Thursday, 30 June 2011

Moon Rainbow
The exhibition at Weavers Gallery in Ledbury opened on Tuesday. This is a lovely gallery consisting of two well lit rooms with interesting hanging space broken down into sections. It was great to see how the invited exhibitors had translated the theme inspired by poems written by the Dymock Poets. Here are a couple of general views and when I am stewarding tomorrow I will take some more detailed photographs of exhibits to share with you at the weekend.

 There was more indigo and potassium permanganate dyeing yesterday at The Bramble Patch. Several students experimented with dipping one end of their fabric into the potassium permanganate and the other end into the indigo vat then hanging them so that the dye trickled down. 

It will be interesting to see these fabrics next week when they have been thoroughly washed and pressed and ready to inspire sea and sand compositions.
Speak to you soon, Edwina

Monday, 27 June 2011

Blues and browns
There certainly was a lot of brown and blue fabric produced in the workshop I taught last weekend.

Once the dye vats are made the actual dyeing process is very quick although it is the time spent on tying, knotting, wrapping, stitching, clamping, pegging that helps produce the wonderful effects on the fabric.
Everyone had a busy time on Saturday evening rinsing and drying their fabrics ready for class on Sunday when they began to compose their seascapes. There was also an opportunity to print and discharge these fabrics to further enhance them.
Here are a few of the pieces getting underway.
Anne's seascape in progress
One of Paula's cushions
Ann created a lovely effect with lots fabric strips

Stella went for a completely different look with these gorgeous flowers on painted stems

There were some unusual visitors in the grounds of the school where the workshop took place. It looks like they have already had the paint treatment!
It's obviously the week for indigo dyeing as I will be teaching another class on Wednesday at The Bramble Patch so let's hope the fine weather continues.
Speak to you soon

Friday, 24 June 2011

All packed up!
I wonder, does everyone pack their car with a spin drier when going away for the weekend?
I'm teaching Sand, Sea and Stitch, an indigo and potassium permanganate dyeing workshop in Elstree this weekend so my car is full of equipment ready for an early start in the morning. I would have written this earlier but Andy Murray was playing an exciting match at Wimbledon this evening and I couldn't drag myself away from it until I knew the result. Thank goodness he won again.
As I was stitching the last border on to my Liquorice Allsorts quilt earlier in the week I managed to stitch my finger at the same time! Ouch! Thankfully it isn't too bad and is healing slowly but quilting has not been an option.
Anyway here is a photo of the finished pieced top which I will be teaching as a day workshop in Bromsgrove on 27 July. There are a few spaces left if you would like to join the class, email me at for more details.
The sun is supposed to be shining this weekend so I hope the forecast is right because it is raining heavily here at present. Indigo dyeing in the rain isn't much fun!
Enjoy your weekend

Monday, 20 June 2011

One down, one to go!
Tonight I have finished Moonlight, my quilt for the Weavers Gallery exhibition in Ledbury that opens next week.
I decided that it should be hung as two separate quilts with about half an inch between them. 
The poem which inspired the quilt, Iris by Night by Robert Frost, talks about two friends walking over the Malvern Hills by moonlight. To capture the many magical colours they see I have used a rainbow of coloured threads to quilt the background but I wanted them to be visible only on close inspection! The exhibition opens on 28 June and is on until 10 July. I will be stewarding on Friday 1 July so would love to see you if you can make it.
Today my friend Sue and I have been cutting fabric to make fabric packs for a two day Sand, Sea and Stitch workshop I will be teaching this weekend in Hertfordshire.
Students will be dyeing with indigo and potassium permanganate so a variety of fibres is essential for a good range of colour values. In these packs there are different silk mixtures, cottons and linen so there should be some great results. I will try to remember to take some photographs to share with you next week.
Now that I have completed one quilt I need to concentrate on my entry for Festival of Quilts in August. I can only give you a taster here as this is a competitive show.

Having just finished a black and 'white' quilt it is good to get back to some colour again. So I now have another deadline looming - no change there then!
Speak to you soon

Monday, 13 June 2011

More exhibition pictures
As promised yesterday, here are some more images of my students' work from the exhibition.

