We've already had our first weekend of Surrey Artists Open Studios and it was lovely to see so many enthusiastic supporters. The orange balloons brought in some, others had us firmly in their diaries! We will be open again next weekend at Kent Road Studios in East Molesey, where I am demonstrating and selling with fellow Surrey Guild members Sue Holton (knitwear), Gabriella Sellors (jewellery) and Louise Bell (applique)
May was a busy month with taking part at RHS Wisley for Craft in Focus, one of two big events run by this organisation. We had the most amazing weather. Phew!
If you didn't see it, I thought I'd mention again that I was featured in the last ever issue of Craft & Design because of my involvement.
My work is going back into the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen gallery in Milford on June 15th and the rest will go down on June 20th. Sorry I haven't had examples there for those of you who tried to have a look during the last couple of months. Just too much to do!
Meanwhile I hope you have been dipping in to my facebook page
and of course my newer page at
Note: I don't know why this new page has such a long link - but if you leave off the numbers it just displays an error message!
I am now also listing a few items for sale at
This website will continue to be somewhere to see representative designs, some being for sale, others not!
Check out the Fairs & Events page for information about where I will be over the coming months, starting with The Wisley Arts Festival on July 14th and 15th. Or you can get a sneak preview when we are setting up on the afternoon of the 13th!
Of course, if you want custom made baskets or designs in felt, you can still message me via this website.
With new data protection requirements coming into force, please email me at email@example.com if you would like to stay on my mailing list. We all now need to have your specific request in writing to keep your details!
The cards below are just a few designs painted by my son Thomas who is a research scientist in Australia. Painting is his relaxation and an antidote to looking down a microscope. Cards are £3.50 each including an envelope and postage is included.
Wet-felting workshops this summer are getting very booked up, largely because I don't timetable them but just agree dates with everyone individually. At the moment I am running:
Bring me a Rose - a small rose-topped trinket pot
Pods and Pots - producing a bowl or 'pod' big enough to gather small items
Gone to Seed - smaller pods with a seed and tendrils to use as a room scent, and a great introduction to felting with a resist
Fun with Felt Flowers - two felt flower brooches, another great workshop for those relatively new to felting
These classes are 3 hours long (sometimes run over) and cost £45.00 including all materials if it is the first class you have done with me and £40.00 if you have been before.
If you prefer working with fabrics, come along with your fabric stash or favourite little girls' dresses and turn them into a useful basket to treasure all those memories.
Memories Basket classes are full days with a lunch-break in the middle or if you want to try your hand just at hand-sewn baskets, there is a 3 hour class, just making them by hand rather than also on a machine. The full-day class is £80.00, half days are £40.00.
The dye is cast!
Last year was largely spent developing my new work in plaster being sold under the name of Charles Cottage Studio (see Facebook page left).
I have thought hard about whether to have a separate website for this work, but for now will be giving it a separate page on this website.
MEMORIES BASKETS MADE FOR YOU
If you would like to have a basket made for you, these can be made to order.
I call these Memories Baskets because they are made of fabrics that mean something special to you. This is a much better way to 'hoard' them, than a box of old clothes!
And yes, those of you who know about these baskets already will have noticed the name has changed. Someone pointed out the baskets will represent more than just one memory!
I can also make baskets in my own fabrics (or a mixture of both) but to match your colour preferences.