Friday, 22 April 2011

You are invited...

To a Right Royal Tea Party.

To celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, we are holding a Tea Party on The Grand Lawn at Barleylands Craft Village on Wednesday 27th April 2011 at 5pm. There will be cakes and refreshments available to purchase and all proceeds will go to St Luke's Hospice.

If you would like to join us, please let me know, either by emailing or by commenting on this post - we need to make sure there will be enough cake!

Hope to see you there.


Thursday, 21 April 2011

New Jewellery Collection and website updates

I have a new exhibition of Jewellery items on display until 15th May. They are by Ruth O'Neill of Lantern Craftworks in Maldon. As you can see from the picture, these unique pieces are inspired by the coastline, not only of Essex but throughout Britain. Ruth makes her jewellery from items she finds whilst beachcombing, and her work includes at least one sea washed pebble. Ruth donates her time and materials for the pleasure she gets from making beautiful things to help St Mary's Church. All items are for sale.

I've added more items to the website.

Now on sale online are Aurifil 50 weight cotton threads in 220 metre reels. These threads are proving very popular in the shop, and the feedback I've received from customers using them is excellent.

This versatile 100% cotton thread can be used for:

  • Hand applique - ideal for all types of hand applique, from needle turning to using prepared shapes.
  • Hand piecing - a great weight for hand piecing.
  • Lace - brilliant for both Bobbin lace and machine lace.
  • Longarm quilting - perfect for creating texture where you don't want the thread to be a feature. Backgrounds, stitch in the ditch, basing quilts, wholecloth quilting, micro quilting for dense background designs.
  • Machine applique - ideal when a very fine finish is desired. This weight desappears so your fabric is the feature. Use for a straight stitch, small zigzag, blind hemming and blanket stitch.
  • Machine embroidery - this thread is brilliant for machine embroidery! Great results every time. Use 50 wt in the bobbin as well.
  • Machine piecing - gives a great reasult with a nice flat seam every time.
  • Machine quilting - use for very detailed machine quilting. Perfect for quilting that creates texture when you don't necessarily want to see the quilting lines. Use the same thread in the bobbin.

I've also added some brilliant felt I've managed to source. It's been difficult lately to find felt that can be distressed as the usual source has apparently decided to add fire retardent to their products. The felt I stock comes in two weights 350 and 550gm2. This makes these 30 x 45 cm sheets purfect for working with all sorts of heat tools, with the thicker felt great for sculpting with a soldering iron, as shown here. These samples have been painted with various metallic paints, including Lumiere and Metallic Masters. If you have been on a Lynda Monk workshop and want to try some of her ideas, these sheets are ideal. I currently stock both thicknesses in black and white - just right for adding your own colours - but more colours are available and if the need arises!


Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Business First!

I'll post some wedding pics at the end, but thought I'd let you know that the latest edition of Somerset Studio has arrived. This issue is another bumper issue with lots of ideas and projects which, although mainly paper based, can easily be translated onto fabric. Articles on lettering, colour, drawing, layering, transfer printing, and art journaling combine with artist profiles to give plenty of ideas and inspriation. I have also had in a couple of new books.

The first, Spunbonded Textile & Stitch by Wendy Cotterill, I have been waiting for for ages. I went of a workshop with Wendy at the NEC last month, and got a taster of some of the things inside the book. Can't wait to get experimenting on Evolon and all those other scrummy textiles!

The othe
r book, The Beaded Edge by Midori Nishida, is full of ideas for triming work with beads and crochet. Ideal for me as I still have to finish the edging element of my City & Guilds!

A couple of new lacey bits also arrived. I love incorporating lace into my work - it adds texture, and can be dyed and painted all sorts of colours. The guipure lace flowers are particularly lovely.

I'm afraid you now have to put up with my going on about Jennifer and Alon's wedding. It was a perfect day - even the weather didn't dare misbehave. The setting at Blake Hall was lovely, and they couldn't do enough to help the day go without a hitch. (At least I didn't find out about any!)
The beautiful bride and her proud father didn't stop talking all the way down the aisle.

The panel on the front of the dress turned out OK in the end! And the cake.... the cake was delicious!
Pictures of the bridesmaids and my hat will follow as soon as I have them!