At college today a fellow student showed me a library book – brand new, pristine, the first issue – you know, that fantastic way only a new book can be. It was called Draw to Stitch by Gwen Hedley and it is all about textile design and more specifically getting from a visual stimulus, through sketching, drawing, mark making, to a final textile work or sample. Textiles has not been an area I’ve really looked at much but I rectified this over the last hour or so, trawling the net for artists works and explorations. And now I’m totally inspired to get working on something – anything – constructing, assembling, weaving, nailing, painting, inking, sanding, stitching – I just want to make! Maybe it’s late night big talk but I want to get going and experiment and explore materials next week when I have the whole week off college. That’s in between housework, the kids, work, family life etc. My fabulous other half bought me a wee heater for the artshed today so the snow and negative temperatures are no excuse for not getting out there and having a go.