Monday, 25 May 2015

Tea Cosy and Liberty workshop

It's quite a while since I posted on the blog but its been a very hectic time, mostly with energy spent on education as its been GCSE deadlines.  Most of these photos were taken last month on workshops and since then all I've dealt with has been education, education and education......

So, looking back, the first workshop was at John Lewis Sheffield,the workshop was 'Flower Basket Tea Cosy'  and the ladies had the opportunity to knit the cosy first and then go on to make the flowers and leaves on the day.  It's a fab workshop suitable for knitters with experience but wanting to develop their knitting skills, so they are learning how to shape knitted fabric to create the various flowers: daffodil, rose and daisies.  Most flowers were made on the day but the ladies left the workshop with enough knowledge to create more flowers at home.
If you would like to create your own cosy then you can get the pattern here on Ravelry.

Then just a few days later I was off to London and the very fine location of 'Liberty'.  Liberty never fails to fascinate and is one of my favourite places, I remember as a student going to this store and being inspired by its surroundings and I have to admit that it has not lost its magic.  This was the 'Project Bag' workshop which was for the experienced sewer as it involved producing a bag that had 9 outside pockets - for all those crafty bits and pieces. 

Working in the 'Heritage Suite' at Liberty, lots of thinking and planning going on in this photograph. 

My original bag was made using a Stag designed fabric by Joel Dewberry and we managed to use this in 2 colourways for this workshop.  The front of the bag is coming together in the photograph.

I chose this Tula Pink fabric to produce my sample in the workshop and chose to focus on 'Elizabeth's' head as the main feature.


After the workshop 2 ladies very kindly sent me photographs of their completed bags and said how much they had enjoyed the workshop: always nice to hear.

While I was in Liberty I got the opportunity to see the new department and some of their lovely displays of Rowan products.  The new location is at the front of the store, it has lots of windows and is really well lit. I really liked this colourful display (above)

Some Rowan fabric and knitted products.


In the store hanging over the bannisters was a beautiful array of Kaffe Fasset's Quilts...


The setting really complemented the designs

So, now education is a bit quieter I'm looking forward to doing more crafting, have a lovely week...

Monday, 13 April 2015

Quilt in a Day @ Black Sheep Wools, Warrington

I had a lovely day running a Quilting workshop on Friday in the creative space of Black Sheep Wools in Warrington.  The company has existed since 1983 and is still run by the same family, they have had various shops throughout this time but their energy is now focussed on their Craft Barn in Culcheth.
The day started off well with an easy journey to Culcheth, with it being the Easter holidays there was less traffic on the road and it was going to be another warm sunny day.

This is the workshop room at the Craft Barn, Black Sheep use Pfaff machines which have their own integrated 'walking foot' - a real bonus for Quilters.  We had 8 ladies on the workshop and there was plenty of space for us to work, we had a steady supply of Tea and Coffee, a good lunch and some yummy cakes in the afternoon.

Nice simple display of fabric - this is one of 'Zandra Rhodes' designs for Rowan.

I fell in love with this fabric as soon as I saw it, it's by Tula Pink who designs for Rowan and the inspiration behind it and its supporting fabrics is Queen Elizabeth 1. Rowan fabrics are usually colourful, bold designs and when we make the Quilt I always aim to make a feature of the design and cut the fabric to centre the design.  We could produce the Quilt without this feature and it would give us more time but I feel that it doesn't do the design justice and I would feel unhappy if we did not do this.  
Once a 'Textile Designer 'always a 'Textile Designer'.  

The 'Project Bag'.

I run a 'Project Bag' workshop and I would really love to make it up in this fabric as Rowan discontinued the 'Deer' fabric which I used in the original and the design of the bag needs a focal point and this would fit perfectly.

Most of the ladies at the workshop were from in and around the Liverpool area, one was from Wyke near Bradford and one lady lived on a longboat which was very interesting to hear about.  I can't imagine downsizing and getting rid of my fabric and wool 'stash' but at the same time when we go off in our Campervan it is a good feeling when you have so little with you and somehow seem to manage without the rest of your 'stuff'.

This Quilt also used Tula Pink fabric, if you have a good study of the patterned fabric you will see horses.

Here are some pics of work in progress....

Some really contrasting colours going on here but they work so well together.

This lady chose to have her stripe fabrics going in different directions and we focussed on the stripe of flowers as the central point.

Lovely fresh spring feel to this colour combination,

Yes, its that fabric again and it shows the co-ordinating fabrics in the range.

This was an exotic colour combination that would brighten any room - in this case it was going to be a longboat!

Assembling the Quilt - making the Quilt sandwich...

Yes, they are all coming together....

Whenever I run this workshop ladies tend to get stressed over the fabric combinations and whether they will look good but I can honestly say I have not had one quilt on any 'Quilt in a Day' workshop that does not look good.  Check out my 'Quilts' at the top of the page.

'Quilt in a Day' is a focussed hard working workshop but you come in with your fabric and you leave with a Quilt and sense of achievement, it is not a 'perfect' Quilt as we do not have the luxury of time, but its a good lesson in how the Quilt is created and leaves you with the knowledge of how to produce another one

Here are the finished Quilts....

Looking forward to my next workshop at Black Sheep Wools which will be producing a 'Saw Tooth Star' Cushion on 
Saturday July 5th...

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