This small, framed piece was made at the same time as the larger "Snake and Boss". 6-inch square. SOLD
This piece was inspired by a visit to Iona Abbey. The snakes and roundels are based on a carving in the Abbey, and the colours are inspired by those used in The Book of Kells. Cotton, calico and metallic fabric, 17 x 23 inches
Sashiko Blues is quite different from my usual work - it's all hand-quilted. I was involved with the Heids and Herts project and taught a workshop on Sashiko in the Auchtermuchty Community Centre. Sashiko is a Japanese technique where large stitches create complex geometric patterns. Traditionally white thread is used on blue fabric, so the background is (literally) a patchwork of blue material from my stash. The sashiko patterns were hand-drawn and marked up on the background. 24 x 34 inches
The latest in my "Circles" series, this time the circles are on a circle. Silk and cotton fabrics, combined with circular holes and straight stitching make up this contemporary piece. 12 inch diameter
A small, framed piece using colourful silks on calico - just for fun. 6-inch square £35
This is the second piece where the bird (usually stitched somewhere in the background) has become the main focus. It's inspired by a photo I took of a juvenile Herring Gull standing on the harbour wall at St Andrews. I love the colours - the details of the harbour are all free-machine stitched onto the brown fabric that you can just see at the edges. This is mounted on an 18 x 11 inch canvas.
Salmon Circle is designed as a traditional patchwork piece, with a central motif and borders with cornerstones. The salmon come from an earlier work - a stylised leaping fish, and they are circling around a Celtic knot design. The cornerstones feature a pair of salmon shapes.
I've been putting stitched birds in my landscape pieces for years, but this is the first time I've made one the subject. It had to be this cheeky robin who often joins me for coffee and cake crumbs at a local café. My first work of 2022, 10 inch square, framed, £100.
This is a scaled-down version of my wall hanging "Magic Heart Tree two", which is in turn based on "Magic Heart Tree", acrylic on canvas! I love the mad colours in this, so different from my more realistic work. It makes me smile when I see it. 10 inch square, framed, £100.
I have stitched several poppies over the years - this is the 2021 edition. Scarlet silk, with black and yellow cotton, on a trellis background with machine stitched daisies and buttercups. 10 inch square, framed, £100.
This small picture is based on a thistle that I found growing in a field of barley. The background fabric is quilted with a design based on a barley awn motif. Stitched cotton, framed, 8 x 10 inches. £80