These beautiful strips of silk vintage kimono pieces are inspiring to work with. Soft yet strong, I work with a variety of interfacing and interlinings to create a range of accessories perfect for every day.

Years ago, when I first started working with the vintage kimono silks, I was asked to create a collection for the British Museum to accompany an exhibition they were having and I've been using them on and off ever since. Such a contrast to the Harris Tweed wools and perfect for spring and summer. 

I was supposed to be hanging up my sewing machine and although I've now said a tearful goodbye to my studio at Coburg, I made these before I left and I still had enough Harris Tweed scraps for a few Zero Waste shoulder bags as well. I haven't yet got to the very end of that stash and seem uncapable of giving it away as I have done many other materials, so there's still life in the Harris Tweed box yet. 

But I'm so grateful that I can now combine my two loves of writing and making with the Zero Waste Harris Tweed bags a perfect size for a paperback. 

My novel The Liberation of Bella McCaa is receiving excellent reviews and I couldn't be more happy with the way things are going. Book two is almost ready and will be available in the summer - Just One Weekend - a romantic comedy set in New York.

Thanks for visiting the site and reading my blog - and for newcomers - Welcome!

Happy Easter 

Catherine x