
Bonded Applique: Quilting
Laura demonstrates different ways to deal with the raw edges of bonded appliqué that quilt the project at the same time, using both invisible thread and regular sewing thread.
Composing a Quilt: Moths and Barn Owl
Join Linda in the studio to follow along as she auditions fabrics for a new quilt. She'll talk you through her selection and some of the possible techniques that she'll use to realise her vision.
Using Text: Stamped Shape
Use your favourite letter stamps in a clever way to create shape in your design work. In this workshop Laura prints onto fabric, but you can apply the same principles to your sketchbook, mixed media projects or painting.
Monoprint + Pencil Crayon
Pencil crayon might sound like an unlikely companion to monoprint, but I've found it can be indispensable when taking a mixed media, layered approach. Join me in this video workshop and I'll show you how pencil crayons can be used to add detail and painterly colour to your monoprints, and be a brilliant way to salvage a heavy print.