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Travels and Journeys

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Travels and Journeys


I have recently (September 2019) been interviewed for a podcast by Stitchery Stories. If you'd like to know more about how we started our business, the people we buy from, the places we vists and the life of a small scale specialist textile dealer, then you can have a listen HERE. 




In 2013 I took a group of Batik Guild members on what I imagined would be a "once in a lifetime" trip to meet up and work alongside batikers on the other side of the world in Indonesia. However, we all enjoyed it so much, I did another trip with a small group in 2015. Some of this group were keen batikers and some had never done any before, but all of them loved textiles. This was very good fun for us but more importantly, it gave much needed income to the families and small businesses we supported.
I have just come back from my fifth trip with a small group of  textile enthusiasts coming from the UK, India, Chile, Argentina and America. It was the best one yet! If I do decide to do another one in 2021, (and things have got back to normal) and you'd like to join me, let me know This is where you can contact me



Back in 2012 Jim and I took a "gap year" and went to Indonesia the long way - overland across Central Asia, through China, Vietnam and Thailand. At each place we stopped on the way I bought a textile and this developed into my blog. I am still writing my blog whenever I travel and if you would like to read some of my Asia Textile Journey chapters, then have a look here. The latest ones are on Sumba ikat and Bangkok.

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CONTINUITY AND CHANGE - Thoughts on the Future of Hand made Textiles


I gave a talk at the AGM of the Quilter's Guild last year and was asked to write it up as an article. It is in the Spring 2017 edition of the Quilter Magazine. You can have a read of it here