Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Working on New Taster Course

A busy couple of days working on a new taster course for SST's website.  I'd forgotten that I'd actually taken over 70 photos when making up the prototype, so guess who's spent the last few hours having to re-size, crop and adjust them! Note to self: be more judicious with the camera next time........

It's a bit more involved than usual, so it just depends how quickly I get it done, but it should be on the site mid October or even before if all goes well. There's a slight delay whilst I take some time off next week and return back to Krakow for a few days R&R with David, so do bear with me!

Here's a little photo to show you what it will look like.  Hope you like the selective use of some gold coloured plastic matting?

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Exhibition in Aid of Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

One of our students, Plum Cox, has asked us to let you know about an exhibition which is coming up in aid of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity - unfortunately it was a little late for it to be included in the newsletter, but hopefully some of you will catch it here as it's being held in support of such a worthy cause.

Below you can see one of Plum's quilts which will be hanging at the exhibition. Sonata is an interwoven log cabin pattern, started during a workshop with Jan Hassard in November 2011. Plum has a blog at

Quilts – an exhibition by the Richmond and Kew Quilters.  Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October 2012.Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington,TW119NN
Admission £3, children free.  All profits to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
At least 100 quilts on display, traders, raffles, café. Further details about the group can be found at

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Tyne and Wear Exhibition

I've just today discovered how to personalize the news on Google + - impressive or wot!?
Anyhow one of the first things to drop into my personalized space was an article on a new textile collection.
Collected Threads: Textiles from the Shipley Craft Collection

"This exhibition brings together a range of exquisite textiles from the Shipley’s craft collection. The pieces on show will give visitors the chance to find out about the diversity of textile practice in the UK from 1977 to present day, from embroidery and quilting to knitting and weaving. The exhibition includes textiles by Amy Emms, Kaffe Fassett, West Dean Tapestry Studio and Michael Brennand-Wood."

If you're in the area anything that brings together so many famous names in one place has to be worth a look, surely.
Its on from 15th to 22nd of this month at  Prince Consort Road, Gateshead. NE8 4JB
Website address for further info is HERE 

Monday, 3 September 2012

Textile Arts Website

I wonder how many of your know of Textile Arts Website?  It really is an amazing resource for tutors, traditional and modern techniques, whats on and what's coming up in the world of textiles. There's even a week by week diary of a City & Guilds student!!

Fiona Dix, who is a creative artist in her own right, is the webmaster for the site and is forever updating and adding resources.  Why not take a look?   Just up today is an article I wrote for them on Developing Confidence in Stitch and Design - you can read it in full HERE

The search box is also very useful if you're looking for something specific such as a supplier or artist.