I think I do patchwork all the time, (though some of you might disagree!) as I join different shapes and elements together. I use the traditional patchwork building blocks but instead of building up a quilt top I use them to embellish garments. I want them to appear as having a patchwork element without being too heavy handed and I like that this free style approach allows me to let the shapes float away from each other a little. This week I have been working on a new piece incorporating these yellow triangles. I have also included pictures of some older work where I have used this approach.
Lizzie Hulme who offers workshops from her beautiful Chateau Dumas in France gifted me a small tattered quilt in May and pieces of it have crept into this little book which will be following me to France this week when I board the plane for Limoges and teach for Crafty Retreats. I will be returning to Chateau Dumas again next summer to run a week's worth of workshops if you would like to join me there. Full information about the course HERE
Every other year I teach at Cowslip Workshops in Launceston, Cornwall. It is a beautiful, warm and friendly place and I will be travelling down there on Thursday to run 4 workshops ( all full I am afraid) over the bank holiday weekend. I was very happy to be asked by Jo to do a pop up exhibition for four days ( Friday 24 - Mon 27 May) in the barns I could just imagine how good my big wall art pieces would look in this setting. I have shown these a couple of times before but mostly they reside in a suitcase in the loft so if you are passing near Cornwall at the weekend please come and see! Here they are, all at least I.5 metre square so much bigger than anything I usually do.
This weekend I will be having a little exhibition in my studio of work I did 10-15 years ago inspired by my research into my local cemetery and the maiden's garlands of St Stephens Fylingdales. I don't often get this work out so this might be your only chance to see it if you haven't done so before. Its part of our Spring Art Fair Event at The Hearth. Information HERE I will be there both days... These photos were taken this week as I started to stage the work.
I am teaching a fabric books workshop this weekend so it has given me the opportunity to seek out some from the past to show the students. This one was done for a drawing exhibition a few years ago. It is a concertina and it was suspended from the ceiling in the original exhibition with the blue sewn line going all the way through it.
I have just been to Italy for a week and whenever I go abroad I seek out the textiles like a ferret! There was a display of costumes from the Cavalieri di Casala in a room behind the Tourist Information in Arezzo which I found inspiring, particularly the embellishment of the sleeves. They are worn every year at an age old pageant that takes place in the town square. I am going to make something similar to that red belt!
For those of you who might have heard the story of Joe the Quilter, the British quilt stamper who was murdered for his quilt money in 1826. Here are some pictures of his cottage which was rebuilt at Beamish, an open air museum not far from where I live. The heather rush roof was particularly beautiful.Beamish also have examples of his beautiful whole cloth quilt designs in their stores. Here is a link to the whole story https://museumcrush.org/piecing-together-the-lost-georgian-cottage-of-murdered-joe-the-quilter/