Inspired by Sir Isaac Newton…..

 

One of the textile groups I belong to is LINQS (Lincolnshire Quilters) and each year we respond to a challenge to make an art quilt based on the life or works of a particular person.  Our latest challenge was inspired by Sir Isaac Newton and the work will be on display over the coming bank holiday weekend at Waltham Windmill.  The exhibition is free and we will be having a sales table and demonstration area.  There will be lots of other things going on at the working Mill with shops, cafes, picnic area, miniature train rides and a model engineers marquee, etc so a great venue for a family day out!

The exhibition is open from 10am – 4 pm on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Here are just a few examples of what we have on show…..

Gravitree by Jean Proud

Inspired by the life and work of Sir Isaac Newton by Karen Lane

The Mind of a Genius by Mary Jackson

Woolsthorpe Manor by Pat Cave

Yellow Poppies Workshop…..

This week I travelled back up to East Keswick for day two of my Yellow Poppies Workshop at Simply Stitch.

In the morning we concentrated on our designs and needle felting the key elements onto the backgrounds.  By the afternoon all of the ladies were free machine stitching the detail into their work, including four ladies who had never done free machine work before but who are now hooked!

I’m encouraging participants to use their own design and colour scheme on this workshop so I’m thinking I may need to change the title …….”Yellow Poppies aren’t the only Flower”……..maybe not, I’ll work on it!

By the end of the day we still had some finishing off to do but the ladies had produced a beautiful collection of work, each with their own distinct style……

Thanks to Nicola and all the ladies for a lovely two days and I’m looking forward to working with you all again when I come back up in November.

Yellow Poppies Workshop…..

Yellow Poppies wet felted wall hanging

Earlier this week I travelled up to East Keswick, a small village just a few miles from Wetherby, to deliver the first of a two-day Yellow Poppies Workshop for Nicola Hulme at Simply Stitch.

Nicola with a selection of her work on the wall and my work on the table

14 ladies attended the workshop, some had previous experience of felting while for others it was to be their first time.  

Once the basic techniques had been explained students were given the option to recreate my design or to develop their own and it was good to see some of the ladies working on their own designs and alternative colour schemes.

The time flew by, it was a lovely day with good company and Simply Stitch proved to be a hidden gem! The beautiful studio is large, bright and very well equipped. There is a fantastic choice of classes and courses run by Nicola Hulme, including patchwork, machine sewing, purses & bag making, hand embroidery and much more! The studio also hosts regular visits from well known specialist tutors in a variety of subjects. On sale are up to the minute patchwork fabrics and all the other essentials such as threads, wadding, notions, etc.

Simply Stitch studio

Nicola was a terrific host and ensured that the tea, coffee, biscuits and cake kept flowing!  Watch this space for photos from next weeks workshop including images of the finished wall hangings.

Find out more about Simply Stitch visit www.simplystitch.co.uk

 

Nuno Collar….

I’ve been busy making samples for a Nuno Collar Workshop which I have been asked to do at the Thomas Garrett Rooms in Heighton in the Autumn.   I deliberately steered myself away from my usual pallet of greys and muted colours and I’m really pleased with the results.  These collars are incredibly lightweight (approx 35gms) making them very comfortable to wear.  Each one is held in place with a Tyvek brooch.

 

Bergschaf Clutch Bag…..

A beautifully illustrated book showcasing the versatility of felt.

One of my favourite books is 500 Felt Objects by Lark Crafts.  It isn’t a “how to” book…..it’s more of a “wow, just look at this, it’s made of felt” type book.  It’s crammed with inspirational photographs of beautiful work showcasing the versatility of felt.  It’s a must for anyone passionate about this medium.    Page 209 features a fabulous bag created by Irit Dulman using Bergschaf and Norwegian wool.

Irit Dulman bag created from Bergschaf and Norwegian wool

My latest piece is a small grey/green Bergschaf clutch bag inspired by Irit’s bag.

 

Newton Quilts at Alford Manor House…

LINQS first exhibition of the Sir Isaac Newton Quilts at Alford Manor House, May Bank Holiday weekend, was very well received by visitors. Some ladies were so impressed they have now become members of the group and are looking forward to joining in with our next challenge. Here are a few images showing the collection […]

via Newton Quilts at Alford Manor House… — Lincolnshire Quilters

A Sea of Stitches…..

I’ve done it again….too engrossed in “doing stuff”to remember to log my recent activities so here we go with a catch up of my creative adventures in the Scottish Highlands, early June.

I had booked a place on Jan Kilpatrick’s textile workshop, A Sea of Stitches, which would take place in her studio in Elphin.  I took a leisurely drive up, stopping the first night near Loch Lomond and the second in Drumnadrochit on the banks of Loch Ness.

On the third day I reached my base for the five day workshop, the Eileen Donan guest house in Ullapool.  The B&B was lovely and the town itself turned out to be very unspoilt, quiet and peaceful.  For the first two days I was there it was also very grey, wet and chilly but that did nothing to dampen our spirits.

The following day at 10am I met Jan and the 6 other participants in a park down by the beach.  After introductions and a brief overview of the workshop Jan sent us off to make personal records of the images, colours, textures and patterns from Ullapool’s beach and harbour and from the open and sweeping pebble beach at neighbouring Ardmair.

After about an hour of beach combing in torrential rain we moved up to Ardmair Beach, still pouring with rain, where Jan greeted us dispensing much appreciated flasks of hot drinks and home-made cake from the boot of her car.  I had to stick to using my camera as, by this time, my hands were so cold I couldn’t grip to use my pencil!

This image will become a textile piece when I get the time!

I just love the varying shades of grey…..

The rest of the week just flew by.  Each day we began a new piece of work, inspired by our research on day one, using a different method of mark making on fabric.    This included painting, dyeing, burning, hand and machine stitching.

The outdoor “messy” area

Some of Jan’s work on display

By the end of the five days we had all amassed 100’s of photographs, a stack of small coloured fabrics and a head full of ideas for future projects.

Show & Tell…..Jess

Show & Tell…..Anne

Show & Tell…..Carola

Show & Tell…..Margaret

Show & Tell…..Sarah

Show & Tell…..Jane

Some of my samples

All in all it was a very inspiring week with spectacular scenery and excellent company.