Monday, 12 March 2018

World Textile Day in Llanidloes next Saturday

We're returning to Llanidloes next Saturday (17th March) for World Textile Day.  This is the 10th anniversary of the start of WTD, when there were only three traders - me, The African Fabric Shop and Textile Traders - in one gallery at the Minerva Centre in Llanidloes.  It has all grown a bit since then!  Details are here.

Our theme this year is 'Working Together' and I'll be giving the morning talk, all about how sashiko is being passed 'hand to hand' in Japan, looking at the work of Yuza Sashiko Guild among others.  Yuza Sashiko is also celebrating it's 10th anniversary this year, which is a nice coincidence.  Their next exhibition in Japan will be during Golden Week in Yamagata city.  More details of that soon...

Join us for textile fun and treasures on Saturday!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Prague Patchwork Meeting article for The Quilter

Here's a short article I wrote about the Prague Patchwork Meeting and our visit last year, courtesy of The Quilter magazine (the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles quarterly member's magazine - The Quilter, Spring 2018, issue 154). I'm going again this year, taking a special exhibition of sashiko (both mine and some of my student's work) - with a bit of boro of course!  I'm busy sorting out which quilts are going into our exhibition today. Click on the images to see the articles large enough to read.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Snow, and sashiko class cancellations

We've had quite a lot of snow in Kettins.  The snow plough and gritter came quite close to the house yesterday, but not until 3p.m.

I'm glad we came straight home after the quilt show at Harrogate last Sunday, as I'd have been stranded in Stockton otherwise.

I had to cancel the sashiko class in Stockton for last Tuesday.  The replacement date will be Tuesday 19th June.

I've also had to cancel the Edinburgh class for Saturday.  The replacement date for that will be Saturday 19th May.

At least snowy weather is good for stitching!

My friend Katie over at Japan Crafts couldn't get to the Spring Quilt Festival at Duxford as planned this weekend due to snow around her village in North Yorkshire.  However, she's doing a 'free postage' event for everything on her website until Sunday night, so it's a good time to stock up on supplies!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Spring Quilt Festival, Harrogate

I'll be at the Spring Quilt Festival at Harrogate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the mini boro bag workshop at 11.30 a.m. each day.  See you there?

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Sashiko in Stockton 2018 - 2019

Here are the dates and info for the next sashiko course in Stockton-on-Tees.  I've added them as jpg files so you can easily copy the image and print it off if needed.

The photo above shows a detail from Pamela Lyall's sampler from my first Edinburgh Patchwork course.  I'll be running the course again there, but we haven't fixed dates just yet.  However, next time, the Edinburgh course will be three long weekends, so for people further afield, you'll be able to have a weekend break in Edinburgh if you want to do the course.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Lilian Hedley's North Country Quilt residential course

Lilian Hedley, who is well known as the UK's number one North Country traditional quilter, is teaching a retreat soon at The Royal, Bridlington, at the end of March.  We went on her course there two years ago and it was brilliant!  Apparently there are a few places still available, so if you are interested, contact Fiona at The Royal asap.  Lilian learned how to design in the North Country traditional from some of the 'old school' quilters, including Amy Emms, so this is a unique opportunity to learn from a living tradition.