Sunday, 10 May 2015

Workshop with Christine Plummer

Hello all.
So, yesterday I attended a workshop with the Leamington Embroiderers Guild with Christine Plummer. And, amazingly it's one of the first workshops where nearly all of us finished the item we were making - and those who hadn't finished were very near to.
Another added bonus was that if you wanted you could buy a kit! Happy days. So here is my offering:


Off to put all the stuff away ...

Monday, 4 May 2015

May Day Bank Holiday weekend and other stuff

Hello all.
In the UK Bank Holidays have a reputation for having rubbish weather, which suits the British as we love to moan about the weather.  This weekend has been a typical mixed bag. Friday was very nice and I managed to split a Japanese Anemone, and replant the parts. So I was pleased when it rained heavily yesterday as it saved me watering them in.
The weather also gave me the opportunity to spend the day tidying my sewing room. I have managed to tidy the cupboard. It's all labelled, and hopefully, it makes a bit more sense. I must say it was very satisfying. So no excuses now ....
I went to the British Quilt and Stitch Village at Uttoxeter Racecourse last weekend. It's a relatively low key event, well anything is compared to Festival of Quilts. There's a good mix of quilting, embroidery and traders. So, here are a few photos from the event:


 This is a beautiful example of embroidery. Beautiful muted fabrics and lots and lots of stitching.
 
I loved the Modern Quilts that were part of the competition. It was interesting to see how traditional techniques are being used in such a different way.


And this is a rather poor photo of a prize wining quilting by someone I know.
I also attended a design class with Jan Baker, who is a member of the Lutterworth Embroiderers Guild.
She was very patient with us all and I found it very useful to be reminded of the design process.  It's certainly something I'll look at again.  
Here are a few photos:
 So here is Jan, in full flow, providing direction and sharing her fabulous sketchbooks. 
Enjoy the rest of your Bank Holiday weekend.

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.