Time to catch up again with you all again. It's been a busy summer but now everything is settling down again. My courses have started and lovely work is being produced which I'm sure I will be sharing with you quite soon.
I'm excited about next week when I shall be taking part in an exhibition and shop at Weavers Gallery in Ledbury.
It was interesting deciding which pieces of work to take along. I was amazed at just how much I have produced over the years. I do hope you will drop in and see us if you are in the area. Ledbury is a lovely market town with some fabulous shops and cafes so it will definitely be worth a trip!
Thanks for dropping by
A big thank you to all of you who visited our exhibition in Bromsgrove two weeks ago. We had a lovely weekend sharing work with family and friends. If you didn't manage to get there here are a few photos with apologies to those whose work I haven't included!
The three photos above show a selection of work from my monthly textiles group. As usual there is a great variety of work including dyed and printed cloth and sketchbooks full of ideas.
There was a fun wallhanging for a cat loving granddaughter
intricately stitched pieces on a garden theme
colour studies developed into beautifully stitched wallhangings
sketchbooks full of ideas for future work
sensitively dyed and printed fabrics
a beautifully dyed and printed jacket
a wonderful collection of hand stitched and embellished scrolls inspired by Ineke Berlyn
a quilt for a grandson
a quilt for a new baby
a traditional quilt using a contemporary colour palette
Ineke's dresses and a few of my quilts
and last but not least a well deserved glass of wine to celebrate raising £1200 for Cancer Research.
Do check out more lovely quilts behind Sue and Judith.
A big thank you to all of my students for helping make this another enjoyable year.
Tomorrow we will be setting up our annual textile exhibition at Avoncroft Arts Centre in Bromsgrove. Everyone has worked very hard over the last few weeks to complete work so we are looking forward to sharing the results with you over the weekend. As usual there will be delicious home made cakes, fabrics for sale, an art and craft book tombola and other fun ways to help us raise money for Cancer Research, this years chosen charity.
When I last posted I talked about a challenge I had taken part in which was about to be exhibited at another fund raising event. As promised here are the results of the other members of the group.
I think this was a successful challenge! Isn't it fascinating to see how the same collection of fabrics can be interpreted in so many different ways.
Thanks for visiting and hopefully see some of you at the weekend.
There's a reason why I haven't posted for a while .......
I have been very busy completing this set of work for unravelled, an exhibition of new work by myself and Catherine Nicholls that opens at The Bramble Patch on Saturday.
On Sunday you are all welcome to come along to an Open Garden and Quilt Show near Cheltenham.
This will be a feast for the eyes and the stomach! The gardens is wonderful, the quilts are exciting and the cakes will be very, very tasty!
The quilts on show are the result of the groups latest challenge using a collection of fabrics to design a textile of the maker's choice. The only stipulation was that each piece must contain twenty 'somethings' to represent twenty years of friendship which started on a City & Guilds patchwork and quilting course which I taught here in Droitwich in the early 90's.
This is my piece, Coffee and Cakes.
And a future date for your diary
Another year of exciting work by my Bromsgrove based students. Do come along and enjoy the work, indulge in homemade cakes and help us raise money for Cancer Research. There will also be a selection of work on display by Ineke Berlyn and myself.
Hope to you can make it!
I called it a retreat but somehow this was translated into rehab! Maybe that was what my week away in Cornwall was about as I certainly returned home rested and relaxed plus lots of progress on my work in progress.
With an exhibition in June to prepare for I had plenty of work to fill my days and although nothing is finished, I'm heading in the right direction.
This layered, bonded piece is based on photographs taken of Witley Court in Worcestershire. The machine quilting is finished, just a little hand stitching now required to add texture.
I have begun the machine quilting on this Christ Church Cathedral hanging, still a way to go but I am enjoying working with these colourful dyed and printed fabrics.
This is the beginning of another piece inspired by my visit to Matera in Italy. I recently heard Matera described as a honeycomb of dwellings carved out of the rocks hence my decision to work with these large hexagons. The hexagons are constructed from a wide range of fabrics from smooth cottons to knobbly linens and were all dyed in the same dye pot. The colours are so subtle and remind me of Matera buildings.
I couldn't go away without my indigo dyeing equipment and everyone enjoyed dipping their fabrics and threads. I took some of my mum's embroidered linens which took the dye beautifully (actually they are much darker than the photo!)
We were staying in a beautiful area very close to Mevagissey.
This was our local cove, only accessible by footpath.
We visited Charlestown, a popular place for film crews!
Well my good intentions of posting at least twice a month seem to have gone by the wayside. I'm not sure where the time goes - well I do really as I have taught more workshops than usual this month and am now busy preparing for a weeks retreat beginning in a few days time. What a luxury to have a whole week to dye, print and stitch. The only problem is making sure that I have everything I could possibly need, sorted and packed! We all know what it is like to be on a workshop and not have a particular thread, fabric, screen, printing block, paint etc to use, especially when we know exactly where it is in the workroom at home! I have been steadily collecting everything together so hopefully by Thursday, when I pack up my car everything on my list will be ticked off!
There has been some exciting work produced in recent workshops. Several of my classes have worked with exploded shapes and notans, working with positive and negative space created by cutting and flipping.
This simple activity led to many interesting designs as you can see here, some of which were later turned into printing blocks.
I taught my Colour Confidence workshop last weekend to lovely group of ladies in Greens Norton.
Before the workshop I dyed this rainbow of fabrics to cut up for their kits.
They then spent a very happy morning experimenting with many different combinations of the fabrics to meet the requirements of various colour schemes. I love the way each person arranges their fabrics in their sketchbook, a quilt for the making!
Now to concentrate on my work. Hopefully I will have lots to share with you on my return.