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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