Category Archives: Exhibitions

Another busy month

The month started off with the Ilkley Art Trail , after preparing work and printing cards I turned my front room into a gallery . I had lots of lovely visitors and thoroughly enjoyed it .

A trip to the V&A to see the Christian Dior exhibition was a welcome relaxation . My favourite piece was a skirt and top, I think I will have a go at making it in the autumn.

Finally I have been teaching a variety of workshops including a successful day workshop on visual mending at Dutton’s for Buttons , York .

I am now preparing for my holidays to Crete and selecting some Cretan embroidery to work on . I’ll post a picture of the finished piece next month. 

Enjoy the summer and Festival of Quilts . 

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 

 

 

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.

Yarndale 2018

A treat awaited us at the Skipton Auction Mart, everything colourful, textured and woolly.

Displays included hand dyed fibres, hand spun yarns and woven wonders.
Highlights for me included:

  • Experience Ukraine with their traditional handmade wool, embroidery and clothes from the heart of the Carpathian Mountain region (www.experienceukraine.co.uk) I am of course very tempted to visit the Ukraine with Nataliya on one of her tours.

  • Finally I was amazed at the stunning collection of knitted and crocheted butterflies made from visitors to support a Yorkshire charity which runs creative arts sessions for people living with dementia.

If you like beautiful wools and felts and a great day out put Yarndale 2019 on your calendar.