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Free patterns

  • Small Christmas Tree Decoration
    I am happy to share these patterns – but only for personal use. You can find more of my designs at

Crochet and knitting

  • From the Heart
    It's not just that I like to crochet, I just can't stop doing it! I've written one book and contributed to a couple of others. If there are any publishers out there looking for an author for a brand new crochet book, look no further...

Craft gallery

  • Baby shoes
    I am happy to take on commissions – click the link at the top of the main page to email me. I work in a wide range of media, including papier maché, crochet and knitting, embroidery and collage. This is just a small selection of work...

Christmas Crafts

  • Gift tags
    Ideas for a creative Christmas...

Plastic yarn

  • 1. You will need
    This is a great recycling technique, transforming plastic carrier bags into yarn. The resulting yarn can be crocheted, woven or knitted into items such as rugs and bags.

New book: Still Life

Still life cover

I've got a new book coming out in October 2021... I have built my reputation as an author by writing dozens of books on knitting, crochet and sewing. This time the subject is art: drawing and painting. I loved writing this book, especially when it came to creating ten still-life pictures for readers to follow step-by-step. Also, I was able to use a variety of materials: pencil (graphite), charcoal, pen and ink, coloured pencils, watercolour pencils and watercolour paints. I've included plenty of tips and tricks that I have learnt over the years when teaching art at a local adult education college and I hope that readers will find the book useful, whether they are beginners or fairly experienced at drawing and painting.
There is a little while to wait until the book is published but it can be pre-ordered, from Waterstones or Amazon and probably a few other places.
Here's the Waterstones link:



Favourite Sites

  • ravelry
    An online knitting community, great for sharing enthusiasm for knitting and crochet, and a good source of patterns.
  • Knitting is fun!
    I've just discovered this site with a great range of glorious yarns imported by Bev Beattie.
  • Jamieson and Smith yarns
    Jamieson and Smith spin and dye wonderful woolen yarns in a range of very inspiring colours
  • Style guru
    Style, fashion, design and brands from an anthropological perspective. Ted Polhemus is the author of Street Style.
  • Beautiful yarns
    Julieta's yarns and the things she makes from them are truly stunning. Visit the website or pop along to Greenwich Market.
  • Wonderful painting holidays
    artEscapes offers painting holidays in the UK and abroad with two lovely Scottish artists, Nicky de la Peña and Laura Magliveras. Destinations include Scotland, St Ives, Spain, Greece and Mexico.
  • Gooseflesh
    A very serene site with some great creative crochet projects.
  • Earth Angels Bears, Dolls & Folk Art
    I wish there was a shop like this in London...
  • Janet Bolton - Textile Pictures
    A wonderful textile artist with a unique style and fabulous hair...
  • Made in Hastings
    Glimpses into a unique art and craft shop on England's south coast.

Other typepad blogs to visit...

  • U-handblog
    A fabulous array of bag-making supplies and insider knowledge from the lovely Lisa Lam.
  • Posy
    reasons to be cheerful...
  • juju vail
    A whim of iron
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