Friday, 29 July 2011

Chairs and Websites

Chair Update - the chair is gone again. We're thinking of renaming it Scarlet Pimpernel.   It spent 10 days waiting for it's arms and then, just when we thought the wait was over, the chap turned up today and brought a new base and arms for it.  Only to discover that the base was the wrong one and therefore the arms can't be screwed into it properly.  After a consultation process which wouldn't have been amiss at ACAS, the chair has gone back to be properly fitted with a base so that there are no more failed attempts at fitting in the office............I'm thinking of running a book on when the final completion date will be - any takers?!!

On a more positive note, Steve is still working away on the new website and it will be a completely different look to the brights on black that we've had for the last couple of years. We've gone for the more contemporary duck egg blues with textile highlights and a torn page ground.  I'm sure some will love it and others won't be as keen, but at least it is a CHANGE, which is always interesting and shows that we like to keep up to date whenever possible. I've managed to sneak in a pic of one of the early rushes for you, although the text still needs updating etc.  The full site should be up and working within the next month or so, once it's been fully tested and populated.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

We're a little 'Armless at the moment

We now have our new desk up and working and the Mac set up...........wowee!! Just one lingering issue - the chair for the desk has no arms.  The chap that came to put them up yesterday afternoon couldn't make the arms fit the holes underneath the seat (think Ikea on speed!) so for the present we're armless but at least we do have somewhere to rest our laurels on........a pic of the newly filled office space is below.

Other news - I'm definitely, positively thinking about doing that sampling for the machine embroidery summer school in a couple of weeks time and have been painting backgrounds etc this morning. Other summer workshop days include a Woodland Fantasy Fairy Doll on the 17th August with Jeanette Ranson and Karen Quickfall's Ruskin Lace summer school on 27th and 28th July - oooh that's next week, isn't it!   I think there are only a couple of places remaining anyhow, so if you're interested do drop the centre a line over the weekend.  I spoke with Karen this morning and I know she's really looking forward to it.  Have a lovely weekend, all........

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

New YouTube videos

We've spent the last couple of days making up new YouTube videos for graduating distance students - we still have some ways to go, but you can view the ones already up there by clicking on the link below. 

There is also a 'highlights' of the City & Guilds exhibition video available and a highlights of some of the quilts Beryl uses for her courses here at Eccles Farm - the Baltimore Panel summer school went off very well last week and everyone, including Beryl, seemed to really enjoy themselves. I'm sure those quilters amongst you will appreciate that one! I've got a machine embroidery and painted backgrounds coming up next month on the 10th here at Eccles Farm - hope that goes as well.  

STOP PRESS >>>>>>>>>>Desk Update - it's arriving this afternoon - yipee!!!  Any excuse to play with the new Mac.......  I still can't quite believe that of all the IT updates we've done over the last couple of weeks and the number of hard and software deliveries that has involved, it's been a new desk and chair that have held up the proceedings.  Ah well - hopefully all sorted out soon.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Office Update, Steve's competition and Quilters Guild Exhibitions x 2

It's been a busy old week, with removal men altering the office around to accommodate a new workstation desk and a dedicated mac for all of our graphics production.  I snapped this early today and you can see that whilst the space is ready, the new desk has not yet arrived or been set up, so therefore the mac is still in its box - the best laid plans always go astray! 

We're also around half way through the new website - with slight delay at the moment caused by Steve, our web designer, winning a Gibson guitar competition to photograph the acts at Sonisphere (used to be Knebworth) last weekend.  Haven't spoken with him since, but I really hope all went well as he was so pleased to be doing what he enjoys best. If you like rock and want to catch some of his work you can find him at

Now on to the textile stuff - 7th May - 29th August 2011 Celebrations  and  Made in Yorkshire  7th May - 29th August 2011 are the two latest exhibitions at the the Peasholme headquarters of the Quilters Guild if you're lucky enough to be in the York area.  If not,  you can view a substantial collection of their traditional and modern quilt collection online at MODERN or TRADITIONAL galleries.  There is also a section on quilts made by guild members at MEMBERS
Further details of the current exhibitions described below, visit their website at QUILT MUSEUM


7th May - 29th August 2011.
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
The Quilt Museum’s forthcoming exhibition, ‘Celebrations’, focuses on these happy events and comes at a time when Royal weddings are very much in the news.
Exhibits will include a corded silk grosgrain wedding dress and jacket made by a Dutch woman for her English niece in 1954 and a quilted wedding gown made by the well known North Country quilter Amy Emms for her daughter in 1957. The latter item is on loan from Mrs Olive Gregson and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, where it is on permanent display. Other items include a wedding quilt of printed cottons made in Cumbria in 1899; several cot quilts made for new born babies and a quilt made to commemorate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee in 1887. Christening gowns on show will include a dress made in 1980 by Edna Davies in Tyne and Wear, and a more elaborate pink and white dress made by the prize-winning contemporary quilter Jacquie Harvey. It was inspired by the Ayrshire needlework used on christening gowns in the 19th century

Made in Yorkshire

The ‘Made in Yorkshire’ exhibition is the result of an invitation by the Quilt Museum to individual 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 Hirst, Carol Coleman, Caroline Dunn, Sandra Middletonand 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. One such landscape is the Pennine village of Ripponden where some of the former mills have been converted to luxury flats. Created by artist Gillian Travis, ‘Pennine Contrasts’ captures the spirit of the village both old and new.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Living Plant Picture

We were lucky enough to spend a few days with friends in London and were walking through Trafalgar Square when I saw what I thought was a large photo, only to find when we got closer that it was actually a live plant picture.

I took some photos thinking that it may be really useful as a starting point to some design work.  Great idea!
There's also a video of it, just outside the National Gallery.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Blast from the Beading Past!

This morning brought an unexpected visitor to the office - Gordon Halfpenny  who used to run Halfpennys Embroidery shop and restaurant in Clitheroe Lancs with his late wife, Tessa, decided to call and drop off some flyers for his beading fair at the end of this month.
It was really strange to see him again after so long accompanied by his new wife.  I and my fellow Diploma students used to love going into Halfpennys (not JUST for the chocolate tiffin!!) for embroidery supplies.  Tessa was an excellent embroiderer herself and it was one of those lovely bits and pieces type shops that even if you couldn't see what you wanted Tessa would always be on hand to help and would usually have a bit of what you needed hidden away in a cupboard somewhere. Tessa and Gordon were always so kind with us and supported the students at Gawthorpe Hall when they had their annual exhibition.
Now, I'm not personally a beader, but I know how popular they have become recently and they are great for adding in to give a special something to the right item.  If you'd like to pop along to Gordon's Beads Up North Fair the details are below:
Beads Up North