Mini Art Quilt Workshop…..

We had a very intense day today at the Alford Craft Studio with seven ladies learning new techniques and using them to create a mini art quilt.  I based the workshop on my Three Tall Trees design but participants were encouraged to use their own creativity to make their quilt their own.

Two of the ladies created beautiful pieces with their own designs while the other five chose to stick more to the original but, as you will see from the photos, each one has its own distinct style and beauty.

 

 

Katie is basing her design on a photo taken in Italy

Alison working on her trees

Kate has the background trees stitched

Rose’s quilt

Kate’s quilt

Sheila’s quilt

Annie’s quilt

Alison’s quilt

Katie’s quilt

Jean’s quilt

Everyone worked really hard throughout the day and produced some terrific work but, with so much to fit into the workshop, none of the pieces are quite finished……I will post updates as and when I receive images of the completed quilts.

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The Big Textile Show…..

I got back home from Leicester last night after two wonderful days exhibiting at The Big Textile Show at Leicester Racecourse.  Although I’ve previously shown work as part of a group this was my first stint at having a stall and exhibiting in my own right.  I wasn’t too sure what to expect but it turned out to be an amazing experience and the two days just flew by.  I met lots of lovely people, stall holders and visitors, and it was great that so many folk took the time to stay and chat.

A big thank you to the Leicestershire Quilters for the loan of the quilt stands and to my friend Sandra who very kindly put me up over the weekend, helped set up the displays and stayed all day to help on the stall…..much appreciated!  Here are just a few more images from the show…..

Lutterworth Stitchers

Visualise

Convivia

Local Spinning Group

Part of the Sea & Sky IFA Members Exhibition

 

 

Workshop in Heighington…..

Today I joined a small group of ladies for a wet felting workshop in the Thomas Garrett Rooms in Heighington near Lincoln.  The ladies meet once a month for felting and they were all keen to learn how to make Merino collars.  The group all had specific ideas of how they wanted their collar to look and everyone was thrilled with how their work turned out.

It was a lovely day and thanks go out to Joan and Janet for inviting me over.  I shall look forward to seeing some of you for felting in Belchford on the second Wednesday in December.

Merino & Silk Hat…..

This is a hat I made last weekend in Ipswich where I attended a wonderful wet felting workshop with international feltmaker Annemie Koenen.  Annemie had come over to the UK from her home in the Netherlands to deliver a three-day workshop for Region 7 of the IFA and I wasn’t going to miss it as it’s always a real pleasure to work with her.

The wool I used was a beautiful Merino and silk blend which Annemie dyes in her studio.  This is only my third hat and it’s been fascinating making them as each one has involved a different technique, learnt from different tutors.  This design is by far the most flamboyant and I’m looking forward to showing it at the Big Textile Show at the end of the month.

 

Mini Art Quilt Workshop…..

On 3rd November, at the Alford Craft Market Studio, I will be running a workshop using the techniques and materials which went into making my Three Tall Trees art quilt.  This will be a one day workshop so in order to get the piece finished (or as near as possible) we will be making a mini version.

To create a beautiful forest scene we will be painting, layering and hand/machine embroidering. For the foreground trees students can choose to work entirely on their own design or I can provide templates.  This workshop is suitable for all abilities including those who have not yet tried free machine embroidery.

I will provide all fabrics but students will need to bring: Colouring medium i.e. fabric paint, Inktense blocks or acrylic paint plus brushes.  Sewing machine with a normal foot and free machine foot.  Basic sewing kit.  Selection of different coloured machine threads including black, grey, cream and greens.

The studio in Alford is small so workshop numbers are limited.  This makes for a lovely friendly atmosphere and means I get to spend more time with each participant.

For more information on classes at Alford, or to book a place, please see their website http://www.alfordcraftmarket.co.uk/alford-craft-market-centre.html or call Lynne on 01507 463341

 

Flower Meadow…..

I had a great time yesterday with the Waltham Textile Group ladies who meet once a month at Waltham, on the outskirts of Grimsby.  It’s a lovely friendly group and workshops here are always a pleasure to do.  I was invited over this time to run a wet felting workshop with the aim of producing a flower meadow type picture.  One or two of the ladies had previously done a little wet or needle felting but for the majority this would be their first experience of felting.  I had intended that we work small and simple to get the pieces almost, if not completely, finished before we went home………no chance!!  These ladies know what they want to do and they are all very experienced when it comes to sewing so they decided to concentrate on the felting and the majority of the sewing will get finished at home.

By the end of the session there was some wonderful felt created, I am hoping to get back over to their November meeting when I can photograph the finished work and post an update.  In the meantime here are photos from the workshop…..

Waltham Textile Group

Aileen & Anita chose to do a Flower Meadow

Carole based her design on a section of her garden

Kate’s design was inspired by her garden

Margaret went completely “off piste” and created a sea scape

Anita adding hand stitching to her meadow

Jacky adding free machine stitching to her design inspired by the work of Moy Mackay

Aileen adds detail with machine stitching

Brenda chose to make several pieces of flat felt to cut and stitch at a later date

Final show and tell…..lots more stitching to be done so I will post an update next month

Thanks go to Jacky for inviting me over and I look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

Nuno Landscape…..

Nuno Landscape

At the weekend I was a having a clear out and came across some little Nuno samples I made a couple of years ago at Artvango.  I decided they were too good to put back in the drawer so I’m making some small pieces of art with them, this is the first Nuno Landscape.  It was felted with Merino, two of the fabrics are Viscose and the third (central section) was cut from an old wool scarf.  The stitching has been done using Perle and a variegated thread I dyed while I was up in Ullapool.  I just need to find a suitable frame now.