Saturday, 10 November 2012

A bit of this and that.

I am slowly catching up on things and thought I would share some. I have been doing quite a bit of dyeing for commissions and my own work. I love this fabric below which was wrapped in madder root and then steamed. It is much more red in the flesh!
Six weeks ago several ladies started a beginner sampler quilt course at the studio. The quilt below is Claire's first one and she also machine quilted it. The photo really doesn't do this Amy Butler fabric justice. There was also more contrast in the actual quilt than shows here.
These two pieces, both using naturally dyed fabrics have been in an exhibition at a local gallery.
For what ever reason (probably the photographer!) my camera doesn't seem to be giving clear images. This Blue "woad" Bells wall hanging was hand and machine stitched using woad dyed fabrics. It doesn't matter how many times I have made up a woad vat it is still smelly. No wonder Queen Elizabeth 1st passed a law requiring any woad factory to not be near a royal palace.
Today was spent at the studio making up kits for The Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate in two weeks. DS joined me to revise for some GCSE's that start soon. I had to be very quiet but I did get lots done.
By the end of the day I had 64 completed kits and just 32 to finish.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Stitching onwards

You know how things happen, a phone call, someone telling you something and them life just seems to fall apart. Well that was five weeks ago and I'm back. I still have some appointments with DS2 at the local hospital to see a consultant and then decisions to be made.

I have been doing lots of teaching over the past weeks both at the studio and around the country. I had a fantastic time at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. Both stitched origami book workshops were full and it was good to see some stitched up in the hour. If you are going to The Knitting and Stitching show at Harrogate in a few weeks I think there are a few spaces left for this workshop. I am teaching six workshops across three days so lots of kits to make up.

There has been a sampler quilt class at the studio for the past six weeks. I just love seeing how the same block looks in different fabrics. Karen's quilt is at the top and Claire's below.
 My very talented group who meet at a Children's Centre have been playing with Shibori techniques. I'm sure that I took some of the dyed fabrics but can't find them at the moment!
I have also completed some stitched landscapes using woad and other bits left over from my larger landscape that went to Festival. I am off to see the exhibition tomorrow so will hope to take some photos. If you are fairly local to Lincolnshire it is at The Carre Gallery in Sleaford.