Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Paperwork done

Gosh, but we worked hard here in the office last week - lots and lots of paperwork to complete which has now been sent off to our external verifier in time for her summer EV visit.  I'm sure people must think reading the above that we should be more organized AHEAD of the event, but it actually isn't quite that simple - we have a second week of May deadline for all work which is to be assessed ahead of the visit, but every year some are late/very late, which in turn makes us work much harder in a shorter time in order to meet the 6 week deadline we have for submitting student details to C&G.  All done now (for another year anyhow!) and on with the usual business of assessing work which has come in to the office.
I can't remember if I posted on blogger that the new summer newsletter is now available for download?  Anyhow it is and you can access the link here  Hope you enjoy it - there's lots of new exhibition and events listings as well as articles on historical textiles.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Textile Outing Ideas for the Bank Holiday

Well, it seems like the bank holiday weather isn't going to be too good - at least up here in the freezing north-west!
How about a look around a textile exhibition if you're not already off somewhere else?  I love the Quilters Guild Museum and Gallery at any time of year  - it's located at  St Anthony's Hall, on Peasholme Green (opposite the Black Swan pub) York YO1 7PW and is open Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 16.00 (April - Sept),Tuesday - Saturday 10.00-16.00 (Oct-Mar) (last admission 15.30)/
At the moment they have 2 exhibitions on:
7 May – 29 August 2011
Great Hall - Celebrations
Wedding and christening gowns are just two of the celebratory items that will be included in the Quilt Museum’s main exhibition opening on Saturday 7 May. In years past, quilts were often made to mark significant milestones in life such as birth, marriage and anniversaries. The same techniques used in these quilts, namely patchwork and quilting, were also used in costume 
Bailey Gallery -  Made in Yorkshire
 This exhibition is the result of an invitation by the Quilt Museum to 14 textile artists working in the area including; Philippa Naylor, Serena Partridge, Gillian Travis, Fiona Wilson, Christine Shaw, Alison Bramley, Dionne Swift, Sallie Temple,  Christine Heath, Fiona Wilson, Caroline Dunn, Carol Coleman, Sandra Middleton and Karen Griffiths .  The work on show will demonstrate a variety of skills including weaving, embroidery and quilting ranging in form from woven scarves to applied landscapes.

You can look up further details on their site at http://www.quiltersguild.org.uk/index.php?page=1

Whatever you decide to do, I hope you all enjoy the break.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

New Patchwork and Quilting L3 Research Study

We'll shortly be embarking on a new research study - very similar to the one we ran at the back end of last year, but this time we'll be looking for patchwork and quilting students rather than embroidery.
Janet Gledhill will be tutoring this course for us and I'm guessing there will be lots of interest, because as usual, we'll be offering a discount on fees of 25% for module 1.  Lots of potential students find this helpful, as it means they don't have such a big commitment when trying out the courses.
If you see this blog and want further info, do drop me a line and I'll send out further details to you to enable you to reserve your place ahead of the official email being sent to everyone.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Morro Bay Connections

We were recently visiting California and dropped in at a place called Morro Bay for lunch, which is a small seaside town on the central coast, just off California Highway 1. It's famous for Morro Rock - see photo - which sits in the bay and is very impressive indeed when arriving at the bay for the first time - it seems much bigger than in the photo.

I don't know if any of you have read the Earlene Fowler mystery books about Benni Harper, but they are generally set in this part of the country (she has a new one just coming out called Spider Web) and tend to feature quilts and quilting. Most of the books are called after a quilt block.  Benni is a folk museum curator and gets into all kinds of scrapes!!  Anyhow, whilst there we stumbled across a lovely quilt and embroidery shop called  The Cotton Ball, which also features in some of the Benni Harper mysteries.  Rob Appell, who runs the store, is a very talented quilter and has appeared on TV and has several books out.  I thought you might like to have a link to his Cotton Ball store and also to some of his amazing quilted pieces.

Monday, 23 May 2011

First Ever Competition on SST's Facebook site launched today

This sewing girl is the first ever piece of embroidery I did - I was nine years old. What was your first ever textile piece - maybe something you did at school, with mum or gran? This is the time to dig it out and put it into our First Ever Competition - it can be anything you like. Uplift an image of your work to the photo wall on the SST Facebook group before midnight GMT on18th July and we’ll put all of the entries into a draw (we don't feel it's right to 'judge' someones first work) and the first one out of the bag will receive a co-ordinated set of DMC stranded cottons, a 23x26" piece of hand dyed fabric, 2 spools of metallic thread, a Bead Expert DVD and an 8" embroidery hoop. The next 2 will both receive a set of hand dyed fabrics in lilacs, greens and autumn shades(one 21"x14" and the other two 32"x14") along with 4 reels of sylco cotton and a reel of gold metallic thread (see photos). Winners will be announced on Facebook on 20th July 2011 - good luck to everyone!