Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Tour de Yorkshire

Yes - we were there. Were you?
It was amazing. So here are some photos of the two stages we saw in Harrogate and Knaresborough. 

 Yes -that's knitted jumper bunting
  Yes - Yorkshire Tea
Yes - that's a polka dot Miffy.  There were also green, yellow and white jersey wearing Miffys.
 Does anyone know where you can find a bottle of wine that big?

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Lots on

Just to show I've been making something.  On of the girls at work is due to give birth very soon and I'm making  a few things - so here is a ball.
Please note the fussy cut fabric... very pleased it worked out OK.
And here are some cards that will be for sale at the Lutterworth Embroiderers Guild Feast Week Exhibition in August - more details to follow.

Also thought you might like to see some of the scarecrows that are part of the scarecrow trail in our village this weekend.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Hello all

Hi, it's me the rubbish blog posting lady!  I have been busy - no really I have.
I had a great time last week at The Bramble Patch with a couple of lovely ladies at an Angie Hughes class.
The Bramble Patch has had some building work done so if you haven't been for a while have a look as it means it has lots more fabric and some new lines of thread.  You can sign up for their weekly news letter or follow them on Facebook.
I've had a few classes with Angie and really enjoy them.  She's very generous sharing her skills and she always brings lots of kit for you to try out.
We attended the Tantalising Tag Book class.  And here is mine and some others work.  I'll post my completed tags very soon:

Monday, 26 May 2014

Fashion and Textile Museum

Did you think I'd forget to post?
Well, on my very busy day out in London I also visited the Fashion and Textile Museum. I'd never heard of it, but it was recommended by Viv Denscombe so I thought it was worth a look.
The exhibition was 'ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol'. It was really interesting. It showed how artists translated their art into textiles.  There were lots of well known name such as Matisse and Patrick Heron. It's a real gem and I'd recommend a visit if you get the chance. Here are a few of my photos:

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Quilt and Stitch Village 2014 - Uttoxeter Race course

Well, another day out.  This time to the Quilt and Stitch Village at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
I didn't have the opportunity to visit last year so I wasn't too sure what to expect as the organiser changed.
It was a really good show. Lots to see and do, good facilities, great traders and interesting displays at a very reasonable entry price and free car parking (unlike the £10 charge at the Festival of Quilts).
So here are some photos of the work I saw. Please accept my apologies as some of the photos are rather poor.
One of the most interesting displays was the entries for the WW1 themed pieces.  They were made to a very high quality and also you could see lots of time had spent on the design.  There were a number that were very thought provoking. 

 I liked the idea of combining a traditional Dresden Plate with Kantha stitch

I really liked these pieces.
And I thought this one was an interesting use of repeat.

And I just love how well this piece has replicated a tiled roof.
There were lots of quality traders with a good range of types of fabric and Hilary Beattie was also demoing. A really good day out with just a little bit of shopping...

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Matisse - the Cut Outs

I treated myself to a day out in London and went to the Matisse - The Cut Outs exhibition.
It was well worth the effort.
I went nice and early in the day and was guaranteed I'd get in as I'd bought my ticket in advance.  This really is a must for the big exhibitions to avoid disappointment.
As I'd got an early timed ticket, 10.30, it meant there weren't lots of people from earlier in the day.  This meant the rooms, with his huge pictures, were relatively empty and I was able to sit and enjoy looking at the pictures.
I hadn't been to Tate Modern before so this was a double treat.  After this great exhibition I looked a a couple of the galleries.  It was amazing.  I saw the Rothko Seagram Murals, a Dali, Picasso, Miro, Kadinsky and so much more.  A really great space.
The Matisse exhibition proved a real inspiration to me for The Travelling Stitch Book.  So here are my pages.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Compton Verney

Have you ever been?  If you get the opportunity - go.  It's a really lovely day out and the exhibitions are always very interesting.
At the mo they are attempting to break the world record for the longest continuous line of bunting. Do you fancy joining in?
Have a look at the website for a pack with full instructions.