Sketchbook Cover

I decided to make a sketch book cover as a gift for Mothers’ Day.  My mother is an artist.  I used a photograph of my Grandmother who taught me how to sew.  She was always either sewing, knitting or playing the piano.  I am pleased with the way it turned out and my mother was thrilled with it.






My Wife the Textile Artist.

My husband is a photographer. He gives me so much encouragement to continue with my love of textiles. He has recently written about me in his photography blog.

Paul Cullen Photography

My wife Jane is a textile artist and goes by the name of “The Riverside Crafter”, she just loves anything to do with needle craft and especially patchwork, Applique and embroidery. She recently asked me to photograph some of her most recent work which is destined to become cushions – of course, I was more than happy to oblige and had good fun doing it.

I think that her work is rather good and in the spirit of sharing I am going to show you (we have given all of the works names!):-

This is Hector – a dog appliqued onto blue fabric.

This is Rosie.

This is Ermintrude – a cow appliqued onto brown felt and named after the cow from the ‘Magic Roundabout’.

This is an example of English Paper Piece – Jane is particularly proud of this one as she learned this art from her late grand…

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New Machine

I’m so excited.  After years of struggling to do free motion quilting and embroidery with my current machine I have been to my local dealer today and purchased a new machine.  It is a Bernina 770 QE which should arrive on Tuesday.  I’m looking forward to many years of sewing on my new machine with confidence.  If I am struggling I can go to the dealer for advice.  I am fortunate that the dealer is only about one mile away.   There is also a lot a lot of help on YouTube.IMG_20180330_122106


Be Creative

I’ve had a week off work and have been looking at Pinterest and Facebook.  I have just made an Instagram account.  Whilst looking at these sites I have found great inspiration.  I have also recently purchased a book from  Jessie Chorley.  Her work is amazing and has spurred me into action again.  I love the way she recycles fabric.  Patchwork and quilting can be an expensive past time but embroidery is less expensive.  Yesterday I decided to make something out of an old pair of jeans.

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I was also inspired by a quote I saw on Pinterest ” In being creative the only hard thing to do is begin! “