I’m looking forward to going to Make:Shift, the 2 day conference in Manchester next week, exploring craft and innovation.

10-11 November 2016 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Disappointed that I can’t stay on and go to Maker Assembly at Madlab in Manchester on Sat 12th. November

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Turner Contemporary

I was lucky enough to see two works by Yinka Shonibare at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate and the new exhibition,  J M W Turner, Adventures in Colour – both wonderful!

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Groundwork Gallery

What a wonderful morning visiting this new gallery in Kings Lynn!

Sunlight & Gravity – work by Roger Ackling and Richard Long is on exhibition until 30th October 2016.



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African inspiration

Another lovely hard working group, this time from Herts & North Beds Embroiderers’ Guild produced some experiments based on African constructed textiles, raffia cloths and an adinkra cloth from Ghana.

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Experimenting with seams


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Piecing and Patching – African style

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Sampling ideas for piecing and patching by members of  Louth Textile Group

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Louth Textile Group – ideas  inspired by a collection of African textiles


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Knitting & Stitching Show 2016

There are some stunning galleries at the show at Alexandra Palace and one I loved was Findings shown by Alice Fox.

Her exhibits are thoughtfully displayed in a tranquil and serene space and a ‘must see’.ShellPlant and Plastic

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Back on track

I’ve had a few months without developing and making new work. It’s been wonderful to throw myself into  the hustle and bustle of family, friends, holidays, visits to exhibitions and time to work in and enjoy my garden.
Time to watch and time to think……..
Puffins, Hebridean skies and St Kilda



Approaching St Kilda


Now it’s time to  start new work for Dis/rupt, an exhibition project by The Textile Study Group. It will be launched at the Select Festival 2017.

Work will be shown in the Museum in the Park and Lansdown Hall in Stroud as part of the Select Festival 2017 presented by SIT Select from 5-21st May 2017.

It is intended that the exhibition will then tour.




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Olympia Spring Knitting & Stitching Show

It doesn’t seem possible that it’s all over now, but last week it didn’t seem possible that I would be ready to go to London Olympia to set up at the Show.

Jan and I had a wonderful gallery space

Our gallery at Olympia

and lots of enthusiastic and appreciative visitors. It was a great opportunity to talk to people, exchange ideas and get feedback.

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Thank you to all those who came to see us at TG4. We had a wonderful four days and came home happy but shattered!




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Somewhere in between – new exhibition

I am busy making some new work for our exhibition, Somewhere in between, at the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia. Jan Miller will be exhibiting with me again and we have been reflecting on the recent challenges of exhibiting together, outside and inside – uncertain weather on the coast road in Norfolk, snow in the Scottish Borders and the calm of Farfield Mill in Sedbergh, Now we have the opportunity to show our work in a white gallery space in Olympia, London.

Come and see us in the textile galleries at TG4 if you’re in London.

Mary Sleigh & Jan Miller at Olympia

Mary Sleigh & Jan Miller at Olympia


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Lace bobbins

A friend has decided that her lace making days are over and has asked me to find a good home for all her lace making equipment.

I have had a lovely time sorting out all the bobbins which not only look beautiful but feel wonderful too.Lace bobbins Lace bobbins

Some are bone and others are wound with wire and all are finely turned. I’d love to know more about them.

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