Saturday, 22 June 2013

Bag finished in time

Back in March I blogged about some fabrics that I had created on Ineke's course which I intended to make into a holdall style bag. With our exhibition opening today, I set myself the challenge of completing the bag in time for it to be displayed. There's nothing like a deadline to get me going!

This is one of the fabrics printed with various Thermofax screens, quilted and cut to size.

All of the pieces here are ready for assembly and I managed to incorporate some of my stash of leather inherited from my Dad who was a surgical boot maker.

I used Lisa Lam's bag making book which is full of very useful tips on how to deal with the various stages of construction and her website to order the necessary fastenings.

I am very pleased with the result. It was fun to make and I only broke two leather needles in the process! The fabric I used was a cotton moleskin, which is quite sturdy and ideal for purpose but when there are several folded edges brought together the seams are quite bulky to stitch.

The lining and pockets are made from several different printed fabrics and a couple of pockets removed from a pair of jeans.

The group exhibition last weekend was a great success and when I visited most of the group were there so a photograph was called for!

Here is some information about the GOGs and how we all came together.

As you can see it was popular exhibition. Doris here is proudly showing her chess pieces and board which was one of her assessment pieces for the City & Guilds course for which she was awarded a Highly Commended.

I hope to see some of you this weekend at my students' exhibition and for those of you who live many miles away, I will share some photos soon.

Have a good weekend and thanks for visiting.


Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Out and about

Earlier in the week I promised to post the link to the Open Garden where the group quilts will be displayed this Sunday so here it is Haymes Garth Open Garden I hope you will be able to get there especially if you live in the Cheltenham area as the garden is beautiful with views across to the Malvern Hills. I'm sure you will enjoy the quilts as  well. I had a sneak preview on Monday and they are looking good!
I'm teaching a Pojagi workshop this evening so I have been busy dyeing and preparing fabrics so that everyone can have a go at this relaxing hand stitched technique and maybe make a small wrapping cloth.

The cotton organdie I dyed takes the colour so well, although maybe nit quite so vibrant as in the photograph!
Earlier today I went walking with a school friend ( we go back a long way as we met when we were 5 years old!). We tramped through meadows of very long grass close to the River Avon in Pershore, before relaxing over a delicious lunch. Just before the rain started we went to see Pershore Abbey which dates back to the 10th century. In the grounds was this beech tree stump which had been carved by Tom Harvey and inspired by local school children.

This was the carving on one side of the tree and on the other side it looked like this.

The abbey is rather like a patchwork with evidence of sections no longer standing and many additions. I particularly liked these window shapes

and this door

The hinges look far too large but rather gorgeous!

Must load the car now, speak to you soon.


Sunday, 9 June 2013

Exhibition time again

It's that time of year when all of the end of year exhibitions are held and I know that all my students are working towards finishing some of their textile pieces that have developed over this year. Our theme has been 'Art as Inspiration' and, as usual, there will be some wonderful sketchbooks and stitched textiles to see at our end of year exhibition in two weeks time.

Ineke Berlyn's students will also be displaying their work from various courses taken with Ineke over the year so there will be plenty to see. I do hope that you will be able to join us over the weekend. There is always a great selection of delicious homemade cakes to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee and all the proceeds go to charity. Last year we raised £1100 and we are hoping to beat this amount this year.
I also have deadlines to meet and I have completed another Sushi quilt, with one more to finish and that is well under way. I have a few more decisions to make for the final piece so a little more staring and auditioning is still needed.

This latest addition to the series is 'Sushi'. It continues with the same dye painted sushi shapes quilted with irregular lines of machine quilting using a variegated thread. The green section is quilted with a list of ingredients used in the making of sushi - rather appetising I think!

As you can see in this close up I have embellished the background with some small double-sided squares continuing with the wasabi green and pickled ginger pink colour scheme.

The group project that I spoke about in my last blog is finished. All of the blocks have been trimmed, stitched together, extra stitches added to blend the individual sections and finally faced.

It is 70 inches long so pinning it to the door to the garage was the only option I could think of so that I could photograph it. I'm very pleased with the result and will be delivering it tomorrow so that it can hang with the other quilts at Fiona's fund raising open garden next Sunday. I hope to get there and if I do I promise you some photographs of the other quilts. It should be a stunning display.

Here are detailed images to show the variety of techniques used to make the blocks.

The next pressing deadline is my 'create' book for the Beauty of Books exhibition at Weaver's Gallery in Ledbury at the beginning of July. I have another half a dozen small blocks to make before I can put together my book. More of this next time.
Hope you are all having a creative time and meeting your deadlines too!

Speak to you soon