Thank you all for the cards and messages that we have received, it's lovely to hear about how many people Ineke inspired, and how many lives she touched, truly heart warming.
Really sorry to tell you that Ineke died last night.
We had a lovely time in France in April, but returned to more doctor and hospital appointments. Chemo coincided with a heavy cold, which eventually turned into pneumonia. I am still trying to get over this, which is taking quite a lot of rest (difficult when you've been feeling good) and antibiotics.
So keeping this update short and will try and keep you up to date.
In the meantime my daughter Liske has planned a varied selection of workshops at the Barn, details are on the Diary or Workshop page of the website.
We have also set up a Facebook Page 'Littleheath Barn Studio' where you find lots of photographs and the latest news on the workshops.
Lots happening this month.
I celebrated my 60th on the first and this life size sheep was a present of John and the kids.
On Saturday my family flew in from Holland, even my 88 year old mum for a whirlwind 36 hour visit.
The studio was transformed into a magical dinning room lit by fairy lights and candles, a perfect place for a family dinner party comete with a chef and waiter.
On the Sunday we had lunch together with the three little boys, more photo memories.
For some creative news, Liske and Claire's have arranged two full day dyeing and printing workshops on Saturday 16th and Monday 18th April from 10.00 - 3.30 for only £40 including all refreshments, lunch, dyes and chemicals.
You will dye a colour run between two primaries as well as a larger piece of space or shibori dyed piece. If you're already had experience in dyeing you are welcome to do your own thing.
If there is time you can also print a plain piece in colours to match your dyed fabrics giving you a matching range of unique fabrics.
We now have
Littleheath Barn Studio page on
Facebook you can like and visit for more pictures.
Due to popular demand we've organised another morning print workshop on Saturday 7th May from 10.00-13.00 for only £20!
To start the year I've been enjoying Edwina's classes and we've been doing some free drawing, then transferring it to stitch.
January has not long to go and apart from an occasional sunny day it's been quite grey.
The treatment has not been to disruptive but yesterday's session got postponed a couple of weeks. I don't mind now as by the end of the second week I start feeling well again and then it's time for another hit.
The good news is that although my hair has thinned I've got most of it left!
My first inspiration is always tulips and with spring not too far away it seems appropriate.
With a couple of simple stamps I printed the tulips on canvas, perfect for the boho bag.
A narrow zig zag in black for the thicker lines and then free machined in the thinner lines.
I also made a lovely new thermofax of a tulip with bulb to print another series of cushions.
I am a textile artist. I love working with new techniques and new materials. Creating art cloth is a passion as well as working with vintage fabrics.