Sunday, 19 April 2015

Class at Bramble Patch

Hello all.
I had a really lovely day yesterday at The Bramble Patch on a class with Catherine Nicholls.
The class was to make a book wrap inspired by the work of Emily Carr.  As you know from a previous post I went to the exhibition to see her work at Dulwich. 
So for me it was an ideal combination - great teacher and great art!
Here is what we were aiming towards, but as with every good teacher it was fine if you wanted to make a hanging or a banner.

So - to get to this I learned a couple of great techniques that I've never been able to master previously.  So one was curved seams - using a rotary cutter - no ruler or template... 
This formed the background
And the next technique was needle turn appliqué.  I didn't use it on the piece I made - but I'm really pleased with my practice piece.
Here is my work by the end of the day.
So - I used some of my own dyed fabric, some batik and some potassium dyed silk with bondaweb.
Still lots of work to do - but I'm pleased with how it's progressing.
Here are pieces that Catherine was making on a 2 day class at Bramble Patch earlier in the week.
 And a work in progress.
And Catherine and Edwina MacKinnion will be at Festival of Quilts - I hope you've bought your tickets and had a look what workshops and lectures you fancy!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Bramble Patch Exhibition

Hi All,
I hope you're making the most of this glorious weather.  I've been very domesticated and got the towels out and have all the windows wide open to blow away the cobwebs.

I visited the  Bramble Patch on Good Friday to catch up with friends and also see an exhibition.  They always have interesting exhibitions and they are always very well displayed.

There were two parts to the exhibition.  The first part was Dislocation by the Contemporary Quilt group, which is a sub group of the Quilters Guild. I've always enjoyed seeing work from this group and would love to join if I didn't have to pay to join the gild too. This work was originally exhibited at the Festival of Quilts in 2014, but it was nice to see it in a smaller venue where you weren't overwhelmed by the size of the venue.  I also enjoy seeing how people interpret themes.

The Shape of Nature had work by Hilary Beattie and Jenny Rolfe.  I have had classes with both and really enjoyed them. Again, another set of interesting work which made me think again about my own work.  I realised that they both really work a theme - and I realise I don't. So this is something I'm going to explore.

Apologies for this being photo light - but follow the links - there are lots of photos there.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Hello All

Hi. Yes I'm still here. 
Sincere apologies for not having posted for 4 months - no excuses, life just gets in the way sometimes.
So this first post will be a resume of those four months - culminating in an internationally observed event!
Snowy January 2015
 I have made a few things 
Holiday in Penzance
Eclipse - honest



The funeral cortege of Richard III
So - that was a quick run through what I've been up to.
Lots more sewing and textile things to come.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Emily Carr Exhibition - Dulwich Picture Gallery

Hi all.
Yesterday I treated myself to a trip to London and went to see the first exhibition in the UK about a famous Canadian artist called Emily Carr.
I'd never heard of her before but saw that Catherine Nicholls was running a class next year at the Bramble Patch inspired by her work.
The exhibition was very well displayed and combined large pictures with artefacts and sketchbooks. The audio guide was particularly useful in providing interesting background information.
Emily focussed on recording her surroundings in British Columbia and also the deteriorating artefacts of the indigenous peoples whose population had been decimated by disease. 

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Busy busy busy

Hello all.
I hope you're all well.
Apologies that I haven't posted for a little while.  I've been really busy - lots of classes and a sewing retreat too!
So here are a few things I've been up to.
Firstly I had a great time on a Pauline Verrinder class.  Tried lots of new things that I hope to finish.  Here they are - work in progress:


 And last weekend I had a great time at a sewing retreat.  I took some projects along that needed finishing off.  It was lovely to meet up with friends and have a good catch up and lots of time sewing with someone else sorting out all your meals.



So - been very busy.
Take care all.



Saturday, 25 October 2014

Work in progress - English Paper Piecing

I thought you might like to see what I'm working on.  This EPP (English Paper Piecing) project will, hopefully, end up a 20 inch cushion.  It has made me realise that doing close work works better if I take my contact lenses out!
The pattern is from 'I love patchwork and quilting' which I have now subscribed to. It's a lovely magazine and I'd suggest you have a look at it.
I have a class tomorrow which I'll be sure to take lots of photos of.
Take care all.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Hardanger - the clue is in the title!

So yesterday I attended a class with Vicki Mansfield with the Leamington Embroiderers Guild.
She is an amazing embroiderer and had wowed us the previous evening with examples of her work. Now, I'm not great at formal stitching - I'm much more laissez faire in my approach, so I knew this was going to be a real challenge. And boy was it a challenge.
So this is what we were aiming for:
 And this is how it progressed throughout the day  


It was tough and I've never attended a class that was sooooo quiet!  All that concentration.  Although I did find it hard I was pleased to have tried something very different, which is the whole point of joining the guild.