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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.
The Monoprinted Moths are Multiplying!
See how Linda has incorporated her mono prints into her latest two quilt tops. She explains how she's tackling the quilting.
Adding texture to the sketchbook page
When the surface quality of the paper in your sketchbook is boring try gesso for added textural interest.
Making it Belong
Here's an effective way to integrate isolated elements into a sketchbook by extending drawing beyond the edges of the shape. Works with altered books too!
Mixing it up!
Variety of art mediums is the way to get lots of mileage from a single source of inspiration in a sketchbook.
Adding Text to the Moth Quilt Top
Today I printed lots of text to my quilt top so I'd have shapes to quilt.
Framing a monoprinted screenprint
We'd had a screen printing session at Laura's studio during the holidays and it reminded me I'd got a heap of prints I'd made ages ago. I loved this combo print of screenprint and monoprint.
Make a paper-wrapped lantern to decorate your Christmas table or fireside this festive season.
Robin Greetings Card
Download our robin image and make your own Christmas cards.
CS: Drawing Reflective Objects
See how we've been drawing reflective objects in our sketchbooks using graphite and charcoal pencils.
CS – Identifying tonal changes
Are you working on our Creative Sketchbooks course? Here are some tips for drawing reflective objects such as the cutlery we draw in Module 1.
3D Printed Rubbing Plates
We've been experimenting with 3D printers to make rubbing plates. Take a look at how we've been getting on...
Summer Stitch-Along – Finishing
It's the final week of the Summer Stitch Along. It's time to finish off the bookwrap, bind the edges and get it fitted onto your book!
Summer Stitch-Along – 1 Embellishment
Quilt the pieced area of your bookwrap using embellishments with either tufts or beads!
Summer Stitch-Along – 2 Stitches
This week let's do some stitching - we challenge you to quilt or embroider your bookwrap with two stitches of your choice.
Summer Stitch-Along – 3 Techniques Part 3
It's the final part of Three Techniques week and we're printing. Just cut your shape as a simple print block and away you go!
Summer Stitch-Along – 3 Techniques Part 2
Add to your bookwrap with bonded applique shapes. Have fun exploding your pieced design into something more freeform and organic!
Summer Stitch-Along – 3 Techniques Part 1
Choose a shape and work it three ways! This week on the Stitch-Along we'll be using English Paper Piecing, Applique and Print. Today, it's time for the English Paper Piecing, so grab your thimble and let's begin!
Summer Stitch-Along – 4 Fabrics
Let’s get started with sorting some fabrics for the bookwrap. We’ve intended this project to be a scrap buster and we hope you’ll be able to source everything you need from your stash.
Summer Stitch-Along – 5 Colours, with Linda
Linda shows you her starting point and colour choices for the Summer Stitch Along.
Summer Stitch-Along – 5 Colours
It's time to establish a colour scheme for the Summer Stitch Along project. See how we've started to find a collection of colours that work and follow our steps to do the same with your own inspirational source.
With summer in full swing here in the UK we hope that you’ll want to join in with our first Summer Stitch-Along. We love to have a small project to work on, use up scraps and experiment with ideas so we’ve designed this project for you to work along with us on. Each week we’ll reveal a little more of the Stitch-Along to you, suggest ideas that you might try, demonstrate techniques and of course, show you how our own projects are coming along.
See how Linda's Handprinted Sketchbook is coming along...
A closer look at the Porthole Dress
Take a closer look at the details of Laura's dress with Porthole Pockets.
Drawing and Painting
Linda's enjoying more sketchbook drawing and painting today. With spring in the air the garden provides the inspiration.
Working into Printed Sketchbook No. 2
See how Linda is making one of Laura's printed sketchbooks her own!
Re-making an Agar Gel Print Plate
Re-cast your veggie-jelli printing plate for perfect monoprints.
See how Linda's been drawing into the handprinted sketchbook that Laura made.
Take a peek at pages from Laura's sketchbooks.
Art Kit Essentials
Laura's art kit essentials for sketchbook working on the go.
Giveaway: Show us your workspace
Show us your workspace and something you've made recently for a chance to win a lovely arty prize!
Organise your Stuff
Organise your stuff, make it pretty, use it up!
Don't bin those greetings cards. Re-purpose them for English paper piecing.
Handpainted Collage Papers
Create your own handprinted collage papers, perfect for sketchbook and mixed media painting. Then explore how you can expand your collage and have fun playing with scale.
Printed Patchwork Details
Add extra detail to your pieced blocks by using printing. Linda demonstrates how to make a simple stamp that can be used to print the centres of blocks such as Log Cabin or Star in a Star and shares her example quilt blocks.
Pen and Watercolour Crabapples
Nature is such a rich source of inspiration. See how Linda has chosen to record crabapples from the garden with pen drawing and luscious washes of watercolour. She's working in her sketchbook, but you could easily work on loose sheets of paper or in an altered book if you prefer!
Making prints on fabric is lots of fun, but what to do with them? In this workshop Linda will encourage you to be brave and chop them up for piecing with great results.
Try drawing with glue in your sketchbook and mixed media paintings. It's a fantastic way to add line and texture to your work and the perfect base for flooding on washes of rich watercolour or acrylic.
Be inspired by graphic sketchbook drawing and achieve something similar with your quilting! Join Laura to see how to use just thread to create your design and replicate that pen-drawn look on fabric to make a small stitched panel. She'll provide you with a pattern or you can use your own sketchbook page as a reference.
Architecture as Inspiration: Roller Stencilling and Foam Printing
Working from an architecture inspired sketchbook, Linda demonstrates how to take a motif and develop it into a stencilled and printed pattern on fabric. See how she uses different scales of motif and a variety of backgrounds to create a range of results that will be perfect for developing into stitched textiles.
Architecture As Inspiration
There's much inspiration to be found in architectural sources. In this workshop join Linda to see how she worked from windows, grilles and other architectural features from a nearby church to create pages in her sketchbook filled with pattern and design information.
Take a page by page look through one of Laura's sketchbooks as she describes the media, techniques and ideas she uses. Get a feel for the different ways you can use a sketchbook and be inspired to start your own.