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Here at home it’s been a busy time of visiting open days for prospective universities  – we’ve covered some miles in the car and on foot!


Last week we did Oxford and Cambridge back to back – two fantastic cities covered at breakneck speed but the weather was lovely and if you follow me on Instagram you’ll see some snaps I took.


And speaking of Instagram, I had seen from someones feed that the Natural History Museum on the Oxford University grounds was worth a visit and so I ducked out and did just that and boy was I pleased.


Apart from the usual bones and stuffed creatures they had fantastic displays of butterflies and insects which is what I had wanted to find.


I wouldn’t want to encounter any of these without plate-glass between us but they are fascinating and endlessly inspiring for design work.


I snapped so many pictures that I had to delete all my music files off my phone just to make enough space to continue – that’s dedication!


Just through the Natural History museum is the Pitt Rivers museum.


The museum began when Lieutenant-General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers (long enough name?) gave a collection of around 30,000 objects to the University of Oxford in 1884 – you can read about it here.



It is an eclectic collection of objects to say the least but it did put a smile on my face because some of it is just so random.


I loved the textiles (sadly it was very dark so the photos aren’t great).


And as if all that wasn’t enough fun, imagine my joy at finding  ‘my’ book in the gift shop 😊


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This is my Pre Christmas, off timetable week and I’m pottering about on some of my #wips 👏🏻 Starting to #embroider this luscious bit of gold screen printing 🧵➰🌿#textileart #textileartist #screenprinting #screenprintlife #gold #leaf #printing #wip #broderie #slowstitching #embroidery #embroideryart #quietcreativedays
Spent a lovely (and last workshop day before Xmas 🥳) making #textileart and #drawingwiththread ➰🧵➰ @mac_birmingham From painting to collage to appliqué and stitches- fun, fun, fun 😝#illustratedstitch #applique #handstitched #textiles #workshop #stitchersofinstagram #stitchery #textilepictures
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