A month or so back I had the great idea of entering a quilt into the 2013 Festival of Quilts despite never having made one before. I cobbled together my effort and entered on line, and after checking carefully the requirements for each category I opted for the “Contemporary” competition as sadly I was excluded from the more appropriate “My First Quilt” on the basis of having a qualification in Textiles. A few weeks after entering I got my labels and a printed version of the rules of entry in the post only to note that disastrously there is a minimum dimension requirement and my quilt is 30cm too short!
So, after a bit of swearing, a lot of unpicking, a couple of trips to Hobbycraft, a near sewing machine catastrophe (it just wasn’t Man enough for the job!) and a midnight finish yesterday, version 2 was posted this morning, just in time for the deadline of tomorrow. Phew! Despite it’s many technical shortcomings, I am rather pleased with the result, particularly the texture contrast between the knitted and the cotton fabrics, and I am glad I made the effort to do it again (it was touch and go as you can imagine!). The Husband has even marked out a space on the living room wall for it when it arrives back after the exhibition.
knitted applique on a knitted and cotton patchwork quilt, hand and machine stitch
Great artist’s reception yesterday evening at Hanger Farm where I am exhibiting with my textile group, neuf. It truly is a wonderful building, full of character, and the technician’s were so helpful and good natured that the hanging process was a breeze! We are there until 27 April so if you are in the Hampshire area do go along and sample the atmosphere of this lovely listed barn, while enjoying a coffee in front of some unique textile art. An example of what to expect is shown below.
work shown is by Sue Fish, Lynette Long and Nicky Barfoot
It’s been a manic week, but framing and labels are now all done and I can breathe a sigh of relief ahead of the grand hanging tomorrow at Hanger Farm, Totton, in Hampshire. As a member of Textile Art group, neuf, I am excited to be exhibiting throughout April at Totton College’s performing arts facility and professional community arts venue set within a Grade II listed 18th century converted barn. If you are in the area please come along and view what is sure to be a diverse and entertaining exhibition entitled “moving on” to mark our first independent exhibition as a group since graduating last summer.
What a great but exhausting week at Ally Pally, chatting pretty much non stop for four days to the huge number of people who were interested in my work. Thanks to the Embroiderers Guild for selecting me as part of their Graduate Showcase; what a launch pad to be given. Such a shame I can’t make it to the sister shows at Harrogate and Dublin. The “Emo sweater” and “Boys Knit Too” wallhanging were big hits, with many people asking for a pattern for the former. A number of people were also interested in buying a copy of the graphic novel, “The Call of Jill” so I will be costing up a soft back version shortly. More information on both of these to follow so watch this space!
Glamour, Boys Knit Too, and The Call of Jill on display at Ally Pally 2012