Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Hens Teeth at Hope and Elvis - 2013

Last year I was a very lucky girl and managed to get a place on the Hens Teeth workshop at Hope and Elvis. The idea was to make a sewing or needle case, but as always, I tend not to follow rules and ended up creating something else!

I started off with scraps from an old blanket then added vintage red bias binding and vintage calico from my Arnold's Attic stash. The wonderful Viv from Hens Teeth gave each of us a screen print for us to embroider the date onto, plus and a selection of screen printed figures to choose from too - I chose her iconic running hen. The whole thing was finished off with flurries of embroidery, inspired by Viv,  and some vintage linen buttons from the stash from Arnold's Attic.
Here is my finished piece.....I hope you like it .
Thank you to Viv for sharing your work with us and to Louise for sharing your relaxing Studio at Hope and Elvis.

The front cover - complete with vintage linen buttons

Viv was a sweetie and signed my work 


The back cover

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Knitting and Stitching Show 2014, Alexandra Palace, London - Part 2 - The Exhibitions

I go to the the Knitting and Stitching Show for three main reasons - the workshops, the exhibitions and the shopping.
The exhibitions are the greatest eclectic mix of artists in the field of textiles, and I never really know what to expect until I walk into their exhibition space. Some artists showcase their previous collections, whilst some create a whole new collection of work specifically for the Knitting and Stitching Shows.
Here is a selection of some of the wonderful work that was on display.... if you get a chance, visit  The Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate later in the year to see some of these exhibitions.

by Sue Walton
by Ann Small


by Jackie Langfeld of Prism

by Jean Bennett
by Renate Keeping

by Jo Beattie

by Caren Garfen
by Marjolein Dallinga of The Black Sheep






Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Knitting and Stitching Show 2014, Alexandra Palace, London - Part 1 - The atmosphere of the show

What a totally decadent, long weekend - I managed to go to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace  for three days this year.  Workshops, exhibitions and shopping...... how indulgent!  The show was full of traders from all over the UK and beyond - I arrived with my shopping list in hand and filled my bags with some lovely goodies..... Every year I tell myself I don't need to buy anything, and yet every year I am astounded at what I do find to buy.
This year, my mind has been filled with embroidery, threads and surface design (especially following my recent visit to The Ashmolean Museum)  - so I was drawn to the Goldwork stalls of Benton & Johnson (who hold the Royal Warrant) and The Golden Hind. I had several workshops, ranging from Paper Lamination, Gelli Printing to Hand Embroidery with the very talented James Hunting  - What a fabulous chap!
Here are some photos from the show - more posts to follow...
Catherina Von Isenburg and her work 'This Curious World'... she has an Etsy Shop too....
Caroline Bell and her Eco Printed pieces
Lots of shopping, lots of visitors....never enough space !
Demonstration of Tapestry Weaving by Carolyn Perry of the British Tapestry Group
By Helen Sill
By Gina Ferrari
By Ann Wheeler
A pair of these 'Sheffield made' Wright & Sons Scissors came home with me.... love them !


Work by Jean Bennett
The Sailors' Society have a Wooly Hat Competition
The large stained glass window at Alexandra Palace
Happy Shoppers at the end of the day
The view of the City of London from Alexandra Palace

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The Eye of The Needle at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Last weekend my brain was buzzing and I was on 'Inspiration Overdrive!
The Big Stitch, organised by the Embroiderers' Guild, was on at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England. Textile artists galore, demonstrating their skills and techniques, were dotted throughout the museum. In addition, me and my chum, had tickets for the renowned Eye of the Needle exhibition, displaying 17th century embroidery pieces from the Feller Collection.

For me, the highlights of the day,
..... were firstly, the Eye of the Needle pieces - and what really made it, was that magnifier lenses (a bit like Sherlock Holmes would use) were made available in abundance within the exhibition space, enabling us all the opportunity to see the textiles up close - this made me see the work in a very different light.
..... and secondly, the textile artists. Each left me with more and more ideas and the enthusiasm to try out and experiment at home.

By the end of the day we sat down for a coffee and rested our feet..... I love a coffee at the end of a long day of looking. Sometimes I don't see or absorb everything. Discussing highlights and thoughts with another, consolidates your creative thoughts and is a great way of sharing how those ideas can be implemented in each others work.
Here are the highlights of the wonderful day.


Stitches galore in every piece in The Eye of The Needle. It's hard to believe these pieces were made without the stitching equipment we have available to us today.... stump work, gold work, white work, needle lace and so much more........ and I do love the embroidered bugs.











... and now for the world's Longest Embroidery!.....





A brilliant day and a definite date in the diary for next year!
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