New Pattern – Hexalay


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Hello All
I have spent a lovely week in Sorrento , Italy  attending my younger sister’s wedding. It was such a lovely relaxed affair and lovely for all the family to be together. So I’m back home now and looking at my sketches and doodlings of patterns. This one was inspired by a double layer of chicken wire of all things. It’s called Hexalay.

Just click on the thumbnail for a step by step guide. See the rest of my tangles on my Tangle pattern page. xx


After posting this pattern it turns out that this design has been created by another lady. What are the odds of that. Great minds think alike. She had created hers back in September but I have decided to leave my version on here too.

New Tangle pattern – Koaxil


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Hi All
I can’t believe it’s been a year since I posted on here. Life has been busy with my grown up children and grand children. I continue to design for Silhouette America I have hundreds and hundreds of designs for sale on their store.
I found a little time to get back into designing a new tangle pattern called Koaxil. I hope you like it. If you would like the step-out of this new pattern just click on the image.

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Crocheted Sunflower Afghan


Hello Everyone
It’s been a while since I last posted but I have been busy with crocheting an Afghan for Richard’s Mother my sister in law.
Sunflowers have become a tribute symbol for our family because I believe that when the tragedy of the Malaysian flight MH17 happened that most of the victims fell into a sunflower field. I was looking to make some kind of tribute for her when I saw this pattern on a facebook group that I belong to. Someone kindly gave me copy of this afghan pattern so that I could make it for my sister in law. This weekend Richard’s family and ours got together at my home where I presented her the afghan. She was touched by it’s reason for why I made it for her and spent the weekend wrapped up in it.

I hope she gets great comfort from her Afghan.

Update on Richard Mayne

Hello All
It has been an awful few weeks since Richard was taken from our family. His parents are beyond distraught and members of my family are struggling to cope with his death. His body has been identified and has come home for his funeral where we can all say goodbye to him.  Thank you for all of your best wishes and kind comments.

In memory of Richard Mayne


I have sad news. My Nephew Richard Mayne was killed on the Malaysian Airlines flight which was shot down over eastern Ukraine a few days ago.
We are heartbroken he was a lovely young man who had a cheeky smile for everyone. He recently completed an expedition to Mount Everest to raise funds for a charity close to his heart. This trek was in aid of the UK charity “Kidasha” who support disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Nepal.
Even after Richard’s death the Justgiving site has received hundreds of donations from many well wishers who are saddened by this wicked waste of a wonderful life. This is a quote from my daughter Scarlett, his cousin.
“Despite all the hate in the world that caused Richard to be taken from us, it is heartwarming to see human compassion in people donating to his Everest Expedition charity page in his memory, furthering a cause that he was passionate about. He is still making a difference to the lives of others around him.”

Richard’s story
Richard was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 8.  He controlled his diabetes with great skill and he was heavily supported by Camp Charnwood, run by the Leicestershire Parents’ Group Summer Camp.  In more recent years, he became one of the Camp Leaders helping the younger children to look after their diabetes.  Richard’s zest for life was encouraged and made possible by Camp Charnwood.  These camps, over the years, gave Richard, and many other young people with diabetes, the confidence to recognise that independent, international travel and adventure activities were as open to them as anyone.  It was that confidence which helped to get him to Everest Base Camp.

Richard lived with his diabetes for 12 years and we would be just as happy to see any future donations passed on to the following charity, which was also close to Richard’s heart, and had a huge impact on his life for a number of years:

The charity is Leicestershire Parents’ Group Diabetes UK and the Charity Number is 215199.

Just giving page is


StencilGirl – my stencil Rose window


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Hello again.
Today my eldest daughter came over to have a crafty day with me and experiment with deColourant. This is a discharge medium which takes the colour away from natural fibre fabrics and paper, rather like bleach would , but without harming the fabric and is completely non-toxic. So whilst she was playing with my stash of wooden stamp blocks I thought I would see how one of my stencils would work. I chose my 6″x6″ Rose window design a rather intricate one.
This can be purchased here.


Here are the results.
IMG_7803 copyI taped around the edge just to give me an extra border width. Next I placed the stencil on a hand dyed tea cloth in the colour of denim. To assist with the placing of the stencil I folded the tea cloth and ironed to give me fold creases. (Easy to iron out again.)

DeColourant Plus which  acts the same way as deColourant, but in one step it removes the color (like deColourant) and adds new color to replace the removed colour. (sounds complicated, you’ll get the idea as we go along)
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IMG_7805 copyCut up some scouring sponges as daubers and eventually found a use for my saved  dessert pots. ( desserts are delicious by the way)
IMG_7807 copyDeColourant are mixable so make up what ever colour you want. You only need the three primary colours plus white and black.
IMG_7812 copyhold the stencil in place whilst daubing the colour on.
IMG_7809 copy IMG_7810 copyThese colours become more vivid once dried and heat set with an iron.
Once the colours were done I then cleaned the stencil in warm water and a droplet of washing up liquid, dried and used again but with just the plain deColurant which just takes the colour away.
IMG_7814 copy IMG_7815 copyAgain hold the stencil steady and just pounce the medium on. (TIP. don’t over saturate the fabric as the medium can leak under the stencil). Once the stencil is removed you must let the deColourant dry either air dry or if you are impatient like me use a heat gun at a distance and a swirly motion as not scorch the cloth.
IMG_7816 copyWhen the dried the clear deColourant all but disappears. You need to heat set fabric and deColourant with the iron set to a cotton setting and with the steam turned off. Then watch the Magic! begin.  Move the iron over the fabric until you can see a change, don’t hold the iron in too long a spot otherwise you’ll scorch the fabric.
IMG_7819 copy Voila!The colours become more vibrant and the clear deColourant part of the fabric looks as if the fabric has been bleached.
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Hope you enjoyed this little step by step playtime of mine and my daughters.
Danielle’s efforts playing with the deColourant and Indian wood block stamps.
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My ‘New Stencils’ alert


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Hello everyone
I am so excited to share with you my new stencils that are now available through StencilGirl.

April 2014 release

I have been playing with my stencil Art Nouveau (not shown in the above picture but can be found on the ‘New Stencils’ link above). I love creating patterns to the extent that I would say I am obsessed by them. I can’t go out without looking at everyday objects, architecture, people’s clothing just about everything without thinking whether I can translate it into either a stencil, cutting file or a tangle pattern. Some which can convert nicely into all three.

Here I have combined both stencil and tangle patterns. I taped the ‘Art Nouveau’ stencil to an A3 piece of cartridge paper and traced in the spaces using a Micron 0.1 black pen. (stencil is blue as it’s my pre-production sample)

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Choosing what pattern to use is probably the hardest part as I sift through thousands of tangle patterns
to see which ones will fit well within the long thin shapes of the stencil.
IMG_7751 copyIMG_7754 copyIMG_7758 copyIMG_7762 copyGradually filling up all of the spaces takes time and took me about two afternoons. I normally choose the colours after I’ve finished the tangles. But this time I knew that I wanted to use a muted medieval colour palette and decided to colour as I went along. I used alcohol markers a mixture of Pro-markers, Flexmarkers and Kuretake Kurecolor twin markers.
IMG_7766 copy IMG_7767 copyIt was my brother’s partner’s birthday and thought I’d frame it and give it to him for a birthday present.
My brother’s reaction was “great, we can sell it when you become famous”. Bloomin’ cheek!