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Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, mine was different this year, I went to my daughter’s house, she has a new baby and my son in law was cooking so we all converged in Uttoxeter … wonderful to hand over the cooking …

and so, now my mind turns to the new year … what will 2018 bring ….

I have just posted some new classes on my granary website .. do visit .. hopefully there wil be some classes that interest you

I am running a drawing course at Eastleigh college which finishes at the end of this term and working a little with theyoung students too, but I am cuting back on hours there … don’t forget the HNC Contemporary Art Practice, I will teach on that if it runs.. we still have the names from last year so hopefully it will … if not, then my time at Eastleigh College may draw to a close after 15 years!

the Granary Studio goes from strength to strength so I will not be at a loose end…

I hope to see you there or at the shows, I will be at ICHF shows in Glasgow and Birmingham, back to back in March.. and at Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in August, Hampshire Open Studios in Granary Studios in August too, then finally the  Autumn Knitting and Stitching shows, probably at all three .

A very Happy and Healthy New year to you all

Susan x

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Another Great Couple of Shows

phew.. just back from two ICHF shows, only two weeks apart firstly ‘The Scottish Quilting Show’at the SECC in Glasgow and then the ‘Fashion and Embroidery Show’ at the NEC in Birmingham … I was so busy on the aproach to these shows I didnt get to post any information about them but do put the dates in your diaries for next year …..

The Scottish Quilting Show … at SECC in Glasgow will run …           8-11 March 2018

Fashion and Embroidery Show … at NEC Birmingham will run …  15-18 March 2018

They are actually back to back next year so that will be a test of packing and re-packing! I will be at both shows next year too

But, this year ….

I had a large solo exhibition in Glasgow and I also taught some lovely ladies and gentlemen every day of the show …I taught my workshop ‘Explorng Simple Print’ using funky foam and polystyrene, and I think everyone had great fun, including me. The washing up was a bit of a challenge though with automatic taps in the loos until the lovely Jane Bolsover found me a catering sink .. she really is an amazing mover and shaker…glasgow 01glasgow 02

and all sorts of fun at the NEC two weeks later

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this is my demonstrator stand and behind that the  ByDesign exhibition titled ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, here are a couple of views

Finally the third stand I was involved in was the Eastleigh College stand … this showed the work from last summers HNC end of first year interim show, four students who are textile based, from this course came with their work … and here are a couple of views

they are Shelly Canning, Me, Irene Belcher and Frances Davison, a great time was had by all … and , finally, all my family came on the sunday and helped take down … those who know us well know that it is quite rare for all of us to get together


that is me, Oli Son, Evelyn Daughter with Granddaughter on board who I ill hopefully meet at the end of June! and last but certainly not least Ben son-in-law

thats it, my whole dynasty so far….

speak soon

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Good News and Bad News – ‘Tea With…’

Hi Everyone.. I have mixed feelings as I write this entry in my blog …. Unfortunately I have heard from Rozanne Hawksley and she has told me that she has found out that she needs a hip replacement imminently and also that she has to have eye surgery with more follow up treatment . So, she has to withdraw from coming to talk to us in the third of the ‘Tea With’ series of lectures. I am so sorry that she has had to cancel, but eternally grateful to her for letting us know early enough for us to re-arrange the day. I am about to write to her with the good news that someone has stepped into the breach so that she doesn’t feel too bad! We wish her well with the surgeries and for a speedy recovery.

The good news however is that Jae Maries has agreed to come and give the third lecture in the series. Until recently she has been chair of the 62 group and creates the most wonderful large scale works of which I am the proud possessor of one, Bert hangs at the top of my stairs and will eternally be walking away from me through the wall..

This is a quote taken from Jae’s website..

‘Jae Maries’ themes often revolve around figures in an environment. She uses her thumbnail sketches as inspiration which she then develops into life-size wall-hung textile pieces. She works in a variety of media and enjoys the challenge of combining textured stitches surfaces with oil-painted fabric panels. Jae’s current work is developing a daily visual diary. This is a new direction for her and she is curious to see where it leads.’

I am sure that we will all have a lovely afternoon with Jae.. watch this space and I will post the flyer and let you know when the tickets are avilable …but for now, save the date, Sat 13th June at Lower Upham Village Hall… this is on the main road between Fishers Pond and Bishop’s Waltham outside Winchester, opposite the Alma Public House

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Save the Date

As promised, here is a save the date invitation…. June 13 th 2015…

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(pic courtesy of Ruthin Craft centre)

Room 6 is organising the third in the series of ‘tea with….’  the first one in 2013 was tea with Alice Kettle,

the second in 2014 was tea with Matthew Harris.   The third one in June 2015 is ‘tea with Rozanne Hawksley’.

We are thrilled that Rozanne is coming to talk to us on June 13 th 2015 at Lower Upham village hall which is where the  Alice Kettle day was but hopefully without the snow!

If you are unfamiliar with her work then do visit Or simply Google her images.

I will let you know when the tickets go on sale.