Saturday, January 24, 2015


Posting early to make sure the blog world sees that I am taking part this year...... 2 Bags Full
Hello and Welcome to my blog - my name is ANNA - I am a textile artist in my 'spare' (ha ha) time!!

I live in Wiltshire on my own (my children are grown up) and I work in an office during the week - I use that to fund my textile art - be it materials, courses or visits to exhibitions.

I started stitching as a child (most of us do) with the usual cross stitch etc. In 1990 I took the Open College of Arts Textile 1 course and then found City and Guilds. I have completed  5 City and Guilds courses: Part 1 and Part 2 Embroidery, Surface Decoration, Machine Embroidery and Historic Heirlooms.

Over the years I have made/created lots of different textile items -
I have made:
Dolls, bowls, books, hangings, costumes, bags, scarves, jackets, pictures, quilts, jewellery, - plus lots more in fact - you name it I have made it ! If you look back at this blog you will see a lot of my work and ideas.

To see my costumes - for which I am known at the moment - have a look at the listing on my other blog 'A Body of Work'  (click here).

I have used:
Wool fibres, silk fibres, any variety of fabric, paper, aluminium cans, Tyvek , I have made my own fabrics, plus lots more in fact - you name it I have used it !

I have:
Stencilled, painted, dyed, machined and machine embroidered, melted, burnt, cut, rusted, stamped plus lots more in fact - you name it I have done it !

I have given talks  (most notibly recently I was guest speaker at the West Country Embroiderers AGM in Totnes in October 2014 - that was such fun !) and I teach workshops (would like to teach more). I belong to two groups MEG and Textile 21 - That's seven meetings a year but not enough for me!!  If any of you live in the UK within easy reach of Wiltshire and want to get together to stitch at the weekend please get in touch. I used to stitch with Jane Lemon on Saturdays but sadly she passed away recently.

I write this blog (I have written on and off since 2006) mainly to share what I have done with the world and often to ask for advise, comments and support - we all need constructive criticism - I more than most :-) - I get stuck, as I am now, I lack focus and would appreciate your suggestions. (Sometimes I just grumble about life but I am trying to do that less these days). 

Please leave a comment and I will visit your blog - hopefully we will inspire each other and become friends ! I currently subscribe to 233 blogs via Bloglovin and find all these very inspirational.  Would be happy to read more :-)


Gillian Salmons said...

Hello Anna, glad to see you at the 'Party' - I hope we both find plenty of new followers. Gilli

kathyinozarks said...

glad to meet you-I do a little of everything in fiber arts-I love to hand dye, eco print, weave and more.
your blog looks inspiring, so I am a new follower
enjoy the party Kathy

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You had me at surface decorations. I know gals in the UK are far better at designs like this than we in the US.

I loved your body of work, including the sari top and the Queen of Hearts.

I am a big fan of fiber and textile arts. Lately, I have gotten into eco-dyeing and using my soldering iron to burn designs into fabric. You are truly an inspiration.

I really enjoyed visiting your blog today. It was a genuine breath of fresh air.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Visiting, via GYB, from St. John's, NL Canada. Nice to meet you. I, too, am a textile artist.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Wow - I loved seeing some of your work, especially those beautiful flowers you've been working on. I have never tried anything like that. I'm a crazy quilter by passion so dabble in a lot of different embroidery techniques. So nice to meet you!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Wow, you are one talented lady. Visiting from the GYB hop.

Threads of Inspiration said...

Hi Anna, nice to meet you and see what you have been up to. I love the piece you made for your daughter with the ginger cat! I wish I lived in your area so we could get together and stitch. Alas, I am across a wide ocean. I look forward to seeing what you are working on. Susan