Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Christine Kelly - Gentlework

name:  Christine Kelly
name of your business: Gentlework
city and or country you live in? Shropshire, UK
when I was a child I wanted to be?
A star of musical theatre.

I wish I’d never worn?
I have no regrets – it all made sense at the time.

5 things on your desk right now?
My nana’s pincushion in the shape of a hedgehog, dried seed heads from nearby woods, a cup of lemon and ginger tea and an overflowing landscape of vintage fabric, threads and haberdashery.

favorite guilty pleasure?
Buying vintage doll’s beds.
I’m very bad at?

favorite movie of all time?
The Wizard of Oz

do you collect anything?
Yes, most things. I have quite a lot of vintage cream woollen blankets, mostly picked up in charity shops…mother of pearl buttons….old mending threads….feathers and twigs picked up on walks – you get the idea!
what’s your strangest talent?
I do a Lesley Phillips (British film actor) impression that makes my husband laugh a lot.

if you got a free plane ticket to anywhere, where would you go?
The Merry old land of Oz.

how did you get started?
I don’t ever remember not making things, Gentlework is just a continuation of that.

go to products that relate to your craft?
Vintage french linen, careworn fabrics and faded book pages.

how do you get inspired or stay inspired?
Inspiration comes continually and from all places, but often from nature, a walk in the woods with my dog, Sparky, always bears fruit. 

how/where can people find your work?
My blog, Gentlework and my Facebook page

Thank you again Christine for sharing your talent with us!  We are truly inspired.
now carry on,


  1. Wow! Beautiful pieces! Nice to meet you.

  2. I'm going to have to see that impression now Christine! Lovely interview with a lovely & talented lass x

  3. Really lovely interview. We share the same favourite movie Christine.

  4. Really lovely interview. We share the same favourite movie Christine.

  5. Gorgeous work and so lovely to learn a bit more about you!

  6. Exquisite! Such a gentle, peaceful quality to your work. I love all of it. The "gathering thoughts" made me smile.

  7. Hi! I've loved your blog for a long time, but haven't yet spoken up. :) Thank you so much for featuring Christine and her "Gentlework" on your blog. I am absolutely enchanted.

    All Good Things to You,
    Sheila in Portland, OR

  8. Oh my, I am so inspired by all the vintage pretties. Love the doll diorama. She is just lovely. Love every stitch!! Thank you, Christine.

  9. Thank you for sharing my work on your lovely blog Paula, Christine x

  10. WOW! I love your art, Christine. It was lovely to meet you.

  11. Christine's work is so stunning! Thanks for showcasing her talents!

  12. Beautiful pieces, a lovely interview and wonderful pictures. Thank you :)

  13. A lovely insight into Christine's life, a very interesting interview. A lovely blog.

  14. Sigh, Christine, loved to learn a little more about you and look at your amazing Art!

  15. I absolutely love your work!! It has a wonderful quality to it that I really admire. Great post!

  16. Such beautiful, delicate creations... another wonderful discovery.
    Alison x

  17. wow, amazing work! I am off to visit Christine...thanks Paula for sharring!