Saturday, 12 November 2011

Gothic Start

Jeanette is collecting textiles and items together
to start a new piece based on Gothic Inspiration
and Whitby.
She is using the textile arch she used in her previous
work as a starting point. and combining transfer images too!
See Gosford Park HERE
and see here Garden Page HERE

Purple Houses

Jeanette is continuing to work on this textile piece.
It is a continuation of the work based on her
green box and Window pieces.
It is built up of layers of fabric and sheers on felt.
Every small square and triangle is
decorated with stitch lace and beads.
To see how she begins,
see Jeanette's green textile box and how it started

Pats Finished Transfer Cushions

(Click on photos to enlarge).
Pat's Cushions are finished and they are beautiful!
They are made using different ways of
transferring images on fabric and textile techniques.
See how they started

Marie's Patchwork Quilt Blocks

Marie has been working away on her blocks for this
quilt for several weeks @The Gallery.
This week was the first time she had laid them out
on a table to see what they look like.
More rows are to be added but it looks
fantastic so far.
The small squares are all different browns and subtle plum.
See more of my quilts by visiting
my website

Sketchbook Pages

Sara has been coming to the Textile Tuesdays since
September and she is preparing herself for
a Fashion an Textiles Course which she hopes to start next year.
You have to show that you can prepare work,
designs and sketchbooks,
before going on the course.
Here Sara is adding more layers of print, papers, textiles
and layers to her sketchbook pages.
See more of her finished pieces
Good Luck Sara!

Barbara Bag Making

Barbara has been making several bags over the
last few months and we all liked this one.
See showed it off with style!
It is getting very dark in The Gallery as Winter
creeps in. We are all looking forward to the move
and the new Workshop area with all its natural light
and art purpose lighting!
See more of Barbara's wonderful Bags
See her India Inspired Wall Hanging
See my India Inspired Wall Hangings and Sketch Book
on my website

Gallery Tuesday 8th November 2011

As you know I teach ' Textile Tuesday',
most weeks @ The Gallery Dereham.
Every week there is so many lovely things being created and
Above are two drawstring bags made by
Sylvia and Beryl, Well done!
They too! need to put their mugs in to go to meetings.
See my Mug Drawstring Bag which inspired these
See more by clicking on the written labels below
or going to the Gallery website

Coven Quilters

Once a month I meet up with a group of
dear friends at Kate and Paddy's house to Quilt and Share.
We are lucky each month we meet we have a
Birthday to or special occasion to celebrate.
This month it was Liz's Birthday and she blew out the
candles in true tradition.
We 'Show and Telled' all evening, laughed as usual
until our sides hurt,
but also did some serious quilting and knitting!
Joan above is hand quilting using a quilting hoop.
Its always lovely to see people enjoying sharing
and creating!
See more of our evenings by clicking the
written labels below

Make It Monday at Knit Wits

Once a month on the first Monday of the month
I have been teaching a session at knit Wits,
where students can come along and finish
work or start new projects.
This week there was a mixture of both
with a baby quilt, (middle photo) being completed
with quilting and bias binding.
A Christmas runner continued and a Quillo
put together ready for its borders.
See more of what is being made by students
by clicking on the written labels below.

Batiks and Beads

I also loved the stall of Maryke Philips at Chilford.
She has a wonderful range of dyed silks, batiks and
patterns to make unusual wall hangings and bags.
Above, is a picture of her stitch book which
I just loved and she allowed us to turn and devour the pages
with our eyes!
I have a sample stitch book/ file that I made
when I did my City and Guilds. I would like
to make one like this though with all the lovely
threads and fabrics which are around now.
This week I took it along on 'Textile Tuesday',
to show the groups and it reminded me of
what I had learnt and still use.
See Maryke site and see her work

Monkey Buttons Bags

Amanda from Monkey Buttons always has a fantastic stall.
Sorry about the shake I was laughing as usual!
Amanda told me she had now designed and
published 100 patterns for bags, quilts and runners.
Well done! Amanda.
We were lucky at Alveva Quilters to have
Amanda come along and do a talk and workshop
a couple of years ago.
She does mail order too!
in her busy schedule.
See her bags and website at

Chilford Quilt Show Nov 2011

On the Sunday I took Fiona one of the owners from
Knit Wits to Chilford Vineyards for the
November Quilt Show.
I love going to Chilford because it is small enough to enjoy
but with so much to see and buy!
We arrived early and immediately went to the
Quilt Display area and as you can see we had the view
to ourselves. I have never seen it like this before
and the twinkle lights in the ceiling made it
look very magical!
I had so much inspiration and it triggered off
so many ideas!
Visit Julie's Blog over at mixed media for a
great review and more photos of the show.

November 5th

Stewart and I decided to stay in for the evening of
November the 5th.
We watched some near by firework displays
from our conservatory and then watched, a DVD,
'V for Vendetta', based on,
'The Gun Powder Plot',
and 500 years of history,
which depicted a future that may well come!
See clips and the trailer on my tech site
which shows videos, how to
and interesting films
which I have found on the internet.