Sunday, 7 September 2014

Oxford

Wow - September already. How did that happen?
I have been busy doing some sewing, but will show you more in another post.
Yesterday I went to Oxford with two lovely friends. The main point of our visit was to see The Eye of the Needle at the Ashmolean.
There were about 50 pieces on display, and they were amazing.  The work was so fine.  Some of the cutwork looked like lace.  It was also interesting to see how they combined such a range of stitches. A number of the pieces were quite formulaic, with the same features repeated in many of the pieces which showed how many of them must have used a pattern book. 
And then - we couldn't resist it - we went to The Pitt Rivers Museum.  And all I can saw is WOW.  I have been before but had forgotten quite how amazing it was, and in parts how gruesome. 
An amazing Victorian collection. 
Some weird items - shrunken heads, a totem pole, a parka coat made of seal intestine and anything else you could think of.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

More from the Festival of Quilts

Hi all,
I've been busy finishing off some bits and bobs, you know projects not far off being finished after a class, zips in cushions that were bursting etc.  I have some more photos to show you from the show that I really liked. I hope you like them too.










Still some more to follow...

Friday, 15 August 2014

Bits and bobs

Hello all.
I went out for a coffee today at the Garden Barn  and saw a very cute fluffy sparrow having a bath. 

And here are some of my purchases from the Festival of Quilts with links to their websites
 Stencils from Stamposaurous and Hilary Beattie
 Beautiful threads from Alter Ego

 Threads from Barnyarns

 Fabric from Puddleducks
 A lovely little book from Annette Morgan
 Loved so mnay of the quilts on display by the European Quilt Group
 And I just loved these fabrics from Moda designed by Janet Clare
More quilts to follow soon

Friday, 8 August 2014

Festival of Quilts 2014 (part one of many...)

Hello all.
So - I went to the FoQ yesterday and had a really good time.  As usual I've taken loads of phtotos and will blog them bit by bit.  So here are the first lot.
Art Textiles: Made in Britain are exhibiting at FoQ with the theme of Identity. As part of this they decided to make mood boards, which I think really sum up each of the artists.











And I love this piece by Hilary Beattie.  More to follow...

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: