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  

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

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 ( 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.