Photos and threads

Amanda Ogden, new profile pic

I have a new profile picture and the photographic credits go to Luke Ogden.

Luke is one partner of the film-making duo ‘High Six Media’. Click here to go to their website to see what they do. I was treated to a personal photo shoot when High Six Media had a film-shoot nearby, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

I also have a new studio. It is fairly small but packed tight with good storage and I have a large area to work on. This is making it much easier to do all my activities in one place (e.g. drawing and painting for fabric design; cutting and piecing fabric for quilts; quilting on the sewing machine or by hand; making other textile products; writing quilt patterns; preparing for workshops – oh and writing a blog!)  There have now been 10,000 views of this website and 4,500 visitors since I started in August 2014, so I am minded to continue. Thanks, everyone, especially to those of you who follow the blog.

There seems to be quite a trend currently for ‘showing  people round one’s studio’ on-line and I really enjoy seeing how other people use their creative space.  There’s a book on my bookshelf that repays constant re-reading, called ‘Artists and their Studios’ (photography Eamonn McCabe, written by Michael McNay).  I haven’t quite finished the stowing away in my own studio (a quart is being made to fit a pint pot), so I’m not sure it would stand public scrutiny at the moment, but perhaps some of the storages ideas could be shared…

My sewing threads are kept in this wooden  cantilevered sewing box (found in a charity shop, of course!).

thread storage 1

Inside, the threads are organised by colour in each of the sections. There is no chance of them unravelling, as each is held by a small elastic band, one of the kind that were so popular in the UK recently for making ‘Loom bands’ and I’m indebted to my friend Maggie for the idea.

thread storage 2

It’s really easy to use, and if I’m teaching a class, or going on a quilt retreat (my quilt group goes away twice a year!), I can just pick it up and go.

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This is my ‘Daisy and Ivy (strong colourway)  fabric design. You can find it here.

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A small treasure trove

I thoroughly enjoy shopping in charity shops. It’s the lure of the chase. You never do quite know what you will find. I’m always on the look-out for haberdashery, although I’ve learnt the hard way that thread which is ‘antique’ and looks beautiful may have become too weak to use. But many of my buttons, cards of elastic, ribbons and patterns have been acquired this way. Sometimes it’s a piece of fabric that catches my eye, and in fact my ‘Funky Flowers’ quilt pattern was inspired by a little girl’s dress I found in a charity shop. (You can find the pattern here.)

On Saturday I was in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, a town well-endowed with charity shops when I spotted a small oval box:


When I lifted the lid, I felt rather excited, as on the top lay a very small deck-chair.


A few years ago, I had quite a long “dolls’ house” phase, although I now only own two. One is one-twelfth scale (one inch in the dolls’ house furniture is equal to one foot in real life), so the deck-chair will fit in quite well. The smaller house is one-sixteenth scale, so these lamps and fireplace will go in there.


The little pink cupboard has an opening door, shelves and a drawer, while the pink wash-basin is cast in metal.


The black and white dog is also cast metal, while the somewhat less stable small black one is plastic.


There were tiny implements: a tray, a vase, a shovel, a spade and fork and a cake slice??- or maybe a trowel for pint-sized plasterers?


Finally, there were three rather scary babies. The larger one has a moulded-on nappy (perhaps you were supposed to paint one on), but the two smaller ones are in fact dressed in  fully-fashioned romper suits with straps. I’ve let them sit on a one-twelfth scale hexagon patchwork quilt that I made years ago. It was quite nice to see it again and remember that I really had worked at that size, as I am currently engaged in a full-size hand-stitched hexagon patchwork quilt. It involves a whole lot of stitches…


I’m also busy preparing for classes. Click here to see what’s on.

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