Sunday, 16 March 2014

Workshop Outing...

On Saturday Carolyn and I were invited to take our Manipulated Fabric Workshop to Carn Brea Quilters, we had a such a lovely day with a group of hospitable and talented ladies, who worked at full speed to create enough blocks to construct a small wall hanging.
As promised I took my camera, but the hall was very sunny (not complaining), it did mean however that it was too bright for the photos, never the less here are some of the pieces at the end of the day which shows how hard these ladies worked.

There's just a few pieces to add, then finishing touches with hand embellishments and beads, I think you'll agree they are going to look fabulous.

Thank you ladies for making us so welcome and providing us with a very delicious lunch.

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Update and Recycled Experiments...

We had a lovely day yesterday with our Begin Patchwork ladies as they completed two more blocks, Carolyn has taken some photos of work in progress so we'll get them up soon.

Today I've been experimenting with something that's been festering in my head for a while...

Recycle experiment
..looking at this photo you probably think it's nothing different for me as I usually want to paint everything anyway, but this is a combination of recycled bits - off-cuts of work, cardboard, magazine words, tissue paper and gesso. The next stage will be to add some paint (no surprise there then), not sure when that will be but if it works I'll post the results.

Tomorrow we are off  to visit Carnbrea Quilters with our Manipulated Fabric Workshop, my camera is on charge so I'll make sure to pack it later.

We've had requests for a Free Machine Workshop, if this is something that would interest you please get in touch and when we have a few more we'll arrange a date.

You will find a full list of our workshop dates on our web site if you fancy joining us, from patchwork to mixed media. All our workshop can be achieved whatever your level of ability, it's worth having a go and if it doesn't work...we'll paint it!

Thanks for reading

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Manipulated Cushion

You may remember a while ago we had a Retreat Weekend at Degembris Manor Farm. Today at our quilt group meeting Margaret brought along her finished piece and I just had to get a snap and show you her beautiful work.

Margaret and her beautiful Manipulated Cushion
This is an original design by us incorporating pin tucks, bow ties, cording, fillets and a few prairie points thrown in for good measure. Shame we were in the car park but I was leaving as Margaret was arriving and I didn't want to miss the chance of a photo. Thanks Margaret, it's so rewarding seeing finished pieces.

Hope you enjoyed

Monday, 3 March 2014

Work installed...

Today we had a trip out to The Old Workshop Charlestown to install our work in the Craft Kiln. Here are a few snaps to show you our display, the sun was shining, good sign, but it did cause some reflections from the packaging.

Everything fitted in nicely and our made to measure stands worked a treat, thanks Kevin. We had a quick nosey around at the other crafts on sale, I think my earnings will be easily spent.

Bye for now

Saturday, 1 March 2014

New Workshop & New Work

You may think we have deserted you, but no, we are still here beavering away. One reason for the lack of blogging is that we are preparing work to install into the Craft Kiln at Charlestown on Monday. It's all very exciting but then you realise stock has to be made, labels considered and display stands constructed. Anyway, all is well on the way with only a few last minute preparations to finish.

Another reason is preparing for our Begin Patchwork 6 week Course which started on Thursday, there's always lots of printing and background work, but now that's all taken care of we can settle down, enjoy our ladies company and watch as their beautiful quilts take shape, and we get to stroke their fabric! We have seven enthusiastic ladies and another for the odd day as a refresher. Once again I never got a chance to snap any photos but I promise to take plenty next time.

But, I have got a couple of pieces to show you that I've finished for the Craft Kiln. These were inspired by photos I took at Degembris Manor Farm on our Retreat weekend. The old workshop roof had the most gorgeous colours of rust, green, grey/blue and plumb and this is my interpretation ready for mounting.

Corrugated Rust 1

Corrugated Rust 11
And you will notice my favourite colours again, hope you enjoyed seeing these pieces.

Thanks for reading, back soon