Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Textile Tuesday

Home again after another inspiring day with my Textile Inspirations students. There were lots of exciting buckets of dye around the studio as some were dyeing their first batch of colours for a family gradation and others were completing their second batch. We already saw some fabulous results of this two stage technique but unfortunately I forgot to take any photos! Will do so next week.
When not dyeing fabrics there is an on-going project which is to interpret a list of words using black and/or white fabrics as a base and then responding to the word in stitch. Everyone is tackling this in their own way and there are some interesting little textiles happening. I am also working on this project and here are some of my squares


and a few more prepared ready for stitch.


The challenge once they are all completed is to organise them as a collection maybe as a book but that will be a decision left to the individual. I think they will make an amazing display at our exhibition in June.
As I was clearing up I managed to knock over a small pot of dye so not wanting to waste it I immediately mopped it up with a piece of fabric! There were a few other dredges of dye left so I kneaded them into the fabric as well. Who knows what the result will be but it's always worth experimenting!

Last week Beth, one of my patchwork students, brought along her finished quilt to show us all. It is a beautiful traditional quilt made from Liberty fabrics using both hand and machine piecing techniques and totally quilted by hand.


Isn't it fabulous?

Although we have had another cold day here in The Midlands I noticed a touch of spring in the garden.


These miniature daffodils managed to grow out of the paving slabs where the bulbs had dropped and


this primrose, also growing between the paving slabs has been in flower for several weeks. I'm afraid this doesn't say much for my gardening skills!
If you are free this Thursday and would like a day out I still have a few places left on my Colour Confidence workshop at Littleheath Barn, Bromsgrove. It's a busy week as on Friday I am flying to Ireland where I am giving a talk and teaching a workshop for the Mid West Ireland Patchwork Guild in Limerick. Should be fun!
I hope you are having a busy and creative week too.

Speak to you soon
Edwina

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