Festival of Quilts 2018 – Part 2 – Contemporary Needlework

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. 

Here is some beautiful work that caught my eye this year made by Vanessa Marr, Sara Heatherly,  Lesley Bell,  Ruth Singer, Cas Holmes, Maria Thomas and Christine Chester.

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.

Festival of Quilts 2018 - Kate Aimson
Kate Aimson

Festival of Quilts 2018 - Kate Aimson
Kate Aimson
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Kate Aimson
Kate Aimson
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Lesley Bell
Lesley Bell
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Maria Thomas
Maria Thomas
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Maria Thomas
Maria Thomas

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

Festival of Quilts 2018 - Christine Chester
Christine Chester
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Christine Chester
Christine Chester
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Vanessa Marr
Vanessa Marr
Festival of Quilts 2018 - Sara Heatherly
Sara Heatherly

Criminal Quilts

“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.

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1718 Coverlet

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″

Festival of Quilts 2018 - English Coverlet dated 1718
English Coverlet dated 1718

Want to see more from The Festival of Quilts?

I discovered lots of beautiful textiles at the show which I’ll share in the following posts – My Favourite Quilts, Winning Quilts and a Video Diary (from Day 1 at the show).

Did you visit the Show? What was your purchase of the day? Share your thought below.

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