Monday, August 31, 2009

Talking Threads

I hinted, in a previous post, about a new TV programme. I'm pleased to say that there is more information available now, and you can keep up to date with the details by registering your interest here. Those of you that were at the Festival of Quilts on the Friday would have seen some filming going on. The first series is 10 programmes, and I've just heard that there is something special planned for Christmas.

All in all it's really exciting for textiles....

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Time to reflect....

As always the Festival of Quilts was a busy show.  Here I am, part way through 'set up' wondering if we will have any customers!

 
Fortunately they came thick and fast once the show had opened, but of course there was no opportunity to photograph that!  I hardly saw any of the exhibits, but I did find time to go and see my friend Liz who had a very impressive display

 
This is just a tantalising glimpse as I think the Exhibition is touring, and it is so good I don't want to give anything away.  Well done, Liz
We met up with lots of good friends, customers and sellers alike.  Not on our stand, but here is proof that there were some customers around, even in the 'quiet' times!  

 
We were suprised at how many men came with their wives this year.  Interestingly enough, most of them were encouraging their spouses to spend money.....
See you next year?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mmmm Fruity!

I must be mad. Here I am, furiously trying to get ready for the Festival of Quilts this coming week, and also doing some preparation for a workshop the week after. Fortunately the two can be combined.

Let's just say that the kitchen smells wonderfully fruity.....!

Is anyone coming to the NEC this week? If you are at the Festival of Quilts pop along to Winifred Cottage on Stand H22 and say 'Hi'! I dare say we can find some tempting things for you to look at too.....

Friday, August 14, 2009

Happy Birthday to you ....

Birthday's aren't just about cake.....
 
They are also about the secret things

 
And about sharing them with others.....
What's the secret?

 
Why, water and bubbles of course.
What a lovely way to spend a birthday!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A quick catch up

Where is the week going?  It's already Wednesday and I can feel it slipping away!  I came back from teaching Summer School at Missenden Abbey on Sunday, and this is the first time I've been able to think about posting some pictures.

Ten students, and they got through a lot in one week.  Here is some of what they tackled!

We began by colouring paper

 
It looked much more interesting after it was dried and ironed.
Next, the fabric needed colouring

We had to leave it where we could to dry!  Thankfully it didn't rain all the time.
We began with small pieces in paper, then paper and fabric

After learning how to make lovely areas of texture larger pieces were produced.

I didn't make them cut them up, but most of the did as you can see.  I showed them how to avoid making this a disaster.....

This is just some of the work which we presented in a mini exhibition at the end of the week.  Working in a school classroom is not easy!  Well done everyone.