Friday, 26 April 2013

Hilary's Fabric Book

Hilary has made a fantastic fabric book which contains pages
which celebrate all the countries she has visited on holiday.
Keepsakes, photographs, postcards and memories are all
sewn together to make an amazing book. 
It caused quite a stir as you can see. 
Every page Hilary told us the stories of her trips and the memories
of the photo taken, the smells, the food and the places that
the family shared. 
I just love holiday books and I endorse anyone to do this,
a scrapbook/ sketchbook of your memories. 
I am often found on holiday in the cafe or lounge area,
sticking and gluing my trip of the day or keepsakes.
Often people stop and chat about, "What are you doing?",
I explain and they often say,
 "What a good idea, I have a plastic bag or box of holiday stuff and
never knew what to do with all the other stuff, you know? 
I put some of the photos in an album".
Some often join me the day after because they have found a book
while out for the day to start!
I share anywhere!!!
Thank you Hilary for sharing such a wonderful treasure and making 
many of us plan our next trip!
See some of my holiday sketchbooks HERE
I will be teaching a ten week course in September 2013 
on Creative Textiles which will be mounted in a fabric book.
This shows you different textile techniques and 
fabric book construction.
I will also be teaching two evening workshops 
with the Embroiderers Guild in 2014.
See a previous class that had the success of passing their 
City and Guilds Level One Creative Textiles HERE
Click the written and photo labels below to view more.

Embellished Flower Brooches

While we were having our textile session at Cancer Care
Beryl popped in with some of her Embellished Flower Brooches.
For the Centre to sell at their coffee morning which they hold once a 
month on the last Tuesday.
Beryl has been coming along to textiles for 18 months and her first 
session with me was on the Embellisher Machine,
she fell in love with the technique and got a machine immediately.
She is now a master and her Embellished Flower Brooches
 don't stay unsold for  long, 
as you can see by the hand coming into the photo!
See Beryl's first session with me HERE
See more Embellished Flowers HERE
See Embellished Flower Cards HERE
See Embellished work on my portfolio site HERE
Click the written labels under this post to see more embellishments.

Patchwork Chair Cover

Liz has been working on a cover for her chair at home
to make it more cosy and comfortable.
She loves colour and has enjoyed learning lots of
 Patchwork and Quilting techniques.
She demonstrated how it would work on one of the
chairs at Cancer Care.
We were all amazed when Liz did the reverse
show too!
She reckons it was the side when visitors are coming round
so the colours are not in their face!
Textile Sessions are every Thursday at Cancer Care Dereham.
10am-12.15 and 12.30-2.45.

March Alveva Quilt Meeting

Alveva Quilters meet the third Wednesday evening of most months.
At The Methodist Hall  Feltwell.
From 7pm until 9
There is always lots to see, share and learn.
We start with the notices and catch up and then "Show and Tell".
This month there were quilts and Liz showed us her
quilted cushion which was beautifully done.
All are welcome so come along and share.
Lucy Summers was our speaker for the evening, 
Sharing her quilts with the fabric she has designed herself for Moda.
See the post
See her website HERE

Lucy Summers

Lucy Summers gave a talk at Alveva Quilters. 
See previous post HERE
She showed us her fabrics and quilts that she had made with them.
She then went on to demonstrate her layered screen printing technique
using Thermofax Screens. 
She then got several members to have a go and have their own 
piece of fabric. I had a screen print too!
You can see Lucy's quilts are very colourful and she often uses a 
'improve' technique to make them.
 You use what ever fabric you have and make small areas
of patchwork and then join them together.
She was also excited to show and tell us about her new book. 
Which comes out soon!
A great evening and we all brought some of her fabric 
or one of her china mugs.
See Lucy's blog with all her work HERE