Bit of a Catch-Up !

Life has been crazy busy again recently and my blog has lapsed a little, so here’s a run down of what I’ve been up to.

 

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Another visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, just love this huge mosaic figure – quite Gaudi-esque.

We had a fabulous ‘Print and Stitch’ day at The Fabbadashery. Here are a few pictures from the day and some of the pieces created ……

 

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…. some wonderful work !

Back at home a group of lovely ladies spent a day learning wool on wool applique and free machine embroidery. The results were stunning, I’m sure you’ll agree ……

 

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I was lucky enough to go down to London to The Celts exhibition at the British Museum. It was quite breathtaking and very inspiring. It also links to a long-term, large-scale project I am currently working on with KevThePrint.

Talking of whom, he ran a session on dry point etching for us at the New Library Textile Group ….

 

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… we are printing these pieces of work onto fabric and embellishing with stitch to then be incorporated into our hangings.

The Mayor of Halifax held a Textile Tea Party at the Town Hall last week and invited local textile groups to display their work. It was good to be able to meet other people with similar interests, and was great to get some feedback on our own work. We got lots of positive comments, and we also got tea and scones, so a good result !

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So, back to The Fabbadashery and a day of rag rugging – always good fun, and always great results ….

 

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…. I look forward to seeing the completed rugs, talking of which, Claire, who came to a rag rugging day at my home recently has sent me a pic of her completed cushion. I love it !! ……

 

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So, Halloween, turn away now if you’re of a nervous disposition !! Beckie, the lovely girl who makes all the lovely food for my courses, called round on Halloween to drop off the food for the following day.

She had done her own make-up and actually looked fantastic, but when she left my house she was heading to catch the bus to Halifax. I’m surprised they let her on !!

 

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…. lovely !!

Mel and her crew from Hull came for the day last weekend, always a fun day ! They were in festive mood and made fabric Christmas trees and felt dingly dangly decorations !

 

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Wendy brought the completed crazy patchwork bag she started on their last visit, she has added some exquisite ribbon embroidery too …

 

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Dee and Carol came here for the morning last week. Being speedy workers they just about finished their Christmas wreaths in a half-day session !

 

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Dee also brought the dragonflies she has been making since she came on my Stumpwork day …

 

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…. what a clever girl !!

Another clever girl, my friend Liz also called in with her completed robin rug – it feels lovely, lots of soft t-shirt fabrics. I’d like to put my feet on that first thing in the morning !

 

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She had also recycled some uniforms from her daughters’ school to make these little fella’s, do you remember gonks ?! I love the way she has incorporated the school badge too.

 

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So, with everyone beginning to realise that Christmas is just around the corner I have had a couple of day courses with people making some very special bookcovers as gifts for family and friends. The covers are pieced fabric which can be themed for the recipient. They are then embellished with trims, buttons and stitch, and made into removable notebook or diary covers.

I ran one day at the shop ….

 

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They were all stunning ! The above book cover was Frances’s, she had incorporated the ‘Quilt As You Go’ technique into hers. Frances had travelled all the way from Harrow to join us again.

The following day Karen travelled all the way from Shropshire to spend a day making book covers with her Mum, sister and friend. The results were once again superb !!

 

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Karen and Joan incorporated some Goldwork into the central panels of their work. It is the first time I have ever seen a Goldwork stethoscope !!

 

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Phew ! Mammoth blog ! Note to self – must keep up to date with blog entries in future ….. if I get time !