Inspiration from the Cotton Mills of Lancashire

The Cotton Mills of Lancashire have inspired a great deal of my work, especially my latest stitchery project.

I’ve combined my love of red thread with a vintage garment and the job titles of those working in the cotton industry to make a piece of wearable art.

I love red. This wonderful pincushion from Beyond Measure is made using cloth woven in Lancashire.
It’s a work in progress – my mind is already busy thinking about the next two pieces of embroidery I want to create! Does is happen to you too?  

Textile Treasures at Denman College

If you expect the Womens’s Institute’s Denman College, to be all about Ham, Jam and cake, then think again. Prepare yourself to be bowled over  – it’s Needlework heaven.

I was there for a day’s visit with my fellow Paper Dollies on a guided tour of the house and grounds. It’s a beautiful venue.  It wasn’t until we were shown the studio space, that my heart really skipped a beat. Exquisite hand embroidery, Dorset Buttons collections and vintage needlework lined the walls. I was in absolute heaven.
Which one is your favourite?
The perfect day was rounded off with a visit to the College Fabric Shop…
… where I found these fabulous, vintage treasures.  Happy Days x