Thursday, 24 August 2017

Hand Crafting

A fabulous piece of hand spun, indigo dyed - by hand obviously - vintage linen, you just can't get it like this anymore.  Distressed leather compliments the character of this linen perfectly.

All edges hand bound with a vintage Tootal scarf, as good on the inside as the outside of course.

I acquired some gorgeous French needlepoints, 
the Young Girl Reading, Fragonard will be staying in our house.


The reader and the hunters have had a long soak and a bucket full of dirt later are now having a good stretch in the sun.

I'm a novice spinner and so foolish that I didn't think of the consequences of letting my little spinner have fun on my wheel with lots of colours and bobbins, the problem being you always need an empty bobbin to ply onto!  I've found what I need on  a lovely Etsy shop.

I've finished a sweater that I hated from about 2 inches up but I ploughed on,  it's now in a dark corner awaiting inspiration.

Most remarkably of all, I have made myself a cover for my trusty Juki, a beautiful piece of double woven wool from Riverside Crafts.  I've been sewing seriously for the last 20 years and have never got around to dressing my machine, the rest will be cosied up I'm sure.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Burslem School of Art

We popped over to the mother town for a private view of the Three Counties Open Art Exhibition 2017 hosted by Keele University at the historic Burslem School of Art.   Work from this exhibition can be purchased from Barewall Art Gallery in Burslem and viewed online.  I attended art classes here as a teenager and later on after it's refurbishment I spent many a happy hour here immersed in textiles - I think that's when I got the bug.

 Across the road is the equally famous Wedgwood Institute.

There was much talk of the Stoke-on-Trent for City of Culture bid and plenty of inspiration.

My favourite of the whole exhibition was, Green by Susan Law-Webb, one of her last works, 

An amazing pencil drawing by Malcolm Hague, Doug's Jacket.

Victor Irving, Among The Trees, will be coming home with me!  Victor was taught by the very talented Arthur Berry - I like his art but I like his writing even more, A Three and Seven Pence Halfpenny Man and The Little Goldmine, worth searching out.

I also sneaked John Paton's, Finite Infinity, lucky me.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Marimekko Unikko

A bit more Marimekko up in the shop,  I teamed the Unikko with a little bit of bright red linen left over from...

and now a shirt. 

Tweaked a bit from my first blue linen crepe from my Japanese magazine,
 side vents and a slightly different neck line.  I see more of them in my future.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Festival of Quilts

I had a great day at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC, fabrics 
and notions were purchased, inspiration was gathered.  There are classes - I've 
never taken part in these since a dire experience with a Kaffe Fasset class,  talks, fashion shows, workshops and of course plenty of retail therapy.  These are my favourites in no particular order.  

St. Joseph. I'm home from Italy, by Laura Di Cera. 

There was a lot of fine detail going on under net at this show, I must have a go.

In Perpetual by Janice Gunner.

This one I liked because of the colours and the removal of fabric in tiny little circles.

Black Tuesday by Aran Illingworth.  Who doesn't know this Lange picture of Florence Owens Thompson,  'Migrant Mother', sadly apt for our times.

I Live Here Nearby by Marita Lappalainen.

This just made me smile because it was so lovely and childlike and tactile and I know what a pig velvet is to work with!

Sunshines Out by Juliet Nelmes.

My poor photo does not do this work justice, it's a riot of colour and the tiny hexagons are about a centimetre  across.

Lei Moni - Lei of Pearls by Pippa Moss.  I just love this.

Die Beem - Trees by Lindsey Neill.  Perfect.

Lincoln by Kim Soper.

Weaving #3 by Teresa Gai.

160m of silk strips made 3cm wide on an overlocker.

My Place 4, A Year of flowers by the Atlantic by Susan Denton.

Dotty by Miesje Chafer.

The Tapestry of Life by Mavis Walker.

Last but by no means least,

Les Cocottes by Nicole Dibusi.
Just for the layered chick detail.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Japanese Sewing

I got this sewing magazine from the Japan Centre on one of my recent visits to London.

A lot of garments and bag patterns, but obviously completely in Japanese, 
I have just enough to get through.

I constructed a linen shirt in an afternoon with a navy crepe linen from Fabrics Galore.

Here it is after a hard day at The Festival of Quilts,  sporting my new pin from Ernest Wright and a freshly made Ankara tote.

I think this is my favourite of my latest patterns, eye poppingly bright verging on deco.

and this one, well I did choose them all of course!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Summer Sky

I bought this yarn at Woolfest and have cracked on with it as my TV knitting, a very easy pattern.
Straight off the needles and unblocked above, I was tempted just to leave it as it was it was so good.

Blocking, child labour, I always leave it to her to remove all of the pins and wires,
 she's loved doing this since she was a toddler.

The bigger blocked version.

Sits well when not tied because it has similar qualities to my favourite Shetland I think.

These lace eyelets/holes are very useful for securing, because it's fine and strong this works well.