Saturday, 8 September 2007

Framing Textiles

I went to Lincs Embroiderers' Guild today and Mal Reynolds gave us a talk about lacing our work. He is very sympathetic to the problems of framing textiles to show them to their best advantage. He has a variety of methods that do no damage to the stitching or the cloth it is worked upon and are fully reversible should you wish to change it in any way. If you have ever had a bad experience with framers don't tar Mal with that brush, not all framers are the same. He would be happy to talk to you and suggest different options of framing and he's local. If you have spent hours and hours on a piece of work it's nice to know it would be given the same care and attention that you would.
Mal Reynolds GCF Adv Bespoke Picture Framer Harlequin Frames, Ryland Cottage, Welton. Lincs. LN2 3ND Tel 01673 860 249

Friday, 7 September 2007

Clyde Oliver

Came across Clyde Oliver's Blog

For those of you who haven't heard of him before - he stitches on slate and other found objects. I like some and dislike some. What do you think? He's one of the EG Scholars this year

Add an electric drill to the kit!

Thursday, 6 September 2007

Bead Workshop at Girton

As requested I am running a beading workshop
Daisy Chains and Beyond.
Saturday 22nd September at Girton Village Hall
10 - 4pm for £13.50
All abilities welcome
Bring your beads and your lunch
Tea, coffee and biscuits provided
To reserve a place call 01522 778 667

More workshops in Lincolnshire

Mary emailed me with this -

Debby, of My Sewing Basket, has published a list of Saturday fabric craft workshops in Sept, Oct and Nov. 15, 10am - 4 pm
She also has Wednesday workshops on embroidery techniques, running until December.

Contact her for details.
My Sewing Basket
31 High Street,
NG34 9DN
Tel: 01526830210

Ruddocks of Lincoln
287 High Street,
or e mail

Ruddocks have published a workshop list to December, with beading and embroidery added to their paper craft workshops

Thanks Mary

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Womens faces in art

Found this short video - womens faces in art - it's rather nice
Have a look and let me know what you think

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Bead Workshops

The Bead Gallery in Clasketgate, Lincoln (close to The Theatre Royal)
Tel 01522 519826
The owner is running basic jewellery making workshops.

In September, they are on Tuesdays, 7-9pm, with a rolling programme using several jewellery making techniques to make earrings, bracelets, necklaces etc, .
Maximum class of 7.
All tools provided and worksheets to take home
£8 for two hours, with up to 5 materials included

Thanks for the info Mary

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Ruth Keillar at Lincoln Bailgate EG

Lincoln Bailgate's back on the 29th September with the AGM. I'll be reporting back from the Regional AGM which is on the 23rd (if you want to go, let me know and I'll send you the info).

Once we've got the business out of the way, Ruth Keillar will be showing us her lovely bags and talking about what it's like being in business as a textile artist. Has a website at

Please bring along your Luttrell Psalter work in progress and your Sock Sculptures

Leonard Thompson at Lincs EG

Summer's over and the EG meetings are back.

We kick off with Lincs on Saturday 8 September with a 'Show & Tell' of members work in the morning (it's always interesting to find out what inspires people) and Leonard Thompson in the afternoon.

Leonard is a silk painter. He came to Bailgate a little while ago and I can thoroughly recommend him. As well as painting beautiful flowers, he does lovely abstract work which would make great backgrounds for embroidery. Has a website at

Festival of Quilts

Had a fantastic day at the Festival of Quilts on 19th August. Turned out to be quite an adventure on the way home as we had one detour after another. We saw the sights of Birmingham, which was an unplanned addition to the day. Next time I'll take TomTom with me.

Anyway, the show was the best so far (imho) and would be the show I would choose if I had to pick only one. Excellent range of traders and exhibitors and well over a 1000 quilts to look at and admire. One day really is not enough, especially if you want to fit in any talks or workshops.

I took loads of photos - here's some of my favourites

Loved this one - reminded me of the Medieval tiles I've been working on recently. Also liked the way it combined small and large scales
The quilts were not just on the walls - clothing too. The crimson is a very soft velvet - the top layer has been cut back to reveal - beautiful
Liked the colours and the bare tree shape

I like the 'fractured' look of this one

A lot more paper was included in the quilts this year
and 'rusting' techniques were popular too
This was amazing, each piece heavily textured and cut back

This one has a black background and the fabrics have been applied in layers like contour lines - just picking out the highlights on the body - it was stunning.

The detail in this one was amazing - lots of tiny pieces
This was all machine stitched - so realistic. Being so large, you felt you could walk through the doorway
Not sure if you can make out the texture in this one. I love the trees.
Another heavily machined quilt
The photos don't really do them justice. You'll have to go next year to see for yourself.
There were lots of traditional pieced and applique quilts too.