Festival of Quilts is just around the corner! I am scrambling to get my book finished and printed ready for the show, alongside a massive exhibition gallery for Criminal Quilts including older and brand new work, including the collaboration quilt. I also have a piece in the Fine Art Quilt Masters competition exhibition again, which is all very exciting. Most of my teaching slots have sold out but there are still a few spaces left on Sunday’s Intro to Corded Quilting workshop. I also have a discount code for day ticket bookings for £13.50 (normally £16) which includes a little something for me so please do use this code if you are booking online. Enter the code WT75 when you book.
The Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey, Devon opens in just over a week. I have been flat out making enough stock to make my stand look convincing, as this is the first show I have done with this work. Until a couple of weeks ago I had less than 10 pieces. Now I’ve got…. some… lots…. more. I haven’t counted, but I’ve been really productive. I have also been buying more tools, hunting eBay for beautiful boxes and today, photographing new pieces. I am really, really enjoying making this new collection. It is exciting to be making things which don’t take weeks and weeks like most of my hand stitched quilts and embroideries.
I am now selling some of these pieces on MadebyHand online and they featured an interview with me on a blog post and newsletter last week which has been great promotion. I am also developing some prints based on my tool embroideries and I *hope* I will have these ready for the Craft Festival but if not these will be online in June instead.
My precious objects collection are now on sale on Made by Hand online. The first collection of pieces is now up for sale and I will be adding more after Bovey Tracey Craft Festival in June – I am busy making new pieces for the show! There’s an interview with me on madebyhandonline website where I explain more about the work and the stories behind the pieces.
I am also going to be showing this work at Lustre design fair in Nottingham in November for the first time. Later this year I will also be able to make work to commission so if you have any precious old tools or family screwdriver heirlooms which you would like to have made in to a work of art please let me know. My embroideries of tools on vintage textiles will be making their debut this year at shows and I am working on prints based on these pieces too.
It’s an awfully long time since I exhibited at a selling show but the time has come! I am taking the Precious Objects out to the delightful Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey 9-11th June. I’m busy collecting weird and wonderful new tools, agricultural implements and mystery objects and trying out new mixed media techniques and ideas to create a large collection of exciting things.
I am taking my precious collection of objects on tour! Over two weekends in September, I will be showing and selling a growing collection of precious objects in private homes in the two Derbyshire towns of Melbourne and Wirksworth.
Wirksworth 10th & 11th September 10am-5pm at 6 Cromford Road. £7 per person for trail guide which gives entry to all venues all weekend.
Melbourne 17th & 18th September at 35 Castle St. £5 per person for a trail guide which gives entry to all venues all weekend.
The Festival of Quilts at Birmingham NEC starts on Thursday 6th August and runs until Sunday 10th. This year I have a stand (E6) where I will be displaying some of my recent work, collecting textile memories and showing work in progress. I’ll have books, fabrics, trapunto quilting supplies and kits for sale too.
The Harefield Hospital commission quilt is in the main competition area too.
***I have some free tickets, so please get in touch ASAP if you would like one ****