robins and sheep

We had another very successful needle felting course at the beginning of this week.

I felt the need to paint a very large sheep – this could be the start of a series

Helen came and was finishing off this beautiful retro crochet baby blanket

This is the finished fox that my neighbour asked me to make for her daughter

Sally-Anne has nearly finished this beautiful butterfly

Patricia was painting her favourite subject

I must do this !! Dawn was painting in her sketch book

Jackie was tracing a drawing from the life class

needle felting workshop

A flock of robins – they were all fabulous. The next date is 23rd April

The first life model afternoon

It was wonderful to be able to sketch a live model and such a privilege. I’m really looking forward to the next sessions


Sally Anne gave me this beautiful grained watercolour paper and Dawn brought in some hellebores – so of course they had to be painted in watercolour

Dawn (the other one) had been doing studies in Hockney at her other class and what beautiful results

At the moment I have a ‘thing’ about trees. These are in acrylic but I think they may have had more depth if I had used oils. Next time.

Tuesday mornings

Gill was making some tags for jam jars filled with Spring flowers for her daughter’s wedding. We want to see them in situ, Gill.

Alice and Laura both had sewing projects on the go.

Sally Anne and Patricia were painting

Margaret and Jeanette were knitting

… and here is a little jointed teddy bear that I have been experimenting with

This morning we did a bit of French polishing

Before and after – a little walnut stool

Before and after – an oak table – amazing

Before and after – we think this was teak – some elbow grease got rid of the ring mark

Bob brought in a beautiful table that had marks on the top but he decided to work on the legs.

A really good morning with everyone very happy with the results.

another cold morning

Magaret brought in a beautiful quilt that she had finished and I noticed her bag with the thistle. Alba is apparently an old name for Scotland.

Jeanette and Hilary have nearly finished their projects

Alice was crocheting a throw with all her odd bits of yarn. Absolutely stunning.

The first week open

It snowed ! but nevertheless we had a good turn out.


Lots of different activities – painting, needle felting, lampshade painting and mosaicing (is that a word?)

Bertie the Bear

This is the latest needle felting project. I am experimenting in order to eventually do a workshop. This chappy took too long to make but it was good practice.

Jeudi Art starts again on 6th February

We are starting again soon and already we have organised a another workshop for doing French Polishing on 24th February. On 10th March and every two weeks on  a saturday afternoon we are hosting a life model workshop. It will be the same model each time but will be a good way of trying different mediums with this subject.

I have been spending my January experimenting with needle felting as I feel this will be really popular and also making cushion covers with old woollen jumpers and cardigans.

We have decided from now on to have pop-up workshops instead of a calendar of events as I can then judge what people want to do (and when they are available) rather than desperately think of different workshops at the beginning of year. Hence the French Polishing next month.

Looking forward to meeting up with everyone again !