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Great News

Old Art Room Sign Swaffham


*Great News* The Old Art Room Has Moved to Swaffham

I will still be teaching out in the community as usual at certain times but this will be a permanent space to work, share, exhibit and enjoy. Lots of exciting events planned!

‘The Art Room’ is an Art Academy, so a mixture of leisure and certificated courses and workshop sessions available for all ages.

The doors open Monday 3rd of June and ‘Textile Tuesdays start on the 4th! Very exciting.

I start off the Textile Tuesday and Thursday this month with ‘Bags’ as they are as popular as ever.

Evening class on the 5th of June. 7pm until 9pm.

The second week is all about Embellishing, using the felting machines and ‘Bling’ you can sew on as Embellishments. There are four machines to share and lots of wonderful bits to experiment with.

There are two sessions to each Textile day as usual 10am until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45. The cost is £9 per session and includes a cup of tea and a biscuit. You bring your own ingredients/ project, enjoy the inspiration and there is supplies to purchase if you wish. There is also a very large scrap bag, well in my case a large aluminium box on wheels! To delve into to enhance your project or start a new one! Someone elses scrap bag is always more interesting somehow?

Lots to see and do each day so a visit is a must or if you are too far away visit regularly online to enjoy the atmosphere.

Monday afternoon from 2.30 until 5pm you can come along with your own project and enjoy working in a textile studio while I am working on my textile projects, mine are inspired by our Art Room visit to Kew Gardens and also Recycled Textiles and Stitch. I am there for tips and guidance only.

Starting at the end of the month June and continuing throughout the summer ‘Friday in Print‘ a way of exploring all different ways of printing and transposing designs. Also on request sketchbooks and book making.

Two sessions 10 until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45 and the cost is £10

Monday and Wednesdays I am still teaching City and Guilds and final projects and Design files are looking amazing.

We would like to thank the Benjamin Foundation and Cancer Care Moving on Project Dereham for their support in allowing us to teach and share their spaces since November 2012. It has really been appreciated and we have had a fantastic time.

New Textile Classes Going Well

Circles and Dorset Buttons

Circles and Dorset Buttons

Textile Tuesday @The Art Room Dereham

Textile Tuesday @The Art Room Dereham

Textile Classes have been going really well especially with the changes in venue since the beginning of the year. The Art Room Dereham has proved itself to be an ideal venue for art and textiles. City and Guilds continue and you can see in the photograph above there are some exciting artwork and samples being made. If any one is wanting to do a Creative Textile Class or City and Guilds and live in Norfolk please contact me.

To see more inspiration and of what is being created by myself and students visit my daily blog HERE

Textile Thursdays will be in The Cancer Care Centre from March and it is a lovely venue in the centre of Dereham, on Georges Road. Sessions are as normal 10am until 12.15 and 12.30 until 2.45. Look forward to sharing with you shortly.


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.


Norfolk Open Studios

Norfolk Open Studios

Norfolk Open Studios


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Open Studio

The signs went up today outside the cottage to advertise Norfolk Open Studios. I will be open from the 26th May until the 10th of June, 10.30 until 5pm daily. The studio is looking very colourful and there is lots of mixed media art on show.

I will demonstrating different techniques everyday.

The event is free and everyone is welcome.

Photographs of my studio and daily art making click HERE

See all the Artists participating in the event at

We look forward to seeing you virtually or in person.

Congratulations to City and Guild Students!

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City and Guild Students 2012

City and Guilds 2012 Finished Work

City and Guilds Finished Work

Congratulations to the 18 students who completed their City and Guilds Level One Diploma in Patchwork and Quilting or Machine Embroidery with me @The Gallery Dereham.

I feel very proud of all the work they have done and textile journey they have travelled in just eight weeks. The eight weeks was a taster into different techniques, as a taster for the full City and Guilds. This Textile Diploma is worth 4 University Credits and is a lovely introduction into a full Certficate.

Every student made their textile samples and made them into a book. I feel as a tutor that making samples is important to learn techniques but by putting them into a fabric book it makes them into heirlooms and the book can be added to over the years.

