Each week or so, I try to sit down and think about what I have been doing since I last blogged. It always seems like nothing and then I realise that, yes, I have done a lot.
Sometimes family things seem to get in the way of my work, I’ve been DIY Mum again, different town, different child. This time it was a weekend of wall paper stripping.
Here are a couple of photos
A challenge and a bit of hard work required.
Every year I go for a long weekend cycling with a group of girl friends. Long distances but plenty of coffee, cake and gin
I very quickly made a small quilt for my daughter (don’t look closely at the points – but actually I don’t that care that they are not perfect)
It is made with a Moda shibori layer cake. It hope it will look good in her new home.
I have taught a couple of teaching sessions this week. I had a request to teach children in a school, it’s ages since I have done any teaching in a school, and I am really busy at the moment so I suggested a did a short teaching session after school, teaching the staff. It was lovely to be able to make felt outside with lots of young enthusiastic teachers and support staff.
I also taught one of the Creative Textiles classes that I do regularly at the Quilt Cabin in Hebden Bridge. Following our Indian theme, we stitched black lines and coloured them with various different media.
This spurred me on to continue my Guatemalan theme and stitched these. Now I just need to colour them.
Hopefully there will be some progress by the time I write my next blog post
There’s a new shop opened in Halifax called Stitch Kraft, so I got on my bike and cycled there. A really friendly guy has opened it and it is full of beads, buttons and braids. They do have some fabric. I bought a few braids for my Guatemalan theme.
My friend and I always have a birthday walk at the beginning of May and were rewarded with a beautiful sunset.
I love looking for old textiles art books in charity shops and I found these two on Saturday. Barbara Snook has written many books – they are all beautifully illustrated.
This one was published in 1960
And here is the other one I bought.
So much inspiration…
Finally the most important news.
Several weeks ago I saw a facebook post that said something along the lines of …would you like to be an Aurifil Artisan and blog about Aurifil products? Most of you who read my blog will know that I use a lot of Aurifil thread especially the Lana and Mako 12. Alex has always been very generous and supplied me with thread for my teaching.
Last week my friends and I were discussing options for University Challenge- my preferred subject was thread. My friends (non quilters did smile), and yes I am a bit of a thread geek. Aurifil do make beautiful thread
I filled in the application form and last week received an email to say I had been selected along with a few others. Here is the post that appeared on facebook. I was surprised to see that the only quilter I know is Wendy from New Zealand, and that’s only through social media.
So I am to be an Aurifil Artisan. Now i would really like to find out who all the others are, with another busy week ahead of me it might have to wait, maybe I will have some time at the airport