gladrag square of a bird in its nestPlenty of wet weather to keep us indoors over the past days, so lots of opportunity to get out some fabrics, glue or needle and thread and be creative!

Our banner picture is another beautiful design from Surrey Choices – this one from Alison. Alison saw a pigeon nesting near her bedroom window and enjoyed watching the chicks as they hatched. Take a look back at last week’s blog to see more information about this amazing organisation and the work everyone does.

Debbie – also Surrey Choices – sent in this second picture – I love the simplicity and the soft colours – it is vibrant and yet restful at the same time!

Gladrags square of a CD and musical notesApparently our pop music is livelier (has more beats per minute) in bad times – right now the new music being produced has even more bpm than in the economic downturn in 2009. How’s that for useless information?”

Blue seems to be a popular colour this week! This absolutely delightful bluetit, sent in by Hilary, caught my eye because we have so many in our garden. Well, maybe he isn’t a bluetit but that’s how I see him! This design is a perfect illustration of how a simple idea can be utterly transformed by the choice of fabrics.

I don’t want the competence – actually sheer brilliance – of this last picture to put you off having a go and sending us your own work of art. Marion Woodward, who stitched this pretty picture, is obviously very competent with a needle and thread! It almost looks like a ceramic tile.

I am so looking forward to seeing all these miniature marvels stitched together in whatever form is decided upon.

Bluetit gladrag squareAnd yours could be among them when they finally go on display – get stitching, sticking or printing. Just have a go! You can send a good quality photograph of your finished work of art to [email protected] along with some information about yourself or your reason for the design. It is so lovely to share all this local talent with you all.

Nancy Shafee is a member of the International Feltmakers Association, Fibre Art Network, Heritage Craft Association and current Chair of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen.

Nancy lives in West Horsley. She teaches feltmaking and sells her work through The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen Gallery in Milford and Haslemere Museum