North Country Quilting 

A busy month studying North Country Quilting starting off with a quilt from the Quilting Museum https://www.quiltmuseum.org.uk  

The stripy quilt showing a linear feather design . 

At the Bowes museum I saw a dramatic framed diamond quilt in turkey red and cream. The maker is unknown but it thought to be sewn around the 1900’s .

And at Beamish my favourite designs came from a quilt by Sarah Hunter Walker around 1930.

I have many more photographs I will draw from and make samples from which I will post in the coming months . There is so much inspiration from these North Country quilts and it will be the focus of my work in the coming years as it is part of our heritage. I feel it is important to celebrate the Quilters of the past and look to see what designs we can take forward from the quilts. 

My first sample – a Weardale chain 

 

 

‘Embroidery’ The Textile Art Magazine

Proud to be in print in this months Embroidery magazine 

It is a real privilege to be part of the Embroideries Guild and to be involved in the local Skipton branch  https://skiptoneg.blogspot.com and visit other branches to present workshops. Local guilds are always welcoming to new members whatever their ability . So if you are interested in embroidery contact your local guild and stitch and chat with like minded people.

.https://embroiderersguild.com

 

Durham quilting workshop

Had a great day at Oh Sew Sweet in Barnsley teaching about Durham quilting . The ladies were a pleasure to teach and did some beautiful hand quilting . 

“Thank you for a very enjoyable day learning about the history behind the quilts was fascinating. You are a very patient and helpful teacher” Lynda 

The next workshop at Oh Sew Sweet is on Indian kanthan work on April 27th . Please see their website for further details . 

https://www.ohsewsweetshop.co.uk

Dutton Heritage Workshop

A  brilliant start to the Dutton heritage workshops . We had a relaxing stitching day in the York shop in the amazing Medieval Room. We chatted about the Brontes , the embroidery of the Regency period and made a needle roll in the spirit of Charlotte Brontes darning roll.

Join us for the Old English Patchwork workshop making an English rose pin cushion in March or check out what is on throughout the year. http://duttonsforbuttons.co.uk 

“Thank you Helen for a lovely day. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and was inspired by your knowledge and enthusiasm. “ Jill Morris

Celebration Birthday Sewing Party 

My sister Sarah and her friends had a great afternoon hand embroidering stylised flower and shell designs to hang up in embroidery hoops. It was lovely to see non crafters  trying something new and taking home a finished art piece to hang up at home.

If you would like a special party with your friends just let me know . 

“Thanks Helen for the wonderful workshop inspired by quilts of the Durham miners wives. It was interesting to learn the history and the worksheets and examples provided an excellent starting point for our own work . Thank you for a enjoyable afternoon” Christine Mason

 

Swedish Embroidery from my visit to Stockholm

I was lucky enough to visit my friend Lina in Stockholm last year and was amazed at the beautiful city with open spaces and water. While there I went to study the Folk art at the Nordiska museet where I spent a pleasant afternoon sketching and taking notes. 

Some of my favourite pieces included this appliqued bag with pom-poms.

Traditional white and red patterns and designs

And a piece with this woven bird on Using my sketches and photographs I worked on an embroidered wool design of flowers 

and an appliquéd and hand embroidered composition of iconic Swedish images including the flowers, birds, horse and hearts . 

I then made a winter seasonal bucket bag which I love. 

I enjoyed using the soft felts and bold colours I had bought in Stockholm and enhancing the design with a variety of hand stitches and beads. 

If you would like to learn more please get in touch . 

Helen 

Durham quilting

The Quilters Guild Collection

I recently spent a wonderful day sketching and studying 3 of the Guilds North country quilts (somtimes called Durham quilting ), a whole cloth quilt kit , a framed whole cloth and a Sanderson Star quilt . Examining the patterns and working out the intricate details was an absorbing exercise. I hope to study in depth these quilts and make samples to help pass on our cultural quilting heritage. So watch out for next years blogs . 

The beautiful Sanderson Star – so much work , with tiny stitchwork .

Detail showing the feather design and diamonds typical of the North country quilts.

Detail showing the tiny running stitches.

Explore the quilts online at http://Www.quiltmuseum.org.uk

Look out for workshops in 2019 if you would like to  make a cushion using the North country patterns.

Dutton’s Heritage Workshops

I have been working with Duttons for Buttons in York to create a historical programme of workshops covering Medieval appliqué to Victorian cross stitch samplers . Workshops are once a month and can be attended on an indiviual basis . Vouchers can be bought as a present for a loved one so they can choose  the workshop they would like to do . 

The first three are 

January 9th -Chunky Yorkshire Knits

Learn about the medieval wool trade of York and use wool to knit a unique designer scarf.

February 6th -Bronte Needle Roll

Sew a needle roll just like Charlotte Bronte’s and study Regency embroidery patterns and designs .

March 20th – Old English Patchwork 

Try the addictive craft of paper piecing patchwork creating an English rose pin cushion – the perfect Mothers Day gift.

Price £50 including materials 

Book early by emailing York Duttons for Buttons york@@duttonsforbuttons.co.uk or ring 01904632042

 

 

Hand Embroidery Liberty flowers

Liberty Florals workshop

A lovely day was had by everyone that was on the Liberty Florals workshop. The Liberty hand embroideries are being finished off into cushions or mats and look fabulous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will be running a second day workshop on Saturday Jan 26th in Ilkley at Jenni’s studio. Please get in touch for details .

Review

“I knew nothing about Vietnamese textiles before today; and I enjoyed seeing your collection. I enjoyed exploring the motifs and interpreting them with different stitches and threads.  Thank you Helen “ Stephanie M _ Nidderdale Embroiderers Guild