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New Garden Books and An Art Exhibition To End Jan 2021

New garden books and an art exhibition for January 2021. That’s the way to kickstart a year.

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Dahlias the latest garden ebook for artists and gardeners

It all started in that in between time betwixt Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Looking back at all that was achieved and pondering on what is to come. A plan of sorts – but I am always very flexible. Gardening was not on my mind. Then someone purchased Emeralds and Silver Lining and looking back I discovered unfinished garden books.

green flowers
green flowers
silver foliage
silver foliage


Roses launched two weeks ago. Gathering together all the images and writing short descriptions of the plants is pure joy.

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new garden books or artist inspiration


Dahlias was completed at the weekend, making this the second new garden ebook of the year. It’s full of fabulous photos and can be used by gardeners, but like roses can also be used by painters and crafters for inspiration.

new garden books or artist inspiration

More new garden books to come.

On Friday 29th, the month was rounded off nicely with my first art exhibition of the year. I am part on the Virtual Art Fair. This is the second time I have been selected to exhibit with them.


What will February bring? Two jackets should be completed. I am held up a little by bursitis in my left hand. Yesterday saw the start of another long planned gardening book, so I hope to finish that perhaps in March. More quilting ecourses are planned, so watch out for launch. Modern Quilts will probably be the first.


As a follow-on from last week’s article about arthritis, I purchased a TENS machine and new compression gloves. Both are helping with the pain but I need to be careful what I do when.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021

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Wearable Art Textiles Jackets and Coats 2021

Wearable Art is my main theme for the year. This is my first blog post of the year 2021. Why on the 11th January 2021 you might well ask; truth is I forgot to do it last Monday 🙂

Wearable art is such a fun past-time and can mean so many things. For me it is about creating unique wearable items.

Yes, well it is lockdown, but I don’t see why that should mean life is at a standstill. Keeping busy is a great way to get through. So I shall use this first blog post of the year 2021 to tell you what I have been up to so far and what you can expect in 2021.

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hand stitched wearable art


It is always good to have a jolly good clearout and mine has been largely a computer one. Yes I regularly have a turf out and discover files that I had completely forgotten about. It also gives me an opportunity to find things that need completing. Remember to regularly back up your work too, you don’t want to lose it.


In this way I discovered the roses file. In fact there were three. What’s in those I thought. There is only one way to find out and that’s to open them. Then I remembered that one file was for a book on roses and I had done over 100 photos and then just forgotten about the whole thing.

So I am pleased to say that I have now cropped and sized over 500 photos and I am still going. I also created a book cover as you can see below. This kind of exercise gives me the chance to reduce the number of images I keep as large files so it has a purpose in that sense. Of course, the real object is to share the photos with you and give readers of the book the opportunity to just adore roses (they are so adorable) and to paint them or use them for textiles. Of course, it stands as a largely pictorial gardening book too.

Roses book cover
Roses Book Cover

Wearable Art

Which brings me nicely on to the next topic and what to expect in 2021. I have already created almost two wearable art quilted jackets. They are both created with patchwork, with a lot of hand stitching. The next one will be using some of my images and be more arty. So I am very excited about wearable art, stay tuned. There will be an accompanying book on Wearable Art.

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hand stitched jacket

This is a major undertaking to look at clothing and fashion throughout the ages and create wearable art, patterns and resources for style and more. I have started with the medieval period. I find period dress very fascinating. If you have a penchant for traditional dress following the link for the ebook on Tunisia.

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Traditional Dress of Tunisia

Textile Inspirations

Of course, I am still providing plenty of inspiration in my current series, working on The Egyptians, having launched Prehistoric and Mesopotamia last year.

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Textile Inspirations Prehistoric
Textile Inspirations
Textile Inspirations Mesopotamia

All the ebooks can be found here

Time to get back to work.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021.