Where does the time go…..

I can’t believe it’s been a month since we started the felting group in Belchford.  Where does the time go…..

Once again we had eight ladies gathered for a felting session.  Val and Karen couldn’t make it this month but we welcomed two new faces, Ann and Sheila.   Sheila brought her current project to work on which is a very handsome needle felted owl…..

Sheila and her owl.

Sheila and her owl.

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Adding feather detail on the back.

Ann began working on a needle felted landscape and I’m loving the colour scheme…..

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Rosie was busy with her beautiful new wool making more vegetables (we’re starting to suspect an obsession here!)…..

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Looking good enough to eat!

Looking good enough to eat!

Olga was working on her sketchbook ideas for new projects…..

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Olga working on ideas in her sketchbook.

Pat was busy with embellisher…..

Pat busy on the embellisher

Pat busy on the embellisher

Janet made a wet felted bowl and then did some more work on the lovely picture she started last session….

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I started another Merino collar which will get finished at home…

Fibres laid out ready for felting.

Fibres laid out ready for felting.

All in all another enjoyable day in Belchford.

 

 

 

The Big Textile Show…..

On Saturday I drove down to Leicester with my friend Rosemary to spent the day at The Big Textile Show.  There were lots of interesting displays from various local textile groups and from individuals.  As usual the trade stands were well worth a visit and we managed to stock up on various things we needed including acid dyes from Adelaide Walker, Lutradur and all sorts of other goodies from Artvango and felting equipment from Alison Linnell.  The bargain of the day had to be the hat block I bought from Alison.  I’ve just signed up to do an online wet felted hat workshop with Teri Berry so this will come in very useful!

There was a lot to inspire and to enjoy, these are just a few of the displays that particularly caught my eye……

The most outstanding piece, for me, was created by the Lutterworth Embroiderers.  It was based on a photograph by David Hunter called Earth on Fire.  With the photographers permission the image was enlarged and cut into 45 postcard sized pieces and distributed to the members.  No one was shown the original image so had no idea of what it was they were working on until all the pieces came together at the end of the project.  Now that is one project I would have loved to have been a part of!  If you only click on one link in this post I suggest it’s the Lutterworth Embroiderers as their work is well worth seeing.

 

Earth on Fire by David Hunter

Earth on Fire by David Hunter


The completed piece by the Lutterworth Embroiderers

The completed piece by the Lutterworth Embroiderers

Other work we enjoyed…….

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Star Book by Gill Green

Gardens at Dene Park…..a ‘Star Book’ by Gill Green

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Another local group I particularly like the work of is Jeudis.  Unfortunately I didn’t make a note of the artists name who made this bark but it was beautifully done.

'Bark'.  A mixed media piece by a member of Jeudis.

‘Bark’. A mixed media piece by a member of Jeudis.


A contemporary quilt by a member of Weedon Bec Creative Textile Group

A contemporary quilt by a member of Weedon Bec Creative Textile Group


Green Man.....needled and wet felted wall plaque.

Green Man…..needled and wet felted wall plaque by Sue Walsh.


Beautiful Felted Gifts by Alison Linnell

Beautiful Felted Gifts by Alison Linnell

Last but not least we met Wendy and Simon from Random Makes who were parked up outside.  Their wonderful vehicle and innovative products were creating a lot of interest throughout the day.

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Random Makes bespoke handmade furnishings and accessories from vintage and modern textiles.

Felt Inspired in Belchford…..

Today was the first meeting of a new felting group, Felt Inspired, which will meet in Belchford Village Hall on the second Wednesday of every month from 10-4pm.

Eight ladies attended our first meeting.  Olga, Pat, Karen and Jenny brought their embellishing machines to work on.

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Rosie concentrated on needle felting…..

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……while Val, Janet and myself chose to wet felt.

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It was an enjoyable day with good company and the time went far too fast!

Taking a break from all that hard work!

Taking a break from all that hard work!

If you are in the North Lincs area and would like to join us or want to know a bit more about the group you can get in touch via my contact page.

