Monday 30 July 2007

Flight Preview

'A Swarm of Gnats' by Janice Myers and Helen Thompson
Six 'birds of paradise' - flowers and organising team -
Val Davies, Janice Myers and Hazel Ryan of South West Textiles Group

Flamingos and lilies at Slimbridge

Tuesday 17 July 2007

"BREAK AN EGG TO SAVE A SAILOR" success - so far!
A detail of the surface showing the layer of eggshells under the machine stitching. Many thanks to Urchfont Manor for supplying all the egg shells and to Lynda (Urchfont 'Stitch Textile Artists' group) for sharing interesting folklore stories which inspired the idea.

"Break An Egg To Save A Sailor" has been accepted into the Pfaff Art Textiles "Still Life" exhibition at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, London. Prize winners to be announced at the end of the first day, October 11th. Come along to see the exhibition if you're able.

Monday 16 July 2007

Gilding the loop

The recent wet and windy weather has felled my 3 metre high cardoon plant. This means I can now enjoy the flowers which were too high up to see! A brief glimpse of the sun made some interesting shadows.

Wedding Congratulations to Rosie - receptionist and bar lady at Urchfont. Students tried their skills with transfoils and alcohol inks to make this card to leave for her on her return from honeymoon in Egypt. Some of the Diploma class discovered the source of of the Urchfont 'font' during their recent weekend to 'waddle-off' their famous Urchfont meals.

Saturday 7 July 2007

Looping the Loop

by the South West Textile Group
A textile exhibition worth visiting.
From July 29th to Septemer 4th 2007.
At Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, Gloucestershire GL2 7BT. T: 01453 891900
"This exhibition contains work not only on aspects of bird flight and feathers but also on insects, flying machines and flights of fantasy along with historical, mechanical and technical references."
Private View July 29th 14.00 - 16.00

Thursday 5 July 2007

Starting the loop

Some posers in the sun before tea and homemade cakes.
Alison holds the ceiling up as she displays her fantastic apron. A walk to the village duck pond.
Karen, Alison and Sara - an evening of Kantha 'stitch-in'.
Meg and Kaye's 'in-progress' Kantha stitching.

A beautifully resolved piece using lots of the new metallic techniques by Paula.

To start the loop - thread 19 Distant Stitch students who have just enjoyed the 2007 Summer School through the needle's eye at Urchfont Manor. Most of us ate too much so it was a tight squeeze! Maggie Grey led a super workshop on Metal Magic to put a real shine on our needle. (Enough of the metaphor - I'm beginning to struggle!)

Hope everyone had a safe journey home, especially those going to California, Rome and Kuwait. I look forward to reading other blogs soon.