Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Textile in Focus 2012

On Friday 17th February I took myself off to
the 'Textile In Focus' Exhibition at Cottenham College
near Cambridge.
I can't show any photos as Photography wasn't allowed.
This was disappointing as we all love to share events and
celebrate what inspires us.
I always ask before I take photos no matter where I am
and when I did at the show some of the artists
said they didn't want their work put on the internet
or for people to copy.
Which is fair enough but I am still on the side of sharing!
There is enough art and ideas in the world to exchange!
and everyone does their work in an individual way.
Not everyone uses the same techniques
and their outcomes may resemble but will never be identical.
You may learn by coping but it is that, a copy and if your work is to
stand alone and inspire it will show it's soul by the hard work
you put in to develop the ideas and make it your own.
I do ask the question out there to you,
"Why Exhibit if you don't want to show anyone?"
Visit the Textile in Focus website

Knit Wits Quilt Making

Some students at Knit Wits are making a quilts,
so it is taking many sessions to complete.
Jenny is making hers out of recycled fabrics.
Jenny has never made anything this size before so it takes
encouragement from all.
It was lovely this week to be able to lay out
the large blocks and start to join them together to form
the strips. It wont be long now before Jenny is layering her quilt
ready for quilting.
See more by clicking the labels below.

I have had several students who are just visiting Norfolk
for a short while, on holiday, visiting or on leave.
Vicky has been on leave for a couple of weeks and
this year has challenged herself to learn patchwork and quilting.
Mum had signed her up for a class with me and I
managed to squeeze her into another one because she
was so enthusiastic.
She got straight in there making a folded bag, got inspired
by 'Show and Tell', making a large pincushion!
A bit of a giggle in some groups because so far Shirley
had the biggest one!
Vicky also made a pocket wall hanging over the week and then
made a piece of strip patchwork to cover a
sketchbook to take her notes in.
She has been so inspired she brought the machine
that she has been working on in the workshop!
That shows real dedication.
Well done Vicky! and keep in touch.
See more students work by
clicking the labels below.

Photo Transfer at Knit Wits

As you probably know I have been taking my
printer and prepared fabric to all of my classes
so students can transfer their photos onto to fabric for
projects and keepsakes.
All of the photos have had wonderful stories behind
them and have taken many down memory lane.
They will make another leap into life with the
items that they are being made into.
It's been like magic! seeing the images
emerge onto the fabric for all of us.
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Knit Wits Quilt Class 16th February 2012

The classes at Knit Wits has Inspiration Topic every week
and students are working on their own projects.
Claire and her husband went to Canada seven years ago and picked
up a pack which had the fabric and 'some' instructions
on how to make a table runner inspired by the bears.
She has been putting it together over the last couple
of weeks and now she is ready to quilt it.
It looks great and what a lovely memory of
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Alveva Quilters Meeting

On Wednesday the 15th of February Alveva Quilters had their first
evening meeting for 2012. We have held Coffee Mornings
and Work Days during the day since December
because of the Winter Weather.
These meetings have been really lovely for members to get together
and share making and skills.
The evening was based on all the news, 'Show and Tell' from members
and the topic,
"What or What Inspires You?".
Everyone joined in and there was a real variety of ideas
and items.
My favourites were the quilts and an art book,
Carol shared with us written by
John Clare and Carry Akroyd.
It is all based on landscapes and animals.
I was so inspired I ordered it from Amazon.
See more of our meetings by clicking the labels below.