Category Archives: Workshops

Emily Sutton Workshop at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

After several weeks of workshops and printing for fairs it was lovely to be on the receiving end of tuition last Saturday. I had a really pleasant day on Emily Sutton’s workshop at YSP, firstly mono-printing leaves onto calico and then carefully stuffing and embroidering an Emily Sutton Song Thrush in it’s nest. The setting for the workshop was absolutely beautiful being in the Hayloft Studio which is away from the main part of YSP in the parkland amongst the trees. It was a sunny Autumn day and it brought back fond memories being there, as I studied for my MA in Arts Education in this very setting almost ten years ago.

I have been a big fan of Emily Sutton’s work for several years and I was really excited to be on her workshop. Emily comes across as chatty, confident and sincere and it was really interesting to meet her. I felt a little shy when I asked her if she would sign her book ‘Clara Button’ which belongs to my daughter (who is also a big fan) but she was delighted to do it and has written a message complete with a hat drawing in the most beautiful handwriting ever. I have yet to go and see the exhibition but as soon as I get the chance I will be there!

Here are some photos of the Song Thrush in progress.

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I think the bird in it’s nest will look beautiful as a table decoration at Christmas. I still have some leaves to cut out and embroider which will be a fun thing to do in front of the fire on these cold winter evenings.

‘Creative Whirling Dervish’

I was described as a ‘Creative Whirling Dervish’ by a friend on Facebook, hence the title. It does seem to describe me rather well at the moment! Below are a few photos from the last two weeks and I haven’t included any from the whistle stop tour of Scotland over half term. Basically it’s been all go! Major digging work is on going at the allotment (photos are ‘before’ photos, I forgot to take after photos but  I will endeavour to remember this weekend). There have been two workshops, a bit of fancy dress costume making and lots of printing in between.

Anyway, I’ll be at the following Fairs over the next few weeks;

Sheffield Print Fair Saturday November 15th

Kelham Island Victorian Christmas Market Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November

St Marys Makers Fair Saturday December 6th.

I’m really looking forward to all of them! I also have another Christmas Card printing workshop on Tuesday December 9th and there are still some spaces available for this.

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Christmas Card Printing Workshop


On this workshop you will create your own ‘Christmas Stamps’, using different specialist printmaking materials to produce your own seasonal cards and wrapping paper. Included in the cost of the workshop as well as the stamps which you will be able to keep for future use, are ten quality cards & envelopes and two sheets of wrapping paper as well as all printing ink. Tea, coffee or a glass of wine and home-made cake and biscuits are also provided!

The workshop is from my home studio in Hillsborough and is for a maximum of 4 people.
Saturday 8th (FULL), Tuesday 11th November (FULL) or Tuesday 9th December 10am – 2pm £35.00 per person.

Lino-cut printing

I have recently begun using Pinterest. Something else to distract myself with. I am enjoying finding fabulous fun ideas for things to do with kids and ideas for textiles lessons. I am currently looking at Lino-cut prints as I have a workshop in ‘soft-cut’ lino printing next week. I love these beautiful prints, actually screen-prints not lino-cut, by an artist Sanna Annukka who also designs for the Finnish textile brand Marimekko.

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New Year Printmaking Workshops

One of the real highlights of 2013 has been running workshops again. I have really enjoyed sharing my enthusiasm for printing and I have been impressed with the lovely work everyone has produced. I’ve included a few photos from some of the groups this year both from my house and at Harland Works with Running with Scissors.

My workshops are run from my home studio and are for four people. It’s lovely with a small group and I am on hand to give you as much help as you need. As well as the ‘Introduction to woodblock printing’ workshop, this year, I am also running ‘Introduction to ‘soft cut’ lino printing’ and ‘introduction to simple screen-printing’ workshops. I also plan I run a ‘creative printmaking’ workshop as well and will pop some dates up for that one soon.

I’m looking forward to these and I now have the dates for the New Year here.

 For more information about the workshops please email me at

Screen Printing with Embroidery Hoops

Had a very busy workshop on Saturday. Lots of fantastic prints were produced using a range of interesting designs and gorgeous colours. The fact I had forgotten to bring the blue printing ink wasn’t too much of a disaster!

Here are some photos.

I will be running more workshops in the New Year and I will be updating the classes page with dates very soon.

Last workshop until September.

Absolutely lovely day with Andrew, Deidre, Jane and Barbara. What a wonderful way to finish my first series of workshops. Here are some photos from the day. Some really fabulous prints! If you are interested in booking a workshop, see here for further details.  andrew,deidre,jane,barbara

Creative Printmaking.

I had loads of fun this weekend being creative with different fabric printing techniques as part of my planning for the Creative Printmaking Workshop I’ll be running in October with ‘Running with Scissors’. See here for more information, or to book a place.shot1 vegetable prints3monoprintingmonoprinting1monoprinting5monoprinting4

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Introduction to woodblock printing

Here are some photos from the two recent introduction to woodblock printing classes. I’ve had great fun running them and it’s been lovely teaching to such enthusiastic students and  very interesting seeing the variety of prints produced. I am fully booked for the next one on July 2nd but I am running two more workshops on 17th Sept and 24th Sept. You can find further details here and please email me at to find out about costs and to book a place.