Monday, 22 May 2017

Region 16's Regional Day



Thanks to Tarja Burlison for the photo of my talk for the Quilters' Guild's Region 16 Regional Day in Perth last Saturday.  We had a very enjoyable day, including presentations from some of the Guild's specialist groups (Contemporary, Modern, Miniature and Traditional - I'm a member of the last two) and a lecture by Professor Malcolm Lochhead about Keeping Glasgow in Stitches, the community mixed media textile project he designed in 1990 (there is also a book about the banners available and you can see photos on his website on the link above).  If you get a chance to hear his talk about the banners, he is an excellent speaker and also very amusing with the stories about the imagery and creation of each piece.


The quilt on the table to my right is the beautiful Edwardian Welsh silk patchwork quilt I bought eighteen months ago from the Antique Textiles Company.  I am planning to make a new version of it soon and will be offering the pattern to Today's Quilter. One of the members on Saturday thought this part of the border looked like beach huts - what do you think?

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Talk in Perth next Saturday


I'm the main afternoon speaker at Region 16's Regional Day in Perth on Saturday 20th May.  My talk is 'Samplers and Settings', which is quite a new one and hasn't been heard very often.  All booking info is here.  Maybe see you there?

Monday, 15 May 2017

Workshop with Chichester Quilters last week


My second workshop last week was with Chichester Quilters, where members got started on sashiko kinchaku bag panels.  I don't have any photos of the workshop in progress, as Glyn took the camera into Chichester while I was teaching and enjoyed a mooch around some of the local architectural gems.







He spotted this piece of Roman mosaic in the cathedral, with a swastika twist pattern that later traveled along the Silk Route to China and later to Japan.



He thought the background on this embroidery looked just like free motion machine quilting!





Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Our trip to Kent and the South East of England - photos


We started our trip to Kent with an outing to see Hartley Morris Men dancing at The Windmill at Weald last week.  Glyn joined in for the public dance at the end, Bonny Green Garters (Bampton) -



We stopped briefly in Steyning on our way to set up for World Textile Day at Wickham, which is where I spotted the wonderfully sabi side of this old building -



At World Textile Day.  I have packed some kits for the Fanoe quilt (behind Glyn in the photo) now I've got lots of vintage blue and white yukata cottons in stock.


A rare quiet moment at WTD, during the morning lecture.


Our theme this year is 'Colour', so I showed a furisode karinui (tacked fabric) and a man's dance yukata.



Here's Glyn at Toad Rock near Tunbridge Wells on Sunday.  It is kind of traditional for us to have a family photo here.  There's a photo of my mum at the rock about 60 years ago.




On our way over to New Milton yesterday, we had to stop off at Arundel and have a short exploration.  The town looks so lovely when seen from the A27, with the cathedral and castle looking majestic and fascinating.  The rest of the town didn't disappoint, with lots of antique shops and galleries, and an interesting bath shop (closed on Monday - probably just as well!)



I spotted this lovely Japanese Imari ceramic cat, about 13in (33cm) long, so he's coming home with us.




After a fun evening with New Forest Quilters showing them (some of!) my UFOs, we had an Introduction to Shonai Sashiko workshop today, and they all have a few extra UFOs now.  Tomorrow's sashiko workshop is with Chichester quilters, so I'll get some photos from that too.


We saw this amazing orange washing machine and tumble drier as we were leaving New Milton.  If I was going to be looking at a machine in my workroom, I'd want one of these...


They would go only too well with my Frister Rossman Cub 3!


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

World Textile Day South on Saturday


World Textile Day South is on Saturday, at Wickham in Hampshire.  We'll be attending, although it might be the only time we get so far south for WTD!  All the info is at www.worldtextileday.co.uk  This event will be a special one for indigo and shibori fans, as Jenny Balfour Paul and Jane Callender are joining us.  We will be bringing lots of blue and white yukata fabrics to fit with the theme, including the new kits for my Fanoe quilt.



Thursday, 27 April 2017

Knitting and Stitching Show at Edinburgh


I'm at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Edinburgh today, Friday and Sunday, and Glyn and Fiona will be there with my fabrics on Saturday (when I'm teaching).  Stand C16.  I have lots of 'new' vintage goodies!