Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Whaleys Fabrics

When I was at univeristy studying textile design, we always knew where to go for the unusual or specialist fabrics - Whaleys in Bradford.  They are an old, traditional firm who supply all sorts of different fabrics to stage, trade, student and general public.  The difference in price per meter is reflected in the amount you buy. You can also save postage if you're prepared to pick up instead of have it posted to you. It's great if you're in a group or can merge orders with someone to get costs down.  I remember one poor husband of a classmate spent lots of time on the road with his job and we took advantage a little - we always assumed he would be 'just passing' so we wouldn't have to pay for shipping.  I'll say it now - Sorry Bill!!!
Their fabrics are sold in their natural state (base cloth), and they are sold with the intentions of customers dyeing / printing themselves so therefore the majority of fabrics are white/cream in appearance.
Now some people would find this a boring site - just white and (a few) black fabrics.  However I love it for what it represents - POSSIBILITIES!!
Put it together with another firm, not too far away, and you have a perfect combination.  Kemtex have supplied dyes and colouring for fabrics for as long as I can remember.  Based just down the road to SST, at Euxton (pronounced xton) they sell their own make of cold, acid and transfer dyes and also sell beginners kits if you're uncertain about what to purchase. 
Now neither of these sites are fancy to look at (sorry Whaleys and Kemtex, if you're listening!) and a few sample photos of completed work would definitely help out. In fact, as I make it a rule to always post with a photo, I've been forced to gratuitously use a photo of some of my own design work to fill in for them (I was using some kemtex dye on it though)!!  However, this is the basic stuff, at reasonable prices and is overflowing with potential.  It's just missing a creative type who enjoys putting the two sets of offering together.......

http://www.whaleys-bradford.ltd.uk/index.htm
http://www.kemtex.co.uk/index.html

Friday, 12 October 2012

Bunyip Buttons

Did you know that a bunyip is a large mythical creature from Aboriginal mythology, said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes?
Not quite sure why this button and bead shop is named after one, but if you're in the Exeter area then why not call in?  I love their handmade ceramic button selections. http://www.bunyipbeads.com/
Ceramic Buttons

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Ten Plus Textiles @ Garry Olson

It's great to be able to feature artists who are local to us - Based in the North West, Ten Plus Textiles is a group of 16 textile artists who have recently celebrated 20 years of working with fibres and fabric to create contemporary textile art from a wide range of techniques. Using fine hand and machine embroidery, patchwork, quilting and beadwork, weaving, collage and mixed media, their work includes framed pieces and hangings, 3-D items, fashion accessories and jewelry, all of which will be featured at the Garry Olson gallery in an exhibition of new work.

Garry is located at 27, Stoney Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire and the exhibition is on from the 13th to the 20th October 2012 from Monday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-5. You can meet the artists on the 13th October between 2 and 4pm if you wish to know more about how their pieces were created. http://www.tenplustextiles.com/

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Batiks n Beads

Isn't it wonderful to sew with gorgeous fabrics and notions?  I was at a Ricky Timm's seminar at the beginning of the year in Oldham and watched all his amazing hand-dyed fabrics being snapped up almost immediately.  By the time he got to mentioning them in his talk they had all gone!
Looking at Ricky's work its easy to see the difference those fabrics make - from something which would be special anyhow to a really amazing piece.
If you're looking for something different to sew with (and can't get to the US for some of Ricky's!) why not try out Maryke's Bali Batiks and Japanese beads?  She also has a wonderful gallery area on her site to give you inspiration on how to use them.
http://www.batiksnbeads.co.uk/gallery%20pg%201.html

Monday, 1 October 2012

Pauline Burbidge's Retro Exhibition

Loved the article on Pauline's work in the Quilter magazine this month. 

PB Retro will showcase a wide range of work following the evolution of Pauline’s style from early geometric piecing to the free form, expressive use of collage and stitch, that has become her signature. Quilts will be loaned from Museums in the UK and the USA and Pauline will also be presenting a new body of work inspired by her love of nature and the rural landscape.
“Many influences have come and gone, however, thirty six years on, quiltmaking still moves me”, says Pauline.
The exhibition will feature design work and making processes will also be shown, including video footage. A substantial, beautifully illustrated catalogue will be available for purchase.
Further details from  http://www.quiltmuseum.org.uk/