Thursday, 8 May 2014

Selvedge Fashion Fair

Oh I know, its been ages...... since I last blogged. I should have lots to say as so much has happened in the past months - all mostly good or even great !!!.
Still am very busy at the moment, so just a very quick note to let you all know that I will be at the Selvedge Fashion Fair in The Octagon in Bath on Saturday 10th May.  I have lots of new unique Art Jackets and some really stunning Beatrice jackets for  Summer wear. Come along and see me and Trev and my StitchyWooWoo stand.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

SAQA auction

Studio Art Quilts Association of which I am a member is an American organisation that promotes art quilts. Many great quilt artists are involved and lots of exhibitions are put on to expose quilts to the world.
Over the next few weeks they are having an auction to raise funds. Members were asked to create a small square to donate to the auction. Mine is for sale this week.
Take a look at the website and see some amazing small works of art in quilt form.

This piece is titled Art of Illunimation - roll on the floor laughing.
I admire the work of old illuminated manuscripts, the work involved in created the lettering and decoration. I wanted to create this in fabric but with a contemporary twist. I looked at how modern text is used in the form phone and email text - using abbreviations. I decided to mix this with the decoartion . As you will see in the work the text represents this.

Lots of tiny pieces of applied fabrics. Took ages to work but I feel I have captured the look of old book pages. The auction is like a Dutch auction and takes the form of getting less each day, so you could get a wonderful bargain if you are quick.
Several other pieces that I created in this series,although much bigger works are shown below.
This one shows an artist at work instead of a pen and book he has a mobile phone and computor on his work table.
Again lots of text with hidden meanings.
This other piece is in the same style.
For Your Information and In My Humble Opinion is all about linking the very old with the very modern !
Each motif is made of of hundreds of small pieces taken from printed commerical fabrics. Each quilts comprises of thousands of pieces all applied down on to background fabrics. All are free motion quilted.
Enjoy ! and happy bidding at the auction.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Abstract Art

I had a great day on Monday with the Weedon Bec Creative Textiles group. We had a play day with acrylic paints and papers to create abstract pieces for inspiration for fabric work, quilting and embroidery. Loosely based on summer garden images I managed to create some very Monet water lily pieces.  Now just got to turn them into textile pieces !
Maybe I will use some of my ice dyed fabrics and fragments then chiffons to overlay. It might just work - I'll show you once I've had a go.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

New Blog Little Scrap of Cloth

Come on over to my brand new blog Little Scrap of Cloth.
A daily dose of textiles - my textile work and some interesting other bits of material too.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

'Share' Cook Book

The Cook Book that celebrates our common humanity.

An amazing new cook book has only just been published in the past few days. 100% of profits going to the charity Women for Women International - an organisation that works with women in war torn countries.

This cook book brings together recipes from the women themselves and famous celebrities that recognise the need to help in some way. Meryl Streep writes the forward and people like Sir Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Emma Thompson, Sir Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela ( to name but a few) have all given their favourite and interesting food recipes to delight the palette. Many people have given their services for free to enable this wonderful book to be published.

I was more than happy to provide many of the antique textiles and some of my own textile work that are used in the photographs throughout the book.

Makes a perfect present for the foodie person in your life whilst also knowing that you a helping the global community.

Available from 16th May from Waterstones or Amazon or any good bookshop.


Wednesday, 9 January 2013

A Girl Can Never have too Many Shoes !

I know, I know I am not going to even comment on the fact that I haven't posted on my blog for over 6 months now ! Well not yet anyway - maybe later I will catch up on all thats been going on in my life !
First off let me show you what I have been up to in the last few days. SHOES - Baby shoes actually. After visiting the Northampton Shoe Museum ( well worth a visit) for the upteenth time I was inspired to make some shoes.My niece is due to have her baby any day now and so it was a perfect excuse to try making some ittsy bittsy little shoes !
I have had the greatest time with my NEW Bernina ( a story from the missing 6 months) and lots of beautiful silks and some lovely ribbons and trims. And the best bit is that each pair only takes a tiny amount of fabric. So I have made Seven pairs - one for every day of the week.
Here is a quick look at each pair

A dreamy pink pair with long ties to wrap around the ankle.

With antique lace and pearl buttons.
Perfect for the girly bedroom.Love the bobbles and fluffy chiffon.
Complete with big bow. These are so tiny and sweet.
Perfect for dancing the night away.
Silks that my darling daughter bought back from Singapore.
Going on that evening out to the theatre or opera. Lovely silk brocade.
Woven silk with rosey fabric and antique lace bow.

They have been a bit fiddly to make but a pleasure to work so small and to achieve so many different ideas . They are all newborn and 0 to 3 months size. And yes we do know that my niece is having a girl !
Now I need a really nice case to fit them all into.
So gone on have a go yourself - even if you are not expecting a new baby sometime soon !!!!
And do Let me know which is your favourite pair.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Joy of Quilt Making !

Most Quilt makers at least once are asked the question 'What is the best bit of making a Quilt?'
There are of course as any quilt maker knows a number of processes to consider.
Designing- just what will it look like - who is it for ?,  selecting the fabrics- oh no matter how much stash we have - we still need to buy another bit.Cutting the pieces and then sewing the top ( hand or machine?) . Creating the back, one whole piece of a mixture ) where does the label go. Assembling the layers ( wadding in the UK and batting in the USA) Do you pin or do you tack?. Then the mammoth job of actually holding the layers together  with stitch - do you want the gentile pleasure of hand quilting or do you want the struggle of putting it under the sewing machine? 
I have the stages that I love and the ones I don't !!!!
But I deny any quilter to dispute that the 'best bit' is the BINDING. You know that you are there when you get to that bit !!!

Its nearly the end and you can start another one !!!!

I have made hundreds of quilts and  love the joy of the binding process. 
What's your best bit?