Friday, 15 July 2016

Challenges

I've not been a very good blogger over the last few months but my intention is to change - we shall see!
Although I haven't blogged I have been busy with all kinds of challenges. My first challenge takes place this Sunday at Worcester Racecourse when I shall be taking part in the Race for Life. I have never done anything like this before so it has really taken me out of my comfort zone. I have trained by walking and jogging and know that I can complete 10k, but I think there may be more walking than jogging! I am doing this to raise money for Cancer Research so if you would like to support this very important charity (and me!) I have a Just Giving page. Every little bit helps so thank you.
My next challenge is to complete all of my work for Art Textiles:Made in Britain as we will be exhibiting at Festival of Quilts at the NEC in August. Those of you who have read earlier blogs will know that I am a last minute person so you won't be surprised to learn that I am still busy stitching. Let's face it, it's nearly a month a way so there is no rush!
This is what I have worked on today. This is a detail of Pathways, one of my pieces for our exhibition, Concealed. It is a combination of shibori stitched indigo dyed fabric, circular chenille and lots of machine and hand stitch. I really enjoy the hand stitching although I always underestimate how long it takes!
I have several ongoing challenges. One of which is challenging my accuracy by making Dear Jane blocks.
For the uninitiated, the blocks each measure four and a half inches square and some of them have 40 plus pieces in them - definitely a challenge. I have no time limit for these and aim to make one a week. As there are 169 blocks in the quilt without the border I don't think it will be completed for a while.
When I'm out and about I always have my hexagon challenge tucked away in my bag.

These will eventually form a border around a Kaleidoscope quilt which I started over a year ago. Again, this is being made just for the fun of it with no deadline.
So you can see I have been busy. If only I could find a way to jog and stitch at the same time..........

Thanks for visiting and I will try to write again soon.

Edwina x

Friday, 17 June 2016

Exhibition weekend

It's that time of year again! All of my lovely students are eager to share their work with you. I do hope you can make it.

Edwina x

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Exploring collagraph printing

It's amazing how much fun can be had with a piece of card, textured papers, etching ink and a mangle!
We used mount board as a base which was then coated both sides and edges with acrylic gloss varnish. This made it fairly waterproof and gave a good surface on which to add texture. A second coat of varnish was added once the design was complete
These are the plates that Ruth made using different textured papers. This was pure experimentation as we had no idea what results we would achieve as the mangle is obviously no where near as efficient as a proper printing press.

This was a first print from the top right plate in the previous photo. It took quite a bit of experimenting to work out how much of the etching ink needed to be wiped away. Obviously here there was quite a lot still left on the plate so it was possible to take another print without adding anymore ink. 


Sue's first attempt worked very well.
As did Ineke's. Pieces of lace and anaglypta wallpaper gave lovely results.
This is a selection of prints Helen made introducing some colour to some delicate designs.
On the whole we were very pleased with the results and I'm sure that now we know how we need to make the plates to achieve good prints, there will be a lot more mangling going on!

Thanks for dropping by

Edwina


Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas to you all and here's wishing everyone a happy, healthy and creative 2016.
Thank you for dropping by
Edwina x

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Hello again!

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

Edwina



Sunday, 5 July 2015

A stroll around our exhibition

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

adventurous knitting

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.

Thank you for visiting
Edwina x

Thursday, 18 June 2015

More exhibition news

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.
 Alvine
 Ann
 Beryl
 Dee
 Fiona
 Hazel
 Helen
 Liz
 Pat
 Sue
 Yvonne
Lynne
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.

Edwina x