Take the opportunity to experience a relaxed, informative session creating your own unique artwork at my home in Blaby, Leicestershire. All materials and resources are provided. Also refreshments and cake!

Places are available for between one and six students at a time, so you are welcome to bring a friend, (or five!). Dates and times can be flexible, depending upon your requirements.


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Delicate paper bowls created in an assortment of papers with inclusions.

Delicate Paper Bowls – Create a cluster of delicate little paper bowls – you can make several different bowls, choosing from a wide selection of coloured, handmade, textured and patterned papers. You will also be shown how to incorporate decorative items such as lace, threads, and spangles to further enhance your work. The larger paper bowls that you could make are suitable for use as LED tea light holders. All materials and resources are provided for this workshop. For further details, please contact me.

Times – 10am till 1pm or 1pm till 4pm – £40 per person


Miss Clara Knight's Curious collections: Seashore Specimens (ix)

Miss Clara Knight’s Curious Collections: Seashore Specimens (ix). Assemblage in a wooden box with a selection of vintage ephemera

Memory Boxes – Inspired by, ‘Miss Clara Knight’s Curious Collections’, create an exquisite little assemblage in a vintage box or tin incorporating your own personal memorabilia. I will provide a box, or tin, and a whole host of decorative goodies to enhance your creations. For further details, please contact me.

Times – 10am till 4pm. Fee £65 per person.

 For enquiries, or to book, please reach me using the Contact page.


Papermaking with Joy Norman, by Pat Grant.

I had a wondrous afternoon in early March being shown the rudiments of paper-making at Joy Norman’s home.

A warm welcome awaited and Joy had many examples of her art to see. Large sculptural pieces inlaid with small fossil skeletons and hand coloured, were displayed in Joy’s sitting room. In the large kitchen a massive table was laden with sketch -books and lots of threads, paper and stamps for embossing the paper to be made. Joy had previously boiled up some shredded white copier paper and left it to soak over-night. The resultant pulp is blended into a thick porridge -like substance before being dissolved in a large bowl of water.

The fun then began for me once Joy had shown me the method. Using a fine mesh, and lowering it gently into the water the pulped fibres adhere into a sheet. The sheet was blotted and then I had the option to choose from the bits and pieces on the table to embellish, or inlay. I chose a leaf and a butterfly, and once positioned a heavy print roller is pushed over to embellish the paper with an imprint. Next I chose some silk threads and laid these into further piece of paper. The threads were trapped by dipping the mesh into the pulp once again. Joy told me that if backed with light interfacing the paper can be stitched into.

We rounded off a pleasant experience with a light freshly made sponge cake and tea. Marvellous. Those of you who have issue 91 of’ Stitch’ Magazine , can see an article by Joy on the spreading method of paper-making page 34. Pat Grant

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