About Being an Author

About Being an Author

Spot the difference! My original book… …the same book in a new cover. In 1986 I was approached by a commissioning editor from David & Charles to ask if I would like to write a book about cross stitch. I was so excited I could not sleep. I was asked to...
Bits & Bobs from Pinks Barn

Bits & Bobs from Pinks Barn

I aim not to talk too much about current affairs here. I count Finder of Treasures as a bit of an escape for both you and me. Current events (time of writing, March 2022) are just too big to talk about. Thank heavens for my stitching and designing – I can lose myself...
Loving Hardanger embroidery

Loving Hardanger embroidery

Who wouldn’t be inspired in a place like this? I come from a self-taught counted cross stitch background and find free embroidery a real challenge. But the elements of Hardanger embroidery just seem to fit my mindset and I simply love the effect achieved with...
Out in the fresh air

Out in the fresh air

All wrapped up for a blustery dog walk. This time last year, I am sure we all thought that masks, restrictions, and mini lockdowns would be a distant memory and we would be free again. I suppose we will always be at risk of getting the virus, if only mildly, and it is...
The muddle was awful, but it was worth it

The muddle was awful, but it was worth it

Repainted and thoroughly rearranged, the hall is quite renewed. It is the last week of January and I have tried very hard to dismiss the dark feelings associated with this month. Keeping busy has included clearing out my workroom, plus the two other bedrooms that I...
Loving William Morris

Loving William Morris

Kelmscott, William Morris’s inspiring Cotswold home. There is so much to say about this extraordinary man and so much written about his life and work, that I couldn’t possibly do it justice here. I recommend the account created by the V&A, which I do not...