2018 Festival of Quilts

The 2018 Festival and Quilts is opened today at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre) Birmingham.  It runs until Sunday and if you’re a fan of all things sewing its definitely worth a visit. The event is a great blend of displayed work (from some amazingly talented quilters); workshops and stalls selling everything you might need from books to buttons and fabric to fancy sewing machines. … Continue reading 2018 Festival of Quilts

Another Embroidery Project

Using stitch to create sketches – takes a bit more time than drawing but you can create some really different finishes You start by creating a sketch on tissue paper then pin to your fabric and using back stitch draw your outline.  When you’re happy that you have enough on the fabric to follow the pattern, tear off the tissue and you can start to … Continue reading Another Embroidery Project

Another Embroidery Project

For my second embroidery project I wanted to try creating a textile image of an architectural structure.  I may have been a bit over ambitious for my first but I had a go at creating a representation of the Theatre Royal in Newcastle. I started with a line drawing which I then traced on tissue paper.  Because I wanted to create a collage type effect … Continue reading Another Embroidery Project

An Embroidery Project – No.1

Building on the techniques I learned on the recent course I completed I thought I’d start experimenting with some freer form creative challenges. The first I wanted to try was creating an abstract image with a strong cohesive feel.  To get the cohesion I selected fabric samples of similar colours and tonal values which I extending into the selection of threads using only variations of … Continue reading An Embroidery Project – No.1

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 16

So final bit of the main course completed.  Module 4.3 was all about exploring patterns.  The video outlined the main objectives which were to focused on learning…. How to create various patterns with hand stitch appliqué How to make a mosaic inspired sample using irregular fabric shapes How to use repeated shapes to build patterns How to build layers of interest into your appliqué patterns … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 16

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 15

I completed 4.2 today.  This part of the training was about exploring hand stitched applique to enhance stitched line drawings and I think probably my favourite challenge to-date. The challenge for this section of the course was to look back at the hand stitched drawing that we did in 2.2 and use applique and stitch to embellish the image.   You start by taking the … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 15

Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 14

So today I started the final module of the course which is focused on hand stitched applique.  I’ve tried applique a few times both hand and machine with mixed results so was looking forward to learning a few tips and techniques and part 1 certainly didn’t let me down.  It seems that the puckering I’ve experienced in the past was down to my order of … Continue reading Exploring Texture and Pattern Part 14