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
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.
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.