Chic goes global

Thu, 03/07/2013 - 13:38

You can already buy Chic on a Shoestring in the US and Canada but now it's time to brush up your German!

Chic on a Shoestring is now on sale over there. They've kept the cover but changed the title - I like!

Back up and running (well trotting anyway)

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 18:12

Well, I'm sorry to have been away from the blog these last couple of months, but you know what? I really needed a break. Sometimes, it's good to get back in touch with real life and leave the virtual world behind for a while. We spend too much time tapping on our key boards and not enough breathing fresh air, listening to each other, and creating. I just needed to gather myself in during the cold winter months and hibernate un peu. Now with (a touch) of Spring in the air, I feel the first faint stirrings of life!


Fri, 01/04/2013 - 13:47

Wishing you all a very happy and fulfilling 2013!

I hope your creative dreams make progress and that you find success.

I'm looking forward to the publication of my new book in March/April this year.

"The Modern Girl's Guide to Hat Making" will be packed full of fabulous and imaginative headwear to make at home. 

Can't wait!

Bordeaux finds

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 12:43

I think it's probably time I opened a shop!

On a recent press trip to Bordeaux I spotted two very different vintage display mannequins - they'd be just perfect for my imaginary space.

The first is a 1940's underwear display model - it's quite rare apparently. I think it actually has a really eye-catching sculptural form.

Lighting up our lives

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 17:59

Walking in the Norman Street area of St Leonards-on-Sea at the weekend I spied this sign in the window of a converted pub.

I realised that I'd seen the same sign in Coast magazine a few months back....and that this must be the place that featured in the Coast article.

Imagine my delight when the following day, I went back and the place was open!

A must-have book

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 17:27

Embellished (A&C Black Publishers) is a must-have read for anyone passionate about textiles. 

Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 13:46

Looking forward to seeing what crops up in today's episode!

Wasn't yesterday's winning horse a delight?

Mind you - everyone had something special to show us.

BBC2 1545


Autumnal fleas

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 18:53

To my mind there's no better time of year to go flea market shopping than the early days of autumn.

The sky is blue, the sun is out, but there's a crisp nip in the air. Here's my friend Ailsa perusing the bargains at the Arkona Square flea market in Berlin - a lovely little neighourhood market that springs to life on Sundays. Lots of interesting things to look at...and a good cafe on the corner. We had a fab breakfast there.


Thu, 10/04/2012 - 17:25


Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 19:47


I'm very excited as I've been asked to take part in a fantastic new tv series called Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution.

Finally  there is a quality programme showcasing the work of Britain's best amateur craftsmen and women.

About time too!

The show is presented by the popular and charismatic Paul Martin and will air this autumn on BBC 2.


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