Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Festival of Quilts ticket giveaway

It is FREE TICKETS time once again!

I have managed to bag 20 complimentary tickets for this year's FoQ and I am giving them away.  I will draw the lucky winner's names on Friday 27th July.

To enter - comment here or on my Facebook artist page post about the ticket giveaway.

I will need to know how many tickets you would like (maximum of two per person) and I'll need a way to contact you after the draw (e mail address is fine, or I can contact by private message on Facebook).

Good Luck!

Monday, 16 July 2018

Ai no Keshiki

I wish I could have seen this installation.  I did a piece of fabric for this.  The fade was done over several months on the back shelf of the old Rover 75 saloon, so it was driven all over the UK in that time as well.  It wasn't just kept in one place.  I used the circle cutout.  I wonder which piece was mine?

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Next Sashiko courses in Edinburgh and Stockton - now booking

Dates now finalised and I'm taking bookings - please e mail me via my website.  The sampler above was made by Jo Maguire on the Edinburgh course. All the info is below. There's something going wrong with the font on part of it - it was cut and pasted from my printed flyer and I can't seem to get the typeface back to the same as the main part of the blog (even in html).

Edinburgh - Saturdays and Sundays - 8 day course over 4 weekends 
10.30 a.m. - 4p.m. at Edinburgh Patchwork

22nd & 23rd September

24th & 25th November

1st & 2nd December

19th & 20th January  

£40 per day, payable per weekend in advance (course deposit £80 covers first weekend). 

Stockton-on-Tees - Saturdays - 8 day course
10.30 a.m. to 4p.m. at All Saint's Church, Hartburn, Stockton-on-Tees, TS19 5EB

22nd September

27th October

17th November

8th December

12th January

9th February

9th March

27th April

£40 per day, payable one session in advance (first session payment is your deposit). 

Please book your place by e mail via the contact page on my website.

Materials - as for the previous courses, I have the traditional dark indigo narrow width fabric for sale (£12 per metre - most students use 2 - 3 metres in total) and fine white sashiko thread (£6 per skein), as used by Yuza Sashiko Guild.  You will need to get your fabric in advance, cut it into 9in and 4 1/2in squares and edge it with a zigzag or overlock stitch to stop it fraying while you work but also to identify your squares in class so they don't get mixed up with your neighbour's work. You will need sashiko needles, a marker that works on dark fabric (I recommend the Clover White Marking Pen (fine)), ruler (an ordinary ruler is fine for most sessions), and an A4 and A3 cutting mat (for marking the pattern grids - cheap ones will do fine).

Course schedule - 

You will learn how to stitch numerous hitomezashi (one stitch) and larger sashiko patterns mostly from Yuza town and Shonai district of Yamagata Prefecture, Japan , which is noted for its special sashiko tradition.  Exploring different groups of patterns, you make a series of samples - 9in and 4 1/2in squares, plus some 9in and 41/2in strips - to be combined later into a patchwork sampler.  These patterns have been handed down through generations of stitchers.  This is the only longer course taught with the approval of Yuza Sashiko outside Japan. 

Session 1 - rice stitch variations and woven stitches - small samples – on 4 1/2in squares, with grids directly drawn on the fabrics.

Session 2 - persimmon flower stitch and variations - small samples and long sampler - variations include triple, igeta pattern, infinite - 4 1/2in squares.

Session 3 – hitomezashi patterns in circles, introducing fish scale stitch and diamonds, flower diamond and snowflake pattern - 4 1/2in squares.

Session 4 – marking and stitching corner fans and family crests – on 9in squares, using paper templates for the fans and chaco transfer paper for crests.

Session 5 – larger straight line patterns – raimon (lightning spiral), masuzashi (stacking boxes), asanoha (hemp leaf) and elongated asanoha – 9in squares.