See the newspaper articles in The Dereham Times

I as their Tutor have the task of assessing and marking all their wonderful work. Above you can see the students work laid out on my studio table. It is a busy time for me too as I am preparing for Norfolk Open Studios. My studio will be open from Saturday 26th of May 2012 until Sunday 10th June 2012, from 10.30-5pm.

See the City and Guilds class as they started by clicking HERE


Also visit The Gallery

Hope to see you at my Open Studios whether virtually or in person. I will be blogging each day of Open Studios with a video of my studio and photographs of the work produced. The opportunity for me to spend everyday for two weeks in my studio is fantastic. I love teaching but I too need to inspire and create new work.

So visit my daily blog

Busy as Ever!

Orange Pumpkin Bowl

Orange Pumpkin Bowl

October has been a very mixed month of creativity,

I feel so lucky to be able to have a creative life as my career and

it is working out so well. It is hard work but in a very different way.

See some of what I have been doing by visiting some of the post which are on my

daily blog site at Quilters Cottage.

Enjoy a little taster by visiting the posts,

from a Bag making workshop at Weeting Village Hall,

See post HERE

Meetings at Alveva Quilters, a talk by Yvonne Brown,


Christmas  and other projects made by my Students


Felt Making at The Embroidery Guild


Textile Painting


A visit to Jimmy’s Farm


I am creating different types of cards with the different classes and

practice pieces.

See them on my

card site


I have been busy collecting videos from You tube

and making my own videos in the studio

to illustrate the films I have been watching and items I am making too,

Visit my Tech Site


There has been so much it has been hard to select these few.

If you want to see more visit my portfolio pages on the right

of this post or go to Quilters Cottage and keep scrolling down

onto older posts.

Busy September and Classes

Sampler Quilt in Knit Wits Window
Sampler Quilt in Knit Wits Window

I always love September and the start back to new things.

i am now teaching Patchwork and Quilting at Knit Wits in

Dereham, every Thursday, one Wednesday evening and

one Monday a month.

I have throughly enjoyed it so far and Fiona and Bill

have worked so hard in getting the fabric department and

classroom ready.

See more of the Sampler Quilt


September has started with Strips and the colour Purple

as the inspiration,

to get people started patchwork.

See my ‘Purple Patchwork Items’,

such as sketchbook covers and bags,


I am still teaching ‘Mixed Media Textiles’ on a Tuesday

at the Gallery and have lots more techniques

booked for this year.

I also made a video on how I make one of my

sketchbook pages


I have also become a Region 9 Committee Member.

I am now responsible for the Region 9 web page on

The Quilters Guild Website, so if you have any news

you think is appropriate please contact me.

See our Committee day with photos of the Region 9



There is still some more of September to go and I will post more

but in the mean time go to my daily art updates on my blog

Lots Going on in July

Quilts for Chernobyl

Quilts for Chernobyl

July has been a busy creative month with Exhibitions, farm and school visits.

Making quilts,cards and felt, among alot of other creations.

The Gallery has been as busy as ever and I am gearing up for

new classes to begin in September.

There is still a week to go with me preparing for a

felting demonstration on the 31st of July at

The Alpaca Farm.

Also teaching @The Gallery and a teaching day in my Studio,

plus group meetings, the last before the Summer Break.

See all these posts on my blog and much much

more of my day to day art on my blog

Shibori Indigo Workshop

Shibor Indigo Samples

Shibor Indigo Samples

At the weekend I went over to Rockland Allsaints to Marion Baker’s studio.

Here Marion and Sally Mills showed us lots of different Shibori techniques.

Once the Indigo vats were mixed, left to stand, we then dipped our fabrics.

We had a lovely day with lunch in the garden.

We had to leave our samples wrapped up for a few days to cure

and these are mine, unwrapped, washed and drying on the line.

I am really pleased with the results.

Thank you so much,

Marion and Sally so much for a lovely workshop.

See more pictures of the day and what I have been doing since