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

Create Your Own Easter Bunny

Easter crafting means lots of Easter Egg and bunny rabbit projects so I thought I’d kick off the theme with a rabbit soft toy – perfect for a little one at this time of year. You’ll only need a few materials to create your own little bunny so let’s get started! Tools and Materials Scissors Material – base colour for the rabbit, pink for the … Continue reading Create Your Own Easter Bunny