Sunday, 27 November 2011

Architecture Inspiration

On Friday 18th Stewart and I should have started my
Mum's kitchen. We are taking out the old kitchen, decorating
putting in a new cooker, and units.
Sadly Stewart had to work so we are doing it over the weekend instead.
I worked in the studio continuing with my sculpture.
It is for the Opening of the the new Gallery.
Here, is one of the samples I made to fill one of the gaps
bases on Venetian Arches.
It is over 6 feet tall so there is a lot of surfaces to consider.
See some more Venetian inspiration by seeing
videos I have posted on my tech site.

Will's Quilt

I have been working on several commissions over the last
few months and Will's Quilt has been one of them.
I enjoyed working with these colours and block patterns.
Friday 18th I wrapped and posted it off.
Hope Will likes it?
See more of my quilts on my website

Knit Wits P&Q Class November 17th 2011 Christmas Runners

In October I began showing different patterns for Christmas Runners.
Here are some of the runners that are being made by students.
Even though they are using the same patterns every one of
them is different.
See more Christmas items by clicking on the written labels

Knit Wits P&Q Class November 17th 2011

Every Thursday I teach Patchwork and Quilting Classes at
Knit Wits in Dereham.
I have been teaching there since September and students are making all
sots of items and learning new techniques each week.
See my workshop list above.
The top photo is a sewing machine mat made by Ros.
They are so good to make because you can stabilize your
sewing machine on your table. Stop any marks created by sewing
machine feet and it is easy to push it out of the way because it
glides across the surface.
Gracie has been making four cushions from panels of Shire Horses.
See more of what is available at Knit Wits

Textile Tuesday Hat Making

As you have gathered Textile Tuesdays are always creative and I love
inspiring people to create what they are wanting
to bring into the world.
Sophie is a 6th Former and one of her art projects on textiles is
costume and accessories. Sophie has been inspired by
the Period Dramas and 1940s/50s fashion.
Her sketchbook is really inspirational.
Well done Sophie!
So, with some playing around with a CD, curtain velvet,
feathers, a button and with the addition of some beading and stitching.
The little blue hat/ fascinator came about.
It sits well on a lady's head and is going to really look something
going down the catwalk.
See a video on how to make a fascinator on my
tech site

Textile Tuesday at The gallery 15th November

In the Textile Tuesday Classes their is so many wonderful
things being created. I think it is so fantastic when
a bag full of mixed fabrics, trimmings and a few ideas
mixed with different techniques and the care of a maker
create a piece of fantasy that has not been around before.
The journey and sharing is wonderful for all in the class.
Above, Jeanette has nearly finished her
'Purple Houses' and Sara has nearly finished
her 'Pink Embellished Wall Hanging'.
Truly inspirational!
See more by clicking the written or picture labels below.

Weeting Christmas Baubles Meeting

On Monday the 14th of November, we had our
Weeting Quilters meeting. It was the last one before
Christmas. We made Christmas Baubles under
the tuition of Sue. She had brought in all the
shiny and sparkly materials and trimmings for
us to use. It was a lovely morning as you can
see by the photo of the finished baubles above, we
all had fun. Mine, is the Brown and Gold one in the
centre of the picture. I feel it is very influenced
by the architectural work I am doing at the moment.
See a video on how to make a fantastic
Christmas Bauble on my tech site
See more of Weeting Quilters

Ely Beads

On the way home from St Ives I called into Ely
and went into my favourite shops. I have a soft
spot for Ely because it is where I trained as a nurse
and I met and courted my husband there.
I first went into Ely Beads.
I love this bead shop it's like being in a sweet shop!
I collected together a mixed bag of beads ready to add
to my new piece of work based on Architecture and decay
of buildings.
The orange bead is for another fun 3D piece
I have in mind!!!
I love their inspiration wall in the Beading Workshop Area.
Vist their yummy site
I also went to Ely Bike Centre which has
one of the largest haberdashery and fabric
selection in the area.
I am needing sheers, satins and lace for my
new work.
Visit the shop

City and Guilds Event

On the 11th of November I went to a City and Guilds
Open Event at St Ives (Cambridgeshire)
because I am considering becoming
a centre for offering certificates in the Creative Textiles Field.
I had a very informative day and I am definitely qualified and
so I am going to go through the process.
It is so exciting, finally I may be able to offer certificates
for Embroidery, Patchwork and Quilting and Creative Textiles.
I am looking into offering 30 hour courses as well as the longer
City and Guilds full certificates.
So watch this space!
See the City and Guilds site