The Festival of Quilts 2015 – Part One – The Artists at the Show.

The Festival of Quilts 2015 was busier then ever. It never ceases to amaze me how many people visit the show – it reminds me of the quote ‘build it and they will come’, and they do.

Before arriving I’d made a list of the stands I wanted to see – Coolcrafting, Stone Creek Textiles , Empress Mills, Cowslips Workshops, The Warm Company (and receive their free gift!) and John James Needles. Some to buy goodies and others to check out their latest stock.
A two person quilt by Steve Richardson and The Bramble Patch

 

Sarah and Anthony of Coolcrafting
The fabulous free gift from The Warm Company
It was lovely to say hello to Janet Clare, Hilary Beattie, Stephanie Redfern, Christine Chester,  Ruth Singer and my dear friend Ferret and talk to the fabulous Stuart  Hilliard on the Cotton Patch stand – a man truly in love with fabrics and quilts.
Stuart Hillard
Hilary Beattie
Stephanie Redfern
Ruth Singer
Ferret
Christine Chester

By the end of the day my feet were aching – the sign of a good show. A short walk and I was on the train.  In previous years, the train has been chocker in economy, so the assurance of a seat and a two hour journey chatting with friends about the show (and a large coffee), was something to look forward to at the end of the day. Coming back in First Class was a real treat.

The goodies that came home with me

I came home with a large bag of goodies – less than in former shows – I was very restrained. I am thrilled with the khadi paper, the John James needles and my latest kits from Coolcrafting. I had a brilliant day.
More Festival of Quilts posts to follow.

Shoes: Pleasure & Pain – the fabulous V&A Exhibition

The latest exhibition at the V&A is pleasure and pain all rolled into one. If you are a lover of shoes, or embroidery, or historical costume, or boots or are a collector of shoes (as I am sure a few of us are) then this is the exhibition for you.
The exhibition displays the fabulous, exquisite pieces like sweets in the window of an exclusive Parisian Chocolate shop. Each pair staged to be admired.
The shoes are grouped in collections, each inspired by a theme of – ‘fashion’, ‘obsession’, ‘cinema’, ‘showing a bit of leg’, ‘shoes to entice’, ‘fit for a king’, ‘Royalty’. All truly yummy. Here are just a few of the enticing goodies on display. Enjoy.

The Glass Slipper from the 2015 Disney Movie ‘Cinderella’, as worn by Lily James.
Designed by Sandy Powell.
The red ballet shoes as worn in the 1948 movie ‘The Red Shoes’

 

Shoes fit for a king
Men’s Mojari shoes, India 1800 – Cotton, silk, gilded silver thread embroidery.
Possibly owned by the Nawab of Awadh.

Such tiny shoes for an adult not a child.

Shoes for Bound feet, China 1740 – silk, sequins, metal thread embroidery, linen and leather.
Popular footwear in Han Chinese society.

Here are some shoes worn by British Royalty – Queen Victoria and the Duchess of Cambridge; the French Royalty or rather the mistress of Louis XV; and Celebrity Royalty – Kylie Minogue’s Prada killer heels and Carrie’s famous Jimmy Choo’s from Sex in the City.

Shoes fit for a Queen, a future Queen and Carrie’s from ‘Sex in the City’

There is something for everyone. I visited with the notion that I was about to spend a few hours looking at lots of scrummy shoes, but it was so much more! I left, my mind buzzing with embroidery, textures of fabrics and leather, colour combinations and beading. Visit if you can. The exhibition is on until the 31st January 2016.

The Mister Finch Exhibition, London

Following the launch of his very first book earlier this year, the fairy tale-inspired world of Mister Finch has touched down – for a very short time – in the beautiful Anthropologie shop on the Kings Road in London, where it will be on display until January 4th 2015. The bay fronted shop is crammed full of huge vintage books, curiosities and  beautifully-crafted fabric creatures.

Inspired by the Parisian taxidermy
shop Deyrolle, the show comprises 15 pieces of soft sculpture: a crowned swan,
suitcase- carrying toadstool and seven-foot fox, among other creatures.

Here are some of the pieces from the collection and they are much larger than I thought they would be.  Sit back and enjoy.

 

Fabulous pin cushion crown

 

Over-sized Textile Moths

 

 

This piece is for sale for £1,800

 

 

A closer look at the spider
The shop windows are a magical delight.
A panoramic picture of the exhibition space.