Art Textiles course at West Dean College

This summer I am running a three day course at the lovely West Dean College, 30 May 2016 to 2 June 2016. Find out more here.

The Beauty of Stains. Ruth Singer

Ruth Singer. The Beauty of Stains

Art Textiles: Creating Cloth with Meaning

Explore a range of slow, thoughtful textile practices to create cloth with meaning. Experiment with local plants and simple rust dyeing to create eco prints on natural and vintage cloth. Introduce hand stitch with fabric manipulation and trapunto quilting to add texture and structure.

Old Textiles at October’s Sew Sociable

This month’s Sew Sociable will be all about old textiles. I’ll be giving a talk about my love of antique textiles, about museum collections, about my own collection of textiles and how I take inspiration from them to create my own textile art. Anyone coming to the event is enthusiastically encouraged to bring along their own historic textile treasures to show to the others. I hope I’ll be able to to identify things, or at least tell the owners something about them, and offer advice on looking after them. I’ll also be bringing along books about antique textiles for you to browse.

What to bring?

Quilts, handkies, embroideries, tablecloths, vintage clothes, handbags, trimmings, haberdashery, old sewing books… anything textile related is welcome!


Sew Sociable October with Ruth Singer

Sew Sociable October with Ruth Singer

Sew Sociable is a free monthly event for all stitchers. There are talks, events, activities, competitions and lovely food and drink in St Martins Tea & Coffee House, St Martin’s Square, Leicester city centre. Antique textile Sew Sociable takes place on Friday 17th October 7.30-10pm. The venue is easily accessible by train and bus for those coming from out of town, and there is parking nearby too. All welcome, even if you haven’t been before.

Creative Twinning Showcase

I took part a showcase event with Creative Twinning last week in Nottingham Contemporary. I put together a display of new and older work forming a new collection called Polonaise which includes some smaller pieces alongside the larger scale work like the quilt currently in the window at Designer Forum (photos below).

Ruth Singer

I was quite pleased with this showcase of wall-based work with no walls to put it on… a challenge! I think it has worked ok.

These are details of a couple of the framed pieces, pre-framing.

Polonaise sketch

Polonaise sketch

You will notice that I have started adding more detail in these pieces than I previously did – more than one technique on a piece is highly novel for me! I am enjoying the additions – buttons, pins, stitching and photographs are appearing (there is a tiny piece of print on silk in the red & white piece). This new direction all stems from my Monumental Folly pieces (which are in an exhibition now).

There’s a chair behind the framed pieces too. The photos are not great as the lighting was pretty awful – although I did a lot better than some…

Ruth Singer

I am still pondering ways of making my name more prominent on displays like this, how to put price / info labels and where to put leaflets / cards without making it a mess.
I was hoping to get some feedback on this new work, but apart from general ‘Lovely display’ I didn’t get much, which was frustrating. I never know if that means ‘I like your method of display’ rather than the work itself!

This is the Polonaise quilt in light and dark.

Polonaise quilt 2011

I only managed to get a handful of photos of the rest of the showcase, there are more here.

Creative Twinning showcase

Creative Twinning showcase