Last year I did a short course at City Lit called ‘Textile and surface pattern’. It really challenged me as it involved some drawing, something I didn’t think I could really do. I still can’t draw well but it made me realise something I was beginning to grasp already, that I don’t need to be able to draw portraits or be a fine artist to be able to draw patterns. During this course I drew a chive flower. After the course I developed this pattern while using Adobe Illustrator – a computer programme I knew nothing about.

Fast forward 8 months and just before Christmas I had my second lot of fabric printed. The first lot didn’t come out as I thought it would and after a three day Illustrator course,  I finally printed something I was happy with. Unfortunately the fabric got lost in the post and I didn’t manage to make what I wanted in time for Christmas markets,  so I have finally managed it. A start of a range of products, which even includes notebooks!



Valentines day and cards


Just 10 days away from Valentines Day and for the first year I have joined in the fun with designing a matching card and lavender bag. I first designed the ‘I ♡’ for a tote bag to be sold locally.  I then designed a ‘U’ and when screen printing left off the name of the place. When printing into the organic cotton I printed the heart on one side and on the other a screen printed design of lavender that I have made to make a range of products. Nowhere does it say that it’s for Valentines day only so they can be sent all year round, just to tell someone you love them. Oh, and the lavender is from Yorkshire. I had no idea that Yorkshire had such a lot of lavender!