Textiles in Swaledale

Here are some textiles from the small museum in the Old Methodist Schoolhouse in Reeth in Swaledale. This was an excellent museum with lots of information about Swaledale and the people who lived there.

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Busy, busy, busy – patchwork bags

Since I've had a bit more time to myself recently I have been making some patchwork bags. the first is a cross body bag complete with a small external zipped pocket. It was the first time of using that particular way of doing the pocket and I almost ended up trapping the bag inside the... Continue Reading →

Teddy with a Fairisle sweater

Have been meaning to share these photos for a while of a lovely cute knitted teddy from a Marie Wallin pattern. I have already thought about knitting another one but changing the sweater design slightly to make him look Norwegian.

Fabric of India at the V and A

On the 9th Jan I went to the V and A in London and got tickets to see the exhibition of Indian textiles "Fabric of India". The exhibition itself was brilliant and had lots of beautiful examples of fabric and design produced by a great variety of techniques. There was definitely a wow factor in... Continue Reading →

First Nations textile art

Have just returned from a trip to Canada and visited, among other places, the Lil'Wat Cultural Centre in Whistler where there was some amazing woven textile work displayed throughout the centre. Certainly an inspiration !!!

Patchwork in Canada

During my travels in Canada I spotted various items of patchwork in heritage centres and museums that I couldn't resist taking photos of. This wonderful wall hanging was on display in the Whistler Public Library. My favourite combination - libraries and quilts! Also in Whistler were these lovely canvas and patchwork storage baskets/ bags. Spotted... Continue Reading →

new Kindle cover

My old kindle cover was beginning to look a little bit sad and the worse for wear soi decided to make a replacement using some material from the mama said sew range by Moda. I'm really pleased with it especially my added hand pieced hexagons for added decoration.

Granny square is growing

Started this while on a shuttle under the Channel and it is now beginning to grow considerably. I like the way the centre (in Sirdar crofter wool) gives a slightly skewed colour scheme - balanced by the more traditional solid one-colour rounds. Love the greens and oranges together but have added a larger variety of... Continue Reading →

Kaffe Fassett – a life in colour

I had the fun of going to the marvellous exhibition about Kaffe Fassett at the Museum of Fashion and Textile Design in Bermondsey in London. It was at the same time inspiring and scary. How can one man produce such a wealth of amazing stuff? It gave me a lot to think about and of... Continue Reading →

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