Hello, Linda here - welcome to our weekly newsletter!

Thank you for all your emails asking for news of Laura. She's up and down but, never one to be negative, she makes the most of the good days. We've been enjoying a slightly slower pace of life with lots of hand stitching and some scarf knitting in front of the woodburner now that winter's upon us. Looking on the bright side, I might even get my hexagon quilt finished with all the waiting around in hospitals and doctors' surgeries! Hopefully Laura will soon have a definite diagnosis and a treatment plan. 

Meanwhile I'm having a lovely time making pages for my fabric journal. I decided to ignore all the depressing things going on in the world and focus on the beauty of the season. Maybe it's a blinkered way of thinking but it helps keep me sane! DMTV members can see the latest pages in this week's video. Wealso have a new Archive Collection for you today, please do read on to find out more...

New video workshop on DesignMatters TV
Fabric Art Diary: Rubbings and Labels

There's a new video workshop on our DMTV website this week. Do come over and join me for the latest instalment of my mini course to make a Fabric Art Diary. In this episode I'll show you how to make rubbings on fabric which is such a quick and satisfying way to add motifs to your pages. Then I'll show you how I'm making printed labels to add text to my pages.

My fabric art diary is building into a lovely book documenting the season. I hope you're enjoying working on yours. Do post photos in the DMTV Gallery or share on social media and tag us won't you? 

The video workshop is for members only but if you haven't signed up already we'd love to have you  join us  now. Just choose 'Membership Videos' from the menu and you'll see 30+ titles in the current playlist. 
We hope there's something to tempt you there!

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Woman's Hour Craft Prize

Have you been following the Woman's Hour Craft Prize? It's been run in association with the Crafts Council and the V&A Museum. The winner was announced yesterday and is Phoebe Cummings who works with clay in a fascinating way. There's an example of her work above and you can see much more on her website.

There's also an exhibition on now until February showcasing the work of the 12 finalists who work in a wide range of mediums. I'm sure that would be well worth a look if you're lucky enough to be visiting London this winter. There's more information on the V&A website. 

New from the DMTV Archives

Paper Vessels and Jewellery

We may be best known for our textile work, but the truth is Laura and I just love working with paper. Is there any more versatile and accessible material? We don't think so!

In this Archive collection of four workshops I'll guide you step-by-step through two paper-based projects. We'll make paper beads using special papers that'll make them unique to you, then use these beads to construct 'talisman' necklaces. Make use one intriguing piece or stack several for a statement look.

Next we'll recycle paper to make a mouldable pulp to build beautiful handmade vessels like the large bowl you can see in the photo below. Once formed I'll show you how to add colour, decoration and seal the surface, making your paper creations durable for years to come. Some of my bowls are almost twenty years old and still look as good as the day they were made. Might be a perfect gift for a special someone and costs almost nothing except your time!

As with all our DMTV Archive Collections, you can add them to your Library for instant, lifetime access. They represent great value, this collection of 4 workshops is only £6. You don't need to be a DMTV Member to purchase Archives, you can simply make a one-off purchase.
New from Max & Rosie

I've already said the word gift and we weren't going to mention it just yet, but judging by the adverts on the TV and the shelves in the supermarket, Christmas (we're just whispering it), will soon be here. 

My daughter Frances has sewn some beautiful Christmas accessories that I think are a must have! I've put in my order already. I love the Scandinavian style she's gone for with her decorations and stockings.  

The stockings are a luxurious large size, perfect for packing in lots of Christmas gifts. Beautifully finished and fully lined, they will become part of the family Christmas ritual! They measure approximately 18inches high and have a stripy hanging loop for display, but Frances also suggests using them as an alternative way to giftwrap presents for your friends and family. Isn't that a great idea!

Thank you for catching up with our news this week. We'll be back soon with more.

Love Linda

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