Author: Judith Clarke

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Recently I helped Whitby Art Society deliver a day of activities as part of The Big Draw, an annual drawing event to encourage everyone to get creative. I did decorated pumpkins. One of the other ladies did a haunted zig zag book that gave some amazing results. Children’s drawings are so free. I was inspired…

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A beautiful set of fabrics from Makower has been sent for me to play with. What wonderful designs and a gentle soft hand to it. All the usual Christmas suspects are here, snowflakes, trees, reindeer etc, but in very different colour ways. Not the usual greens and reds, but a subtler collection including more unusual…

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I live in a b&b in Whitby. My husband and I do all the running of it. It’s very hard work during the summer months, but great fun helping guests enjoy Whitby and their holidays. There’s always new festivals to enjoy and familiar places and faces to visit. Once the jobs are done and it’s…

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I have been sent this book to review and what a beautiful looking and feeling book this is. It feels like fabric and has a close up of beautiful reverse appliqué and seed stitching. Yummy before the first page is turned. The book is divided into seasons as well as ways of working and equipment and…

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It’s been a while since Gulliver did a blog. As you know, or maybe you don’t, he lives in Whitby with me at our B&B, it’s a busy time of year from now on in, right until the end of October so chance to stitch is precious. And the grandchildren have just payed a visit…

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Part 3 of an occasional blog following my journey with half in hexis. This week saw me hit and pass the 1000 mark. And so far I’m still sane. ( I think! ) How do I know how many I’ve done I hear you ask? I’ve been keeping a tally I’ve started playing with them…

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I’ve noticed recently that there has been a resurgence of hand stitching, both in the embroidery and the quilting worlds. I love hand stitching and do it regularly, often in unusual places, such as the car (while husband is driving!) coffee shops and sitting on the beach, not that unusual really. I quite fancied having…

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If you remember I’m making a quilt out of 1/2 inch hexis. A long term project I think. So every now and then I will update you. After a keen start here’s what I did after day 1. I had 1 1/2 hrs at U3A sewing and another hour or so later that evening at…

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Brought up in a family that has always had environmental concerns it’s only natural for me to try and not waste anything. I blame my mum. She was a quiet activist in her own way. She once lay down in front of diggers trying to dig up the local play park. So when I started…

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Recycling has been in my blood since before I was born. My mum was a great recycler, long before it was termed recycling. She used to call us ‘second hand Roses’, Maybe it was being brought up during and after the war that did it. (My mum, not me) The only thing I remember getting…

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I have been sent this lovely collection to have a play with from the Craft Cotton Co.. 5 beautiful fat quarters, nice quality cotton, perfect for your little prince and princesses. The bundle is mainly suitable for girls and sadly I don’t have any granddaughters but I do have a friend who has a cute…

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Gulliver had a very important job to do this week. He took a very special parcel to the post office. In his parcel are 6 quilts featuring himself. They are from the UKQU competitions from last year. 6 monthly competitions based on a theme. Gulliver was very fortunate to be asked to send all 6…