Today I was invited down to North Kilworth, Leicestershire to work with fourteen ladies from the textile group “Textend”. We spent the day painting fabric, layering with sheers and tulle and stitching to create our tree themed landscapes. Some ladies worked from imagination while others took inspiration from photos or cards. Although there is still work to be done, as you can see, the pieces are looking great. Many thanks to Ruth for inviting me and look forward to seeing some of you again next week.
Day two of the Lutradur Forest Workshop saw the ladies layering and stitching their Forest designs to their base fabric.
As often happens in a workshop, although all of the ladies worked constantly over the two day’s and the quilts are looking terrific, everyone has some finishing off to do at home.
Thanks to Nicola at the Simply Stitch Studio for being a wonderful host and to all the ladies for their enthusiasm and hard work. I will look forward to receiving photos of your finished quilts.
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.
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…..
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!
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.
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.
All in all it was a very inspiring week with spectacular scenery and excellent company.
LINQS (Lincolnshire Quilters) will be exhibiting their latest body of work, 22 art quilts inspired by Sir Isaac Newton, at the end of this month. Our first venue will be the beautiful Alford Manor House. Built in 1611 it is thought to be the largest thatched manor house in the country.
I’ve finally finished my Newton quilt. It’s 30″ x 40″ and the design is based on the fact that Newton spent a lot of his time studying and practising alchemy. It consists of appliqué commercial fabric, Tyvek and painted vilene applied to a background of tea stained cotton fabric. Other materials used include oil pastels, Inktense, permanent marker pen and metallic foil.
These are just a few of the other fantastic quilts that will be on show……
This next quilt Is called “Wordsearch” and there are thirty words to find, all relating to life of Isaac Newton. An ingenious way of stopping visitors in their tracks and making them really scrutinise your work!
All the Louth Panorama quilts, being made by textile group Meridian, have now been handed over ready to be sewn onto a black background.
Sheila had photographs of the two original canvases, painted by William Brown in the 1840’s, reduced in size and printed onto cotton fabric which she then quilted using free machine stitching. These two panels will form the centre of our collaborative quilt with the rest of them being grouped as shown above.
Click on each of the images to see the detail that has been put into the quilts, they really are beautiful pieces of work.
I’ve just finished working on my little section of a collaborative quilt with ‘Meridian’ a textile group who are based in the market town of Louth. The overall quilt will be a tribute to the Louth Panorama, painted by William Brown, which is an all-round view of the town and district as seen from the top of the spire of St James’s parish church in Louth as on a summer’s day in the 1840s. It depicts local life, the pattern of streets and the market place, with a roofscape little changed today. The painting consists of two canvases which have an interesting history and more information can be found on the Louth Museum website.
We each chose our favourite section of the painting to reproduce as a mini art quilt, either A4 or A3. My choice was the graveyard which I’ve made in A3. We were given free rein to use whatever techniques we wanted to use, I’ve created mine as a whole cloth, painted with Inktense and then hand and machine embroidered. I’ve used a bit of artistic licence to square up the layout and omitted the tiny figures. You can see the original section below.
I will add an update once we get all of the quilts joined together.
The handover date for the latest LINQS challenge, to produce an art quilt inspired by any aspect of the life or works of Sir Isaac Newton, is fast approaching and I’ve still got a lot to do! When I began my research I was surprised to learn that Newton had been an Alchemist (obvious really given the age he lived in) and spent a lot of his time and effort in pursuit of the Philosophers Stone. I used this fact as my starting point and designed my quilt along the lines of an Alchemy illustration using a limited colour palette. Materials used so far include oil pastels and transfer foils on cotton fabrics and pelmet vilene. As I said, still a lot to do so back to the sewing machine!