Thursday, 27 May 2021

Hip! Hip! Hooray! It's A Hope & Elvis Day! Mixed Media Workshop Weekender: Day One:

I cannot even begin to explain how excited I was about the Mixed Media Weekender Workshop that I taught at the wonderful Hope & Elvis.

I had been planning and preparing work for this throughout lockdown and I couldn't wait to share the techniques and ideas that I'd been experimenting with.

The main difference about this workshop was that we were considering the materials and processes as the main focus of the work - this is such a freeing and experimental way to work.

Here you can see Team Hope & Elvis: the amazing Louise, who runs the studio and hosts the workshops, Ruth, who looks after us and generally spoils us rotten and Magie, who cooks the most incredible meals for us.

And a huge 'thank you' to my Mum and Jean from the village, for baking lots of delicious cakes!

I also had some of my paintings for sale (you can just about see Sam in this photo)!
Thanks so much for all your help chuck, I couldn't have managed without you!

Wendy also very kindly set up a stall of her wonderful vintage papers, fabrics and ephemera. 
Her treasures are always so beautifully curated.

Here are some of the examples that I'd produced for the workshop...

and here's the amazing vegetarian lasagne that we had for dinner!

It never ceases to amaze me when I see how different everyone's work is and I loved watching it develop...

Anyone fancy a brew?

Just look at all the beautiful layers...

The famous loo!

I was made up to see Laura wearing her jacket with one of my patches on the back, just look at how beautifully embellished it is! You are so clever chuck!

It really was the most inspirational day, filled with laughter, chat, cakes and creativity - this room was bursting with talent!
I can't wait to tell you about day two next time!



  1. I can not only see the joy in the day I can feel it too. It’s so wonderful to be back doing what we all do best, creating, learning and chatting
    Lynn xx

    1. It was completely amazing to be back and sharing creative times together x

  2. Hello, I'm enjoying your blog posts, having just signed up, but I have a non-blog question. I have just bought your wonderful book Stitched Textiles: Animals but had not realised a sewing machine was necessary. I don't have one. I only stitch by hand. Can I follow the projects/do the same things with hand stitch or not really?

    1. Hello there, I'm so very sorry for the late reply, I haven't checked my blog comments for a while as I've been really busy.
      As the fabric pieces are usually backed with some type of fusible web the fraying should be lessened Selecting the types of fabric and stitching used could also help - I would also suggest that the embroideries would be used for display and not for projects that may become worn more easily. I've never tried the projects with hand stitching, but I hope that you enjoy using the templates and other techniques from the book.
      I do hope that this helps, thank you so very much for buying my book.
      Sending you all my best wishes,
      Mrs B x

  3. looks like a lot of fun, loads of creativity and good cake - shame I'm not local :)

    1. I'll keep you posted with photos and shenanigans Betty! Big hugs x


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