Tuesday 31 July 2012

Pretty as a picture

One of my summer projects is to produce an online workshop for the Distant Stitch website. My first workshop which I am just finishing is ‘Decorated Papers, with a demonstration video and an accompanying manual. All good fun to do –especially the video! There is a gallery of finished pieces at the end and I am including images of how these decorated papers could be used for different crafts. I thought that Carrie might be amused to see how well her stitched images (given as part of my precious Summer School ‘gift’) looks framed by one of them. I used a little wooden Indian block to print this paper using bleach on a previously inked and salted paper. I thought the decorated paper and the stitched image worked so well together. I hope Carrie will allow me to use this image in the workshop.



Friday 13 July 2012

Double entry

You are invited to “62@50” by the 62 Group of Textile Artists.

Both my pieces ‘Pentathlete’ and ‘Stretching’ will be part of the exhibition so those who have followed the trials and tribulations of the making process, will be pleased to know that they were accepted.

Jae Maries, the Chair, asked members to produce ‘something ‘impressive’ to celebrate this 50th anniversary, so I’m sure it will be an exhibition to see.


Thursday 12 July 2012

The very last time

Happily, my very last stay at Urchfont was a lovely occasion and, yes folks, the sun shone!


Group photo with tutors – Sandra is on the far left sitting next to Melanie and Alison.

Dawn is sitting second from right, between Daniela and Carrie. I’m sitting in the centre between Sheila and Jane – just incase you didn’t recognise me!

Standing, from the left – Ros (sometimes known as Pam). Viv, Anne, Alison, Sue, Lesley, Jenn - peering over Meg’s shoulder, Jackie, Stephanie, Pam and Gwen .

Sians Farewell Gift 1

Lasting memories of Urchfont – stitched pieces as a gift to me - made by members of Sandra’s class who were working with digital imagery. Such a moving present. Hankies were used.

last coffee

Last coffee in front of the large fireplace in the foyer –starring, from the left, Alison, Carrie, Daniela, Anne, Sue, Viv, with Jenn and Meg kneeling.

last meal

Last lunch, starring all the colourful salad dishes.


last sunset

Lovely sunset from the Stableyard, looking over the carpark.

Thank you to our wonderful two tutors, Sandra Meech and Dawn Thorne for giving such interesting workshops. You’ll see from the pics on the Distant Stitch Summer Gallery that all enjoyed this special event. I’ve put a few here for you to see some images of the last Urchfont Summer School.


Dawn Thorne demonstrating to Alison


Sandra Meech


Lesley – “Shall I rip this here?”

But please note that next year we will move this event to Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds, (just south of Stratford on Avon). The dates will be Friday 5th July, starting at 16.00 until Monday, 8th July after lunch. This will be the same length but will straddle a weekend to make it easier for many of you to be able to attend.