Wednesday, 13 February 2013

What's on my workdesk today.......

Last week we started stitch sampling for our Alchemy course.  I am designing a decorative half apron inspired by the floral textile art of Barbara Jepson who was brought up in Salford, Manchester, UK, and rarely saw real flowers as a child.
I picked up some lovely French Chambray fabrics at the Trafford Craft Event last week and have ordered some hemp which i am going to use as the main piece of the apron. 
  Here' one layout I am playing about with.  It will be a series of pockets with some laid over others.  This is by no means my final idea, I've got loads on the go.
I might do a lacy pinny

this is a very vibrant combination
Stay tuned for more instalments.
For now though have a look around some more desks at

If you live in the UK near Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire and fancy a day out check out the workshops at
I might come with you


  1. Oh Lynn, I am loving that French Chambray material you got - it is gorgeous. Also like the design that you might use for your apron, although I also like the lacey one too......... see you tomorrow! Happy WOYWW, Anne x #37

    PS - it is snowing VERY hard here........

    1. Oh no ! There is a threat of it here later. I will keep in touch xx

  2. Wow....more fab makes Lynn.......please keep sharing.
    So many desks today have talk of tidying and organising their you think spring is just round the corner maybe?
    A x #55

  3. Wonderful designs, So Beautiful x
    Happy WOYWW Heather # 62

  4. What gorgeous makes!! have a great day. Helen, 2

  5. ah! what i wouldn't give to live in hebden bridge... *sigh*
    and i'm just loving your creations, lynn!
    thanks for stopping by already - glad you like the wee book, the things i could do with two hands... i miss making books... *ho hum*
    anyway, happy WOYWW and have a really wonderful week :)
    no. 7

  6. Loving your samples and experiments and it's like doing the course without the time of the work. I love the fabrics you bought at Manchester and I kept thinknig when I was going round the stands... Oooh, Lynn will love this, Lynn will love that, I wonder if she has spotted that, etc. It was so lovely to meet you again but all too short. Sorry we couldn't stay for coffee later.
    love Jo x

  7. WOW very nice! I love all the floral blocks for that apron. Have fun creating and crafting. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #17

  8. Ah I find that - the more I sketch and come up with ideas, the more keep's a great process. Love the chambray and toile fabrics, you'll really have fun working those. I like the idea of an apron made of and really useful.

  9. Love the look of the sample it would look really pretty when made up. Those french fabrics are stunning I could do some lovely things with those. I will be back to see how things are shaping up
    Happy WOYWW I hope you have a great day
    Ria #47

  10. What a lot of wonderful ideas ad lovely fabrics you are sharing with us. Great inspiration there. Sounds like a mega course you are doing and one which you are enjoying too.
    Sorry I cannot make the course you wrote to me about - working that weekend. But thanks for thinking about e - keep me posted on others please.
    Happy WOYWW and thanks for visiting me.
    Hugs, Neet (who went back to bed, hence being late commenting) xx

  11. Lovely to meet you last week Lynn and how come I didn't see those fabrics? Your apron will be beautiful.
    Ann B

  12. Lovely work Lynn - the course sounds really inspiring and enjoyable. I love your selection of ideas and especially the beautiful fabrics.

  13. Oh my goodness--this is a garden of inspiration!! I like all the combinations. Are you going to embroider the flowers on the apron? I have plans in the back of my mind to make an embroidered craft apron--so lots of pockets for markers, glue and tools! I can't wait to see your next steps Lynn. Crafty hugs! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #106

  14. fantastic! they are all gorgeous! wish I could sew! Thank you for my crafty snoop!! HaPpY WoYww!?


  15. Couldn't sew to save my bacon, but I love what you have done!

  16. I can't sew, wish I could...but your pieces are beautiful and inspiring...Happy WOYWW... Gill x #64

  17. Lovely pieces you've made! I wish I could sew, but it is something I could never master!!

  18. Hi Lynn, I saw those beautiful fabrics last week. I love your flower panels, your design for your apron is lovely, cant wait to see the finished result. The snow is due to clear tonight so have fun with the ladies tomorrow. Hugs Mo x

  19. You have some gorgeous fabrics there, Lynn. I really wish I could sew better than I can. Your Apron sounds like it's going to be amazing.
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax #66

  20. Great to see your stitching & all the planning you are doing ! Hope the apron comes out how you hope ! Ali #23

  21. I love the sketch of your apron with all the pockets and flowers. Can't wait to see the finished apron.
    Krisha #133

  22. Those fabrics were fabulous weren't they-wish it hadn't been one of the last stands I came to! Your aprons(doubt you will stop at one?!) will be beautiful I'm sure! Chris#94

  23. I love these, Lynn, and I LOVE your choice of fabrics. :) Hugs

  24. I love the subtle colors of the first few. They will come out great! Barb #101

  25. Wow...your fabric is divine! Your apron designs look great...can't wait to see them made up!

  26. that fabric is gorgeous!! cant wait to see the finished apron
    Happy Valentines and a Happy belated WOYWW tfs Mrs.C #54

  27. Love the picture of all those fabrics you bought I should be better at sewing than I am my mother used to see everything for us
    Jackie 3

  28. Those fabrics are gorgeous and I love the samples you have made. Thanks for sharing. Happy belated WOYWW! Caro #65

  29. I truly enjoyed your blog this week! I love the French Chambray material! I would love to have paper just like that! Your work is so beautiful!

    Hugs, Robin

  30. So late doing the rounds this week - had a craft workshop Weds, day with daughter Max on Thurs and day with twins Fri! You are having fun with your apron project - I love all the samples - so different. x Jo

  31. What lovely fabric creations. April #119