 

Faraway Places…..

This morning I visited “Faraway Places”, an exhibition celebrating the work of the Waltham Textile Group, led by Jacky Hopkin.  The venue, adjacent to Waltham Windmill, makes it an ideal spot for families to visit with cafes, picnic area, miniature railway, etc.

There was a very varied and interesting selection of work on display featuring a whole range of techniques including hand stitching, free machine stitching, crazy patchwork, applique, burning, fabric painting and machine embellishing to name just a few!  The work really was inspiring as you will see from the following selection of quilts…….

Blue Mountain & Horizon by Ann Kitching

Blue Mountain & Horizon by Ann Kitching

Holiday Dreams by Ann Kitching

Holiday Dreams by Ann Kitching

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Snowdrops by Margaret Beadham

Snowdrops by Margaret Beadham

Desert by Carole Parkinson

Desert by Carole Parkinson

Gecko by Carole Parkinson

Gecko by Carole Parkinson

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The Water Carriers of India by Jacky Hopkins

The Water Carriers of India by Jacky Hopkin

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Heavenly Sky by Kath Greenfield

Heavenly Sky by Kath Greenfield

India by Venessa Drewery

India by Venessa Drewery

Cranwell Quilt Show 2016….

This weekend the two Cranwell groups, Crafty Ladies & Cranwell Contemporary Textiles, held their first ever quilt show.  I’ve been a member for just over a year and during that time have seen many wonderful pieces of work produced by the members but to actually see all of this work, and more, displayed together was amazing!

The show was split between two venues with the contemporary work by the CCTG in Cranwell village hall and the traditional quilts by Crafty Ladies on quilt stands and draped over the pews in the beautiful village church.  The following photos show a selection of the quilts on display in the hall.

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The next four photos are quilts made in response to our themed quarterly “challenges”.

Challenge Quilts....what Winter means to me

Challenge Quilts….what Winter means to me

Challenge Quilts.....Flora & Fauna

Challenge Quilts…..Flora & Fauna

Challenge Quilts....shape & colour

Challenge Quilts….shape & colour

Challenge Quilts.....(left) Summer garden, (right) Poetry

Challenge Quilts…..(left) Summer garden, (right) Poetry

Dedicated to St Andrew, Cranwell church originates circa the 10th century and it made a wonderful venue for the more traditional quilts…….

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Woodhall Show Time!

Last weekend I was invited by my friend Helen from Pippinroo to display some of my work at the annual Woodhall Spa Country Show. Helen specialises in creating beautifully detailed needle felted animals and suggested I add another dimension to her trade stall with my wet felted work. It was a great day and we met some lovely ladies in the craft tent. Read Helens post for more info on the day.

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What a gorgeous day!!! The sun came out and so did the crowds. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen it as busy as it was this year, and it seems everyone bought their dog out for a wander! One couple were even walking around with their parrakeets in a carrier for a day of social interaction!

The craft tent was packed and rather hot by lunch time. Little breeze and a strong sun had all the stall holders and visitors wilting. However our stall stood up to the temperatures and gained a lot of interest.

Having bitten off more than I can chew with extra hours in my day job, time was against me in getting stock ready, so I invited a couple of contributors to join me to offer as much as we could in collaboration.

The first was the lovely Karen Lane who was our expert in…

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The Past & The Future…..

Elegant Steampunk lady photographed in the Bailgate, Lincoln

Elegant Steampunk lady photographed in the Bailgate, Lincoln

This weekend, for the 7th year, Lincoln is hosting the annual Asylum Steampunk Festival.  According to the Guardian this is “the largest and longest running event of its kind in the world”. Having read this quote, being a Steampunk fan and living only 20 miles from the Cathedral City, I find it hard to admit that I only heard of the Asylum Festival two months ago!

I visited the festival yesterday and had such a good time that I went back again this afternoon.  The atmosphere is great with a timetable of events happening in the Cathedral quarter over the four days and the streets packed with friendly faces and fabulous costumes.