Session 6– larger curved line patterns – shippou (seven treasures), fundou (balance weights), nowaki (grasses in clamshells), seigaiha (ocean wave) and ganzezashi (sea urchin stitch) – 9in squares.

Session 7 – butterflies, grasses and bamboo hitomezashi patterns – 4 1/2in squares.

Session 8 -– assembling your sampler, plus a brief look at some more hitomezashi - coin stitch, paving block, kasuri (ikat) check,ground stitch, cedar stitch, facing butterfly, arrow stitch, abacus stitch. Do this session with any combination of samples made in the previous sessions – 4 1/2in and 9in squares – using 1in sashing.

course content © Susan Briscoe 2013 & 2018

I think I've covered everything.  Any questions, please ask. You can see work done by previous course groups on my blog - click here for a selection of posts.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Next season's sashiko courses

I will be announcing the dates for the next Edinburgh sashiko course very soon.  My next course will run from the autumn and will be four full weekend sessions of Saturday and Sunday, not individual Saturdays, so if you need to travel from a bit further afield and stay over in Edinburgh, the logistics will work.  Edinburgh Patchwork, where I teach the course, is on Bellevue Street, and there are lots of guesthouses, hotels and apartments nearby (try looking on or  It is a 20 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley Station or 14 minutes on the no.8 bus (get off at Mansfield Place).  There is on street free parking on weekends too.  If you are coming up to Edinburgh from further afield in the UK, it is 47 minutes by tram to York Place plus a short walk to the shop. Cost will be £80 per weekend (£40 per day).

Oreo is showing off the blocks made by her human Fiona Fitheridge on my second Edinburgh course.

Stockton dates are Saturdays, 10.30 - 4p.m. at All Saint's Church, Hartburn, Stockton-on-Tees, over 8 sessions - dates are 22nd September 2018, 27th October, 17th November, 8th December, 12th January 2019, 9th February 2019, 9th March and 27th April.  Cost will be £40 per session, payable one session in advance (first session payment is your deposit).  Please contact me if you are interested in joining us.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Thank you from Oreo

Many thanks to all of you who bought my Fanoe quilt pattern to help raise funds for Oreo's vets' bills.  The fund is at almost £1750 today, just another £250 to go to have enough to pay for her surgery.

Fiona has been posting videos of Oreo on YouTube, so you can see how cute she is, even though she is a bit miffed that she can't go out and is having to spend a lot of time in 'cage rest' in a giant puppy cage, so she can't jump.  Here are some of them.


Friday, 29 June 2018

Oreo the cat fundraiser


While we were away having a lovely time at the National Quilt Championships, Fiona's cat Oreo went missing, only to turn up on Sunday badly injured after being hit by a car, breaking her legs.  Somehow this little cat managed to drag herself home, and was whisked off to the vets by Fiona's son asap.  Luckily she didn't have worse injuries but the vet's bill is going to be around £2000.


A couple of fundraisers have been started, so I've decided to do an extra one with my Fanoe quilt pattern PDF file. Fiona, Oreo's human, has made several versions of this quilt - her grey and white one looked fab!

So from now until the end of July (or until we raise enough for the vet bills), all the sales of this pattern pdf will be going to Oreo's vet fund (NB - Payhip, where I host the pattern, deal with the EU VAT for me and take a 5% commission but I will make up the difference, so every pattern sold will raise £7 for Oreo).

As I don't have any cats of my own at the moment, Fi's cats are my surrogate kitties...

UPDATE - Katie at Japan Crafts is putting together a fabric pack for the blocks and the border (you'll need to add something plain-ish or an ultra small print for the setting triangles). It will be a multi coloured version but with a lot of blues. See the Japan Crafts Facebook page and also the Japan Crafts website for some of the fabrics that will be included (the information won't be on the website immediately).  For every fabric pack that is sold, Katie will donate £10 to Oreo's vet fund.

The quilt also looks great in blue and white - here are Rhona Thomson's Kekfesto cotton version and my blue and white yukata one.