Thursday, 29 March 2012

Return from Poland

Gosh - what a busy week!  Returned from a 5 day break in Krakow on Tuesday night and have spent the time since trying to catch up with all the emails and messages.

Having said that, it was well worth it.  I really only wanted to go to visit Auschwitz - a long held ambition of mine - which was so moving its hard to put into words.  However the city itself is really well worth a visit and I was very impressed with it.  We spent a wonderful day wandering around the Kazimierz district (where parts of Schindler's' List were filmed) and I was so taken with the aging architecture and especially the wonderful graffiti that I think I'll try to base some embroidery on it.......  A couple of snaps below:

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Inspire Teaching Opportunities

Inspire Events in 2013

We have some really exciting events planned for up and down the UK in 2013 and we’re especially looking forward to sharing further details with you as they become available throughout the next few months.
We wanted to do something totally different that would bring textile lovers together, so a type of Quilters Retreat idea was born. Of course, it was hard to decide where to hold it, so we’re actually doing 3 in total! The first one will be held in the Midlands from the 10th—14th April, the next in the Lake District from 26th-30th June and the final one near London from 11-15th September. We’re taking over large hotels and taking 10 of the finest authors and tutors with us from the UK and abroad so that there will be lots of choice over which classes to attend. Always mindful of the difficulty of taking time off work in order to participate, the events will be held Wed-Sun with those attending being able to dip in and out when they wish, perhaps coming along for just one night or staying for all four.
SST students will be able to have sessions with their tutors if they wish, but the idea is to create a wonderful, relaxing home-from-home atmosphere in some very special venues so that these can be restful breaks as well as learning opportunities.
Janet Gledhill and myself, will be the main organizers and will shortly be launching a blog to document the events as they progress.

Teaching Opportunities

I've had the opportunity to do something I've wanted to for quite a while this week. Here at SST we spend lots of time helping students achieve their qualifications to enable them to go on and teach textiles if they wish and have often thought how nice it would be to help them into a teaching career in other ways as well. We have therefore decided to offer the opportunity to teach a class alongside some very famous names to just 3 lucky students—either SST or otherwise—who are undertaking or have completed a City & Guilds qualification. In order to be considered you need to do the following:
  1. Come up with an idea for a class lasting around 2.5 hours. Any technique or design will be considered, but it should have an unusual twist and must be your own work and not have been directly copied from anywhere else.
  2. Make the item and photograph the process you go through as you progress using no more than 8 good quality images (staged photography) and include a good quality image of the final finished piece.
  3. Write a short description of the class in no more than 150 words, followed by a short set of instructions. This should amount to no more than 2 pages of A4 in total.
  4. Send them off via email to—do remember to include your contact details
The closing date for receiving proposals is the end of April 2012. We will review and then announce the winners on Facebook and in the next edition of the newsletter.Do bear in mind that you will need to be prepared to travel to the venues in order to deliver your classes. Janet and Gail will give you support prior and during the event. We will contact the winners in order to make more specific arrangements, but travel within the UK, overnight accommodation and meals will all be provided, as will hourly remuneration.
We will also submit the chosen projects for inclusion in national magazines after the events in order to help you get your name known. You will be credited with the design of the project and after the one-time publishing of your project, the copyright will return to you.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Church Embroidery at Lancaster Cathedral

I've just had information through the post about 3 attended workshops that Lancaster Cathedral are doing for 2012 on church embroidery and restoration, led by Sue Pilkington-Hanna.  I know that lots of people love doing this sort of intricate and exacting work, so if that sounds like you, there's Building your Skills: Goldwork and Silk Shading, Undertaking your own Restoration Project and my own particular favorite Poorly Vestment Clinics (I sort of see the vestments walking in by themselves looking under the weather!)
You can find out more about the Cathedral at their website

Friday, 2 March 2012

Dashing around for venues and Cluck Cluck Sew

Gosh - what a busy day yesterday!!  Janet and I had a tour of the Lakes looking for a suitable venue for the June 2013 Quilters Retreats.  2 really fantastic places and one that really wasn't - I guess that's life!
We're all really excited about getting all the tutors together and arranging the venues - its like a sort of Quilters Christmas and Birthday all rolled into one...........

When looking at Janet's wonderful quilt projects in this months Making Magazine, I can across a really interesting blog called Cluck, Cluck Sew, so I've shared the address with you below.  Some great ideas and tutorials in pretty colours for the springtime.