Its been non stop since I got back from my holiday, hence the lack of blogging.
Two days after I arrived home it I was straight off to Gotham for the Quilters Guild Regional Day. An amazing day filled full of quilting, demonstrations, talks and shopping……… I came away with lots of goodies.
I also become an Area Representative for Region 10. I really excited to part of the guild and it’s an honour to be a representative for them.
Following that I’ve set up a new quilting group in Swadlincote. The Making Memories quilting group will run on the first Monday of every month…..
Shortly after that I joined Sue from Stitchery Stories in a lovely interview which is all about what I’m up to, confidence issues and what the future holds. My podcast will be available from the 4th October and I’ll post the link as soon as I can.
The weekend after I took part in Melbourne Festival. A weekend with artists from all over the country. I met lots of inspirational people and artists. The hosts house was absolutely stunning….
I was joined in the Sewing Studio this week by lovely ladies wanting to master the art of free motion stitching. I’m extremely proud of this workshop and the popularity.
I’ve managed to grab a little bit of time to start updating my Etsy shop….. and I mean a little bit of time as there’s still not a great deal on there but my shop is ……….Textile and Yarn
but here’s a little look what’s available
So after all of that I’ve had no time to sit down and get creative…..I’m feeling that needs to change quickly. This is a far as I’ve got …….. I didn’t even thread my machine but at least it’s ready to go ……
Thanks for reading me waffling on, I really appreciate everyone’s support.
I’ve not had chance to blog for a few weeks, things have been a bit hectic here.
My son started the summer holidays by dislocating his knee. He been very brave and in a lot of pain, so everything else took a back seat.
The Lie of the Land exhibition start on the 16th August so my piece has been packed and shipped to join the exhibition at Bishops Castle. I’m slightly nervous as this will be my first exhibition with the group. If your near or passing pop in and have a look.
I’m also getting ready for Melbourne Festival which takes place 16th and 17th September. I’ll be located at 52 Blanche Croft. I’ve still got a few pieces at the framers but a couple have already been returned ….
At the moment I’m concentrating on my hand stitched botanical fabric journal.
im using upcyled and vintage fabrics, lace and threads. I’ve still got plenty to stitch but I’m making good progress…
My latest workshop in the Sewing Studio was the extremely popular, free motion for beginners workshop. I was joined by four lovely ladies who were eager to get to grips with free motion stitching.
I love this workshop, it’s fun, creative, inspiring and everyone leaves feeling very proud and rightly so……
I organising more workshops in free motion and many more in textile art and quilting very soon.
I promise to blog more often, I’ve got to learn time management I think 🙂
Thanks for reading
I love coursework……. learning new techniques and methods is a great way to stay intrigued.
At the moment I’m nearing the end of a City & Guilds Level 3 in Design and Stitch with Sian Martin at Distant Stitch.
The module I’m working through at the moment is named Textures in Landscapes.
I’m working my way through stitching textured samples which is great fun and addictive.
But I’m also taking part in the new course, Exploring Textures with Sue Stone. I’m finding this very relaxing and therapeutic. Using basic hand stitching and threads to make samples………….
On a personal note, I’ve been stitching and thread painting landscapes…..
still needs to go off to the framers
hopefully over the next week or so I’ll be planning which pieces are coming along to Melbourne Art Festiva.
have a lovely weekend
At last I’m back where I feel most comfortable…… behind my sewing machine getting relaxed by stitching.
I always roughly draw up a design and plan……..however 9 times out of 10 it never looks like the original idea 🙂
I’m focusing on landscapes at the moment …. so I’ve started stitching, with plenty more to do.
It’s been a hectic few weeks as Derbyshire Open Arts took place and the shop became a gallery…..
I’ve been busy preparing for the Midlands Textile Forum exhibition at Bishops Castle in August. The subject is ‘Lie of the Land. My piece in the exhibition is called ‘Mother Earth’. It still needs mounting and framing though…….
Some extra news –
I will be exhibiting at Melbourne Festival, Derbyshire in September which I’m very excited about. It’s a fantastic festival.
and i’ll also be at Bank Mills Studios in Derby 24th – 26th November
I’ve managed to take some time off this week and carrying on with the landscape theme I decided to go a walk in the woodland national forest close to our house. I’m not the best at drawing without a visual example so it best for me to take photo,s……..
I’m planning on having a calmer week next week so I can get plenty of coursework and stitching done……..fingers crossed. I’ll let you know how I get on 🙂
Thank you for reading