Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Introduction to Shonai Sashiko in Perth

I'm teaching Introduction to Shonai Sashiko at The Peacock and the Tortoise in Perth on Friday - course booking details are here (although they seem to have got the wrong photo on the website!).  UPDATE - checked this morning re the worksheets for class and found out this is already fully booked.  I'm teaching my sashiko course at the shop from March 2017 though and will also be doing a day workshop on 25th May.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

A Chinese Textile Adventure talk

Tonight I'm giving my new talk for the first time, 'A Chinese Textile Adventure', which is (mainly!) about my trip to China in 2015.  I'm using a new projector which a much higher resolution than the one we have for World Textile Day, so I'm hoping the images will look just as good on a large screen as they do on my wall.

As well as the slideshow, I'm taking the pieces of embroidery and batik I brought back from my trip, and a few other pieces from my collection.  I don't have anything like as much in the way of Chinese textiles as I do Japanese, but I started collecting when I was a student, just things that came my way.  Unfortunately I won't be including these two, as I still haven't unpacked them from the house move and I'm not sure which box they are in (there are still many costume boxes to unpack...)

The talk is in Inverness tonight, with Highland Quilters.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Darelle's Dryslwyn Dreams

Darelle Castelow sent me a photo of her version of Dryslwyn Dreams, which was my version of a quilt that used to be in Jen Jones's collection.  Re the fabrics, she says -

I've done this much and have next colours sorted.  I got into a threesome   red cream red pink.   Have to be more accurate... but  I don't guarantee to get it finished for a while.

I used fabrics from a Richmond Red layer cake, Nancy Gere 1875 JR,  Jane Austen, Dutch Heritage, Victoria Park, 1840 Birds & Basics, New England Museum and others with no selvedge/name.    The filler is Pearl Essence.  Hmmm might call it Dryslwyn Essence...

It is looking beautiful in this warmer colour scheme, which reminds me a bit of the reds and browns I used for Cinnabar and Nutmeg.  Always a winning combination for antique inspired quilts.   I hope I get to see a photo of it finished - I can wait!  Thanks very much for the photo of work so far.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Lots of things in today's post including...

Sidmouth Revisited.  The quilt came back by courier today and my subscription copy of the magazine arrived as well, so it will be in the shops in a few days.  The quilt looks lovely in the styled photo (detail above) and as usual the magazine has done a terrific job with the instructions and diagrams.  For a quilt that looks fairly random and isn't difficult to put together, it has a lot of subtle differences in measurements as the patchwork progresses outwards through the various frames.

Now 'all' I have to do is add some more quilting and make sure I get my entry forms in for the West Country Quilt Show next month!

The other things that came were some more Japanese plain cottons for sashiko.  As the reds and browns have been very popular and sold out quickly last time, I've now got plenty.  The darker red will make a great background for one of the panels I'm stitching for the one off workshop at Edinburgh Patchwork in December - more details of that soon.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Edinburgh - first sashiko class

Our new sashiko course at Edinburgh Patchwork got off to a great start on Saturday.  As well as the more usual versions of jujizashi ('10' cross stitch) and komezashi (rice stitch) that were made, Fiona came up with this variation on jujizashi -

And Stephen experimented with this version of komezashi -

I must find where I put my book about the Awaji fishermen's donza, as there are very similar variations in that book.

I'm back in Edinburgh next Saturday for a talk about the 1718 coverlet at Thistle Quilters -  In addition to it being a bit of a Q & A about the coverlet, I'm going to show the slideshow of how the book was made and run another slide show of the coverlet detail photos during our question and answer session.  Should be interesting!

Friday, 30 September 2016

The Kimono Closet blog

Sheila Cliffe, kimono stylist extraordinaire, has started a new blog, The Kimono Closet.  Highly recommended!

Her new book, 'The Social Life of Kimono', will be published on 23rd March 2017.