These are examples of work from students attending my Journal Days course.

 Quilts made by Christine, Vivienne, Gill and Paula
Ann's quartered nine patch which was so large that we had to fold it over the quilt frame
Pam and Marg's Stack and Whack Kaleidoscope quilts
Sandra's traditional Kaleidoscope quilt
 Margaret used her own hand dyed fabrics to make this Cut andCome Again quilt
Janet also made a Kaleidoscope quilt
The quilts above were all made on my Block of the Month course. As you can see there are a variety of designs here including a few Cut and Come again quilts.
I hope you have enjoyed another trip around our exhibition.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Pictures from an Exhibition
Our exhibition was a great success with lots of visitors paying complements about the students work.
It's quite daunting walking into the empty rooms on Friday morning at 9.30pm and then opening to the public at 2 pm. Everyone worked very hard at setting up individual displays (Textile Inspirations course), group displays (Journal Days course) and hanging quilts (Block of the Month course) and we were all ready to meet and greet our visitors on time.

I thought you would like to see some of the work that was on display. It is always such an exciting journey for all of the students and the exhibition is a great way to celebrate their success. Here are some images of students' work from my Textile Inspirations course.
Fossils inspired Sheila to develop ideas for a wallhanging

Ruth has been most prolific this year
Judith's work has been inspired by seaweed and her travels

Dragonflies inspired Kathy this year

Some of Jan's work inspired by trees in her garden

Tricia's display inspired by seaweed
Jill was inspired by Aboriginal art
Ineke is working with the four seasons

Tulips were Sue's inspiration

I will post images of work from my other courses later.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

and it's Wednesday already!
I can't believe how quickly this week is going. It's my students' exhibition this Friday and Saturday in Bromsgrove so I am busy collecting work from them, organising the notices and labels, collecting quilt frames, making cake for our visitors…. 
This is how my guest bed looks at present! As you can see it's going to be a colourful exhibition. If you are in the area please come and see what we have created over the last year.
This evening I am giving a talk to the Staffordshire Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild so my car is packed with bags full of quilts to illustrate my talk.
I've also been busy this week working on a new patchwork design for a workshop next month. When my regular courses finish this month my students like to have a one off workshop in the summer. I saw this block in a book I was looking at recently so I have made a  few adaptations and I am in the process of putting together a small piece to advertise the workshop at the exhibition. I have called it Liquorice Allsorts as the fabrics, all from my stash, reminded me of those yummy sweets. As you can see it is still work in progress but I have another day to complete the piecing so no problem!!!
I apologise for the quality of the image but there again, the black and white fabrics do have a strange effect on the eyes.
Must dash, speak to you soon.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

A quilt in progress
Although I have had a busy week I have worked on my quilt for the Poetry Festival exhibition in Ledbury later in the month.I have stitched with a variety of coloured viscose threads which are looking good on the black fabric. There is still a long way to go until this piece is completed but at least I am making progress. 

This afternoon I visited Compton Verney.

This art gallery set in the Warwickshire countryside has some wonderful exhibitions and the present exhibition of work by Ben Nicholson and Alfred Wallis comes to an end this weekend. I was so pleased that I made the effort to go as not only did I enjoy the paintings of these two extraordinary artists but there was also an exhibition of 19th century sailor's art, Wool Work. These embroideries were a fascinating record of the ships and maritime histories associated with these sailors. One particular sailor, John Craske, had stitched the most exquisite pieces using both wool and silk thread to create swirling seas of stitch.
This would have been at a similar period of time that Alfred Wallis was producing his naive paintings inspired by the Cornish port of St. Ives. Many of his paintings were produced on cut up sections of cardboard boxes where the shape of the cardboard influenced the resulting painting.
Wallis didn't begin painting until the age of 68 and was discovered by Nicholson when he was visiting St. Ives. Wallis made quite an impact on Nicholson's work and the exhibition focuses on the paintings that both artists produced between the late 1920s and into the 1940s influenced by the landscape and coastline around St.Ives. Itv was a fascinating exhibition.
Maybe the naive quality of these paintings will influence my next journal quilt - who knows!
All for now, Edwina