Tall Trees – The Finished Work…..

It’s been a terrific two days at Simply Stitch and I’ve been blown away by the standard of work that the ladies have produced!

We were joined on day two by a new lady, Jen – the pressure was on for her to catch up with what she missed on Wednesday and she did a great job of it!

Here are a few more “work in progress” photos featuring Ruth, Janet, Jen and Carole…..

and the fabulous finished (or almost!) pieces…..

Once again, thank you to Nicola for inviting me back to Simply Stitch and being such a great host!  Also a huge thank you to all the ladies who took part in the workshop for their enthusiasm and hard work over the two days.  It will be great to see you all again at our next class in the New Year.

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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.

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.

Seeing their finished work…..

When I’m teaching workshops I get a lot of satisfaction from motivating students and from seeing their finished work, but not everyone gets to finish their project in class.  So I get particularly excited when someone takes the time to photograph their finished piece and email it to me.  This week I’ve recieved images of Jane and Pams Tyvek Leaves, beautifully executed and framed, which they created at the workshop in Billinghay last week.

Also Deborah sent me this photo of her wonderful Bergschaf wall hanging which was made at the workshop in East Keswick earlier this month.

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.

 

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.