My annual visit to The Festival of Quilts is a day full of complete and utter textiles indulgence. I wander up and down the rows of fabulous quilts taking in all the colours & patterns and chat to the international artists in their galleries.
This year I was impressed with the Contemporary Needlework hidden between the larger quilts.
Hexagons and Stitchery
In recent years I’ve noticed more and more embroidery and mixed media pieces on show. This year there were some real beauties featuring hand stitching, free motion embroidery, surface design and hexagons.
unFold – The Button Box
“Taking inspiration from the popular book of the same name, by Lynn Knight, unFOLD will present work which explores ideas about domesticity and women’s position in society and how it has changed over time. In this Centenary year of women getting the vote, it seems a particularly appropriate time to highlight these changes.” – unFold
“Criminal Quilts is an art and archives project, crafted and researched by artist Ruth Singer in partnership with Staffordshire Record Office. These pictures provide a compelling glimpse into the lives of around 500 women imprisoned for crimes such as drunkenness and theft, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries which Ruth has been researching along with a team of volunteers.” – Criminal Quilts.
I’ve saved the best piece of needlework for last. This is Britain’s oldest coverlet date 1718 and made in Wiltshire, England – beautifully hand pieced and celebrating its tercentennial this year – measures 66″ x 73″
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