Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Do you want to see some landscapes?

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I love seeing all the different creations that emerge when I teach this landscape workshop.

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Everyone arrives with different fabrics and different colour aesthetics and the variations that come out are endless,

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Thank you to all who joined me on Monday for this class.

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If you would like to try doing some landscape quilting I am doing a daily session  (1 hour) of hand stitched "slow landscapes" when I am at the West Country Quilt Show in Bristol next month.

Thanks for reading!

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Knitting and Stitching Show 2015

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My not very good shot of the Rose window.

As you may already be aware I did a couple of workshops at this year's Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexander Place London. It really is a lovely venue. It has a bit of history to it. The BBC made it's first ever broadcast from here.
Outside it has fantastic views over London, but the real draw for me is that my best friends live just down the road so my visit it was a combination of work and pleasure.

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Michala Gyetvai

It was nice to have the time to wander and look closely at the exhibits and here are a few shots of some of my favourites.
I have been a long time fan of the work of Michala Gyetvai and it was lovely to meet her and to see more of her work close up.

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Michala Gyetvai

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SAQA Food For Thought

It was also another chance to see the winners from this years Festival of Quilts and to have another look at the SAQA Food for Thought exhibit.

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Cynthia St Charles

In that exhibit was this piece by Cynthia St Charles. I think her blog is one of the first that I ever followed, so I was thrilled to see this piece. Underneath all the stitching and layers I knew that she has screen printed some of her grandmothers recipes to the cloth. 
It highlighted the fact that seeing something in the flesh beats the virtual as this photo certainly doesn't do justice to the rich tones and the fabulous stitching.

That's it!
There were lots more wonderful things of course but I put my camera away and just enjoyed!
Thanks for visiting.

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Monday, 19 October 2015

Bye Bye Blackbird

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More like hello blackbird, as I did this sketchbook spread (a couple of years ago..) after encountering a blackbird sitting on a garden wall staring intently at some Buddleja Globosa.

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I was quite taken with this plant, which I discovered is more commonly known by the simpler name of Orange Ball Tree. Such a great plant to draw and create designs from.

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Transferring it to fabric was a no brainer really!

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After some fast fuse applique, I got stuck into some hand embroidery. 
The original plan was to stop there but in my usual fashion I wasn't happy until the whole piece was covered in stitch.

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I took the design into the border with some stencilling and of course added Mr Blackbird.

Also, as if you have not already guessed, I have turned it into a pattern that I am giving away as a thank you to those who sign up for my Newsletter.

Click on the pic below if you would like to get a copy.

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Friday, 2 October 2015

fabric friday

textile workshops

Hello Out There!
I miss my blog...but I am going through a super busy time right now. 
Stuff coming at me from lots of directions. This is good, (at least most of it is) yet I am so looking forward to some time to be with my fabric and my threads and my machine....hopefully soon.
If you are reading this then I am sure you can relate to those feelings.
In the meantime I am preparing for workshops next week and this is a peek at the those preparations.
If you are going to the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexander Palace I hope to see you there!

Thanks for visiting!

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Monday, 7 September 2015

More Workshop News

The Knitting and Stitching Show, Ally Pally, London

The bittersweet of my first day home alone since May, is here. The summer, such as it was as far as the weather was concerned, is over, yes I am a Brit moaning about the weather, and the family have all returned to work, university and school respectively. My daughter is about to begin her final year in Uni and my son has begun his final year of school! How did that happen???

The sweet part comes from the fact that I can knuckle down into a creative routine again and it also gives me a time to think of all the commitments that I have in the coming months.

I know that many of you are reading this a long way from here and so have little interest in my local events, but please bare with me because I have got lots of projects to share with you coming up now that I have the time to photograph and write about them.

Mentioned in my last post are the two workshops that I am giving locally in October, details of which can be found here  and also in October I will be doing two mini 1 hour long workshops at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandria Palace in London.

Details of the workshop programme that they run at this show can be found on the website and here are they are too!

The first is called STAMP AND STITCH. 1 hour (see image above)
Create a unique flower brooch using the easy technique of stamping. The base design is stamped onto the background fabric using non-toxic water based fabric paints. Further embellishment is added with a variety of hand embroidery stitches. How to make your own quick and easy stamps using re cycled materials will be demonstrated as part of the workshop. Project is begun during the class then taken away to be completed later. 
Suitable for any level. 
Thursday 8th October 2.00 pm 
Cost £12 including all materials.

The second is called STENCIL AND STITCH. 1 hour (see image below)
Create a Moon Gazing Hare piece using the easy and fool proof technique of freezer paper stencilling. Moon and Hare are painted onto the background fabric using non-toxic water based fabric paints. Further embellishment is added with a variety of free form hand embroidery stitches. Project is begun during the class then taken away to be comp
Suitable for any level
Friday 9th October 10.30 am
Cost £12 including all materials.

The Knitting and Stitching Show, Ally Pally, London

The whole ethos behind the quick and easy workshops at the Knitting and Stitching show is to introduce new crafts and/or techniques to people coming from a variety of fibre and textile backgrounds. I am presenting these workshops as quick and easy projects but they are techniques that I use are regularly in my own Art Quilting/Textile Art work and can be used in lots of ways so if you are going to the show I hope you can come and join me.

More to come and thanks for visiting!

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Up Coming Workshops

In October I am holding two workshops,

Monday 5th October 2015
Ystradowen Village Hall CF71 7SY
Nr Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan
10.00 am -4.00 pm

Complete this mini art quilt learning the techniques of fast fuse applique, along with machine quilting and hand stitching. 
Learn how easy it is to take that step into art quilting.
Explore a variety of finishing options and ways to display small pieces.
Can be completed simply or with a flourish of embellishment!

Suitable for all levels.

Monday 26th October 2015
Ystradowen Village Hall CF71 7SY
Nr Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan
10.00 am -4.00 pm

A fun and easy class that demonstrates a simple but effective way to produce a mini landscape quilt. Using “Quilt-As-You-Go” piecing, or a free layering approach learn techniques for adding stitch and embellishment in a variety of ways. 
This class also looks at some alternative ways for finishing off and displaying your creations.

Suitable for all levels.

For more details and to book your place

I hope you can join me for one of these classes. Both are based around a straight forward project or technique but within each one I demonstrate and teach lots of different ways to help you become a more confident and creative art quilter/textile artist.

I am often asked if I run my own workshops and circumstances have made it happen sooner than I was expecting, so if there is anything that you need to know that I have neglected to mention do not hesitate to contact me with your questions
If you are not local then you might like to know that the venue is about 25 miles west of Cardiff. near the lovely market town of Cowbridge

These workshops were first advertised with 
The Patchwork House in Llantrisant, but now that the owner is not able to run her workshop programme I am taking on the responsibility so not to disappoint those who have already signed up. If you have already booked then your place is secure.

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