Thursday, 8 May 2014
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
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.
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 other piece is in the same style.
Enjoy ! and happy bidding at the auction.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Sunday, 12 May 2013
Saturday, 11 May 2013
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
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
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
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 !!!