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Vintage, Lace and Recycle


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Vintage Lace Pocket Wall Hanger

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February Inspiration in The Art Old Room is ‘Vintage, Lace and Recycle’.

The Art Piece above was made from a polystyrene Lace Pillow and recycled lining fabric and diamante brooch. It has made a great display in the studio and encouraged lots of Shabby Chic Flowers and sorting out of jewellery boxes.

See more displays HERE 

See The Old Art Room dressed ‘Vintage’ HERE

The Vintage Lace Pockets was inspired by a show wall tidy. A friend needed one to help keep her chair area tidy and the plastic one she had was looking well used and the pockets were starting to come away. I decided to make a fabric version and this is mine with lots of Vintage Lace and I made one for her and used her family lace too! We had great fun sorting out such beautiful old lace and using it on a practical but beautiful item to look at.

See more of my Vintage Lace Artworks HERE


See what is being created in The Old Art Room by students HERE


See my creations in my home studio HERE

Happy New Year Everyone

End of Year Photo 2012

End of Year Photo 2012

Happy New Year to Everyone.

It has been an amazing creative year for me and many of my students, visitors and friends. This photo was taken by The Dereham Times photographer to celebrate the end of a creative textile year. Just a few of my students who got together to celebrate and share. Sadly it is the end of classes at The Memorial Hall as the Town Council do not wish for there to be an Art Centre at The Memorial Hall. The Gallery will close in February. Everyone is dismayed as it  was a vibrant addition to the new renovated building. I have been teaching @The Gallery for three years and have had so much fun , so it is so sad The Gallery is closing. Thank you to Haydn and Judy and they will be continuing the framing shop and classes at other venues.

My City and Guilds classes will continue at The Memorial Hall until July. I will be moving “Textile Tuesday”from the 8th of January2013, to “The Art Room” along with Thursdays Patchwork and Quilting and Wednesday Evening classes there too. The Art Room, set up by Claire Francis Smith a Painter, Artist and Tutor, who also ran classes @The Gallery . Claire has opened up an Art Studio, a classroom purposely for Art and Textiles. It has the atmosphere of an Artist Studio and she has been creatively teaching and demonstrating there since November. See her website and work by clicking on the link/name above.

The Art Room is at 1A Rashers Green, Toftwood. Dereham. Norfolk. NR19 1JG. Come in and see the creativity.

Class lists, times and venues will be available on Quilters Cottage Norfolk.

So, New Year, new Venues, new ideas and lots of creativity.It has been a wonderful 2012 of creativity and I am really looking forward to the creativity this year as there is lots planned. I will try and put lots of posts up on my blogsite Quilters Cottage Norfolk to keep you up to date with all the creations again and the monthly one here at Art2Inspire.

Hope everyone has a Happy, Healthy and Creative New Year.


Embellished Book Cover

Embellished Book Cover Detail

Embellished Book Cover Detail

After our inspirational visit to Cottenham, ‘Textile in Focus’ exhibiton I created another type of embellishment and cards today. Visit my blog to see the photos of the step by step introduction and the ingredients I start with.

I will make the pages of the book tomorrow at The Gallery using mixed media techniques.

Mixed Media Taster at The Gallery

Postcard Art

Postcard Art

16th of Feb at The Gallery Dereham. 

Mixed Media Art taster session went well this morning and several pieces of postcard art were made. This postcard made by a visitor encompassess card,scraps of paper, tissue paper, PVA, acrylic paints, stamps and ink,oil bars and pencil crayons. She had not done any art since school so enjoyed th experience of all the different media available.

See my blog for some of the photos of the morning and complted work 16th Feb

Blue Sparkle Brooch

Blue Sparkle Brooch

Blue Sparkle Brooch

I have designed a new brooch shape using a different brooch pin mount. I like to attapt and change the skills of embroidery and beading. I love the rich colours of the ‘Blue Moon’ still! as you can see.

The brooch is available to buy in my shop at

Toxic Plant

Toxic Plant

With all the red about today I have re-vamped my Toxic Red Exhibiton website so that it runs quicker and there are more pictures to view.

Enjoy seeing fuller pictures, then come back and see how some of the work was done by looking at the headings

Sculpture,making toxic tendrils’ and ‘Embellishments- Red’