Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Pictures from an Exhibition

We had a great time at our end of year exhibition that took place at Avoncroft Arts Centre this past weekend. It was a new venue for us and we all appreciated the extra space and excellent lighting. It was lovely to hear all of the positive comments from our visitors about the work on display. If you didn't manage to get to the exhibition, here are a few general images of the show. I will post some more detailed ones later in the week.
Work by some of the students from my Textile Inspirations course.

A few of the quilts made at on the Block of the Month course.
Sketchbooks and stitched pieces from my Journal Days course.
Some of the exciting map inspired wallhangings from Ineke's course.
The stage provided a good space for visitors to sit and admire the exhibits while enjoying a drink and a slice of homemade cake. The backdrop to the stage provided more space to display work from the courses.
More work from my Textile Inspiration students.
I have lots more to share with you but off to work now!
Speak to you again soon.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Exhibition time

It's that time of the year again. My students are busy completing projects, stitching on bindings, adding sleeves etc.
We are exhibiting at a different venue this year, Avoncroft Arts Centre in Bromsgrove and we will be open all day Saturday and Sunday instead of Friday afternoon and Saturday. Ineke Berlyn's students will also be exhibiting their work so there should be lots to see plus traders, demonstrations and  our popular book tombola. Refreshments are included in the entrance price and there are always lots of yummy homemade cakes to choose from.
We are raising money this year for the local Bromsgrove Basement Project which supports young homeless people so we hope you will come along and support us. Last year we  raised over a £1000 and we hope to beat that amount this year.
Here are a few images to show how industrious everyone was yesterday at the Barn.
Eileen was attaching the lining to a bag that she had made at an earlier workshop with Ineke.
Trish was working on a summer tablecloth using some gorgeous breakdown printed and dyed fabrics that she produced during this term. The Kaleidoscope Triangle ruler was making quick work of the cutting out.
Jill was machine quilting the background of this beautiful printed fabric. The prints are all from Jill's drawings that she had made into Thermofax screens.
Ann has produced some very exciting work this year and as it is almost complete she spent the day working on this coil pot using an African printed fabric with a very bizarre design on it. But used in this way it is going to make an amazing container which will hopefully be at the exhibition.
Ruth was adding extra printing to this lively breakdown printed cloth which she intends to add to her stash for use next year.
Judith was sewing a sleeve on to one of her many pieces inspired by a collection of wonderful brass rubbings.
I hope this taster of some of the work that will be on display at our exhibition, will inspire you to come along. If you need directions please e-mail me.
Thanks for reading and speak to you soon.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Rain and more rain!

It has rained heavily here all day and a planned day out walking with a friend was cancelled and we had to spend several hours in a pub eating a very tasty lunch! I can assure you that we were not the only people with the same idea. When I arrived home I sat in the car for quite a while waiting for the next deluge to pass and then a few minutes later the rain stopped and I ventured into the garden to take some photographs. My garden looks its best at this time of the year when the peonies and iris are in bloom. Unfortunately the peonies will be short lived unless I 'empty' them of rainwater every few hours.
 The iris are a foot taller this year after all the rain!
I love the way the rain water sits on the soft leaves of the Lady's Mantle.
At least the wet weather allows for more stitching time. I have started to add some hand quilting and couched scrim to my weather inspired quilt although I'm not quite sure what these isobars would suggest.
Another Cut and Come Again quilt is underway this time using some of my indigo dyed fabrics. I am aiming for a seascape with the occasional block pieced with a curved seam to suggest movement. Here are a few of the blocks underway, but not in any particular order!
If you would like to take part in an indigo dyeing workshop then maybe you would be interested in joining the workshop I will be teaching at The Bramble Patch on 18 July.
Well it's still raining and we have strong winds forecast over night - another typical English summer is well underway!
Speak to you soon