Thursday, 23 February 2012

New Flickr photos up today

Gosh - an interesting week here in the office.  There are new photos of recent student's work just put up onto Flickr today - you can take a peek at, but there are also a couple of preview for you to view below.

It's also been fairly hectic with all the planning for our 3 quilt retreats, held at venues up and down the UK throughout 2013, under the brand name Inspire.  There will shortly be tutor names and dates confirmed and a website available for bookings - we're aiming to go live May/June time to take bookings for the first one.  Look out for the mult-coloured logo!

Thursday, 16 February 2012


Betty Ball - Under ConstructionPauline Adams - Orkney Sea Cliff
The New Horizons Textile Group was formed in January1993 by former students at North Hertfordshire College. Members of the group at that time had completed the City & Guilds course in Patchwork and Quilting and were anxious to keep in touch with each other once the course was completed. Since then, other people have joined the group, making its stitching skills more diverse.

The exhibition entitled ‘Layers’, gives scope for wide interpretation of design, offering the Group’s members the opportunity to showcase their variety of styles and methods of working.
To find out more about the group, you can visit their website:

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Kendal Tapestry

David and I spent the weekend in Kendal and I had chance to have another look around the fascinating Quaker Meeting House and the Tapestry Exhibition.  If you are in the area at any point, it's well worth a visit.  Parking is difficult, so its probably best to use the multistory and walk across the road.

The tapestry tells of Quaker events and insights and is a celebration of the significant contribution these quiet, non-conformists have made to the modern world. Stories from the forefront of the industrial revolution, developments in science and medicine, astronomy, the abolition of slavery, social reform, and ecology are all revealed from within the stunning needlework.

Completed in 1996, the result is 77 panels of narrative ‘crewel’ type embroidery on specially woven wool cloth. With each panel measuring 25" (635mm) by 21" (533mm) it is testament to the passion and shared sense of community of an amazing group of Friends.