A new year and lots to do. I’m working on new workshops and have regular classes at The Sewing Shed in Ilkley , Dutton’s for Buttons in York and Oh Sew Sweet in Barnsley . At the end of January I am doing a workshop for the Embroiderers Guild looking at Indian mirror work , and it has been lovely looking back at my visits to India and getting all my Indian fabrics out as I prepare for it.
I am also continuing my research and work on Durham/North Country quilting and have just finished an embroidered central design from a whole cloth quilt.
This quilted piece completed in December is using colourful thread to show off the amazing designs of the Northern quilts.
This year I will continue to study these beautiful quilts from our rich heritage and celebrate the intricate folk designs.
Happy Sewing and Quilting for 2020
A busy December has had me doing a number of workshops around Yorkshire. I have met some lovely ladies and made new friends. Thank you all for being so welcoming and working hard to create beautiful textiles . I hope to see you again in the new year.
Duttons for Buttons in York
Oh Sew Sweet @The Hut in Barnsley
Look in Events to checkout my workshops next year .
Have a Happy Christmas and Peaceful new year
The hand embroidery class at The Sewing Shed is very successful , the students are a lovely group of people and it is great to sew and chat on a Tuesday lunchtime . Work ranges from embroidery on quilts to landscape work on photographs while learning new skills each week.
Using a variety of stitches these small Durham quilt motifs have been done on an embroidery ring.
If you are interested in joining us take a look at The Sewing Shed website
During October I have been working on new workshops for Dutton’s for Buttons , York and enhancing our hand embroidery weekly classes at The Sewing Shed , Ilkley.
Following the Viking theme in York I have prepared a gold work class showing the basic techniques to be taught in December.
Next year we are looking at felt appliqué using the Viking themes of birds and beasts .
Go to Dutton’s for Buttons to look at our full range of courses.
While I am enjoying the last of the Summer sun walking and sketching it seems the Summer has gone so fast. Preparing and teaching classes has gone on along side gardening and visiting friends.
As we were holidaying in Crete I decided to learn Cretan stitch . Here are my first attempts
On our visit to folk museums we saw some beautiful work and met some lovely people. This was taken at a convent near Chania.
This was a piece of delicate embroidery in Cretan stitch in Chania folk museum.
Sitting on the balcony having our afternoon siesta I completed a simple design in Cretan stitch.
I-really enjoyed it and it is definitely a stitch which will be integrated into my own work.
I am looking forward to workshops planned this Autumn at The Sewing Shed, Ilkley, Dutton’s for Buttons, York and Ryedale Embroiderers Guild.
Follow my Instagram to see work in progress and the beautiful work done on my workshops- helenbarnestextileartist
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 .
Kantha article in Stitch magazine
I am very honoured to have an article in this months Stitch magazine,the two page spread is an in depth look at the history and techniques of Kantha embroidery and some of the work I have done from it. I hope you enjoy the article and it will inspire you to find out more.
I am tutoring at Oh Sew Sweet in Barnsley on Sunday Sept 1st if you would like to have a go. https://www.ohsewsweetshop.co.uk
Summer workshop programme at three venues in Yorkshire
Oh Sew Sweet (Barnsley) https://www.ohsewsweetshop.co.uk
Sunday 7th July 10.30am – 4.0pm £40
Durham Pennies- Handquilting with north country patterns
Sunday 1st Sept 10.30am- 4.0pm £40
Kantha Embroidery stitches and motifs
Duttons for Buttons ( York ) https://www.duttonsforbuttons.co.uk/workshops/
Wednesday 10th July 10.am – 4.0 pm £50
1960’s Patches and Visible Mending
Wednesday 7th August 10.am- 4.0am
Medieval hand appliqué £50
The Sewing Shed ( Ilkley ) https://www.thesewingshed.co.uk/classes-tuition/embroidery-with-helen/
Sunday 7th Sept 10.0am – 4.0 pm £55
Sun Mandalas -A relaxing day learning new embroidery stitches to create a beautiful hanging mandala
If you would like to know more contact me by email or look at the details of courses on the venues websites.
Thank you for your interest and I hope to meet you soon at a workshop
Vintage Embroidery – Dutton’s for Buttons
A great day stitching and relaxing studying the beautiful vintage embroideries of the past . We then had a go at some of the stitches and patterns . These are to be made up into Lavender bags for the home .
1960,s Visible Mending is our next monthly workshop . To look at further workshops and book please use this link
New workshops in Ilkley will be advertised soon with The Sewing Shed so please look out for these too.
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