The first of the WOWbooks was a great success and now the second one is on its way. We have an all-star cast and are on target for June so here’s some news about the contributors. We are so thrilled that the amazing Diane Bates has agreed to be the star of our interview spot. I braved snow, ice and the M1 to visit her and was stunned by her wonderful new home, where she hopes to make a study/gallery space for her Painted Lady costume collections. When I took up the post with the Embroiderers’ Guild as editor of Embroidery Magazine, Diane was one of my first commissions. You can see the result below. I count this as a real scoop for the WOWbook.


Joining Diane we have the very popular Clare Bullock who has written the best ever workshop on Nuno felt, more from her in the next blog. We also have the stitch supremo Sue Dove, whose simple artwork techniques lead to such great stitched pieces. A real find, and new to me is Marion Jazmik, whose delicate and ethereal pieces belie their production tools – heat tool and soldering iron. In case our UK readers think they have lost Alysn Midgelow-Marsden to the antipodes, we are showing that she is as productive as ever and doing things with metal and wire in a big way. My, those recycled coffee pods are looking good.


As if all that was not exciting enough, we have Linda and Laura Kemshall with some simple ideas for producing sketchbooks with the WoW factor. I love the way these two work together and the article is entertaining as well as making you feel you must just have a go. I’m just off to do some ripping.






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I have had complaints about this blog. People are asking, where is Smudge? Well the bad guy is still very much in evidence, except when he does his new trick. Hiding on top of a high cupboard and then dropping on your head.


New books and old cats

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  • April 28, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Wonderful Blog from Maggie So grateful to be part of the WOW group

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