A lot of the costumes were as interesting from the back as they were from the front!

A lot of the costumes were as interesting from the back as they were from the front!

So what is Steampunk?  Major Thadeus Tinker  (aka John Naylor), Chair of the Victorian Steampunk Society says “Steampunks are generally polite, friendly, care about the environment, the past & the future and creativity & individuality.”  In a recent exercise to “explain Steampunk in a sentence” a group from across the world came up with: “Steampunk is a creative social movement that draws inspiration from Victorian and pre-war history in an anachronistic mix of science fiction, modern values and a sense of fun.” – See more at: http://www.visitlincoln.com/blog/what-is-steampunk#sthash.V78sS4Eh.dpuf

The following photos are just a small selection of those I took in the Bailgate and Castle Square over the two days.

Steampunk couple photographed in Castle Square

Stylish Steampunk couple photographed in Castle Square

Loving the parasol!

Loving the parasol!

I bumped into family and friends in Castle Square

I also bumped into my nephew Jack and his friends in Castle Square

Explorers mixed with fairies outside the White Heart Hotel

Explorers mixed with fairies outside the White Heart Hotel

"Pimp my ride" Steampunk style!

“Pimp my ride” Steampunk style!

Mysterious woman lingering in the doorway.

Mysterious woman lingering in the doorway.

Colonial gent poses in Castle Square

Colonial gent poses in Castle Square

Castle Square visitors and trade stalls selling all sorts of Steampunk gear.

Castle Square visitors and trade stalls selling all sorts of Steampunk gear.

This lady had so much detail in her costume!

This lady had so much detail in her costume!

The Steampunk ethos really appeals to me, as does the Steampunk style, so next year I will be returning wearing my own Steampunk costume, which is already taking shape in my head!

 

Horncastle gets “Yarn Bombed”…..

My morning walk with Maddie today was made even more enjoyable than usual with the discovery that Horncastle had been Yarn Bombed by West Ashby Women’s Institute!  What a fabulous start to the day seeing all these wonderful creations decorating the town.  No doubt they were installed as part of the SO Festival which premiered in the town this evening and was a HUGE success.  Crowds of folk turned out to see the Circus Heros, Sheesham & Lotus & Son, Thingamabob and the grand finale The FlameOz Fire Show.  More about the festival to follow but for now here are just a few of the decorations that made me smile earlier today….. 

The horses on Jubilee way we’re given checkered blankets and a nose bag.

 

The trees were decorated with colourful wraps…….

The bollards along the Bull Ring were sporting hats and scarves…..

 
   
 
These “climbing” hedgehogs took me by surprise on North Street….. 

  

 

As I approached the river on my way to Tesco it was evident that the intrepid WI ladies had also been this way…….   

  

 
   
 
There are lots more installations around the town which I have been told of but haven’t yet seen.  I just hope that the ladies of West Ashby WI visit us again with their wonderful creations!

Quilts in the Wolds….

This weekend saw the third “Quilts in the Wolds” show at Ludford Village Hall organised and hosted by the Lindsey Patchworkers and attended by around 300 visitors.

The two day event was a great success with a steady footfall throughout Saturday and Sunday. The four pounds entry included tea/coffee and a choice of delicious home made cakes which proved particularly popular with the male contingency……so much so anyone would have thought they didn’t get cake at home!

The two trade stands appeared to be doing good business.


 

There was also a sales table brimming over with lovely items made by the group.

The “Inspirations” tombola was very popular – every prize consisted of a small bag containing colour coordinated fabric and notions, perfect for inspiring your next small project.

Throughout both days members also hosted talks, demonstrations and workshops on the stage at the rear of the hall. Pat Cave can be seen here demonstrating various methods of applying lettering to fabric.


The Lindsey Patchworkers exhibits included an interesting mix of traditional, contemporary, miniature, and art quilts, some were machine stitched while others were completely done by hand.

All in all it was a wonderful weekend and lovely to see so many people enjoying the show. The following photos show a selection of the quilts that were on display.